Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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OFFICER ORDERED TO TRIAL IN COERCION CASE

A district judge has ordered a Pittsburgh police officer charged with trying to coerce women into sexual acts to stand trial on more than a dozen charges including new counts of drug possession filed this morning.

Adam Skweres, 34, of Lincoln Place, said nothing during a nearly three-hour preliminary hearing before District Judge David Sosovicka, who heard testimony from four women who said the officer asked for sex acts in exchange for legal help.

Officer Skweres' defense attorney, Phillip DiLucente, questioned the women's credibility and memory of the incidents, the first of which is alleged to have happened nearly four years ago.

One woman told the judge the officer came to her house in full uniform and tried to rape her. Another said he ordered her to strip if she wanted to help her boyfriend out of jail.

MAN FOUND IN FIRE HAD BEEN SHOT

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Police say a man found dead in a burning duplex had been fatally shot, once in the head and twice in the abdomen.

New Castle police have yet to make an arrest in the death of the man, who they've since identified as 46-year-old Arnold Eugene Miller of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Miller's body was found in a duplex when it caught fire early Saturday in New Castle.

SUBPOENA FOR CLIMATE RESEARCH BLOCKED

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court halted Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli's demand for a former University of Virginia climate researcher's emails today, ruling that he lacked authority to subpoena the records.

The ruling is a victory for the university, researcher Michael Mann and higher education officials and faculty who claimed Mr. Cuccinelli's "civil investigative demand" threatened to chill academic freedom and scientific research.

Mr. Cuccinelli, a global warming skeptic, said he is investigating whether Mr. Mann defrauded taxpayers by using manipulated data to obtain government grants. Mr. Mann is now on the faculty at Penn State.

MAN SENTENCED IN FRAUD

A former Ross man who convinced investors to buy into used mobile homes that didn't really exist was sentenced today to four years and three months in prison and ordered to pay back $1,987,060. …

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