Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SOUTH/CITY/EAST [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SOUTH/CITY/EAST [Derived Headline]

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S. Fayette man convicted of killing wife in 2010

A jury found a South Fayette man guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday in the beating and stabbing death of his wife two years ago.

Robert Abrams, 42, was also convicted of arson, endangering, abuse of courts and recklessly endangering another person, stemming from the incident on April 23, 2010.

According to Deputy District Attorney David Spurgeon, Mr. Abrams got into an argument with his wife, Jeannette, early that morning when she complained to him that he had time to watch Penguins playoff hockey but not to get a job.

The prosecution said that Mr. Abrams pushed his wife down, and when she got back up and continued arguing with him, he grabbed a hammer off a dresser in the bedroom and struck her more than 10 times in the head. When she continued to fight, he stabbed her repeatedly in the chest with a steak knife.

After the woman died, Mr. Abrams set their house on fire, intending to commit suicide, although he changed his mind and fled through a bathroom window, police said.

Mr. Abrams faces a mandatory prison term of life in prison without parole. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donald E. Machen ordered a pre-sentence report and said sentencing will be held in 90 days.


Court action threatened over new Megabus stop

An attorney for Gateway Center has threatened to sue over the city's decision to move the Megabus stop to the Downtown office complex, raising new questions about the discount carrier's home in Pittsburgh.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced June 13 that the new Megabus stop would be in front of Two Gateway Center. The announcement came after the Sports and Exhibition Authority said it was kicking Megabus out of space at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center after complaints about litter and passengers' use of center restrooms.

But neither the city nor Megabus consulted Hertz Gateway Center, the office complex's owner, before deciding to put the bus stop there, Blaine Lamperski, an attorney for Hertz Gateway said.

"The city's actions in creating the proposed Gateway Center hub amount, among other things, to a taking of Hertz Gateway's private property. ... As a for-profit business, it is Megabus' responsibility to locate and pay for an appropriate bus depot elsewhere ... ," Mr. Lamperski said in a June 22 letter to city Solicitor Daniel Regan.

If the city did not relocate the stop by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Lamperski said, he was authorized to "immediately commence legal proceedings."

Mayoral spokeswoman Joanna Doven said officials are talking to Hertz Gateway to resolve the dispute.

Dale Moser, president of Coach USA, parent of Megabus, said he was unaware of the letter from Hertz Gateway. He said Megabus will "do as the city directs us."

He said Megabus is still using the convention center as its stop, with plans to move operations to Gateway Center on Monday. …

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