Allegheny County Medical Examiner

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The Office of Allegheny County Medical Examiner investigates cases of persons who die within Allegheny County, Pennsylvania from criminal violence by casualty or by suicide, when unattended by a physician; under correctional custody or any other suspicious or unusual manner. The office's jurisdiction includes the city of Pittsburgh and its immediate suburbs.

Prior to 2005 the "Coroner" was an elected position within the county, however on December 29, 2005 the position was abolished and retitled "Medical Examiner" with all future office holders being appointees of the Allegheny County Executive (Mayor) once approved by county council. Longtime coroner Wecht continued to serve as both the last coroner and first medical examiner.[1]

The Medical Examiner's Office also houses the Forensic Laboratory Division for the county. The disciplines within the laboratory are Drug Chemistry, Environmental Health, Firearms/Toolmarks, Forensic Biology, Latent Prints, Mobile Crime Unit, Toxicology, and Trace Evidence.

The office made headlines in the 1930s in its investigations into some of the Mad Butcher Killings.[2] In the 1950s the office (headed by William McClelland) was a leader in attempting to raise the driving age from 16 to 18.[3] The 1970s had the office gaining national prominence as Dr. Wecht led several investigations into the Kennedy Assassination.[4][5][6]

County Medical Examiner office

History

The office, then known as the Corner's office, was located at #6 Eighth Street in 1901.[7]

The office has been headed by several notable coroners/medical examiners including:

Further reading

External links

References

  1. Lovering, Daniel (December 30, 2005). "Famous coroner Wecht to be county's first medical examiner". Retrieved December 30, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Say 'Butcher' Slew 3 Here". Youngstown Vindicator. 05/04/1940. Retrieved 2013-07-22. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Pittsburgh Coroner Urges Minimum Driving Age of Eighteen for State". Washington Reporter. 06/08/1957. Retrieved 2013-07-22. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "On JFK slaying: Coroner claims views twisted". Spokane Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 2013-07-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Gilmore, Daniel (09/08/1978). "JFK Panel Reaffirms One Bullet". Schenectady Gazette. Retrieved 2013-07-22. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Doctor Claims Panel Distorted His Opinion". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. 06/11/1975. Retrieved 2013-07-22. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9PEMAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bGcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2577%2C2054822
  8. "Onorato Names New Medical Examiner". WPXI-TV. 2006-12-22. Retrieved 2013-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. O'Toole, James (1990-07-21). "County politician William Hunt dies". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2013-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Ex-Coroner Joseph Dobbs Dies at 63". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1968-11-11. Retrieved 2013-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Pierce, Henry (03/08/1963). "Expert Rips Coroners' Setup Here". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2013-07-21. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "McClelland Drubbed in Spankard's Ward". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1954-05-19. Retrieved 2013-07-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "McClelland proposes State Ticket". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 03/09/1950. Retrieved 2013-07-21. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Coroner Says He'll Run Again". Pittsburgh Press. 07/01/1937. Retrieved 2013-07-22. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>