$45K reward for arrest of driver who killed 8-year-old girl
PHILADELPHIA >> A $45,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a driver who hit and killed an 8-year-old girl and fled the scene.
Jayanna Powell was walking home from school with her siblings on Nov. 18 when she was struck crossing an intersection in the city’s Overbrook section. The car also knocked her 12-year-old brother to the ground.
On Tuesday, the Fraternal Order of Police announced they were offering a $15,000 reward. Mayor Jim Kenney’s office has also pledged $10,000. The girl’s parents say her uncle is putting up a $20,000 reward.
Defense: Deadly fire station shooting a ‘terrible accident’
GRINDSTONE >> A 21-yearold volunteer fire captain charged with fatally shooting a junior firefighter at a Pennsylvania fire station committed a “terrible accident” and is distraught over his friend’s death, the suspect’s attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney James Davis represents George Matis Jr., of Republic, who remained jailed on criminal homicide and reckless endangerment charges in the Sunday shooting of 16-yearold Parker Hess at the Republic Volunteer Fire Company.
Hess was shot when Matis removed his legally owned gun from a holster and it fired, striking Hess in the cheek, state police said in a criminal complaint. Investigators haven’t said whether the shooting was accidental, but Davis believes it was.
Prosecutor: Police didn’t push man before deadly chase
PITTSBURGH >> Early indications are police didn’t wrongly push a man who may have driven 100 mph to avoid officers before crashing into a car and killing a family of three on Thanksgiving, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
State police planned to use drones to measure and reconstruct the site of the crash, which killed David Bianco, his fiancee, Kaylie Meininger, and her 2-yearold daughter, Annika, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said.
The victims were killed on impact by a car driven by Demetrius Coleman, who police from East McKeesport and North Versailles were chasing following an afternoon traffic stop, Zappala said.