Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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Highmark CEO charged after Oakmont incident

Highmark Chief Executive Officer Kenneth R. Melani has been charged with simple assault and defiant trespass stemming from an incident that occurred last weekend.

A court docket shows that Dr. Melani, 58, was charged after an incident in Oakmont that occurred on Sunday.

Oakmont police declined comment until the police chief returned to the office this morning. The criminal complaint on the incident was not available late Wednesday.

Attorney says Jordan Brown denied speedy trial

An attorney for a Lawrence County boy who has been held in detention for more than three years on charges that he killed his father's pregnant fiancee told a panel of Superior Court judges Wednesday that the boy's right to a speedy trial has been violated, and he should be released pending his juvenile trial.

Jordan Brown, now 14, has been held in the Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Detention Center in Erie since February 2009, when he was charged with the killings of Kenzie Houk, 26, and her nearly full- term unborn child in their New Beaver farmhouse. He was 11 at the time.

Under state law, a juvenile must be released or adjudicated within 10 days of being charged. But Jordan was charged as an adult until a Lawrence County judge last year decided his case should be handled in juvenile court. His adjudication hearing was stalled by unsuccessful appeals by three newspapers that it should be open to the public.


Pitt grad student pleads guilty to child porn charges

A 24-year-old graduate student who distributed child pornography pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Charles W. Treloar, who had been studying at the University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business, faces sentencing Aug. 24 but agreed to be imprisoned immediately. Federal guidelines indicate he could face 15 to 20 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar said FBI agents in Maryland and California detected Mr. Treloar seeking child pornography on the Gigatribe file sharing service on Dec. 9. An agent contacted Mr. Treloar electronically and got him to send the password "ihatemyself" that allowed access to his pornography file. …

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