Gay pride arrest under investigation
PITTSBURGH – A police officer was put on desk duty after video surfaced showing him punching a woman at the city’s gay pride parade and festival.
The officer, Souroth Chatterji, will remain on restricted duty for a month during an internal investigation, Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday.
Chatterji said in a criminal complaint that he was trying to break up a fight when he grabbed the woman by the head and punched her in the side so he could handcuff her.
The officer said the woman, Ariel Lawther, 22, of Harmony, fought with him and kicked him in the groin, resulting in charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
She also was charged with simple assault for allegedly attacking a man the mayor said was with a group of people opposing the parade.
Balloon pilot dies during landing mishap
KIMBERTON – The pilot of a hot air balloon fell from the basket while trying to land in a field near Philadelphia and could not be revived after becoming trapped under it, authorities said Monday.
Jeff Hooten, 47, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Sunday after the accident in East Pikeland Township, Chester County, police said.
None of the 10 passengers was injured.
Hooten was reaching to grab a rope to deflate the balloon when he fell, police Chief James Franciscus said. The pilot was dragged after becoming stuck between the basket and the ground, Franciscus said.
House OKs lower fees for disabled vets
HARRISBURG – Many disabled veterans in Pennsylvania could qualify for low-cost fishing and hunting licenses under a pair of bills approved by the House.
Lawmakers voted 196-0 on Monday to give final House approval to the bills.
Senate approval is required before the bills could be sent to the governor.
The legislation would allow any military veteran who is between 60 percent and 99 percent disabled to receive a resident fishing or hunting license for $2.70, including processing fees.
Regular fees for adult resident licenses are $22.70 for fishing and $20.70 for hunting.
Disabled veterans who have lost a limb or the use of a limb or who are totally physically disabled will continue to qualify for free hunting and fishing licenses under current law.
Youth suicide, genocide may become classroom topics
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania schools could soon be encouraged to teach about youth suicide prevention and the history of genocide, under two separate measures headed to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk.
Both bills passed the state House of Representatives on Monday.
Under one bill, each school will be required to develop a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy. Teachers will receive instruction on it and schools can choose to work it into the curriculum for students in grades six through 12.
The other bill would require the state Education Department to distribute curriculum materials on the Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations to each school and offer teachers training on the subject.
Gay pride arrest under investigation
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Woman raising stink about people using backyard near turnpike as a rest stop
A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.
Parts of I-80, I-380 jumping to 70 mph
Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates in Pennsylvania will rise to 70 mph for the first time this summer, with similar increases possible next year on other stretches of roadway around the state, state transportation officials said Wednesday.
Trial ordered for inmate in cellmate’s death
An SCI-Houtzdale prison inmate has been ordered to stand trial on charges in the beating death of his cellmate a year ago.
Pittsburgh shooting: 1 killed, 1 wounded at home being remodeled
Authorities in say a contractor was shot to death and a man he worked with was injured outside a vacant home being remodeled in Pittsburgh.
Auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation
Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.
Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State for $1M
A son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has sued the university over his dismissal from its coaching staff two years ago, saying he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
2 Pa. residents charged killing 3 in W.Va.
Two Pennsylvania residents face murder charges in connection with the deaths of three people in West Virginia.
Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years
New York-based credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service is slapping a lower rating on Pennsylvania’s debt for the second time in two years, as state government grapples annually with built-in budget deficits.
Water skier injured by boat propeller, airlifted to Hershey
A central Pennsylvania man who was airlifted to a hospital by helicopter after he was injured by a boat’s propeller is said to be in good condition.
Ethics agency probes lawmakers named in cash sting
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission is investigating allegations that four state lawmakers were caught in a cash-for-favors sting following complaints filed by citizen activist in March.
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