Man missing found dead in vehicle crash

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Apollo, Pa. – (Bell Township) The Westmoreland County Office of the Coroner and Pennsylvania State Police Kiski Valley report a 41 year old South Greensburg Borough man was found deceased by a jogger Thursday evening in Bell Township.

The Coroners office report indicates Albert R. Shaner, III was last seen on October 17th at approximately 2:05 AM in the Avonmore area of Westmoreland County. Shaner was driving a 2013 Chrysler 300C at the time of the crash. The report indicated a passing jogger noticed wreckage and contacted Westmoreland 911.

Bell Township Fire Chief Steve Master said the vehicle was 100 feet down over a hillside and about 150 feet off the roadway. Firefighters blocked roadways in the area of SR. 981 for about 4 hours while Kiski State Police and the Coroners office processed the scene.

It appeared Shaner failed to negotiate a left curve while he was traveling north on SR. 981. The vehicle traveled off the east berm and down a steep embankment. The vehicle came to rest in a secluded wooded area. He was last seen by his friends and family about a week ago.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Tim O’Donnell. Speed is believed to have played a factor in the incident. An autopsy will be performed by Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and Pathology Associates on October 24, 2014. Toxicology results will not be available for several weeks.

Assisting at the scene were Saltsburg, Avonmore, and Bell Township Fire departments. EMS assistance was provided by Lifestat Saltsburg. Kochka Towing from Vandergrift towed the vehicle from the crash scene.

 

Narcotics Enforcement Team roundup results in numerous arrests

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Cheswick, Pa. – Alleged drug dealers were apprehended on multiple outstanding warrants for drug possession, possession with intent to deliver and other charges in a major sweep that included areas of Etna, Sharpsburg, Swissvale, Tarentum and Brackenridge.

Twenty or more suspects were brought in to District Magistrate Judge David J. Sosovicka’s courtroom for arraignments and processing after what police and investigators call a 12 month investigation in the Northeastern zone of Allegheny County. Police investigators and Law Enforcement Officers of DANET (District Attorney Narcotics Enforcement Team) were out in full force tracking down suspects wanted for illegal drug activities.

Tony Colbert, an 18-year-old student from Shaler Senior High School was arrested and charged with Criminal Use of A Communication Facility – Possession – Delivery and Possession With Intent To Deliver (Marijuana). Colbert’s drug deal did not occur on school property.


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Suspects were found by multiple sources, neighbor complaints and then targeted in those communities. Police say the lack of drug dealers in these areas will help reduce thefts and other crime that is plaguing some local communities.

The alleged sales involved heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, cocaine, meth amphetamines and prescription narcotics.

 

GetGo robbery images released by New Kensington Police department

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Police in New Kensington have released images of the armed robbery that occurred Tuesday night at the GetGo near New Kensington’s Giant Eagle.

Detective Sergeant Dino DiGiacobbe said the incident occurred about 10:25 pm as police were looking for a black male, 5’7″, wearing a white bandanna, black hoody, black jeans, black gloves. Sergeant DiGiacobbe also said the robber brandished a semi-automatic handgun. Newport cigarettes and an unknown amount of cash were taken in the incident. The suspect fled on foot towards the K-Mart.

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Law Enforcement Officers from surrounding communities began searching nearby streets, the K-Mart parking lot area and the area behind K-Mart including the Giant Eagle loading dock areas. Lower Burrell Law Enforcement Officer Steve Cernava and K-9 Dax conducted a perimeter search of the immediate area.

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Units from Brackenridge, Lower Burrell, and Arnold PD assisted New Kensington at the scene. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect should contact New Kensington Police @ (724) 339-7533.

 

Two flown by medical helicopters in Harrison Township motorcycle crash

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Harrison Township, Pa. – A motorcycle driver and his passenger were injured after a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Freeport Road and Painter Avenue about 4:00 am Thursday morning.

Township police, EMS and firefighters responded to the crash for two patients down on the roadway. Citizens Hose Fire Chief Sean Jones said he and EMS arrived on scene to find one male unresponsive and the female sitting in the median with an altered level of consciousness. Chief Jones said she didn’t know what happened, where she was, etc. After the initial medical assessment, Chief Jones said he requested medical helicopters as EMS crews prepared both patients for transport to the landing zone. The middle-aged female patient sustained facial injuries and the extent of injuries to the male driver was not immediately known.

