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Whitaker Woman Gets Allentown Parking Ticket, Though She's Never Been There

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- A Whitaker woman is trying to figure out why she got a parking ticket from Allentown, Pa., which is nearly 300 miles from her Western Pennsylvania home, when she says she's never even been in that Lehigh County city.

Kimberly Michaels' landlord this week found a business card from a local constable on the door of the North Braddock home she and her family recently moved out of.

The card said since she owed a District Court in Lehigh County $171.50 because of an overdue parking ticket, there was a warrant out for her arrest.

The card warned that she should contact the constable immediately, because an arrest could be made at her home, on the street, or where she worked.

Michaels told KDKA-TV's Ralph Iannotti: "I work every day trying to take care of my family, and now I have to hand money over to people I don't even know. I never even was there."

Michaels says she doesn't blame the constable because she understands he's just doing his job, but somebody, somewhere is making a big mistake.

KDKA reached out Wednesday night to Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who is now running for governor.

Through a statement, Pawlowski said he's asked the head of the Allentown Parking Authority to investigate; and if a mistake was made, it would be rectified immediately.

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