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March 7, 2013

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PITTSBURGH — Paper: 30 officers made over $100K off-duty

PITTSBURGH – Thirty members of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau made over $100,000 for off-duty security details over three years, including one lieutenant who earned nearly $261,000.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Thursday that a husband and wife also made more than $250,000.

The paper says the police Office of Special Events paid officers more than $17.4 million from Jan. 1, 2010, to Feb. 22, 2013. About two-thirds of the 850-member force work special details for events, businesses and construction projects.

The figures don't include officers' regular wages or overtime or money they make from separate jobs.

Former police chief Nate Harper resigned last month after the FBI gathered boxes of records from police headquarters, and City Controller Michael Lamb announced an audit of the force's special events office.

DA to announce findings in Bucks County standoff death

WARMINSTER — Bucks County prosecutors plan to announce the results of their investigation into the death of an 89-year-old woman killed during a police standoff and shootout at a suburban Philadelphia apartment complex.

One issue being probed is who fired the shot that killed Marie Zienkewicz on Feb. 19. She lived directly below Andrew G. Cairns, who's charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at police. Officers returned fire.

The Bucks County Courier Times reports prosecutors plan to announce the results of their investigation Thursday. District Attorney David Heckler has said two matters needed to determined: whether police acted appropriately and what additional charges Cairns could face.

Investigators were responding to a report Cairns was going to kill himself. Authorities say Cairns fired at officers, who fired back.

 

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