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Daily News Stories for Friday, September 19, 2014:
A former employee of the Women's Center of Beaver County has filed a lawsuit against the shelter claiming she was discriminated against and fired because of her disability. Renee Walker of Chippewa Township filed the suit Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh. According to the Beaver County Times, Walker - who is a paraplegic - was hired in February 2011 by the Women's Center as a bookkeeper, and in January 2012 was promoted to the position of finance director and maintenance supervisor. The suit alleges that after her promotion Walker was unable to supervise all maintance repairs because only the first floor was accessible to her. The suit says Walker was eventually fired while she was on Medical Leave in October 2013. According to the suit, Walker is asking for a number of things including to be reinstated to her position and awarded lost wages, compensatory damages and attorney fees.
About 30 Ellwood City Area School District students were delayed en route to school after their bus was involved in a three-vehicle accident this morning. The Beaver County Times reports the accident occurred around 7:30 this morning while a bus was attempting to turn from Park Avenue onto Second Street, with a vehicle behind the bus. A second vehicle approached the bus from behind and failed to stop in time to avoid hitting the first vehicle. The impact from the second vehicle pushed the first vehicle into the bus.
A case against the wife of a JROTC instructor who was charged after an incident in an Ambridge bar has been dropped. The Beaver County Times reports 47-year-old Kathleen Curtis appeared in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing on charges of simple assault and harassment filed after she allegedly bloodied her husband's head with a beer mug early in the morning of September 7th at the Ambridge American Legion. According to a police report, police believe Kathleen Curtis was angry after seeing her husband, 1st Sgt. Carl Curtis, with another woman. The charges were dismissed, however, after Carl Curtis refused to testify against his wife. Carl Curtis - who is the JROTC instructor at Ambridge Area High School - is still facing charges stemming from two other incidents that day.
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