Illegal guns remain plentiful in Wilkinsburg even as the borough reduces violence

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A Little Tikes basketball hoop sits in the corner of the porch on Rebecca Avenue in Wilkinsburg. A witch on a broomstick dangles from the home’s awning, marking the house for trick-or-treaters in advance of Halloween. A syringe sits by the back tire of a Ford sedan parked at the curb. Bricks of heroin are stashed inside the car, the white rectangles visible through the windshield. A search warrant will reveal a revolver hidden in the trunk, one of at least 50 guns seized this year that Wilkinsburg police say are illegally carried.

Darci Landa sorts clothing at the Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania Donation Processing Center in Lawrenceville. A former client of its sheltered workshop, she is now an employee earning $7.25 per hour. “I do a little bit of everything here,” Landa said. (Photo by Mary Niederberger/PublicSource)

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania closed its sheltered workshop and now pays minimum wage to workers with disabilities

Jack McCabe has been scanning books, among other duties, at the Goodwill Donation Processing Center in Lawrenceville since 1992. Darci Landa has a decade’s worth of experience at the center, and today she was sorting through piles of donated clothes. And while they are veterans at their duties, McCabe of Upper St. Clair and Landa of Baldwin just became full-fledged employees this summer — their job titles are production associates. McCabe, 46, and Landa, 31, were previously regarded as clients of Goodwill’s sheltered workshop program.