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Pa. Rep. Matt Dowling will remove name from November ballot following crash and DUI charges

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (KDKA) -- State Rep. Matt Dowling of Uniontown will no longer seek reelection to the state House of Representatives after DUI charges were filed against him earlier this month.In a post to his Facebook page on Friday afternoon, Dowling said he is removing his name from the ballot for the November General Election."My recent auto accident and subsequent treatment that I voluntarily sought drove me to deeply reflect on my life and make some hard decisions. One of those was to leave my seat in the state House of Representatives so that I can better spend time focusing...
UNIONTOWN, PA
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Greensburg coin laundry service damaged by fire

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a fire at a Greensburg coin laundry service late Thursday after authorities said they believe an item inside a dryer may have spontaneously ignited. City Fire Chief Tom Bell said rags that may have had oil or grease on them left in the dryer...
GREENSBURG, PA
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Driver suspected of DUI after truck tractor becomes lodged in Dauphin County home: police

The driver of a truck tractor that became embedded in a Derry Township home on Thursday evening is being investigated for driving under the influence, according to police. Emergency crews were called around 5:30 p.m. to the 1400-1500 block of East Derry Road, where the truck tractor portion of a tractor-trailer had driven into the front corner of a home, Derry Township police said.
DAUPHIN COUNTY, PA
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Fire destroys Soles Street homes in McKeesport

A large fire broke out early Thursday morning in McKeesport, spreading to multiple houses and an SUV parked on Soles Street, according to area first responders. To read the rest of the story, please see a copy of Friday’s Mon Valley Independent, call 724-314-0035 to subscribe or subscribe to our online edition at http://monvalleyindependent.com.
MCKEESPORT, PA
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Man charged in Westmoreland County crime spree to stand trial

GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) -  A local man accused in a bizarre crime spree will stand trial. Alex Kerestesy allegedly destroyed a hotel lobby, stole a cart full of items from a drug store and walked off with it wearing only his underwear. Kerestesy said he didn't mean any harm and has mental health issues. But police say he admitted to using drugs before the incidents."I just want to say this whole thing was just a misunderstanding. That's all I can say for now," he said heading into his preliminary hearing on robbery and assault charges after his alleged crime spree...
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Homicide victim's mother tells Mt. Pleasant man: 'No more drugs'

Cathy Clawson had a simple message for the man who pleaded guilty Friday to causing her daughter’s death in 2020. “Just come out a better man. No more drugs,” Clawson told Robert Seth Barnhart after he was sentenced to serve 3-6 years in prison for his role in the crash that killed his longtime girlfriend, 44-year-old Susan Clawson of Uniontown.
MOUNT PLEASANT, PA

Police investigating attempted carjacking at East Liberty Target

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating a carjacking at the Target store in Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood. Police were called Thursday to the 6200 block of Penn Avenue around 7 p.m. for a report of a carjacking, Pittsburgh Public Safety said.The victim told police that two armed individuals demanded their vehicle. The two suspects hit another vehicle while leaving the parking lot in the victim's vehicle, Pittsburgh Public Safety said.The victim was not hurt, and both suspects fled on foot.
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School district sued over 'anti-racism' teaching ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district's ban on "anti-racism" instruction is itself racist and an unconstitutional free speech prohibition, according to a federal lawsuit seeking to have the ban overturned.At issue is a resolution to create "a culture of kindness" narrowly approved last week by the Forest Hills school board in suburban Cincinnati. The resolution prohibits "anti-racism" curriculum, education and training and also bans the academic theory known as critical race theory.Students are banned from classes or assignments that require them to consider their race, socioeconomic class, gender identity or other characteristics as "a deficiency or a label" to stereotype students as having certain biases or prejudices, under the resolution.By prohibiting education, curriculum, and training regarding "anti-racism," the resolution "instead promotes racism by its very definition," according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday by parents and teachers against Forest Hill school board members and the district. A message was left with the district seeking comment.Legislation pending in the General Assembly would ban schools statewide from requiring or compelling Ohio teachers to affirm a belief in the systemic nature of racism or "the multiplicity or fluidity of gender identities."
CINCINNATI, OH
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