County Council hears from community about countywide police review board

County Council hears from community about countywide police review board

After narrowly passing an ordinance to pursue a countywide citizens’ police review board by an 8-6 vote in July, Allegheny County Council has continued to examine the topic at a string of public meetings. 

Even at the third of the four allotted public meetings Thursday night, the prospect of the board still evoked strong emotions from both law enforcement and citizens.

The push for a review board came after weeks of calls for reform throughout the Pittsburgh area following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. in June. 

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Wagner opioid plan calls for lawsuit against manufacturers, smarter spending

Occasionally calling out crowd members by name on his home turf, Scott Wagner released his plan to tackle the opioid crisis Wednesday in York.

“I wish there was a switch we could just flip to cut this crisis off,” Wagner said to the crowd of about 200 people. “But the truth to be told is not that simple — there’s no switch to flip.”

Wagner’s plan includes expanding investments into programs with track records of ending addiction, providing more resources to law enforcement to crack down on drug dealers, streamlining regulations for mental health services and revamping the state’s prescription drug monitoring programs.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Department of Corrections ends system wide lockdown

Department of Corrections ends system wide lockdown

After 12 days the state prison system is no longer on lockdown.

Since August 29, Pennsylvania’s 24 prisons limited mail and visitors while revoking inmate privileges to deal with an outbreak of unknown illnesses to inmates and staffers.

From May 31 to September 1, more than 50 staff members and 33 inmates were taken to outside hospitals for treatment for exposure to illicit drugs. Subsequent tests showed synthetic drugs, including cannabinoids, as the cause in some of the situations.

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wetzel talks prison lock down, K2 and more

Wetzel talks prison lock down, K2 and more

The PLS Reporter sat down with Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel on Thursday to talk about recent turmoil in state prisons thought to be connected to synthetic drugs.

Last Wednesday all correctional facilities in Pennsylvania were placed on an indefinite lock down after multiple staff fell sick due to an unknown substance.

Thursday, September 6, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Horror at grand jury report lingers, but agreeing on action still an open question

Horror at grand jury report lingers, but agreeing on action still an open question

With the breadth of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania now fully realized, eyes are turning to see how the General Assembly will respond this fall.

House leadership promised the day of the report’s release that a vote on SB 261, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) to indefinitely extend statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, would come this fall.

But Scarnati reiterated his opposition to a House-backed provision to let victims of childhood sexual abuse sue in civil court for damages Wednesday evening.

Thursday, August 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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