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| Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Mount Pleasant

Drive canceled


A blood drive scheduled Wednesday at Mount Pleasant Area Senior High School by the Central Westmoreland American Red Cross has been canceled because of construction at the school.



Uniontown

Enters plea


A Normalville man has pled guilty to corruption of minors after he was arrested last June for fondling a young girl.

Gary L. Ritenour, 38, of Springfield Pike, entered his guilty plea before President Judge William J. Franks. He was represented by Uniontown attorney Thomas Bowlen.

State police allege that Ritenour was staying overnight at the residence of a girlfriend when he approached her niece who was asleep on a couch.

Police allege that Ritenour showed a sexual aid to the small child and asked her to touch the object. Ritenour allegedly fondled the child's chest and rubbed the device against her. Police said Ritenour also engaged in sexual activity with the device in front of the child.

Ritenour, who will be sentenced at a later date, will receive a period of probation.



Uniontown

Open house


Fayette County Community Action Agency's Children's Safe Parenting Center, 140 N. Beeson Ave., Uniontown, will hold an open house/community festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12. This will kick off the official opening of the safe parenting center. There will be a puppet show, magic/clown show, story telling, face painting, picnic, arts and crafts booths and interaction with firefighters, community leaders and police.

The Search and Rescue Team and Uniontown Police K-9 will host the Kid Care Program; children will be fingerprinted with the IdentifKids Kit. A local fire truck and ambulance will also be on exhibit.

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