PennDOT looks at message boards, speed limits and ramp gates to move Parkway East traffic – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



PennDOT looks at message boards, speed limits and ramp gates to move Parkway East traffic  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



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Drunk County Durham mum smashed into family car on A1(M) and killed pet dog

A drunk mother killed a pet dog after smashing into a family car on the A1(M) as she filmed herself on Snapchat driving at high-speed.

Katie Webster had been drinking booze when she decided to get behind the wheel on September 15, last year. The 32-year-old then travelled along the A1(M) at speeds of up to 107mph as she filmed herself on Snapchat, before smashing into a couple who were driving home from a day out at Northumberland with their child and pet dog.

The force of the crash caused the family’s car to flip and land on its roof, killing the family dog and fracturing the spine of the mother. When Webster was arrested, she tried to make off from the scene before being taken to hospital and then attacking a police officer.

Katie Webster (inset) appeared at Durham Crown Court (main image)

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Dad forced to make regular 100-mile trips or be deported

A Newcastle father is living in fear his family will be ‘ripped apart’ as he struggles to meet the demands of a ‘cruel’ asylum system. Moses Chikwekwete Mbano came to the UK in 2002 fleeing political persecution in his home country of Zimbabwe.

Although he fears he would still be in serious danger there, he could now be sent home if he fails to make regular 100-mile round trips to Middlesbrough to report to immigration officers.

Asylum seeker Moses Chikwekwete Mbano has been ordered to report to a police station in Middlesbrough once a week, despite living in Newcastle (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Moses receives no government financial support and despite wanting to work is forbidden from doing so as an asylum seeker.

His partner Daisy Motlogwa, a British citizen and NHS nurse, works for a nursing agency to provide for herself, Moses and their three children.

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Landscape gardener who fleeced customers freed to work in same trade

A landscape gardener who fleeced customers out of thousands of pounds is free to run another business in the same line of work after being spared prison.

John Dunn pocketed £24,000 for work which he didn’t do, leaving three people who paid his firm, MED Landscapes, out of pocket and angry.

John Dunn who fleeced customers out of thousands

When one later spotted him getting out of his Range Rover and confronted him, he was dismissive and just told him “It’s business, these things happen”.

As Dunn, 36, of Town Square, Wallsend, was sentenced for three counts of theft, a judge said he would give him the chance to prove his claim that he wants to “earn an honest living” by releasing him on a suspended prison sentence.

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Family’s bid to bring body of ‘selfless’ Gateshead lad home from Spain

A Gateshead family is appealing for help to bring an ‘amazing, selfless’ 25-year-old home, after he drowned in Spain while rescuing his dog from a river.

Paul Lebihan, from Leam Lane, died on Monday after getting into trouble in the Bolulla River, near Benidorm, after successfully freeing the dog from the current.

Paul Lebihan (Image: Kallym Bell)

Now his family has launched a fundraising appeal to help bring Paul’s body back home and give him the memorial he deserves.

Paul’s cousin, Kallym Bell, launched a GoFundMe page in support of Paul’s parents, Deborah and Paul Snr. In less than 24 hours the page had already raised over £7,000, with hundreds of people leaving comments paying tribute to ‘one of nicest men you could ever meet’.

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Thug boasted of ‘chewing off’ part of girlfriend’s ex’s ear

A violent thug who bit off part of his girlfriend’s ex partner’s ear and then boasted about it has been jailed.

Liam Thornton repeatedly encountered Kieran Swan during a night out in Blyth before launching the sickening attack in a nightclub.

Liam Thornton, jailed for an ear bite attack

Newcastle Crown Court heard it was on August 14 last year that Mr Swan had been out for a meal and Thornton and his partner also happened to be in the same place.

Michael Bunch, prosecuting, said: “The defendant had been staring at him during the meal.” They then encountered each other in a pub in Blyth and Mr Bunch said: “The defendant spoke to Mr Swan and suggested he was jealous of his relationship with his ex partner. He said he didn’t want trouble and walked away. The defendant and his friend laughed at him.”

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Convicted killer’s brutal attack caused fellow inmate to lose eye

A HMP Durham prisoner ended up losing an eye after a murderer attacked him with a razor blade in a cell.

Derek Paul Pallas was on remand and awaiting the start of his trial for murdering a man in Teesside when he carried out the gruesome attack on Christmas Eve, 2018.

Derek Pallas attacked a fellow inmate with a razor blade in a HMP Durham cell (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

The 39-year-old armed himself with a razor blade inside his clenched fist before attacking the victim, who was being held down by another prisoner. The attack was so violent, the victim later had to have an eye removed.

Pallas, of Sycamore Park, Brandon, Durham, was subsequently given a life sentence for stabbing Peter Gilling to death in Billingham on September 29, 2018, after being found guilty following a trial. On Tuesday, Pallas appeared at Durham Crown Court, via link from HMP Full Sutton, to be sentenced for the causing grievous bodily harm with intent incident.

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