Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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Aliquippa man killed in Beaver County parkway crash

An Aliquippa man was killed early Saturday morning on the Parkway West when the truck he was driving veered off the highway just past the Hopewell exit, state police said.

Police said Michael M. Hawk, 53, died in the 2 a.m. crash. Police said Hawk was driving west on the parkway/Interstate-376 when his truck left the highway and rolled over several times.


Off-duty state trooper shoots, kills Butler man

Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 25-year- old Butler Township man Friday evening involving an off-duty state trooper.

State police said the victim, Kristopher Barkus, was shot by the trooper -- identified by Butler County records as Brian J. Knirnschild -- sometime around 8:40 p.m. after both had exchanged words and Mr. Barkus showed a handgun outside the trooper's September Drive home.

Mr. Barkus had arrived uninvited, according to police. Mr. Barkus' brother tried to get him away from the trooper's home before the trooper opened fire, according to KDKA-TV.

Mr. Barkus' brother drove him to a nearby hospital and Mr. Barkus was then flown to Allegheny General Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 10:31 p.m., according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office.

The medical examiner's office determined that Mr. Barkus had wounds from two to three gunshots to his trunk.

Mr. Barkus' father, Bob Barkus, told KDKA that his son Kristopher had been carrying an Airsoft gun.

"We miss him tremendously already. He was a great musician, athlete, sometimes comic. He's a good man," Bob Barkus said of his son.

The major case team for state police at Butler is investigating with help from the county district attorney's office.

Butler County native stabbed at Va. naval base

The Navy says a sailor from Butler County who was stabbed in an attack on a Virginia base is now in good condition.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Powell's condition was upgraded Saturday. The 25-year-old from Sarver had been listed Friday night in critical condition after surgery.

The attack on Officer Powell early Friday in Portsmouth, Va., sparked a lockdown and manhunt before his suspected assailant was arrested

Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell was arrested nearby in Virginia Beach, authorities said.

The Navy said the stabbing occurred outside the Navy Exchange at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Portsmouth Annex.


Man faces charges after accident injures toddler

A Pittsburgh man faces a variety of charges stemming from an accident Friday night in which a 3-year-old was hit by a stolen SUV in California-Kirkbride, police said.

Police charged Aaron Touchstone, 21, of Manchester with driving with a suspended license, causing an accident which resulted in injuries, receiving stolen property and possession of controlled substances, said public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler.

Police said the child is recovering from a broken leg.

19-year-old to stand trial in December shooting death

A 19-year-old from Fineview has been ordered to stand trial on charges that he killed a man in December.

Jamirre Wilkes appeared in court Friday for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Kim Hoots, according to court records. He faces charges of homicide, aggravated assault and other crimes in connection with the Dec. …

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