From Yahoo: Pittsburgh news anchor Wendy Bell was fired Wednesday from ABC affiliate WTAE after outcry over a recent Facebook post in which she used racially stereotypical language in talking about “young black men.”
Bell had been associated with WTAE for 18 years but could not withstand the outcry over her rant on the station’s own social media account speculating on the perpetrators of a then-unsolved murder…
The controversial comments were posted after a mass shooting in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, in which six people were killed — but before police had made any arrests. “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts,” Bell wrote. “they are young black men, likely in their teens or early 20s.
“They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested. They’ve made the circuit and nothing has scared them enough. Now they are lost. Once you kill a neighbor’s three children, two nieces and her unborn grandson, there’s no coming back. There’s nothing nice to say about that.”
NEWS: Authorities questioned a man Friday morning in connection to a shooting in Wilkinsburg that resulted in the deaths of six people, including an unborn baby, and left three others wounded, sources told Channel 11 News.
Lt. Kevin Kraus, of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, said Friday that a man was arrested on a bench warrant for a probation violation. He was on Allegheny County’s Most Wanted list.
The man, identified as Cheron Shelton, was walked out of Allegheny County police headquarters in handcuffs about 9 a.m…
Earle discovered that Cheron Shelton has a lengthy criminal record that goes back a decade and includes mostly drug-related charges.
He was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance in January and driving on a suspended license. He was given probation.
A few weeks later, Cheron Shelton was arrested and charged with simple assault. He was jailed on $10,000 bail but released on Feb. 11, one month before the deadly Wilkinsburg shooting, when the judge agreed to reduced his bail to non-monetary.