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Anesthesiologist jailed for 8th DUI

on October 16, 2010 7:46 PM

JOHNSTOWN (AP) -- A Johnstown anesthesiologist has been sentenced to four months to four years in jail after apologizing and pleading guilty to his eighth drunken driving offense.

Dr. Ashok Padhiar, 56, told the Cambria County judge who sentenced him Thursday that he is "ashamed, humiliated and humbled."

The doctor was arrested Oct. 29 after he was unconscious in his parked vehicle, with two-and-a-half empty bottles of champagne cognac.

His blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit.

Records show the doctor has five DUI convictions in Ohio and one each in Michigan and Illinois between 1989 and 2002.

The doctor is getting 67 days credit for time in rehab and will spent 12 months on house arrest after spending another 53 days in jail.

Man sentenced in father's slaying

MCCANDLESS (AP) -- A suburban Pittsburgh man found guilty but mentally ill of voluntary manslaughter for shooting his father will spend six to 20 years in a state mental health facility.

Eric Huesmann, 43, was sentenced Thursday in the Jan. 6, 2009, death of Emil Huesmann, 63, at their McCandless home.

Police say Eric Huesmann locked himself in his bedroom after an argument Jan. 5 then shot his father in the chest early the next morning after the elder Huesmann used a screwdriver to get inside.

Huesmann went to church and an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting before calling police.

Huesmann's sister asked the judge to imprison him for life, but his mother asked for leniency, saying her ex-husband was an aggressive bully and her son needed continued treatment for his schizophrenia.

Advocacy groups sue district

MCKEESPORT (AP) -- Two advocacy groups are suing a Pittsburgh-area school district for allegedly segregating 50 students from a home for troubled youths from the rest of the student body.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by the Education Law Center in Philadelphia and KIDSVOICE of Pittsburgh says students form the Auberle group home are getting a lesser education than other students in the McKeesport Area School District.

The district has not responded to the suit, which contends the Auberle students who range in age from 7 to 18 are taught in separate classrooms on the second floor of the district's alternative school.

Auberle students allegedly receive "far fewer educational and social opportunities" because they're in multi-grade classrooms and can't take vocational or advanced placement courses.

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