Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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Woman in city bribe scheme seeks probation

The woman whose cooperation made possible the federal prosecution of a bribery case involving a city of Pittsburgh contract asked for probation Tuesday in advance of her sentencing next week.

Christine Kebr, 57, of Castle Shannon, gave federal agents 12 hours of interviews that, according to her attorney, "led to the guilty plea of Arthur Bedway."

Bedway, 64, of Robinson, has been sentenced to three years of probation and a $30,000 fine. He ran Esplen-based Alpha Outfitters. After obtaining Ms. Kebr's inside help in securing a contract to install radios and computers in city police cars, he paid her $6,000.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon will decide on the sentence.

Bedway has admitted to paying $9,000 to another person, whom prosecutors have not named. Bedway's attorney has said it was former city police Chief Nate Harper, but Mr. Harper's attorneys have denied that. Mr. Harper is set to be sentenced Feb. 25 on unrelated charges of conspiracy to commit theft from a federally funded program and failure to file tax returns.

Two guilty of murder in 2011 home invasion

Two men were found guilty of murder Tuesday in the 2011 shooting death of a Hazelwood man.

Jarod Cager, 22, and Terrel Noaks, 19, were accused of killing Antwan Leake, 19, on Aug. 14, 2011, during a home invasion in Knoxville.

Mr. Cager was found guilty of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory prison term of life without parole. Mr. Noaks was found guilty of third-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 to 40 years. Both men were found not guilty of conspiracy.

They will be sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Jill E. Rangos on May 2.

Pittsburgh officer charged with DUI, careless driving

A Pittsburgh police officer was arrested around 3:20 a.m. Monday and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving, court records show.

Michael Lafferty, 29, was assigned Tuesday to support services, pending action by the Office of Municipal Investigations, acting police Chief Regina McDonald said in a statement. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 7. …

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