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North Briefs: 8/5/01

Sunday, August 05, 2001

ARMSTRONG COUNTY
Drowning victim identified

The woman who drowned in the Allegheny River was identified yesterday as 30-year-old Renee Marie Fahnestock, of Kittanning.

Police said she waded into the water about 8:30 p.m. Friday and disappeared near Bethel Township, about four miles south of Ford City. Her body was recovered that night.

County Coroner Robert T. Bower said Fahnestock and two men were camping along the river. He said they had been drinking beer throughout the afternoon and evening. But, he said, he will not know if alcohol played any part in her death until test results are returned.

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WIDOW URGES WRITE-INS

The widow of late state Rep. Italo Cappabianca said she is urging voters to write in her name during a special election Aug. 14 to fill her husband's seat.

Linda Cappabianca, 54, who lost a primary bid to succeed her husband, said she is not starting a formal write-in campaign because she does not have much time.

Italo Cappabianca died May 28 after a battle with brain cancer.

In June, Democratic committee members chose Gayle Wright over Linda Cappabianca as the party's nominee for the special election to fill the 2nd Legislative District seat.

David Mumau, 22, was selected by the Republican committee to run against Wright.



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