Sunday, June 26, 2011

Margaret Poplawski & Catherine Scott

Richard Poplawski's mother, Margaret, and his grandmother, Catherine Scott, quickly left the courthouse after Margaret was ejected from the courtroom. Margaret Poplawski stood up in court when her son stood to listen to the verdict. She was ordered to sit down. Minutes later, Manning ordered her out of the courtroom because he thought she was going to have an outburst. Margaret Poplawski unleashed a string of profanities when asked for comment, and a police officer ordered her to leave the building because of her language. "I just got kicked out of the building," she said. "These people are so ignorant." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

April 2009 - The grandmother of a man accused of killing three Pittsburgh police officers chained herself to a guardrail outside her Stanton Heights home tonight and stayed there for hours, even after police unchained her and a crowd of mourners and angry neighbors looked on. Saying she wanted to retrieve medical records, insurance records, clothes and other belongings from the home at 1016 Fairfield St., Catherine Scott, sat on the steps in front of her yard draped with a Steelers blanket, a book of "Healing Prayers" in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Her grandson, Richard Poplawski, is accused of killing Pittsburgh police officers Paul Sciullo II, Stephen J. Mayhle and Eric Kelly when they responded to a domestic disturbance call at the house on April 4, 2009. Police have said the inside of the home remains an active crime scene, which is why she has not been allowed inside, but declined to comment further. Meanwhile, angry neighbors gathered by the dozens, saying Ms. Scott was "showboating" for camera crews and deflecting attention from the slain officers. There was no indication of when Ms. Scott would leave. - Sadie Gurman
Jenny Skrinjar, of Lawrenceville, left, and Kathleen Gilkey, of Stanton Heights, hold wreaths yesterday in honor of the fallen police officers outside the residence of Richard Poplawski in Stanton Heights. The two were upset that Catherine Scott, grandmother of Mr. Poplawski, in the background, had chained herself outside the residence, saying she would stay there until police let her collect personal belongings from the home. - Sadie Gurman

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