Pittsburgh Public Works To Begin 24/7 Pothole Blitz on Tuesday
Residents urged to report pothole issues to 311
Weather permitting, Department of Public Works crews will begin filling potholes citywide starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, and finish at 6 p.m., Friday, March 13. Crews will work during night and day shifts for 72 hours, while also attending to rubbish and riverfront cleanup from storms and flooding this week.
Residents are encouraged to submit pothole repair requests to the City of Pittsburgh 311 Response Center. The “blitz” efforts will be based on 311 submissions, as well as problem areas identified by Public Works supervisors.
Please note that to effectively dispatch repairs 311 needs as many details as possible on pothole locations, such as addresses, intersections, block numbers, or landmarks.
All calls to 311 are answered by a live operator from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In the City of Pittsburgh, dial 3-1-1. Outside of Pittsburgh, call 412-255-2621. Voice or text messages can be submitted by dialing or texting 412-573-9736. Online submissions can be sent at any time via Twitter to @Pgh311 or the online form on the city website: https://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form.
US judge says Pittsburgh can enforce abortion clinic buffers
PITTSBURGH (AP) – A federal judge isn’t preventing the city of Pittsburgh from enforcing a 15-foot buffer zone that keeps protesters away from the front of two abortion clinics.
U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon on Friday turned down a request by five people for an injunction against the buffer zones.
But the judge isn’t throwing out the case.
She says there isn’t enough evidence on the record yet to determine if the buffers are being enforced selectively.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the abortion protesters who brought the lawsuit, says in a news release that it’s considering appealing the judge’s decision.
Neighbor heard cries of baby who starved after mom died
MILLVALE, Pa. (AP) – A neighbor said he heard the cries of a 9-month-old boy who authorities believe later starved after his mother died of a possible overdose inside their Pittsburgh-area apartment.
William Gonzalez said he heard the cries of little Casey Kessler when he went in and out of the apartment building in Millvale but didn’t think much of it at the time, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Saturday.
“If I was closer to the noise, I would have done something. I didn’t know. I feel so guilty. I feel so bad,” Gonzalez said. “The thought of that little kid running around after she died … looking for food. That’s what I’m upset about. It’s such a helpless feeling.”
The dead woman’s brother found the bodies early Friday. He had gone to the apartment to check on his sister, 22-year-old Sara Kessler, after not hearing from her for several days.
Kessler may have died a week or two earlier, Assistant Allegheny County police Superintendent James Morton said Friday. She was found on her bed and her son in the living room. There was no sign of foul play.
Police suspect Sara Kessler died of a drug overdose. An autopsy was performed Saturday, but a ruling on the cause of death is pending. The medical examiner was also performing an autopsy on the baby.
Sara Kessler’s mother died of natural causes in the same apartment in November, Morton said. No one else lived on their floor, he said.
Gonzalez and another tenant, Elizabeth Freismuth, said Kessler struggled to cope with her mother’s death.
“She seemed so sad her mom was gone. I told her if she needed anything to ask me, but she never did,” Freismuth told the newspaper. “She loved that little baby. He was such a beautiful little boy. She told me, ‘I can’t believe he’s going to be almost a year old. He’s getting so big.’ ”
Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com