5th victim dies from injuries sustained in a horrific crash in Armstrong County

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SOUTH BEND TOWNSHIP, ARMSTRONG COUNTY, Pa. – (UPDATE:  4-18-2014 @ 5:37pm)  Passenger Kent G. Smith, 34, of Elderton died Thursday evening from injuries sustained in a two car crash in South Bend Township, Armstrong County.  Police believe speed was a major factor and toxicology testing will be done as part of the autopsies on both operators.  The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

 12:41 pm (Update:)   From PSP Kittanning.  Tpr. Andrew M. Andryka has reported 3 persons in a 2003 Ford Mustang GT were killed in the crash.  Those identified are as follows:  Operator Brandon James Sulava, 19,  of Apollo,  a male juvenile passenger, age 15, Apollo, and Brieyonah Marie Painter, 18 female, of Kittanning. 

The second vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Crystal Kay Kelley, 41 of Avonmore died in the crash.  Passengers Robert Edward Kelley Jr., 33, of Avonmore sustained major injuries, passenger Kent G. Smith, 34, of Elderton sustained major injuries, and passenger Kristy Ann Schall, 35, of Shelocta sustained major injuries.  The time of the crash is listed as 2223 hours on 4-16-2014.   The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.

Earlier:  3 Teenagers- ages 19, 18, 15 and a 41 year old female were victims of a high speed crash on SR. 156 South Bend Township overnight.  Police say a Ford Mustang was split in half and an engine was approximately 120 yards from the impact location.  One vehicle crossed over the center line and hit head-on.  The death toll is at 4, and the remaining 3 passengers are in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital.

9:51 am  At least 4 people were killed in the late night crash in South Bend Township, Armstrong County.  The crash scene was termed “horrible” by the coroner.  State Police have not released the names of the deceased.   

In overnight news, Pennsylvania State Police Kittanning are on the scene of a reported head-on collision on SR. 156 North near Gobblers Run Road in South Bend Township. Kiski Township firefighters have blocked traffic at Ole Mill Road and 156 while police conduct their investigation into the crash.

Initial reports were at least 2 medical helicopters transported victims from the scene. A coroner has been called to the scene. Stay with AKVNEWS for more on this developing story.


Fire consumes house, but no match for faith

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FRAZER TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Fire that was driven by intense heat and wind destroyed a home along Days Run Road in Frazer Township today leaving a family of 5 homeless. Shari Robb gazed at the fire scene that engulfed her home and said she felt she was under some sort of test today. “Praise the Lord” she said several times in defiance of the quick moving fire. Clearly Robb was fighting back the tears, but remained strong with her faith to get thru this devastating event with her daughter Delainey, age 14 who is home schooled.

Shari and Delainey were out shopping for jeans when the fire started. Husband Sam was at work in Pittsburgh, and 2 other daughters were at school. Shari said a neighbor heard a loud bang about the time when the fire must have started. According to radio information, a Frazer Township Law Enforcement Officer and a fire official were first on scene and confirmed there were no people on the first floor, but the second floor was all smoke and flame. They were not able to confirm if that floor was occupied.

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As fire crews arrived on scene, a long fire hose was laid up the steep driveway and charged with water in preparation for battling the fire. Not long after the fire was nearly finished doing it damage, husband Sam Robb came on scene to hug and console his wife and daughter Delainey.

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Fire crews from Frazer #1 and many surrounding communities battled the fast moving fire which appeared to have started in an upstairs back room. The fire quickly consumed the top floor with flames shooting out 3-4 windows at a time. Firefighters did everything they could to try to extinguish and get a good knock-down, but as with most age old houses, they literally go up in smoke. By the time the fire had completely destroyed the interior, part of the roof at the back of the structure collapsed. Shari Ross said the house was probably built in the 1850′s and they have lived there for about 15 years. She said they did a lot of work on the inside of the house thru the years to make it nice and fortunately the house is insured.

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Frazer #1 Assistant Fire Chief Gail Callender said this fire was very fast moving and the location made it a little difficult. Callender said the hydrants were good and there were no injuries to firefighters or the Robb family. The family will be staying with relatives.

