Woman plucked from river

Christy Petitjean, 27, is charged with throwing her 4-year-old son onto railroad tracks in Exeter Township, Berks County, on Monday then jumping into the Schuylkill. The crew of a Norfolk Southern freight train saw the pair about 4 p.m. The woman was rescued by firefighters and later admitted to Reading Hospital.

Her son was treated and released to family members. Petitjean is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, public intoxication and other offenses.

Click It or Ticket drive

Drivers are seeing the message "Seat Belt Enforcement Ahead" on many roadways throughout the five-county Philadelphia region.

Traffic-safety checkpoints and patrols are being conducted by police through Memorial Day weekend and into next week.

The Click It or Ticket mobilization began May 12 and continues through June 1.

Montco pol barred from office

Former Conshohocken Borough Councilman Peter Cianci was deemed ineligible to hold elected office anywhere in the state by a Montgomery County Common Pleas judge yesterday.

Cianci, 54, pleaded guilty in 1993 to possession with the intent to deliver 138 pounds of marijuana, a felony conviction that makes him ineligible to hold public office under state law. Cianci disclosed his prior conviction before his election to office in 1999.

Inmates join 'Squash It' push

Graterford Prison inmates and local rappers will preach a message of peace on Power 99-FM from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. The show, to be broadcast live from Graterford, is part of the "Squash It" campaign announced last week by state Rep. Ronald G. Waters.

The inmates and rappers hope to encourage young city residents to end petty arguments that have caused many homicides and shootings in recent years, Waters has said.

Rescue from Grassy Sound

The Coast Guard yesterday rescued a man whose clam boat became grounded in the mud of Grassy Sound near Cape May, N.J. Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Cape May, Station Townsend Inlet and Air Station Atlantic City searched and found the man, who was hoisted out of the marsh by a rescue helicopter. *

- Staff and wire reports