Crime en Reporter Debrief on the Sentencing of Nate Harper <p>Former Pittsburgh Police Chief, <a href="">Nate Harper</a>, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to create an <a href="">unauthorized slush fund</a>.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon also ordered the 61-year-old Harper to repay $31,986 from the fund that he spent on himself.</p><p>90.5 WESA’s reporter Deanna Garcia says the sentencing was not surprising for most people, but Harper’s family and legal team were disappointed.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:59:57 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25029 at Reporter Debrief on the Sentencing of Nate Harper In the Case of Nate Harper, Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? <p>Roughly one year ago <a href="">Nate Harper resigned</a> from his post as Pittsburgh Police Chief. Soon after his resignation, Harper was indicted with conspiracy charges and failing to file tax returns.</p><p>Yesterday US District Judge Cathy Bissoon sentenced Harper to 18 months in prison as well as repayment of the $31,986 for the slush fund that he spent on himself.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:46:29 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25038 at In the Case of Nate Harper, Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? Cambria County Guardianship Agency Under Investigation <p>The Social Security Administration is investigating the alleged embezzlement of funds from a Cambria County guardianship agency, which handles the finances of incapacitated people under its care.</p><p>Reporter Halle Stockton has been covering <a href="">this story</a> for Public Source. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:22:51 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24187 at Cambria County Guardianship Agency Under Investigation The Dark Side of Social Media: Criminal Activity Displayed Online <p>People share so much of their lives on social media, from vacation photos to music and book choices. This over-sharing of information has extended to the bold and casual admittance of <a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">criminal activity</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">David Harris</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law University of Pittsburgh School of Law</span> says the rape case in <a href="">Steubenville, Ohio</a> is an example of how ever-present<a href=""> social media</a> can play an important role in criminal cases. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:02:59 +0000 Katherine Blackley 20372 at The Dark Side of Social Media: Criminal Activity Displayed Online 'Sarah’s Amendment' Faces Vote in Harrisburg <p>About 60 percent of stalking victims aren't currently able to obtain a restraining order in Pennsylvania, according to <a href="">numbers</a> from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Under current law, PA victims can only obtain one if their stalker is a relative or someone they dated.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:34:59 +0000 Tim Camerato 20007 at Effort to Curb Cell Phone Theft Comes to Pennsylvania <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has joined top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York in a nationwide initiative to thwart smartphone&nbsp;thefts by rendering the devices useless after a robbery.</p><p>The “Secure Our Smartphones” initiative was introduced in Pennsylvania by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week. It’s a collaboration among attorneys general and municipal leaders asking cell phone manufacturers to develop a “kill switch” for stolen phones.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:05:59 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 18916 at Better Business Bureau Offers Security Tips After Victims of Hacking Scheme Lose Millions <p>The Better Business Bureau is urging consumers to take a hands-on approach in monitoring financial records after five Russian and Ukrainian hackers were charged with stealing 160 million credit card numbers over seven years.</p><p>Caitlin Vancas, spokeswoman for the BBB of Western Pennsylvania, said people need to take a closer look at their bills and statements in order to stay secure.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 18:10:37 +0000 Michael Lynch 13936 at Ruling Offers Juvenile Killers Possibility for Parole <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last June that juveniles cannot be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole is now having repercussions in Pennsylvania. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The high court ruling meant the commonwealth had to determine what to do with the approximately 400 juveniles tried in adult proceedings who fell into that category.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:36:48 +0000 Emily Farah 7236 at Alternative Sentencing Effective in Pennsylvania, but Underutilized <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections found that the State Intermediate Punishment, or SIP Program helps reduce recidivism and saves the state money. But a <a href="">recent report</a> from the DOC found that from 2010 through 2012, the program was not used to its full potential, especially in larger counties.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:12:20 +0000 dgarcia 1036 at