Public service set for some in Super Bowl disturbance

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Many of the University of Pittsburgh students charged in connection with Super Bowl night disturbances arranged today to do community service.

But one senior found that he now stands accused of a more serious arson charge, and he was taken away from a hearing in handcuffs to await arraignment.

Forty-one of the 44 accused in the unruly Feb. 1 celebration showed up at Municipal Court this morning. Three others did not receive the mailed summonses and the court will attempt to contact them again.

Two people pleaded innocent and will have hearings in April.

Seven pleaded guilty to harassment and immediately paid $300 plus court costs.

The other 31 were granted postponements so they could arrange to perform 50 hours of community service in the next 90 days. They will have to show documentation that they performed the work and then the charges will be withdrawn. The district attorney's office has consented to the arrangement.

But Wesley Plank, 22, of Harrisburg, was led away after prosecutors added an arson charge against him.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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