- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) - A Junior ROTC instructor cited for public drunkenness following a violent argument at a bar has been charged with endangering a student he drove to school later that same morning.

Carl Curtis, 48, of Baden, already faced two citations for public drunkenness stemming from the events early Sunday before Ambridge police added a charge of endangering the welfare of a child on Thursday. He now faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 9, according to online court records which do not list a defense attorney.

The sequence of events began about 1 a.m., when police were called to the Ambridge American Legion after Kathleen Curtis, 47, allegedly bloodied her husband’s head with a beer mug. He wasn’t cited at that time, but was about an hour later when police were called back to the club to break up an argument between him and Ambridge Area School Board president Mary Jo Kehoe, who was cited for disorderly conduct.

Police were processing Kathleen Curtis on charges of simple assault and harassment when she told them her husband was to drive some Ambridge Area High School ROTC students to a competition at another school later that morning.

Police Chief James Mann said officers intervened and prevented that at the school about 5:30 a.m. Another instructor drove the students to the event and Curtis was, again, cited for public drunkenness.

The investigation continued Monday when police learned that Curtis had picked up a student and driven her to the school before police arrived.

The student told police that Curtis was “weaving all over the road, crossing the center line,” Mann said.

Curtis and his wife haven’t returned repeated messages left on their home answering machine.

Ambridge Area Superintendent Cynthia Zurchin has said Curtis is on leave until the criminal charges are resolved.



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