Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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A former Allegheny County Jail inmate was charged with multiple counts of assault Monday in an October tussle that injured five correctional officers.

John W. Hirschfield, 34, of Scott, is accused of breaking one officer's hand, biting another and choking a third during the Oct. 5 fight in the intake area of the jail.

Hirschfield, listed in court documents as 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, was in the intake area around 8:40 p.m. when another inmate bumped into him, according to a criminal complaint.

Hirschfield yelled racial slurs at the other inmate and jumped over a row of chairs. He knocked a correctional officer to the ground, with his hands around her neck, according to the complaint. The other correctional officers intervened and were also attacked.

Hirschfield had been jailed on warrants in Butler County and Allegheny County. He now is being held in Butler County, charged with felony counts of assault and aggravated harassment, plus misdemeanor assault, reckless endangerment and strangulation.


Dog owners in Pittsburgh soon will be held accountable if their canine companions run loose and bite someone.

Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday passed a bill authorizing a fine of $350, plus costs, if it is found that a resident's dog bit someone "without provocation while running at large." For each subsequent offense, the penalty would spike to $1,000 per incident.

Council voted 8-0 to pass the legislation. The bill now goes to Mayor Bill Peduto, who intends to sign it, his spokesman said.

A pet "owner," as defined by the city's Bureau of Animal Care and Control, is someone who keeps or shelters an animal on their property, whether or not they own it.


Drug charges against a 25-year-old Bloomfield man were held for court Tuesday after Pittsburgh police found 57 bricks of heroin and thousands of dollars in two homes connected with the man. …

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