Lower Burrell Crash; driver intoxicated

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LOWER BURRELL, PA. – Under suspicion of DUI, Lower Burrell Police had probable cause to arrest Michele Bowling, 51 of Lower Burrell after crashing her SUV into a utility pole near the intersection of Leechburg Road and Schreiber Street just before 10:00 pm Saturday evening. Lower Burrell Law Enforcement Officers Nedley and Cernava investigated the crash scene.

“All she could remember was making the left turn from the tavern”, said Lower Burrell Police Chief Tim Weitzel.

Chief Weitzel said Bowling admitted to drinking shots before leaving the bar. Lower Burrell fire fighters used the jaws of life to extricate Bowling from her vehicle. The extent of her injuries are unknown. She was flown by medical transport to a Pittsburgh Hospital.

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Lower Burrell firefighters rescue driver with jaws of life

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LOWER BURRELL, PA. – One person is flown by helicopter after a single vehicle crash on Leechburg Road in Lower Burrell. Initial reports from Westmoreland 911 indicated a male unresponsive with the vehicle on its side.

Firefighters arrived on scene at the intersection of Leechburg Road and Schreiber Street to find a Chevy SUV on its side in the middle of Leechburg Road, drivers side down. The vehicle was traveling towards New Kensington when the driver ran off the road and started to climb a small embankment, striking a utility pole. The SUV traveled another 75′ and flipped on its side

Lower Burrell firefighters stabilized the vehicle and used the jaws of life to cut roof pillars to peel the roof open allowing full access to the patient. As the patient was back boarded, the patient was seen moving their arms and was loaded onto the stretcher for transport by medical helicopter.

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After extrication from the vehicle, Station 69 crews hooked the fire truck’s winch onto the SUV’s frame and pulled it back onto its wheels. Debris was swept from the roadway while Salem’s Auto Body prepared for removal. Traffic was diverted on Leechburg road for approximately an hour.

Lower Burrell Police were assisted at the scene by Lower Burrell Station 69 and Lower Burrell EMS. The crash occurred just before 10:00 pm.

 

Pennsylvania State Police continue the search for Eric Matthew Frein

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BLOOMING GROVE, PA. – (This just in – An ambulance was called to the search area in Price/Barrett Townships.  The ambulance was summoned for a law enforcement officer who had a minor medical issue, and the issue was not associated with the search operations.  The officer is being treated, however, no further information will be released.)

The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing their investigation into the shooting incident that occurred at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein. Governor Tom Corbett and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan are closely monitoring this investigation – and the Governor has made all commonwealth resources available for this investigation as needed.

“Based on our investigation, we know Frein has prepared and planned extensively for months or maybe years,” said state police Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy commissioner of operations. “He planned his attack and his retreat — however, we believe we are closing in on him.” “Up until now his advantage has been that this is his backyard, he knows this rugged terrain.” “Our tactical operations people now also know his backyard, the area he once felt safe in – we are pushing him hard, he is no longer safe there and I am confident he will be apprehended,” said Lt. Col. Bivens.

“Based on our investigation, our search efforts at this point in time are primarily focused around the Pike and Monroe county border,” said Lt. Col. Bivens. “We continue to follow-up on other leads and as we track his movements, our search efforts will be refocused accordingly.” State police are making significant progress in the investigation and have found several items he has abandoned or hidden for possible future use. Some of those items include an AK-47-style weapon and a significant number of rounds of ammunition, among other things.
“We are asking the public to use common sense and please avoid going into the wooded areas in and around Barrett and Price townships, as well as the Delaware State Forest area,” said Lt. Col. Bivens. “We know archery season is right around the corner and hunters might be setting up equipment – so, we are asking you to refrain from that in these areas until Frein is captured,” said Lt. Col. Bivens.

“However, if you do have photos or videos previously taken from trail cameras in those areas we are asking you to review those images and provide them to law enforcement should they contain images of Frein or other suspicious activity,” said Lt. Col. Bivens. “Also, if the public is aware of any shelters or bunkers that Frein may have constructed or used in the past to please report that information to the state police.”

“We’ve had several possible sightings that are being investigated at this time,” said Lt. Col. Bivens. Frein may have his head shaved tightly on both sides with long hair on top, wider than a Mohawk. This hairstyle is completely different from the hairstyle Frein had worn for years. Keep in mind, Frein may have changed his appearance since he was last seen. Investigators believe that this change was made as part of the mental preparation to commit this cowardly act. The Pennsylvania State Police has received hundreds of tips many offering credible information – and will continue to pursue each one.

The state police understand and share the concerns expressed about community safety and specifically the safety of our children attending schools in the area. “While we can never completely rule out an act of violence, I am convinced that Frein has engaged in a personal battle with law enforcement specifically the Pennsylvania State Police and will likely stay focused on that fight,” said Lt. Col. Bivens.

PSP is still recommending a number of precautions:
 First and foremost be alert and vigilant. If you see any vehicles or individuals
that are out of the ordinary, please report them to 911 or our tip line (866-
326-7256) immediately.
 Do not approach or encounter any suspicious persons or vehicles, but rather
report them immediately. The suspect is still considered armed and
dangerous.
 Lock all doors to both your residence and your vehicles.
 At night, keep the exterior of your home well-lit.
 Look for open shed doors or other locations that were once secure but now
appear open, and immediately report the information.