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At the scene, EMS crews from Eureka Fire Rescue and Citizens Hose transported both crash victims from the northbound side of Freeport Road while two STAT MedEvac medical helicopters landed within minutes of each other. Northbound 28 was closed at Burtner Road for approximately an hour while police processed the crash scene and tow crews arrived to clear the roadway.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Both helicopters lifted from the fire-hall grounds at approximately 4:30 am. Assisting Harrison Township Police were Citizens Hose Fire Department, Hilltop Hose, Harrison Hills, Eureka Fire EMS, and Citizens Hose EMS.

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Family Dollar robbed in Apollo Plaza

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Apollo Borough, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police Kittanning were on scene of a late night robbery Tuesday evening at the Family Dollar located at 116 N. Plaza Rd in Apollo Borough.

Investigating Officer Tpr. Emily Page reported an unknown white male entered the Family Dollar and demanded cash from the drawer indicating he had a weapon. The suspect was given money and left the store on foot traveling in an unknown direction. State Police said there were no injuries and an investigation is in progress. The robbery occurred at 9:30 pm.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect should contact PSP Kittanning at (724) 543-2011

 

VA Expands Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses of servicemembers who died on active duty

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Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will begin accepting applications by mail on Monday, November 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses.

The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”).
Specifically, Section 701 of the Choice Act expands the Fry Scholarship to include the surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Prior to this expansion, only children of those who died in the line of duty were eligible for this benefit.

“We can never fully repay the debt we owe to these families who have lost a loved one,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “It is a privilege to provide educational benefits that will make a positive difference in their lives.”

The Fry Scholarship was created to honor Sergeant John David Fry, 28, of Lorena, Texas. Sergeant Fry had one week left in his tour in Iraq in 2006, when he volunteered to continue working for seven more hours disarming explosive devices, despite having already sustained an injury to his hand. He made the ultimate sacrifice on March 8, 2006, in Anbar province, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated. He left behind a widow and three young children.

The Fry Scholarship will entitle eligible spouses to up to 36 months of the full, 100-percent level of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which includes a tuition-and-fee payment, a monthly housing allowance and stipend for books and supplies. Some spouses currently eligible for or already receiving benefits under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program may now be eligible for the Fry Scholarship. All surviving spouses eligible for DEA and the Fry Scholarship must make an irrevocable election for terms beginning on or after January 1, 2015.
VA will identify surviving spouses eligible for both programs and send them a letter with comparative information on the benefits available and instructions on how make an election. Information about these two programs is available on VA’s website and the GI Bill website (www.benefits.va.gov/gibill). The VA call center (888-GIBILL-1) also will be able to help individuals understand the differences between the two programs.

 

Armed robbery at New Kensington GetGo

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Multiple police units were on scene of an armed robbery Tuesday night at the GetGo near New Kensington’s Giant Eagle.

Detective Sergeant Dino DiGiacobbe said the incident occurred about 10:25 pm as police were looking for a black male, 5’7″, wearing a white bandanna, black hoody, black jeans, black gloves. Sergeant DiGiacobbe also said the robber brandished a semi-automatic handgun. Newport cigarettes and an unknown amount of cash were taken in the incident. The suspect fled on foot towards the K-Mart.

Law Enforcement Officers from surrounding communities began searching nearby streets, the K-Mart parking lot area and the area behind K-Mart including the Giant Eagle loading dock areas. Lower Burrell Law Enforcement Officer Steve Cernava and K-9 Dax conducted a perimeter search of the immediate area.

Units from Brackenridge, Lower Burrell, and Arnold PD assisted New Kensington at the scene.

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New Kensington drug bust nets heroin, crack cocaine and cash

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – An early morning raid by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and the New Kensington Police Department was conducted about 6:30 am Tuesday morning on a residence at 337 Fourth Avenue in the city’s Parnassus section of New Kensington.

New Kensington Police Chief Tom Klawinski said the residence was hit with a search warrant for drugs which resulted with six people arrested and a 7th taken out of the house. Those six suspects were charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, crack cocaine and/or marijuana. Four of those actors are from the New Kensington and Arnold area. The remaining two suspects are from Detroit Michigan.

Chief Klawinski said police seized 5 bricks of heroin, 4 grams of crack cocaine, 3 oz. of marijuana, paraphernalia and about $2500.00 in cash.

A battering ram was used on the front and rear door to gain entry to the residence. AKVNEWS spoke with one individual at the scene who said she was in her upstairs apartment when she heard what sounded like gunshots. She said she hit the floor and a short time later a man entered her room. She was taken into custody but later released.

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Harrison woman dead in Natrona Heights crash

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NATRONA HEIGHTS, PA. – (UPDATE:  5:16 pm)  The Allegheny County Medical Examiners office has confirmed with AKVNEWS.COM and identified , Joanne McGann , age 84 of Natrona Heights died in a crash earlier today on Freeport Road in Natrona Heights.  An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

(Original Story)   Police in Natrona Heights were on scene of a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Old Freeport Road and Ross Street about 11:30 am Monday morning.

