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March 20, 2013

Midday briefing: 2nd sex assault report made at Pittsburgh psych clinic

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police are investigating the second report of a child sexual assault this month at the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic.

The newest incident involves a 7-year-old autistic boy admitted to the clinic on Friday. The woman says she learned Monday that her son was inappropriately touched by another boy.

Pittsburgh police are already investigating another incident on March 8 in which a 14-year-old male patient allegedly sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl in a clinic playroom. Police say that incident was captured on surveillance video and they're still investigating.

A spokeswoman for the UPMC says officials take patient safety seriously and say they notified the latest alleged victim's mother within 2½ hours of learning about the incident.

UPMC also says some children at the clinic may "misunderstand the boundaries of appropriate physical conduct."

Pittsburgh officer suffers heart attack in cruiser

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh police officer is recovering after suffering an apparent heart attack while on-duty in his police cruiser.

Police are not identifying the officer, who was working with a partner when he was stricken about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The officer's partner and city detectives administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until city paramedics arrived.

The officer was taken to UPMC Mercy hospital, where he remained Wednesday in the cardiac intensive care unit.

Armed man demands ride in Erie _ but nothing else

ERIE — Erie police say a gunman forced his way into a car and demanded the driver give him a ride across town — but nothing else.

Police say the incident began about 9 p.m. Tuesday just after the motorist paid for gasoline at a station.

That's when the unknown suspect got into the car, pulled out a silver handgun, and told the car's owner to drive.

Police say the victim drove the suspect to another location where the suspect got out, hopped into a sport-utility vehicle, and drove away.

Police say the victim wasn't robbed or otherwise harmed during the incident.

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