64-year-old grandmother wounded at youth football game dies

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PITTSBURGH (AP)—One of three people wounded at a youth football game in Pittsburgh has died and police Chief Nate Harper says he expects officers to issue arrest warrants for those responsible soon.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says 64-year-old Charlene Walters, of Verona, died Monday. An autopsy is set Tuesday, but authorities expect that will confirm she died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen she suffered on Saturday.

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Pittsburgh Chief of Police Nate Harper (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Two other people were wounded, a 33-year-old woman shot in the hand and a 27-year-old Wilkinsburg man who was critically wounded. Police believe he was the target of the shooters who are believed to have had an ongoing dispute with the man.

Police have yet to name any suspects or make any arrests.

At a news conference at police headquarters on the North Side, the chief pledged that police, league organizers and coaches will work together to ensure that the violence stops.

USO football player, 16, fatally shot when gunfire erupts during fight

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Pittsburgh police say a 16-year-old boy has been fatally shot when he was near a home where a dispute broke out that apparently didn’t involve the victim.

Police say they answered a disturbance call about 8:15 p.m. Sunday only to find that Ne’Ondre (nee-AWN’-dray) Harbour had been shot. He died a short time later at UPMC Presbyterian hospital.

Ne’Ondre was a standout offensive tackle and defensive tackle on the USO football team — the merged team of students from Pittsburgh Milliones (University Prep), Pittsburgh Obama and Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. And he was also a member of Pittsburgh Obama’s wrestling and track teams.

Police say a neighborhood dispute resulted in a man firing shots into a house while Harbour was standing outside. Police say he wasn’t involved in the dispute and ran away after he was shot once in the torso before collapsing.

Police have yet to release the name of a suspect or arrest anyone.

Woman not expected to survive Pa. police chase

PITTSBURGH (AP)—Homicide detectives and others have been at the scene of a Pittsburgh police chase that ended when a woman driving a car reported stolen crashed into a garbage truck and was thrown from the vehicle.

Police Cmdr. Scott Schubert isn’t identifying the suspect in the early morning chase Tuesday, but he says she’s been critically injured and is not expected to survive.

Police began following the vehicle when it pulled onto Liberty Avenue in the city’s Lawrenceville section without headlights. The woman refused to pull over the car, which was reported stolen earlier from McCandless Township, a suburb north of the city.

Instead, police say the woman sped away and wound up crashing into the back of a stopped garbage truck. Police don’t believe the woman was wearing a seat belt because she was thrown from the vehicle.

Pittsburgh paper backs Democratic Sen. Bob Casey

PITTSBURGH (AP)—The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Monday endorsed Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey for a second term.

In a brief editorial, the newspaper said it does not agree with all of Casey’s policies but that it prefers “the Democrat we know to the Republican of convenience”—a reference to Republican nominee Tom Smith.

Smith is a political newcomer who made his fortune in the western Pennsylvania coal industry and is largely financing his own campaign. The Tribune-Review said Smith was a Democratic committeeman as recently as 2010.

The paper said it admires Casey’s congenial manner in interacting with constituents and Republican Pat Toomey, his junior colleague in the Senate.

On Sunday, The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term.

The Inquirer said the Democratic president has made the nation safer by killing Osama bin Laden and healthier with the new health care law and said that a vote for Obama is a vote for a strong future. It said GOP nominee Mitt Romney would bring back policies that preceded the recession while being vague about his economic recovery plan.

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