Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CITY/EAST [Derived Headline]

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Woman, 23, charged with homicide by vehicle

Pittsburgh police issued a warrant for a woman Tuesday, charging her with homicide by vehicle in the death of her cousin, who fell from the trunk of her car in February.

Nadia Goins-Samuels, 23, of Homewood, also is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and traffic violations, according to court records.

Police said that on Feb. 29, Ms. Goins-Samuels drove Ronte Nelson-Goins, 15, around on the trunk of her car in the 7400-7600 block of Race Street. The teen fell off, suffering severe head injuries. He died at UPMC Presbyterian eight days later.

Ms. Goins-Samuels told investigators that she went to her family's house on Race Street between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to hang out and had a couple of drinks. She said she stopped drinking around 8 p.m.

Before she left to go home, she told police, she drove another person, identified only as "Charles," down Race Street on the hood of her car.

Ms. Goins-Samuels said Ronte then hopped onto the trunk and asked her to drive him around, too. She told police that she said no several times but finally agreed.

She said Ronte tried to get off the trunk as she drove down Race Street, and he fell.

Council OKs use of goats to control invasive plants

Pittsburgh City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to welcome 10 Nubian, Nigerian Dwarf and Saanen goats and their livestock guardian, a miniature donkey named Hobo, to three city parks where they will chomp away on invasive foliage.

Eliminating those plants will help maintain hillsides and the integrity of their slopes, improve wildlife habitats and help trees cool and shade the city, Danielle Crumrine, Tree Pittsburgh executive director, said last week.

A $10,000 grant from the Allegheny County Conservation District brings Steel City Grazers to Highland Park; Emerald View Park in Duquesne Heights and Mount Washington; and West Penn Park in Polish Hill. …

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