Friday, November 18, 2011
The 14th annual LEAD awards ceremony will recognize outstanding performances by Western Pennsylvania law enforcement officers.
The Law Enforcement Agency Directors (LEAD) of Western Pennsylvania will hold the 14th Annual LEAD Awards Ceremony today, Nov. 18, at the FBI - Pittsburgh Field Office on Pittsburgh’s South Side. The LEAD Investigative Team Awards will be presented to the agents and attorneys who investigated and prosecuted the Manchester Original Gangsters and the Le-Nature’s Inc. fraud scheme. Individual awards for outstanding performance in law enforcement will be presented to 34 agents, officers, troopers, deputy sheriffs and prosecutors. The men and women being recognized include: LEAD is composed of the following law enforcement agencies and their representatives: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; …
Monday, October 24, 2011
The estimated $450,000 project will install three automated gate systems and advanced warning signs in the area.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Work to install an advanced notification flood gate system on Washington Boulevard (Route 8) in Pittsburgh will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 25 weather permitting. The estimated $450,000 project will install three automated gate systems at the following locations: Five advanced warning signs will also be installed at the following locations: The system will use pressure sensors that automatically close the gates and activate the warning signs when a pre-determined amount of water is detected on the roadway. When the system activates, it will also notify the appropriate emergency response personnel. The effort came about after an Aug. 19 flood on Washington Boulevard that killed four people—Kimberly Griffith of Plum and her two daughters, Brenna …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This week, officials and local sewage authorities are discussing—with the public and each other—how to prevent flash flooding in Highland Park like that which took the lives of four last Friday.
Members of Pittsburgh City Council and area sewer authorities say they are taking immediate steps in the face of deadly flash flooding in Highland Park caused by a “100-year storm.” While they indicate that sewers and roadways are not to blame for the recent deaths of four—including Plum Borough mother and her two daughters, and an Oakmont woman—officials hope to work together to keep such a tragedy from happening again. Last Friday, in the Pittsburgh area, three inches of rain fell in one hour. Nine feet of water filled the area where Allegheny River Boulevard and Washington Boulevard meet. Kimberly Griffith, 45, of Plum, and her two daughters, Brenna, 12, and Mikaela, 8, drowned when they became trapped in their minivan. Mary Saflin, a …
Monday, August 22, 2011
Family and friends will be received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home and St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Oakmont.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Mary Saflin, 72, of Oakmont died tragically during the unexpected flash flooding on Washington Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 19. Her body was found by a search crew on Aug. 20. She was one of four who died. According to her obituary, Saflin was the beloved mother of Josie (Dave) Zischkau, and Nicholas (Melanie) Saflin. She was the sister of Anna (John) Spehar and Nunni of Kelsey and Forrest. Saflin will be remembered for being a caring caretaker of many families’ homes. Friends and relatives will be received at Burket-Truby Funeral Home in Oakmont on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Oakmont. People also can …
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Neighbors remember Mary Saflin of Oakmont; and Kimberly, Brenna and Mikaela Griffith of Plum. All four died Friday evening after flash flooding on Washington Boulevard in Pittsburgh.
How do we respond to sudden deaths that make no sense?
On Friday a 45-year-old woman and her two children died after becoming trapped inside their car during flash floods that submerged more than a dozen vehicles in Pittsburgh's East End. A day later, search crews found the body of a fourth flash-flood victim along the Allegheny River near the Highland Park Bridge, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiners office. Kimberly Griffith, of Plum, and her daughters, Brenna, 12, and Mikaela, 8, died inside their flooded vehicle along Washington Boulevard in Pittsburgh. Their car was completely submerged and pinned to a tree, according to news reports. Searchers on Saturday found the body of Mary Saflin, 72, of Oakmont, near Lock and Dam 2, downstream from the Highland Park Bridge, …
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Mary Saflin of Oakmont was pronounced dead this afternoon after searchers found her body.
A fourth and final victim of the flash flooding on Washington Boulevard Friday evening was identified as an Oakmont woman this afternoon. Mary Saflin, 72, of Oakmont, was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon after searchers found her body along the shore of the Allegheny River, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Water rose up to nine feet on Washington Boulevard near Allegheny River Boulevard due to several rain storms. She had been unaccounted for after yesterday's flood. The other three victims--Kimberly Griffith and her daughter Brenna and Mikaela--were from Plum. See related stories on Plum-Oakmont Patch: Mother, Two Daughters from Plum Drown During Flash Flooding on Friday; Remembering the Local Victims of the Flash Flooding; …