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Man fatally beaten after disagreement

| Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003

Pittsburgh police are investigating the beating death of a man outside a Larimer convenience store early Saturday.

Albert Northcut, 58, of East Liberty, was stomped and kicked to death at 2:13 a.m. outside the A-Plus Sunoco station on Frankstown Avenue, according to a police statement.

Northcut was reportedly standing at a service window in the station's parking lot when a man exited a 1999 light blue Mercury with three other men inside. The man started arguing with Northcut over cigarettes and suddenly began punching and stomping the older man.

The assailant fled the scene in the Mercury, police said. He's described as a black male in his early 20s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds. He has a muscular build and dark complexion.

Northcut was transported to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, where he died at 3 a.m. from injuries to the head and neck.

Allegheny County
County to bait coons to stop rabies spread

Raccoon bait containing rabies vaccine will be distributed throughout Allegheny County beginning Monday.

The Allegheny County Health Department plans to spread about 140,000 baits, including 15,000 dropped from the air in remote areas, in all 130 municipalities in the county. The 1-square-inch blocks of compressed fish meal and oil contain the plastic-encased, pink liquid vaccine and will not be put on private property.

The ground baiting will take about two weeks. The aerial baiting will be done by a private contractor between Sept. 5 and 20.

The baiting program is part of a multi-state U.S. Department of Agriculture program to wipe out raccoon rabies in Eastern states. Thirteen rabid animals, including eight raccoons, have been found in Allegheny County this year.

West Mifflin
Air traffic controllers to speak against plan

Air traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration's tower based at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin will hold a news conference Monday to speak against a federal proposal to privatize their jobs.

Allegheny County Airport is the fifth-busiest airport in Pennsylvania, handling more than 139,000 takeoffs and landings each year. It is run by the Allegheny County Airport Authority and handles much business travel.

Controller Kevin Murphy, a legislative representative for the local chapter of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, said the proposal would privatize operations at the county airport, but not at the much busier tower at Pittsburgh International Airport in Findlay.

Local controllers say the proposal would jeopardize safety and potentially cost taxpayers more.

Region
Million-dollar road project delayed

A $1.4 million road project along Route 65 through Haysville, Osborne and part of Sewickley that was scheduled to start Aug. 4 has yet to begin.

The construction zone begins at the intersection of Route 65 and Haysville Road and ends in front of the Quaker Valley Middle School in Sewickley.

Connie Parker, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the delay is minor and weather-related.

"People should really realize that we can't start a lot of these projects because of the weather and have to reschedule," she said.

Parker said the project will start when weather allows.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction at all hours for the duration of the project. The work is expected to be done by the end of the year.

Cecil
Burning ordinance to be discussed

Cecil's burning ordinance will be examined at a public meeting before the township supervisors at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Residents are invited to discuss whether they think there is a problem with the current law, which allows burning of some materials from noon to 8 p.m. every day except Monday and holidays. Some items can never be burned, such as household garbage and tires.

Township officials stressed in an announcement that the meeting will be to explore alternatives, "not to rat out neighbors who may be burning outside the scope of the ordinance."

Residents have complained at recent supervisors' meetings about public burning.

Region
Men arrested after alleged sexual assault

State police at Uniontown are investigating the claim of a Fairchance woman that a man who lived at her address raped her early Saturday.

According to police, the woman told police that Tasanai Chuahong forced her to have sexual relations against her will at 4:15 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, they observed red marks on the woman's neck. She also told them that Chuahong had choked and threatened to kill her.

Chuahong was arraigned before District Justice Rick C. Vernon on charges of rape, simple assault and harassment and admitted to the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact state police at 724-439-7111.

Lewis and Clark program planned at park

The Conemaugh River Lake will present "The Adventures of Lewis and Clark" 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today at the Conemaugh Dam site. The program will include a video presentation documenting the journey from Monticello to the Pacific Coast.

Those attending will learn how the Native Americans contributed to the expedition and see the Discovery Box, containing pieces of the corps journey. Additional Lewis and Clark commemoration literature will also be available. For more information, contact the park office at 724-459-7240.

Trees cut from Somerset County property

More than a dozen ornamental trees were cut from behind a Somerset County home last week, causing $1,200 in damage.

Seventeen trees were cut off Jon Klosterman's Brothersvalley Township lawn, state police said. The trees were cut sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

Police said someone also threw onions and red beets at the side of Klosterman's home, on Garrett Shortcut Road.

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