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UPDATED:8:45am — THU – 3-23-2023

Retrial Continuing For Man Accused Of Killing Off-Duty Pittsburgh Police Officer

(Pittsburgh, PA) — Defense attorneys are questioning the testimony of prosecution witnesses in the retrial of Christian Bey.  He is the man accused of fatally shooting off-duty Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall outside a Homewood residence in 2019.  During cross-examinations yesterday, Bey’s attorneys disputed statements that Hall was unarmed at the time of the incident.  Dawn Coates, the wife of Hall’s cousin, Darnell Coates, was asked if she or her husband moved Hall’s gun after he was shot, placing it in his car.  She testified that they did not.  Coates also admitted that Hall had “a few drinks” on the night of the deadly shooting but testified that he did not appear drunk and was not slurring his speech.  The trial is scheduled to continue this morning.

Pittsburgh Police Reporting Early Success With Pilot Program Involving Social Workers

(Pittsburgh, PA) — Pittsburgh police are reporting some early success with a pilot program that pairs officers with social workers.  The initiative involving the city’s Office of Community Health and Safety has been in place for roughly one month.  Officer Aaron Conner says it has been helpful to have the expertise of behavioral professionals available in the field.  Once an incident scene is deemed safe officers can move on to respond to other calls while the social workers stay behind to help connect people with needed resources.

Crews Respond To East Pittsburgh Fire

(Pittsburgh, PA) — Officials are looking into a fire reported in East Pittsburgh yesterday evening.  Crews responded to the scene in the eight-hundred block of Linden Avenue around 6:30 p.m.  No injuries were reported in the incident, according to dispatchers.  Further details on the blaze have not yet been released.

Allegheny County Reviewing Shuman Center Property

(Pittsburgh, PA) — Officials in Allegheny County are gathering information on the Shuman Juvenile Justice Center.  A motion directing the county controller to examine the conditions at the shuttered property was filed earlier this week.  The motion also establishes a juvenile justice study group to look over those findings.  They will then advise county leaders on their recommended steps for reopening the facility or finding another solution.

East End Brewing Opens New Taproom In Mount Lebanon

(Mount Lebanon, PA) — A Pittsburgh brewery is launching a new taproom location in Mount Lebanon.  East End Brewing Company is now operating in a space on Washington Road.  The 25-hundred-square-foot establishment boasts 16 taps, some local cocktails and wine, and food options.  The taproom is open Thursday through Sunday, with additional details available at east-end-brewing-dot-com.

Pittsburgh Sports

UPDATED: 8:45am — THU – 3-23-2023

Roethlisberger Nearly Joined 49ers Last Season

(Pittsburgh, PA)  —  A Steelers legend nearly came out of retirement last season.  Ben Roethlisberger joined Mark Madden on “105-9 The X” and said the 49ers reached out to him last year.  The quarterback said, “I’d be lying if I didn’t say there was a small part of me that was intrigued.  I could still do it and prove to people that I could still play.”  Roethlisberger said at the end of the day, he couldn’t see himself in anything other than black and gold.  San Francisco committed to Brock Purdy after Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo got hurt.

Penguins Snap Losing Streak Against Avalanche

(Denver, CO)  —  The Penguins snapped their losing streak after a 5-2 win over the Avalanche in Denver.  Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Jeff Carter each scored first period goals as the team took a commanding 3-1 lead into the second.  Carter lit the lamp again in the third while Bryan Rust added another to seal the win.  Pittsburgh snapped its four-game losing streak and is back in the second Wild Card spot with 80 points.  The Pens wrap up the two-game road trip against the Stars in Dallas tonight.

Notre Dame Hires Micah Shrewsberry

(Notre Dame, IN)  —  Notre Dame is hiring Penn State’s basketball coach to run the men’s team.  ESPN reports Micah Shrewsberry is finalizing a seven-year contract to join the Fighting Irish.  Shrewsberry turned down a long-term extension from the Nittany Lions as the prospect of going back home became a key factor in his decision.  The coach guided Penn State to the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2011.  The Nittany Lions fell to second-seeded Texas in round two of the tournament.

Pirates Play Red Sox Today

(Bradenton, FL)  —  The Pirates are back on the diamond in Bradenton this afternoon.  Pittsburgh squares off against the Red Sox in Grapefruit League action.  The team is coming off a walk-off win against the Phillies where a wild pitch plated the game-winning run.  Andrew McCutchen crushed a two-run homer while Drew Maggi singled-home a run as part of the comeback.

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