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Former Penn Hills School Board member waives preliminary hearing on drug charges

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

A former Penn Hills School Board member waived a preliminary hearing on simple drug possession charges on May 31.

Don Kuhn Jr., 55, of Penn Hills, will face trial on three counts of possession of controlled substances after the waiver before Mt. Lebanon District Judge Blaise P. Larotonda.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office withdrew two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kuhn and his attorney both declined comment after the hearing.

County sheriff's deputies picked up Kuhn on March 23 at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills on a bench warrant issued by county Judge Jill Rangos, who apparently is overseeing the Allegheny County grand jury investigation into the school district's finances. Kuhn later said he had failed to appear before Rangos.

Deputies took Kuhn to the Dormont Municipal Building, where grand jury sessions are held. During a search, deputies allegedly found the following in Kuhn's pockets:

• Three stamp bags containing heroin residue.

• Four pieces of paper containing cocaine residue.

• One pill of Vicodin, a prescription painkiller.

The charges are all misdemeanors.

Kuhn's resigned from his board seat on April 24.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter at @MikeJdiVittorio.

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