$45K re­ward for ar­rest of driver who killed 8-year-old girl

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

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.

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