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According to the latest information, 73 people were arrested for crimes or were issued citations during the Kenny Chesney concert.  News outlets earlier reported that 43 individuals were cited for underage drinking.  The 73 arrests and citations are in addition to the underage drinking citations.  The offenses included “assaults including an indecent assault in the stadium concourse, public urination, disorderly conduct, underage drinking, drunken driving, ticket scalping and a robbery.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

 

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Chesney concert spins off mayhem, tons of garbage (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Police arrest, cite 73 at Chesney concert; medics treat 150 (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

Chesney Concert Ends With Fights, Arrests (KDKA)

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Yesterday, thousands were at Heinz Field for the Pittsburgh leg of Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation” Tour.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that, during a law enforcement sweep of the Heinz Field parking lots, 43 individuals were cited for underage drinking and related offenses.  WPXI noted that, in addition to the underage drinking citations, five people were arrested.

For more information, go to :

Dozens cited for underage drinking at Chesney concert (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Massive clean-up begins following Kenny Chesney concert (WPXI)

Kenny Chesney Fans Pack North Shore For Concert (KDKA)

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On July 7th, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett signed a law into effect that would immunize underage drinkers from criminal charges if they are seeking medical attention for another person.  The purpose of this law is to encourage underage drinkers to call for help if they see another person who is “in need of immediate medical attention to prevent death or serious injury.”

To qualify for amnesty under the new law, a person must show that the only reason why law enforcement became aware of the underage drinking (or possession of alcohol) was because 1.) the underaged person called for help in a situation where they reasonably believed that another person was in need of serious medical attention, 2.) the underaged person reasonably believed that he was the first to call for help, 3.) the underaged person gave his name to the emergency responder when he called for help, 4.) the underaged person stayed with the person suffering a medical emergency until help arrived and his presence is no longer necessary.

For more information, go to:

In the News: Pa considers underage drinking amnesty law

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2011&sessInd=0&billBody=S&billTyp=B&billNbr=0448&pn=1458

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering legislation that would grant amnesty to underage drinkers who contact the police or emergency medical services in an effort “to help a friend or acquaintance with a life-threatening, alcohol-related illness.”  While the law would protect underage drinkers who call for help, it also requires that the persons give their name and information to the responders, that they “they believe they are the first to alert emergency authorities,” and that they stay with the person needing help until the emergency responders arrive.

For more information, go to: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11144/1148734-454.stm?cmpid=news.xml#ixzz1NGTyoUY5

(h/t @PittNews)

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