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Steelers coach Joey Porter placed on leave after South Side arrest


Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter, arrested Sunday night on the city's South Side over an altercation with a city police officer, has been placed on leave by the team.

A series of tweets was sent by Beaver County Times sports reporter Chris Mueller around 9:30 p.m. Pittsburgh police later confirmed Porter was taken into custody.

According to eyewitness reports, Porter had been asked to leave the establishment several times and did not, and police were called to assist, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Porter was taken to the Allegheny County Jail. He was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and terroristic threats.

He was released early Monday morning after posting $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in City Court, Downtown, on Jan. 19.

Craig Johnston of the South Side told the P-G he was walking home when the scene unfolded in front of him.

Johnston said that Porter and a Pittsburgh police officer exchanged words, with Porter repeatedly saying "I didn't put my hands on him."


"We are aware of an incident tonight involving Joey Porter. We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and we will have no further comment until we get more details," said Burt Lauten, director of communications for the Steelers.

Earlier in the day, the Steelers beat the Miami Dolphins, 30-12, in an AFC Wild Card game.

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The Crossroads Pawn and Audio in Little River, S.C., put up the sign last week which reads, "We sell AR-15's because we're not Dick's."

The company also posted a photo of the sign to their Facebook page Tuesday, which was met with mostly supportive comments.



Barbara Davey, a manager of the shop, spoke to local TV station WPDE and said, "It was a simple marketing idea is all it was."

She said that the sign was met with some pushback, but has brought in more business.

"We have a few people, you know, who weren't in favor of the sign but our positive feedback really outweighed that negative feedback," said Davey.

The store posted a statement on Monday explaining their stance on guns: "An AR15 is NOT a combat weapon or a tactical assault rifle. In no way are the horrific massacres happening to our children and in our schools acceptable. This violence must stop."

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Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned.


The truck was hauling the feathers from a Foster Farms poultry facility to West Coast Reduction, a rendering company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company's website says it recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for many items, including pet feed and soap.

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