The FBI added Eric Matthew Frein to their top 10 most wanted fugitive list. This added a $100,000 reward on top of the existing $75,000 reward from PA Crime Stoppers and other private and non-profit organizations. The addition of Frein to the list allows for a country-wide broadcast of Frein’s information, and additional resources from the FBI. The FBI is supporting the state police by making available manpower, air and technical assistance. Other local, state and federal agencies are assisting the PSP as well.

 

Hunt continues for PA Trooper slaying suspect Eric Matthew Frein

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MONROE COUNTY, Pa. – (UPDATE) : The PA State Police (PSP) has lifted the shelter in place order and are recommending that people in Barrett/Price Townships of Monroe County use extreme caution as they move back into the area. The PSP are very concerned for the safety of the community and are strongly recommending that people in the affected area stay in their homes and do not go in to the woods where law enforcement is searching. 

PSP does not have Frein in custody, however our troopers are determined to find him and bring him to justice. 

 PSP is still recommending a number of precautions:

  • First and foremost be alert and vigilant. If you see any vehicles or individuals that are out of the ordinary, please report them to 911 or our tip line (866-326-7256) immediately.
  • Do not approach or encounter any suspicious persons or vehicles, but rather report them immediately. The suspect is still considered armed and dangerous.
  • Lock all doors to both your residence and your vehicles.
  • At night, keep the exterior of your home well-lit.
  • Look for open shed doors or other locations that were once secure but now appear open, and immediately report the information.

(Original)Pennsylvania State Police and other law enforcement officers have responded to the area of Barrett/Price Townships, Monroe County to conduct a search for Eric Matthew Frein.

Due to the violent nature of his crimes, extreme precautionary measures are being taken. The PA State Police are very concerned for the safety of the community. Authorities are continuing to ask people to shelter in place in these townships. PSP does not have Frein in custody, however state troopers are determined to find him and bring him to justice.

Law enforcement officers by the hundreds are searching today for the suspect in the slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper and the wounding of another. There have been no credible sightings of Frein.

 

Butler County registered sex offender arrested for traveling to meet “father” and 5-year-old “daughter” for sex

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HARRISBURG- Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the arrest of a registered sex offender from Butler County, who allegedly traveled to meet a “father,” whom he believed would allow the man to perform sexual acts on his 5-year-old “daughter.”

David Paul Ellenberger, 43, 570 Herman Road, Apt. 1, Butler, Butler County, was charged on Tuesday with multiple felonies after allegedly using the Internet, text messages and phone calls to sexually proposition who he believed to be the father of a 5-year-old he could meet for sex.

“This arrest highlights the increasing danger predators pose online,” Attorney General Kane said. “We are watching and we are getting these sick individuals off the streets.”

According to the criminal complaint, agents, conducting an investigation into online advertisements that solicit sex from children, responded to an ad allegedly posted by Ellenberger entitled, “jack off together/panty play,” with the poster seeking the underwear of “daughters” to use for sexual activity.

After agents contacted the poster posing as the father of a 5-year-old girl by email and text messages, Ellenberger’s desires allegedly escalated and he made multiple requests by text message to engage in explicit, unlawful sexual contact with the minor female. The defendant allegedly told the undercover agents his desire to “lick her” multiple times and said, “I can’t wait to taste her.”

Agents confirmed Ellenberger’s identity by locating his cell phone number in a public records database.

The charges state that over the course of their electronic correspondence, the defendant even answered a consensual call from two agents, one posing as the father and one posing as the daughter. According to the complaint, Ellenberger confirmed his desire during this conversation to meet with the child in order to engage her in unlawful sexual activity. Ellenberger also affirmed to the purported minor child that he wanted to engage in sexual acts with her.

During the exchange, Ellenberger arranged a meeting with the purported father and daughter at a park near his home. When Ellenberger arrived at the pre-arranged meeting location, he was arrested by Child Predator Section agents.

Ellenberger is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal attempt of rape of a child, one count of criminal attempt of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, one county of criminal attempt of indecent assault and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

The defendant was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David T. Kovach and confined to Butler County Prison after being unable to post bail. If convicted, Ellenberger faces a minimum of 25 to 50 years imprisonment.

Attorney General Kane thanked the FBI and Cranberry Township Police Department for their assistance.

Ellenberger will be prosecuted in Butler County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.

 

Saturday is National Thank A Police Officer Day

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ALLE-KISKI VALLEY, PA. – Volunteering for the second year in a row to be the team leader in the Alle-Kiski area for National Thank A Police Officer Day is Felicia Junod and her daughter Lily of Westmoreland County. It’s a family affair because her husband Mark is a Police Officer in the Allegheny Twp Police Department.

This movement was started by The Whole Truth project 3 years ago. Lily & Felicia (with help from community donors, schools, Girl Scouts & family) were able to deliver just over 125 gift bags to 12 different departments as well as pictures and cards from area school children last year.

