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Kim and Michael in the Media
A collection of news and media related to the practice of Michael Waltman and Kim Riester.

Kim Riester Understands Good People Make Mistakes

Man accused in Etna double homicide will stand trial


DA reviews case against man charged after he complained about Allegheny Valley bullying

The Allegheny County District Attorney's office is reviewing the case of a Springdale man charged with terroristic threats after he alleged that the Allegheny Valley School District failed to do enough to protect his son from bullying.

David A. Smith went to school administrators in January to complain that the previous May, the Springdale High School baseball coach, Randy Eaton, "viewed or participated in viewing" pornography on a bus trip back from a game. According to the criminal complaint filed against Mr. Smith, then-Springdale police Chief Julio Medeiros investigated but found no evidence of a criminal act by the coach. He referred the matter back to school officials, and Mr. Eaton resigned. [...]

Officer's actions during prostitution sting questioned


Homestead officer engages in sex act during prostitution bust

The story began in an apartment building on Sarah Street two weeks ago. The scene surely looked typical from the outside, but inside, an undercover officer was getting ready to bust alleged prostitute Diana Gross.

Did it go too far, as Gross' attorney suggests? [...]

DA, defense attorney spar over letter in homicide case

Prosecutors with the Allegheny County District Attorney's office and a defense attorney are squaring off in court over who authored a letter purporting to help a homicide defendant.

Three men, Tahj Thomas, Rashawn Walker and Henry Little-Proctor are accused of killing Susan Sidney, 25, in McKeesport on Jan. 27, 2014, as she walked to a nearby store about 11 p.m.

Ms. Sidney, the mother of five children, who at the time ranged from ages 2 to 7, was killed in the 900 block of McCleary Street.

The defendants in the case, among the first brought before Allegheny County's newly permissible indicting grand jury based on the fear of retaliation against witnesses, had been slated for trial on Tuesday.

But the previous week, the prosecution asked for a postponement to conduct additional DNA testing on the gun investigators said was used in the crime. [...]

Pa. cop allegedly accepted sex act from prostitute before arresting her

(CBS/AP) HOMESTEAD, Pa. - The attorney for a woman facing prostitution charges says an undercover western Pennsylvania detective went too far when he allowed the woman to begin a sex act before arresting her.

Homestead Officer Ronald Depellegrin writes in his criminal complaint that 36-year-old Diana Gross began the sex act before he arrested her March 22 after answering a personal ad she allegedly placed.

Gross has been ordered to trial on prostitution charges, but her attorney, Michael Waltman, says the officer's actions are "shocking, outrageous and clearly intolerable" and is threatening to sue. [...]

Munhall Couple Ordered To Stay Away From Boy

MUNHALL (KDKA) - A Munhall couple accused of starving and beating a child will stand trial.

Robert Guyer and Chrystal Plesniak, both 23, allegedly locked Plesniak's 6-year-old son in his bedroom without food or water, only allowing him out to go to the bathroom.

"The child's grandmother had custody of the child for a day or two, took the child to Children's Hospital and that's where these claims came from," Michael Waltman, Guyer's attorney, said. [...]

Ex-teacher's aide sentenced for sex with teens

Her dyed blond hair has been replaced by a natural dark brown. She wore a brown knit sweater and black slacks, far from her attire -- or lack thereof -- in photos circulating the Internet.

Former Highlands Senior High School teacher's aide Abbie Jane Swogger appeared in an Allegheny County courtroom yesterday to plead guilty to drug and sex charges related to her partying with teenagers.

Ms. Swogger was sentenced to three to six years in state prison, to be followed by 36 years of probation.. [...]