Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Officer hit by car

A Trafford police officer was struck by a car while he was directing traffic this morning.

A Westmoreland County emergency dispatcher said the officer was hit shortly before 8 a.m. near the intersection of Forbes Road and Route 130.

Dan Stevens, a spokesman for the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety, said the officer was taken to UPMC Mercy with arm and leg pain. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, Mr. Stevens said.

He said the driver, whose name and age have not yet been released, stayed at the scene. The investigation continues.

Hearing set on Penn State case

HARRISBURG -- A Dauphin County judge has set a date to hear arguments on pre-trial motions in the case of two Penn State University administrators charged with perjury and failing to report suspected child abuse incidents involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Attorneys for retired university vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley will appear Aug. 16 at a hearing in Harrisburg, according to a release this morning from Dauphin County officials.

The two men are awaiting trial on charges of perjury for statements they made to a state grand jury and of failing to report the abuse incidents.

Mosquito spraying set

The Allegheny County Health Department will spray areas of the East End, West End, Edgewood and Wilkinsburg with mosquito pesticide this week in an attempt to kill mosquitoes with West Nile virus.

In Allegheny County, 31 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile since mid-May, but no human cases have been reported this year, according to the department's release.

The department will spray a pesticide called Zenivex which kills adult mosquitoes but is harmless to people and pets, according to the release. The pesticide sprayer is mounted to a truck that sprays between one and three ounces per acre.

Jury picked for Miles case

A jury of five men and three women has been seated in the Jordan Miles police abuse case in federal court.

The men include one African-American. Racial attitudes have been a component of the jury selection process because Mr. Miles, 20, is black while accused Pittsburgh police officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing are white.

Later today, attorneys were to make opening statements.

After a lunch break, U.S. District Chief Judge Gary L. Lancaster will instruct the jury on the rules of evidence. Then one of Mr. Miles' attorneys and all three of the officers' attorneys will make opening statements.

Mr. Miles has said that the three plainclothes officers jumped out of an unmarked car, chased him down and beat him on the head, tearing hair out and leaving him swollen and with cognitive losses.

Contractor pleads guilty

The president of a Ford City environmental company waived indictment in federal court this morning and pleaded guilty to wire fraud stemming from a government contract to demolish a Marine Corps base in South Carolina. …

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