Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Vanessa DuVall is accused of stealing close to $10,000 from the Oakmont facility.
A former Riverview Community Action Corp. director accused of embezzling money from the senior center will complete an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. Last week, Vanessa M. DuVall, 39, of New Kensington had an ARD hearing before Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert C. Gallo. She was admitted into the program for 18 months. According to the state code, the program is intended to encourage offenders to make a fresh start after participation in a rehabilitative program and offers them the possibility of a clean record if they successfully complete the program. DuVall is accused of embezzling at least $10,000 from the senior center, which is located on Second Street in Oakmont. She was employed at the center from…
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Maddox Derkosh, 2, of Whitehall was killed in early November.
The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office will not pursue criminal charges against Elizabeth Derkosh, the mother of the late Maddox Derkosh, who was killed in a tragic mauling accident at the Pittsburgh Zoo in early November. However, according to KDKA, District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. is investigating a possible criminal negligence charge against the zoo. Elizabeth and 2-year-old Maddox, both of Whitehall Borough's Highgrove Road, were visiting the zoo on Nov. 4 when Maddox fell from the top of a platform railing to the ground inside of the pit area of an African painted dogs exhibit, according to a statement from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Pittsburgh police said that the child lost his balance after his mother lifted …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Vanessa DuVall's hearing in common pleas court will be held in October.
A former Riverview Community Action Corp. director accused of embezzling money from the senior center will go before a common pleas court judge next month. On Wednesday, Vanessa M. DuVall, 37, of New Kensington waived a preliminary hearing at the court of Plum District Justice Linda Zucco on charges of theft and access device fraud. DuVall is accused of embezzling at least $10,000 from the senior center, which is located on Second Street in Oakmont. She was employed at the center from 2004 to 2011. The Allegheny County District Attorney's office filed the charges against her last month after a year-long investigation. Her court hearing at Allegheny County Common Pleas Court has been scheduled for Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. _______________________ …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Vanessa DuVall is accused of embezzling money from the Oakmont senior center.
The former Riverview Community Action Corp. director is facing charges after allegedly embezzling money from the senior center. The Allegheny County District Attorney has charged Vanessa DuVall, 37, of New Kensington with theft and access device fraud. Charges were filed at the office of Plum District Magistrate Linda Zucco on Wednesday. According to the police report, DuVall is accused of embezzling at least $10,000 from the senior center, which is located on Second Street in Oakmont. A warant has been issued for her arrest. She is expected to turn herself in on Wednesday, according to the DA's office. According to the police report, DuVall, who was hired at RCAC in 2004, doubled health insurance payments to herself, made deposits into …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Charges of theft and misappropriation of funds were dropped against the former Plum Borough Athletic Association president and small business owner.
Plum District Judge Linda Zucco dismissed charges Wednesday in a case involving the former president of the Plum Borough Athletic Association. Richard Claypoole, 68, had been charged last December with theft by deception and misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions. The Allegheny County District Attorney’s officer accused Claypoole of using his private business, Richmar Sporting Goods, to mark up supplies he then sold to PBAA, the nonprofit he headed. Claypoole was accused of making roughly $213,000 in payments to himself and his company between 2008 and 2011. Detective Kevin Flanigan testified that financial statements showed Claypoole marking up sporting equipment by about 30 percent, …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
A preliminary hearing for Richard Claypoole has been continued for May 23.
A preliminary hearing scheduled for former Plum Borough Athletic Association president Richard Claypoole has been continued. Claypoole's hearing originally had been scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed due to his health, according to a secretary at Plum District Justice Linda Zucco's office. This is the fourth time his hearing has been continued. The Allegheny County District Attorney's office has charged Claypoole with theft by deception; and misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions. Claypoole is accused of making $213,594.74 worth of payments to himself and his business, Richmar—the company provided equipment to the PBAA and was operated out of Claypoole's home—with PBAA funds …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
An Allegheny County judge has ordered a dog warden to quarantine and euthanize the dog blamed for killing its owner's newborn son. Should the dog's owner appeal the order?
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Dogs attacking humans is something we've all been hearing about lately. A week after authorities blamed a pet husky for biting and killing its owner's infant son, a judge has ordered a dog warden to seize, quarantine and euthanize the dog within 10 days. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski issued the order on Thursday. The dog will be put down unless its owner appeals the ruling. A dog warden seized the dog later in the day, according to Mike Manko, spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. The dog—called Nikko, Nico or Halo—mauled newborn Howard Nicholson on Feb. 16 after the child's mother, Brandy Furlong, left the infant in a carrier on the living-room floor in their McKeesport home. …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Despite the resignation of several Plum Borough Athletic Association Association board members, Plum officials will continue their efforts to evict the organization from borough-owned ballfields.
Though the Plum Borough Athletic Association president and five other board members have resigned, and some residents are in the process of forming a new organization, borough officials plan to continue their efforts to vacate borough-owned ballfields. On Monday, Plum Borough solicitor Bruce Dice filed a landlord-tenant complaint with Plum District Magistrate Linda Zucco against the PBAA on council's behalf. A court date has not been set. The effort to terminate the organization's lease—based on several permit violations—on eight ballfields along Ross Hollow Road began in September. The organization was to remove its property from the ballfields by Nov. 30, but has yet to do so. A detective with the Allegheny County District Attorney's …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko tells the Plum-Oakmont Patch that a search warrant was served without incident to Richard Claypoole and his business, Richmar Sporting Goods.
On Thursday, a search warrant was served to Richard Claypoole and Richmar Sporting Goods, a business owned by Claypoole, in connection with the ongoing investigation into the Plum Borough Athletic Association's billings, according to the Allegheny County District Attorney's office. The district attorney's office issued this statement: "This morning, we served Dick Claypoole with a search warrant in connection with the ongoing investigation involving the PBAA. The warrant was served without incident and Mr. Claypoole was cooperative with our investigator." According to the Allegheny County search warrant, "any and all Richmar business records, including but not limited to billings made to the Plum Borough Athletic Association, contracts …