Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NORTH/WEST/CITY [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

NORTH/WEST/CITY [Derived Headline]

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NORTH

Girl, 8, from Springdale killed in boating accident

An 8-year-old Springdale girl who had traveled to Florida for a family reunion died Friday after the boat she was riding in lurched and hit a dock.

Olivia Wade was riding in the port bow of the 23-foot bowrider when the 23-year-old woman who was driving it decided to try to dock on the St. John's River near Palatka, about an hour south of Jacksonville, according to a preliminary report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The woman missed the boat lift the first time she tried to drive onto it, at about 6 p.m. When she tried again, she put the boat into forward gear and it lurched, striking the dock and sending the bow portion of the boat, where Olivia was sitting, under the dock.

Olivia was taken to the Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, where she was pronounced dead.

No charges have been filed. Investigators said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

WEST

N.J. doctor charged in oxycodone ring dies

A doctor at the center of a major "pill mill" prosecution in Wheeling, W.Va., died last week of an apparent heart attack.

Douglas Broderick, 46, who ran pain clinics in Florida and South Carolina, died March 20 at his mother's home in New Jersey.

The notice of his death was made public Monday in a court filing in Wheeling, where Dr. Broderick's legal team had recently filed motions to challenge the government's case naming him as an oxycodone supplier to an Ohio Valley drug ring.

Dr. Broderick, of Clementon, N.J., ran Liberty Medical Group in Jacksonville, Fla., and Respectable Medical in Rock Hill, S.C., both of which had in-house pharmacies that dispensed oxycodone.

The ring operated from February 2010 until March 2011 and distributed at least 100,000 pills worth about $3 million, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Man gets 10 years for mortgage fraud

A New Brighton man faces 10 years in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that lasted seven years.

Michael Staaf, 42, was one of five people charged with crimes related to the firm Beaver Financial Services.

According to his 2011 indictment, Mr. Staaf sold commercial properties owned by firms he controlled to other firms he controlled, while inflating property appraisals, rent payments, improvements and assets to get outsized loans. U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton's office said the scheme involved tens of millions of dollars.

U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone approved a sentence that had been negotiated between Mr. Staaf's attorneys, Phil DiLucente and James Ecker, and prosecutors.

CITY

Police investigating East Liberty homicide

Pittsburgh homicide detectives are investigating whether a gang feud played out when a 17-year-old teen was shot to death on an East Liberty street Sunday night. …

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