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Briefs: Man, 19, critical but stable after gunfire

| Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006

A 19-year-old man was hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being shot in the thigh Monday in Knoxville, city police Lt. Robert Roth said.

The shooting occurred at 5:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Charles Street, Roth said. Family members said they heard a single gunshot, looked outside and saw the man lying on the street. Witnesses said the man might have been involved in a confrontation with another man shortly before the shooting.

Detectives were told that several young men went to the victim's home looking for him earlier in the day. It is unknown who the young men were or why they wanted to see the shooting victim. Roth said detectives are trying to determine whether the earlier event is related to the shooting.

City Homewood Attorney: Woman fatally shot man in self-defense

A Homewood woman was defending herself when she fatally shot a man who had stolen her crack cocaine, her attorney told an Allegheny County judge Monday.

Karena Dorsey, 19, faces homicide charges in the Sept. 26 shooting of DeWayne Rankin, 42, in Homewood. Dorsey told police that she and several friends tracked down Rankin and confronted him after he stole the crack earlier that day.

Defense attorney Lisa Middleman told Common Please Judge Jeffrey A. Manning that her client -- who was 18 and pregnant at the time -- fired a revolver at Rankin because he came at her during the confrontation. A witness, however, said Rankin made no movement toward Dorsey, and Assistant District Attorney Mike Sullivan argued that the way Dorsey hunted Rankin down and shot him makes her guilty of first-degree murder. The nonjury trial is scheduled to continue today.

Larimer Shooting probed

A man was shot in the leg Monday in Larimer, city emergency personnel said.

City homicide detectives were called after the shooting occurred at 8:53 p.m. in the 400 block of Larimer Avenue. The man was taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Oakland, for treatment. No other details were available last night.

East Woodland Hills schools Board meeting moved to high school auditorium

Because of the hot weather, the Woodland Hills School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at Woodland Hills High School, 2550 Greensburg Pike, Churchill, instead of the district's administration building.

The Aug. 9, Sept. 6 and Sept. 13 meetings also will be conducted in the auditorium and start at 7:30 p.m.

Region Erie County Memorial honors soldiers killed during Korean War

Korean War veterans were on hand Sunday for the dedication of a memorial in Erie honoring slain soldiers from that war.

One veteran, Richard Dombrowski, saluted 74 times for each of the Erie County men who did not come home.

"As long as this memorial stands and people look at it, they'll know there was a war in Korea," said Dombrowski, who spent 13 months in Korea with the Marines. "It's a long time we've been dreaming about this thing."

Melvin Carlson said there was no parade when he returned from Korea. "We sort of got a Korean War that everyone forgot about because it came so close after World War II," he said.

The memorial, which is at State Street and Glenwood Park Avenue, near the county's World War II memorial, reads "The Forgotten War Remembered."

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