Junod’s goal is to raise more community awareness this year while repeating passing out “treats” to the surrounding departments. Lily and Mom will be going to 14 local departments to deliver 135 treat bags (and 3 treat baskets) to officers. She will also be dividing almost 600 Thank You Notes & Cards (from 3 local schools -Mary Queen of Apostles, Kiski, & Burrell- & area Girl Scouts) between not only the 14 departments they will be visiting, but also mailing cards to an additional 5 departments.

 

Overnight news: Car catches fire on Kimball Avenue

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ARNOLD, PA. – Arnold Fire Departments responded to a car fire in the 1700 block of Kimball Avenue overnight. The engine compartment caught fire shortly after the owner returned home according to police.

Firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze underneath the hood and broke out windows to get to the interior preventing the whole car from going up in flames. The incident occurred about 3:00 am and no injuries were reported.

 

St. Paul Baptist Church in Oakmont catches fire – multiple crews on scene

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OAKMONT, Pa. – Update from the scene. Firefighters are battling a quick moving fire at St. Paul Baptist Church at 435 2nd Street in Oakmont. Multiple fire units were pouring water on the roof of the church in an effort to contain the blaze. Heavy smoke could be see from 10th Street above the borough of Oakmont. Authorities think workers patching the parking lot may have sparked the blaze.

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Fire crews from Oakmont, Penn Hills, Verona and Allegheny Valley are on scene along with multiple EMS crews. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Initial radio reports indicated the fire was in the walls of a commercial structure.

 

Firefighters return for hot-spots in downtown New Kensington buildings

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Fire crews have returned twice to the scene of last nights fire in downtown New Kensington after two minor re-kindles in the basement of the building that originally caught fire shortly after 11 pm Thursday evening.

At the scene this morning, fire crews continued to pour water into the building in an effort to completely extinguish existing hotspots located in the basement. Fire crews are not able to get to the actual hotspots due to beams and a collapse of the first floor preventing access to the hotspots underneath.

Longtime New Kensington FIRE CHIEF J. Edward Saliba visited the scene to investigate the cause of the stubborn hot-spots and offered some advise to knock out brick at the base of the structure and flood the basement with water.

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Anthony Bruni, Code Enforcement Officer was working at the scene with blocked streets and caution tape to keep the public away from the potentially unsafe structure close to the 5th Avenue side. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

Plum woman dies from injuries in Washington Township crash

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, PA. – The Allegheny County Medical Examiners office has confirmed with AKVNEWS.COM a Plum woman, Marion Irons, age 78 died from her injuries after being transported to a Pittsburgh hospital.

The crash occurred on Route 66 a few miles North of Delmont just before 3 pm. Sergeant Vincent Surace of the Washington Township Police Department said a red Mitsubishi Endeavor came upon a slower moving vehicle in the northbound lane and had to veer off the roadway to keep from hitting that vehicle. The red Endeavor hit the right side guide rail and came back out onto the roadway crossing the northbound lane striking a southbound gold Toyota Avalon.

State Police were back at the crash scene today reconstructing the accident and subsequently traveled to the towing company located along Greensburg Road to further investigate the vehicles involved in the crash.

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Two buildings heavily damaged in downtown New Kensington fire


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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Two downtown buildings were heavily damaged by fire in what appears to be of a suspicious nature. Westmoreland 911 fire dispatch reported the fire at 409 10th Street and by the time fire crews arrived on scene, fire at the rear of the building closest to 5th Avenue was from ground to roof and spreading to an adjacent attached building.

Crews from New Kensington, Arnold and Lower Burrell worked for about an hour to put out the fire that had gotten into the roof area of both buildings. At one point, flames were shooting out a doorway enclosure that exited onto the roof of the second building.

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New Kensington and Arnold Police Officers were made aware of a woman still inside a third building who did not want to leave her apartment. Officers entered the 3rd building in the row and didn’t return for a couple of minutes. A short time later all 3 officers including the woman exited the building.

Firefighters continued to pour water on the buildings to soak the floors/ceilings insuring the fire was completely out. Caution tape was placed out further on the perimeter of 5th Avenue as authorities were concerned the west wall of the building was bowed and posed an immediate safety concern. No injuries were reported in the fire.

Residents living in the 2nd and 3rd building were reported to have gone to the New Kensington Police station until The American Red Cross arrived to provide assistance.

 

Rt. 66 head-on crash results in serious injuries

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, PA. – Two people were injured, one seriously in a mid afternoon head-on crash on Route 66 near Kistler Drive about 4 miles north of Delmont.

Sergeant Vincent Surace of the Washington Township Police Department said a red Mitsubishi Endeavor came upon a slower moving vehicle in the northbound lane and had to veer off the roadway to keep from hitting that vehicle. The red Endeavor hit the right side guide rail and came back out onto the roadway crossing the northbound lane striking a southbound gold Toyota Avalon.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was seriously injured, while the other driver suffered moderate injuries and both were transported by Oklahoma EMS. Route 66 was closed and traffic detoured while crews worked to free at least one trapped driver.

Sergeant Surace said the accident scene is currently under reconstruction by Pennsylvania State Police.