Road closing – Rt. 356 Weinels Crossroads to Freeport

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ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Markle and Allegheny Township firefighters were called out late Wednesday evening for poles and wires down on Rt. 356 in Allegheny Township. Chief Mike Nickels told AKVNEWS Rt. 356 is closed from Weinels Crossroads to Freeport.

Chief Nickels indicated communications lines near the top of the hill just South of the Freeport Bridge are low hanging to the roadway. No electrical outages have been reported and the cause of the snapped poles and wires down is not officially known, but authorities suspect possibly an oversize load type truck traveling north on Rt. 356 headed for the expressway or Butler. Chief Nickels remarked it’s possible the truck didn’t even know the damage was done in the event the lines were hanging lower than the standard 13’6″ height or 8′ wide width standard.

It’s believed the roadway will be shut down until approximately 8:00 am Thursday morning until repairs are completed.


2 shot dead outside New Kensington home, man seen running from scene

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – (UPDATE 7:10 pm:)  When officers arrived at the scene of the early morning shootings, they found a John Russ, 43, fatally shot inside a parked vehicle and his girlfriend dead in the street nearby, police said.

New Kensington Police Chief Thomas Klawinski said police received a call about 8:20 this morning of shots fired in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue.  Upon arrival police found 2 victims, both deceased; a white male and white female.  The male was found in the car and the white female found across the street.  A second call heard someone was seen running between houses; sex and race not known.  Not much is known about the incident just yet.  The man is believed to be in his early 40′s.  The female age is unknown.  Evidence markers were seen on the street and the gun used in the incident is not yet known.  No description of the actor/s is known at this time according to Chief Klawinski. Both victims are from the New Kensington area. NKPD is asking the community to call Westmoreland 911 or New Kensington Police at 724-339-7533 if you have any information concerning this incident.  AKNVEWS will continue to follow this breaking story.

 (Original Story) Police units in New Kensington are on scene of multiple shootings in the 400 block of 4th avenue. The area around the scene is blocked with caution tape and casing markers line the street as investigators are seen talking to residents in the shooting area. Sheets cover one victim laying on the street while a white vehicle across from the first victim is covered with purple sheets. The Westmoreland County coroner is on the way to the scene.

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Heavy rain began to fall as more police units arrived with police checking alleys searching for the actors. AKVNEWS will update this breaking story as more details become available.


Female driver led from crash scene in handcuffs

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – A single vehicle crash occurred in the 2500 block of 7th Street just after 5:00 pm Tuesday afternoon. A female driver appeared to have lost control of her vehicle when she ran off the road mowing down a mailbox, hitting railroad ties and nearly hitting a large low lying branch.

The vehicle continued through a wide gravel area parallel to the roadway and ran over a hillside landing upside on it’s roof in a resident’s front yard. The female driver was being treated at the scene for a cut of the hand and a minor injury to her leg. Towing crews from Hawk Towing in Arnold arrived on scene to pull the Chevy Cavalier back up the hillside.

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While crews worked to remove the vehicle, a field sobriety test was administered to the driver by Law Enforcement Officer Kevin Hess. She was subsequently handcuffed and transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital for an apparent blood draw.

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Allegheny County man arrested after traveling to meet 11-year-old “girl” and her “family” for sex

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of an Allegheny County man accused of posting an online advertisement that solicited incestuous sex, and then traveling to a local hotel to meet who he believed was an 11-year-old girl and her parents.

According to the criminal complaint, agents, conducting an investigation into online advertisements that solicit sex from children, responded to an ad allegedly posted by Daniel Schulties, 23, 135 Richard Road, Wexford.

The charges state that Schulties posted an online advertisement title, “Looking to join an Incest Family?” Over the course of several months, Schulties corresponded with the “father” and “daughter” via email and text messages; describing the sexual acts he wished to perform when they met and expressing his desire to engage in a sexual relationship. In addition to the explicit messages, Schulties allegedly sent nude photos of himself to the girl and her parents.

Schulties was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, when he arrived at a predetermined location to meet the family for the purpose of sex. He is charged with one count of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal attempt to commit rape of a child, one count of criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one count of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal attempt to commit indecent assault and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Moon Township Police Department for its assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.


New Oakmont bridge piers taking shape, steel girders making way to job site

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OAKMONT, PA. – Everywhere you look when on site of the new bridge in Oakmont you’ll find tons of rebar, steel and concrete as the piers for the new bridge are nearing their completion. Workers have made tremendous progress with the construction of the 4-lane, 1600 foot long replacement bridge that is expected to be completed in October of 2015. New construction for this project began in September 2013.

Spanning the Allegheny River, the Jonathon Hulton Bridge, built in 1908, was the first major bridge designed by Allegheny County. The bridge is a Parker Pratt through Truss bridge. These bridges where common in the early 20th century for car and rail traffic. The bridge is named for Jonathon Hulton, one of the first landowners in the Oakmont area. The Hulton family also operated a ferry across the Allegheny River near the current bridge location until its construction.

