Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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2 DIE IN CRASH AFTER POLICE CHASE

A driver and passenger died early today when their vehicle crashed into a wall in Wilkinsburg after Pittsburgh officers tried to stop the vehicle because it was reported stolen.

Officers from the city's Zone 5 station spotted the car, an Audi S6 sedan, about 12:45 a.m. near Bennett and Oakwood streets in Homewood.

They tried to stop it but the driver sped away on Oakwood toward Penn Avenue into Wilkinsburg, police spokeswoman Diane Richard wrote in a news release.

A "short pursuit ensued" before officers lost sight of the car, ending the chase, she wrote.

The driver, identified by the Allegheny County medical examiner's office as Orin Chatman, 19, of Homewood, apparently lost control of it in the 1300 block of Penn, where it struck a wall.

Mr. Chatman was pronounced dead at the scene, and his female passenger, whose name has not been released, died at 1:37 a.m. at UPMC Mercy.

Police said the car was taken at gunpoint Feb. 25 at South Syndey and 20th streets on the South Side. It was unclear whether the man driving it today was responsible for stealing it.

DIRECT AIR SETS FLIGHTS TO FLORIDA

Direct Air will begin year-round nonstop service from Pittsburgh International Airport to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida starting in May.

"I am thrilled to make the announcement of Direct Air's new flight, because it's exciting for our region to add to the air service that is available here," Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement today.

The nonstop flight will be offered to Lakeland three times a week, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, beginning May 18.

Lakeland is in central Florida, about 35 miles east of Tampa.

MAN, 84, DIES IN HOUSE FIRE

An 84-year-old man was killed in Lawrence County early today after being overcome by smoke from a fire smoldering in his bedroom. …

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