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Trial to open for man shot by police officer

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Trial opens this week for a man charged with dragging an officer with his vehicle before the officer shot and paralyzed him.

Twenty-one-year-old Leon Ford is charged in Allegheny County with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and other counts.

County prosecutors and police contend Ford was speeding and rolled through a stop sign in November 2012 before police pulled him over. They allege that he then struggled with officers who tried to pull him out and then attempted to drive away, dragging an officer who shot him four times.

Ford has sued in federal court, saying an internal police board determined that officers contributed to the shooting by not following proper procedures, although members also said the shooting wouldn't have occurred had Ford obeyed the officers.


Counselors provided following deaths of 3 teens

LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) - Officials at a suburban Philadelphia school district say counselors will be at the school all day on Labor Day to provide support and guidance to students and parents following the death of three sophomores after a sport utility vehicle overturned in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Lackawanna County Coroner Timothy Rowland said 15-year-old Ryan Lesher of Churchville and 15-year-old Shamus Digney of Holland died at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton following the Saturday morning crash in Paupack Township, Wayne County, about 70 miles north of Philadelphia.

Northampton Police Chief Michael Clark said Cullen Keffer was the other teenager killed. Three other people were injured.

The Council Rock School District posted a notice on its website offering condolences to the families and said counselors would be available on Labor Day.


Man's body found near Pittsburgh

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (AP) - Police say the body of a man has been found in a wooded area near Pittsburgh.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office says 32-year-old Nathaniel Humphrey of McKeesport died from a gunshot wound to the head, and his body was found on Friday.

Neighbors say the remote area near the Ohio River is usually only frequented by fishermen.

No arrests have been made.


Police chief's son charged for alleged road rage

HOKENDAUQUA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say the son of a Pennsylvania police chief was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at Lehigh County Detectives.

WFMZ-TV reports that 22-year-old Christopher Fitzgerald was arrested Friday night after what authorities described as a road rage incident.

Fitzgerald is accused of pulling a gun on two detectives after he allegedly "brake-checked" the detectives several times. Police later found the suspect stopped in the parking lot of a nearby mall.

Court records show that Fitzgerald is facing several charges including simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. He was released on bail Saturday.

Allentown Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald declined to comment on his son's arrest when reached by WFMZ-TV Sunday morning. The son's attorney was not immediately available for comment on Sunday.


2 men beaten with a hammer in home invasion

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) - Two people are in the hospital after they were struck with a hammer during a home invasion in a Philadelphia suburb.

WPVI-TV reports that two men in a Lower Merion Township home were beaten with a hammer at about 4 a.m. on Sunday.

Authorities say they do not know how many people carried out the home invasion and police have not made any arrests.

The conditions of the victims were not disclosed.


Pittsburgh-based reality show 'The Chair' to debut

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Viewers of a new reality show will soon find out what happens when two fledgling directors are given $850,000 to direct their own movies from the same script.

"The Chair" is shot in Pittsburgh and documents the making of both movies. The 10-week series will debut Sept. 6 on the cable network Starz.

One movie is called "Not Cool," directed by YouTube moviemaker Shane Dawson. The other is "Hollidaysburg," directed by actress and screenwriter Anna (AHN'-ah) Martemucci (mar-teh-MOO'-chee). The films will be released shortly after the weekly one-hour series begins.

Both movies were based on a script by Dan Schoffer called "How Soon is Now." They're coming-of-age stories about friends who return home to western Pennsylvania during their first Thanksgiving break in college.


W. Pa. man robbed in park

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Police say a western Pennsylvania man was robbed in a park at gunpoint after he took his children swimming.

Sgt. Don Cross says the robbery happened at about 5 p.m. Saturday at the Canonsburg Town Park, according to the Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/1qsiJRO ). That's about 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

The man told police that an older four-door silver Buick pulled up and two men got out and robbed him. The car may have had out-of-state license plates.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is continuing.

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