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February 4, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: Pittsburgh girl, 6, crashes car in bid to see dad

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PITTSBURGH —

Pittsburgh police say a determined 6-year-old girl didn't hurt anyone when she crashed her mother's car while trying to drive across town to visit her father.

Police haven't released the name of the girl whose mother was reportedly still sleeping when the girl took the woman's car keys about 9 a.m. Sunday.

Police Sgt. Jerry Parker tells reporters the little girl is tall for her age, but adds: "How she knew how to operate a car, your guess is as good as mine."

Police say the girl hit two parked vehicles, pushing one of them into a third, before hitting a utility pole.

Police and the girl's father arrived to take her home after the accident.

Police are still investigating but haven't said if anyone will face charges.

 

Police: Westmoreland County man tried to shoot stepson at dump

SMITHTON — A western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he tried to shoot his stepson when the younger man arrived at a dump site where his stepfather was shooting guns with two other people

State troopers from the Belle Vernon barracks say 49-year-old Ronald Roth, of Smithton, didn't explain why he allegedly aimed two shots at 21-year-old Clinton Metz, who wasn't injured in the incident Saturday afternoon.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Roth who was arrested Sunday, after police investigated the incident which allegedly occurred about 3 p.m. Saturday at a dump site in South Huntingdon Township.

Roth faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 13 on charges including attempted homicide and reckless endangerment. He remained in the Westmoreland County Prison on Monday, unable to post $25,000 bond.

 

Ex-law clerk, others to testify in Melvin trial

PITTSBURGH — A law clerk who worked for suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin when Melvin was a lower court judge is expected to continue testifying in the campaign corruption trial of her former boss.

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