The driver of a blue Toyota Corolla was pronounced dead at the scene about seventy-five yards south of the Anchor Inn. Harrison Township Police Chief Mike Klein said the victim in the crash is a senior female. No other details have been made available on the other driver of a Chrysler van, however one witness said she was female.

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It appeared the gray van was headed northbound on Old SR. 28 approaching the Ross Street intersection when the collision occurred. Citizens Hose firefighters closed the roadway northbound at Springhill Road and at the intersection of Ross and Adams Streets while the Allegheny County investigators processed the scene. The Allegheny County Medical Examiners office removed the body from the crash scene shortly before 2:00 pm. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation pending medical reports.

This intersection has been the scene of at least three crashes in the past year.

 

Pennsylvania State Police update on Eric Matthew Frein search operations

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Blooming Grove, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.

“As I indicated from the beginning, our search area remains fluid and is based on the information we have available at any given time.” said Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy commissioner of operations. “Based on the information developed over the past several days, our search area is now focused slightly south. It is now in the Swiftwater area in Paradise and Pocono Townships.”
“For the past week, we have had no additional sighting on Frein in the Canadensis area,” said Bivens. “However, one possible sighting was reported slightly south of our current search area, early this past week.

Overnight, a sighting, for which we are assigning a high level of credibility, was reported in the area of Pocono Mountain East High School. The individual’s description was consistent with Frein, and he was observed carrying a rifle,” said Bivens. “The individual’s face was covered with mud, so a positive identification could not be made. A search of the area is ongoing,” added Bivens.

“Frein is familiar with this area as he had attended Pocono Mountain East High School, worked briefly at Sanolfi Pasteur and also worked several summers at Camp Minsi,” said Bivens. “On Thursday, homeowners at two locations in the Cresco area reported finding blood at their residences,” continued Bivens. “Samples have been collected and lab analysis is underway to determine whether it is related to this investigation.”

Law enforcement will continue to search vacant cabins and homes in and around our search area as likely locations for him to obtain what he needs. Again, if you access cabins and find items disturbed or missing, please leave the cabin immediately, as to not disturb the evidence, and contact 911 or the tip line at 866-326-7256. We ask residents to continue to be vigilant.
Frein is considered armed and dangerous and we are asking people to stay out of the search areas for their own safety.

 

Recent child predator arrests highlight continual need for cyber safety awareness

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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane recently announced the recent arrests of six men, one of those from Allegheny County on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography by suspected child predators.

Attorney General Kane has made cyber safety, specifically protecting kids from online predators, a major priority for her administration. Beyond the distribution of pornography, the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section has made more than a dozen arrests of individuals seeking out children on the internet, including one as young as 5 years old.

Internet safety tips are available on the “Operation Safe Surf” section of www.attorneygeneral.gov. Organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations should contact the Attorney General’s Education and Outreach Section at 1-800-525-7642 or education@attorneygeneral.gov. October is National Cyber Security Month.

The Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section recently unveiled a new tool to report internet predators. Anonymous tips can be sent directly from a cell phone by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411 or through an online complaint form.

Suspected Internet predators can also be reported by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.

According to the criminal complaint, William Warnick, 41, 119 Cagwin St., Pittsburgh, Allegheny County was arrested after agents conducted an online investigation discovering numerous online files that were allegedly shared from an IP address associated with Warnick’s residence, depicting children under the age of 18 posing naked in sexually suggestive positions or engaging in extremely sexual graphic acts.

Following a search warrant at Warnick’s residence, agents from the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit conducted a preliminary analysis of his computer and other media storage devices and discovered more than 150 video files, which contain suspected child pornography. A complete analysis of Warnick’s computer is part of an ongoing investigation.

Warnick is charged with 22 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. All charges were held for court by Judge Derwin D. Rushing.

The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.

 

Pedestrian struck in East Deer Township

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EAST DEER TOWNSHIP, PA. – One person was flown by air transport after a pedestrian accident on old SR. 28 just north of the New Kensington bridge late Friday night about 10:15 pm.

Frazer Township Police blocked Freeport road southbound at Murray Hill Road and traffic attempting to make the right hand turn from the New Kensington bridge are being detoured southbound towards Springdale. Radio reports indicated an Allegheny County detective was summoned to the scene.

Medical transport helicopter landed at East Deer Park where the man was loaded onto a medical stretcher for transport to a Pittsburgh hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

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