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HARRISBURG — Cops: Allegheny County man threatened to kill probation officer

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh police have been searching for a man who allegedly left a voice mail threatening to kill his probation officer because the man's upset that his mother died of a heart attack shortly after she was charged with hindering his arrest on an alleged probation violation.

Police tell KDKA-TV that 35-year-old Theodore Hatcher, of Carnegie, called his probation officer on Oct. 19 and left a profanity-laced message that threatened to kill the officer saying, "You killed my mother, something's gotta go down."

Online court records don't list an attorney for Hatcher, and police say they want to find him before he acts on his threats.

Hatcher's mother was charged with hindering apprehension after Allegheny County sheriff's deputies showed up at her home seeking to arrest him on a probation violation.

Philly firm moving on W. Pa. racetrack permits

NEW CASTLE — A Philadelphia firm that's getting a license transferred to build a harness racetrack in Lawrence County has applied for storm water and other permits needed to begin construction.

The moves by Endeka Entertainment signal the firm also plans to apply for a state casino license soon.

Applying for the various permits within 30 days was one of the conditions mandated when the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission last month approved transferring the harness racing license to Endeka from American Harness Tracks.

American Harness failed to get the necessary financing and a casino license to build the casino-racetrack to be known as Valley View Downs in Lawrence County, about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Endeka says the facility will provide 1,500 permanent jobs and attract about 14,000 patrons a day.

Police trying to ID pedestrian killed in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG — Police are trying to determine the identity of a woman struck and killed by a car in this city.

Harrisburg police say they have identified the driver of an industrial truck they believe hit the woman Wednesday morning. The driver did not stop at the scene but contacted police after investigators put out a call for motorists who thought they may have struck a curb.

Authorities say the woman suffered fatal head trauma.

Officials don't know the woman's name but says she was in her late teens or early 20s and about 5-foot-2 and 105 pounds with short, dark braided hair and a light complexion. She had tattoos on each wrist.

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