73 arrests, citations in Chesney concert area

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Police in Pittsburgh say 73 people were arrested or cited inside and outside of Heinz Field in connection with Saturday’s performance by Kenny Chesney, and medics reported treating 150 people.

A police spokeswoman said officers responded to “at least 10 large fights” but no officers reported any injuries. There were some arrests for disorderly conduct and assault and an arrest for an alleged indecent assault on the concourse.

Police also reported 45 transports to medical facilities and said 150 people were treated both inside and outside with “all reported to be concert-related.”

Also reported were a number of arrests for public intoxication, public urination, and marijuana possession, and 32 arrests for scalping.

Chesney’s annual stop in Pittsburgh on his concert tour draws tens of thousands to the North Shore area.

 

 

ELDERLY MAN RESCUED AFTER FALL DOWN PA. SLOPE

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Authorities in western Pennsylvania say an elderly resident of a Pittsburgh-area nursing home was rescued after tumbling down a steep hillside.

Officials of the Shady Rest home and the city’s emergency medical services department said the man, who is in his 80s, fell 25 to 30 feet down the North Side slope on Friday afternoon.

Acting rescue division chief James Holman said he was conscious and alert and was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in stable condition. His name wasn’t released.

Nurse Peggy Cherkes said she went looking for the man after not finding him in his room and heard him calling for help, so she climbed down to try to keep him calm until help arrived. Cherkes said he was scared and had some bruises but seemed otherwise uninjured.

 

 BICYCLIST FROM PA. KILLED IN BETHANY BEACH CRASH

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) – Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a bicyclist in Bethany Beach.

Police say 66-year-old Dorothy Brenner of Pittsburgh was riding a bicycle Friday afternoon along the shoulder of Route 1 in Bethany. At some point, investigators say Brenner tried to cross over the northbound lanes of the highway in a diagonal direction into the path of vehicles.

Police say one vehicle was able to brake and swerve to avoid hitting Brenner. That maneuver forced another vehicle to brake and swerve to the left, striking Brenner. She was thrown from the bicycle.

Brenner was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not injured.

 

PEDUTO AND WAGNER BOTH SPENT $1M ON PITTSBURGH PRIMARY

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The top two Democrats each spent more than $1 million on their mayoral primary campaigns – but nominee and presumptive mayor Bill Peduto, got much more for his money.

Peduto, a city councilman, spent $1.16 million, far less than former state auditor general Jack Wagner’s $1.53 million. But Peduto won the primary going away with 23,597 votes to Wagner’s 18,060. That means Peduto spent just $49 per vote, compared to $84 each for Wagner.

Peduto will face Republican Josh Wander in the general election, but Wander is a decided underdog in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than 2-to-1 and voters haven’t elected a Republican mayor since the Great Depression.

Peduto also has a monetary edge. He’s got $22,000 left over from the primary campaign. Wander has just $1,700.

PITTSBURGH-AREA TRANSIT BUSES TRYING OUT AUDIO ADS

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh-area’s transit agency has begun a pilot program for selling 15-second audio ads on its
buses.

The ads are created by Ohio-based Commuter Advertising, and play when buses reach five difference city bus stops, as
determined by GPS units on board the vehicles.

If the ads prove popular and affective, the Port Authority of Allegheny County will begin selling the ads to be played at
11 stops.

Businesses pay about $1,300 a month for print ads posted at busier downtown stops and as little as $250 for stops in
outlying areas. The audio ads sell for a comparable price, but will be sold on a quarterly basis.

Megabus, a nationwide discount bus service, and a Pittsburgh jewelry store are the first two businesses to buy the ads,
which have been airing for about a week.

 

SHALE GAS WORKER FOUND UNCONSCIOUS ALONG PA. ROAD

CHICORA, Pa. (AP) – State police say a man found unconscious along a rural road in western Pennsylvania may have been the victim of a hit-and-run.

State police in Butler say 28-year-old Robert Stewart, of Springville, was spotted by a motorist lying along the side of Route 68 in Donegal Township about 1 a.m. Thursday.

Police say Stewart has been working on Marcellus shale natural gas wells in the area – but they’re not sure how or why he came to be unconscious along the highway.

Investigators say they’re not even sure whether Stewart was hit accidentally and left behind or run down on purpose. They say it’s even possible that he was thrown or pushed from a moving vehicle.

He has been listed in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital where police have yet to be able to speak with him.

 

PA. GIRL, MD. BOY WIN NATIONAL MARBLES TOURNAMENT

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) – An 11-year-old girl from Pennsylvania and a 12-year-old boy from Maryland are this year’s national marbles champions.

Emily Cavacini won the girls’ championship Thursday at the National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, N.J. Cooper Fisher won the boys’ title. The four-day tournament featured 26 boys and 26 girls competing to knock marbles out of a circle.

Emily is from Shaler, Pa., just north of Pittsburgh. She’s been playing marbles for about four years. She’s a fifth-grader at Shaler Elementary School and won the Allegheny County Marbles Tournament on June 1.

Numerous other marbles champions have come from Allegheny County over the last 10 years.

Cooper is from Middletown Valley, Md.

Emily and Cooper say it’s fun playing against their friends in the tournament, which is celebrating its 90th year.

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