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Man charged with rock-throwing released

| Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

An Allegheny County judge released a Dormont man from jail on his own recognizance Friday, four days after police charged him with throwing a rock at a car on the Parkway West from his pickup truck.

Common Pleas Judge Lawrence J. O'Toole wiped out the $250,000 bail that had been initially set for Thomas Burke, 19. He faces a preliminary hearing next week.

Police arrested Burke along with Walter Amman, 19, of Dormont, and Stephen Stone, 19, of Green Tree, for the rush-hour, road-rage incident Monday when Burke allegedly threw a rock at the car of Thomas Simpkin, of Carnegie. The three are charged with reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, propulsion of missiles, criminal mischief and other charges.

Defense attorney James Wymard said Burke, who has no previous criminal record, is not responsible for the spate of rock-throwing incidents on the Parkway West. Stone and Amman remained in jail last night.

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