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The replacement cost of the old bridge is $65 million, with 80% federal funding and 20% state funding. Six buildings on the Harmar side of the river were demolished before construction could begin. The replacement was designed by Pennsylvania-based engineering firms Gannett Fleming and McCormick Taylor. Brayman Construction Corporation of Saxonburg is the general contractor for the project.

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As the pier work is being completed, steel girders will be shipped in and according to one Brayman Construction worker and plans are to have the girder steel all in place by January 2015. Deck and forms rebar plus deck construction is expected to continue until October 2015.


The “Do Not Call” Law in Pennsylvania

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Unwanted telemarketing calls can be a nuisance and an intrusion to your privacy at home. Pennsylvania has joined a number of other states in passing a “Do Not Call” law, officially known as the Pennsylvania Telemarketer Registration Act. As a result, Pennsylvanians now have the option to eliminate many of these calls by placing their names on a statewide “Do Not Call” list.

The Office of Attorney General provides a convenient Do Not Call online enrollment form, to make it quick and easy to sign up.

Pennsylvania residents can also sign up for the National Do Not Call list, which is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

Both the Pennsylvania and National Do Not Call programs allow you to register residential telephone and personal cell phone numbers, to reduce the number of unwanted calls you receive.

The Office of Attorney General has contracted with a nonprofit organization that is responsible for maintaining the list of consumers who want to avoid telemarketing calls. The list administrator is responsible for updating the list and providing that list to telemarketers on a quarterly basis.

Every telemarketer that calls consumers in Pennsylvania is required to purchase the list from the list administrator. The telemarketer must then remove every name on the “Do Not Call” list from their calling lists within 30 days of receiving the list. A violation of the law carries a civil penalty of up to $1,000, or $3,000 if the person contacted is age 60 or older.

Complaints against a telemarketer in violation of this law should be filed with the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-441-2555, or by Filing a Do Not Call complaint online.


Firearms, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana seized in drug bust in New Kensington

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – New Kensington Police Department along with the Attorney General’s Task force executed a search warrant in the 200 block of Locust Street at approximately 7:00 am Friday morning.

Detective Sergeant Dino DiGiacobbe said police did a knock and announce at the residence where two men were residing. Police entered the structure and the team cleared the house for further investigation. Seized in the raid were firearms and one stolen gun with a serial number obliterated said Detective DiGiacobbe. Also seized were a large quantity of Heroin, Crack Cocaine, Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

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Arrested and charged with multiple felonies was Sheth Houser 23, of New Kensington. Houser will be charged with felony possession of a firearm, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana amd a felony charge on the obliterated serial number. He will also be charged with three counts with intent to deliver. Additional misdemeanor charges will also be filed in the incident. Lower Burrell Law Enforcement Officer Steve Cernava and K-9 Dax searched the area surrounding the residence and also made a search of a vehicle located on the street. A possible hit was located in the truck and subsequently searched.

One of the two men residing in the residence was released said DiGiacobbe. The bust also occurred in a school zone. Arraignment for Houser will occur later Friday evening at night court. Detective Sergeant Dino DiGiacobbe thanks the Attorney General’s Office, and Lower Burrell Police Department for their assistance. The investigation continues.


“Cruise the Roof” car show in New Kensington well attended

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Cruise enthusiasts and the motoring public enjoyed a day in the sun for the first event of its kind on the roof of the New Kensington Parking Garage last Sunday afternoon. The weather was perfect for the “Cruise the Roof” car cruise that showcased over eighty cars and trucks from all over the Alle-Kiski Valley.

Over a dozen local vendors donated prizes and New Kensington’s Station 5 Volunteer Firefighters held a 50/50 raffle. Event sponsors provided 50′s and 60′s cruise music, water and pizza as spectators were able to walk the roof to check out the muscle cars, antiques and a few home brewed vehicular creations.

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New Kensington’s Mayor Tom Guzzo and Councilman Tim Dimaio were part of the cruise festivities along with a steady flow of car enthusiasts who embraced the three hour event. Councilman Dimaio spearheaded the idea of the cruise and solicited help from local area vendors to make the show possible. Dimaio said the hope for the future is to make this event a weekly attraction on Sunday evenings, but for now the organizers are working to put on another show in late September.

This was a real surprise to see all these cars said Dimaio; not much publicity went out for the event but it’s a terrific location with plenty of free parking for the public in the lower levels of the city garage. The car cruise community responded well and cruisers began to roll in around 3:30 pm. Once the West Deer cruise terminated, those cruisers headed to the New Kensington event to become part of the show. While standing on the rooftop, several muscle cars entered the lower level of the garage and the echo of the motors resonated to the upper levels like a staged 1/4 mile race. The roars were so loud spectators went to the outside perimeters of the roof looking for a long line of Harley motorcycles.

The organizers wish to thank all those vendors for their participation and a special thanks to Fox’s Pizza in New Kensington for the 8 “Big Daddy” pizzas.

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