Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Johnston family does not want grandmother's death to be in vain, KDKA reports.
The family of a 26-year-old Richland man charged with killing his grandmother spoke out Tuesday about his mental illness in an exclusive interview with KDKA. Levi Daniel Staver was charged with criminal homicide a week ago, Feb. 19, after he stabbed his grandmother, Connie Johnston, in the back as she sat at the kitchen table eating breakfast with his grandfather, according to police. Staver told police an archangel told him to stab her, according to the criminal complaint. The grandmother's husband, the Rev. David Johnston, and daughter Ruth said they wanted to raise awareness about mental illness so Connie Johnston's death is not in vain, KDKA reports. Staver lived with his mother and grandparents at their home in the 3900 block of …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The man's death was ruled a homicide.
An Avella resident was hitchhiking on Old Route 40 in Donegal Township, Washington County, about 9:20 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, 1972, when he spotted the badly decomposed body of a man. The man was down an embankment, about 65 feet south of the roadway. His skeletal remains were found in a briar thicket, near a small trash dump, about two miles west of Claysville. It was estimated that he had been there for about 8 to 10 weeks. The man's death was ruled a homicide, according to the Pennsylvania Missing Persons website. The man had gunshot wounds in his left torso, possibly from a .22-caliber weapon. While details about the man's appearance and clothing are many, there are no clues as to who he was, where he came from or why he died. The man…
Sunday, November 25, 2012
These cases in the Pittsburgh area did not have a happy ending, but finding these missing persons might have brought closure to families.
As early as this July, people in the law enforcement community knew that the remains of Amanda Sue Myers of Pittsburgh had been identified through DNA comparison. However, it was only last week when Pittsburgh police finally released the news. In July, two separate sources told Patch that Amanda had been identified but that police wanted to hold off on releasing information until some interviews had been conducted. Amanda, who was 22 at the time of her death, was last seen in Pittsburgh at the end of 1999 but may have been in Florida and Tennessee as late as April 2000. She was not reported missing until 2007, according to the Pennsylvania Missing Persons website. Known unofficially as Homestead Jane Doe, Amanda was found deceased on Oct…
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The man is described as biracial with a light complexion, about 5-foot-9-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with a braided ponytail.
Allegheny County police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the second person involved with the home invasion robbery this week that resulted in the shooting of a Clairton police officer. The man is described as biracial with a light complexion, about 5-foot-9-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with a thin build. His dark shoulder-length hair was in a braided ponytail. He is believed to be in his early twenties. Anyone with information about a person fitting this description is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Homicide unit at 412-473-1300.