Metro Beat: Woman jailed after crashing car into hospital

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A woman has been jailed on charges she crashed a stolen car into the entrance of a Pittsburgh hospital moments after she was asked to leave the emergency room for being aggressive to hospital staff.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 34-year-old Nicole Clelland, of Crafton, who’s charged with theft, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and other charges. Police say four people had to dive out of the way when Clelland backed the car into a revolving door entrance at UPMC Mercy Hospital about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the car belonged to someone delivering something to the hospital or dropping someone off.

Clelland’s mother, Martha Meyer, told WPXI-TV that her daughter was not in her “right state of mind” Tuesday and had swallowed some batteries, razor blades and a pen before the incident.

Jury to debate principal’s health club sex case

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A jury must determine whether a suspended Pittsburgh Public Schools principal fondled himself or made sexual advances toward two men and a teenage boy at a health club sauna.

Defense attorney Phil DiLucente contends 37-year-old Alfonzo DeIuliis (dee-aye-OO’-lis) is innocent and wasn’t even at the LA Fitness in suburban McCandless Township during two of the alleged incidents. DiLucente presented evidence that DeIuliis didn’t use his swipe card the day of one alleged incident, and was with a woman during another incident.

But Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Chernosky told a jury “the chances that three people come forward making similar allegations just doesn’t happen.”

The defendant has been on unpaid leave as principal of a PreK-8 school since the charges were filed in August. The alleged incidents occurred between February 2013 and his arrest.

11 have whooping cough at Pittsburgh high school

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Public Schools officials and the Allegheny County Health Department have confirmed 11 cases of whooping cough at a city high school.

District spokeswoman Ebony Pugh says the first case was confirmed last month and parents were sent a letter after three more cases were discovered at Taylor Allderdice High School. Seven more cases have since been confirmed.

The disease, also known as pertussis, is generally not helped by cough syrups or other common cough remedies. The best safeguard is a vaccine.

Health department and school officials say in the letter that he illness can be very severe, though it is rarely fatal – mostly for infants.

Autopsy, dental check set on body in burning car

LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) – An autopsy was scheduled on a body found inside a car found burning behind a western Pennsylvania bar, and authorities say they’re checking dental records to confirm the victim’s identity.

For now, the Westmoreland County coroner’s office is treating the discovery in Ligonier Township as a suspicious death. Investigators believe they know the victim’s identity, but want to confirm that with dental records before releasing the name.

Investigators also aren’t sure whether the body found just before noon Tuesday is that of the person who owned the burning car. The body was found when firefighters were called the put out the burning car, which was parked behind the Washington Furnace Inn just east of Laughlintown. That’s about 45 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Door lock issue cited in woman’s fall from Pa. bus

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Transit officials in western Pennsylvania say a rear door lock failure sent a woman tumbling from a moving bus in Pittsburgh last week, seriously injuring her.

Port Authority of Allegheny County spokesman Jim Ritchie said “a lock mechanism in the doorway” clearly failed, and officials are trying to find out why that happened.

He said the authority has checked all of the roughly 700 buses in the fleet and found no similar problems, although alignment problems on two doorways were fixed.

The woman, who fell from the bus as it rounded a corner at about 6 p.m. Friday, remains in the intensive care unit at UPMC Mercy.

The doors are typically controlled by the driver, but Ritchie says the mechanism appears to be at fault rather than “some outside intervention.”

Hillshire deal means new Snyder of Berlin owner

BERLIN, Pa. (AP) – The $6.6 billion deal in which Hillshire Brands Co. will buy Pinnacle Foods Inc. means a western Pennsylvania potato chip company now also has a new owner.

Snyder of Berlin in Somerset County is owned by Pinnacle, which also owns Birds Eye, Vlasic, Van De Kamp’s and other food brands.

The deal announced Monday won’t close until September. Hillshire spokesman Matthew Pakula tells the (Somerset) Daily American (http://bit.ly/1lnk9Yc ) that until the deal goes through “it’s hard to say” what impact, if any, the deal will have on Snyder of Berlin.

The potato chip company about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh has about 100 workers. It was founded in 1947.

Hillshire makes Hillshire Farm cold cuts, Jimmy Dean sausages and hot dogs under the Ball Park franks label.

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Information from: Daily American, http://www.dailyamerican.com

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