Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

EAST/CITY/STATE [Derived Headline] [Corrected 11/07/14]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

EAST/CITY/STATE [Derived Headline] [Corrected 11/07/14]

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EAST

Trial for Hribal moved to March

The trial for a teenager accused of injuring 21 people in the April knife attack at Franklin Regional High School has been moved to March, a judge said Thursday in court documents.

The trial had been scheduled for December.

Patrick Thomassey, the attorney representing 17-year-old Alex Hribal, filed a motion Tuesday asking Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Christopher A. Feliciani for more time to prepare his defense.

The teen is accused of bringing two kitchen knives to the Murrysville school April 9 and slashing or stabbing 20 students and a security guard. He is charged as an adult with 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and having a weapon on school property.

He is being held at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center, where he is receiving mental health treatment.

CITY

City enlists consultant on police hiring

Pittsburgh will pay E.B. Jacobs Inc., a consulting firm based in State College, up to $52,000 for costs "associated with revisions to the city's methods used to hire police officers."

In 2012, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city on behalf of two black police officer candidates, James Foster and Mike Sharp, alleging the bureau maintains a "longstanding pattern and practice of racial discrimination ... against African Americans in the screening and hiring of applicants." The suit noted that only 2.45 percent of police officers hired between 2001 and 2011 were black.

Settlement talks are ongoing, and Mayor Bill Peduto's administration says it is committed to increasing diversity at the police bureau.

Police dogs to get 'retirement' plan

Pittsburgh City Council has passed a retirement plan of sorts for old police dogs.

Council on Tuesday unanimously passed Councilwoman Darlene Harris' legislation introduced last month providing a $500-a-year stipend to police officers who care for retired dogs. It also extends an agreement with the nonprofit Animal Rescue League, which provides veterinary care for the department's 23 working police dogs, to allow the dogs to continue to be seen there after they leave active duty. …

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