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The fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate. All fire crews cleared the fire scene at 7:08 pm.


2 flown by air medical helicopter – a third treated and released after reported stabbings in New Kensington

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – (Update:  10:04 am – New Kensington Police Chief Thomas Klawinski said two people were flown by medical helicopter and one person was treated and released from Allegheny Valley Hospital.  Police have not released the names of those individuals involved in the altercation and no suspects are in custody.

New Kensington police are investigating a report of a stabbing/s in the 500 block of 5th avenue shortly after 10 pm Wednesday. According to initial radio reports, one person was stabbed in the arm. One STAT MedEvac and one LifeFlight helicopter landed in the parking lot of Valley High School to transport the victims to a Pittsburgh hospital.



Armstrong County Camp Cadet Program – Free Camp

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MANOR TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Armstrong County Camp Cadet Program sponsored by the Kittanning Station of the Pennsylvania State Police. Camp Cadet is a week-long summer camp hosted by and located at Lenape Technical School, Chaplin Avenue, Manor Township for boys and girls ages 12 to 15. This year, Camp Cadet is scheduled from July 20 to 25. Applications must be submitted by June 1.

The boys and girls attending Camp Cadet stay at the camp in the care of State Police officers and civilian counselors. During the week, the kids are introduced to various law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service, local police departments/sheriff’s office and units of the State Police such as the Aviation Patrol Unit, Vice Unit, Computer Crime and Special Emergency Response Team, and much more.

Please visit the Camp Cadet website for your application at www.campcadet.com or the Kittanning State Police Station in the West Hills Industrial Park. Any questions can be directed to the Camp Cadet Director Tpr. Santucci at 724-543-2011


Valley is FR Strong – Viking Family shows support for stabbing victims

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Six representative students from Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville visited the Valley Senior High School on Tuesday afternoon to receive tokens of support from the Valley Viking Family in the wake of the most recent tragedy that rocked their school.

The assembly meeting was held in the gymnasium and began with a moment of silence for the stabbing victims and their families.

Viking students wanted them to know that they “ached” with them; wished them healing and sent them prayers from the Viking family. All across the NKASD, the Valley Viking family collected $246, which was given FR students to help support the victims and their families.

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Other tokens of support from the drama club, the Valley boys tennis team, baseball and a monetary donation were given in support of Franklin Regional High School. Those students thanked the Valley High School students for being “FR Strong” for them, as their classmates continue to struggle and heal from injuries sustained in the incident that took place just one week ago.

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John Bondi, Justin Johnson and Justin Katonak, students at Franklin Regional said the common thought was that, “it’s time” for the students to get back to school and that it’s just a recovery process now. Sticking together is key and it’s brought people closer together. Students are just looking for a normal day. They thanked all the communities for their continued support and the Valley Vikings for being “FR Strong” !!

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Global warming on back burner

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Alle-Kiski Valley, Pa. – Many residents of the Alle-Kiski Valley are speaking out about “Global Warming” as temperatures soar into the mid 30′s by afternoon but those comments can’t be published. Could this be another year of crappy weather?

The forecast for today is rain and snow showers, becoming all snow after 1pm. The high will be near 39. Northwest wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight A chance of snow showers, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 20. Northwest wind 9 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday and Friday this week temps rebound to mid 60′s.


Allegheny County man arrested in ongoing child pornography investigation

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of an Allegheny County man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.

Hart Williams, 28, 824 Perry Highway, Apt. 7, Pittsburgh, was arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014 by agents from the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, following a one-month investigation.

According to the criminal complaint, agents, who were conducting an online investigation, identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network downloading several media files believed to depict child pornography. The computer’s IP address was later identified as serving Williams’ Pittsburgh residence.

Agents and officers from the Ross Township Police Department executed a search of Williams’ apartment and seized a computer tower, MacBook Pro laptop, two thumb drives and an external hard drive. A preliminary review of the devices revealed more than 250 video files and more than 58,000 still images depicting apparent child pornography. The items will be analyzed further by the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.

Williams is charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography, 10 counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. on April 23, 2014 before Magisterial District Judge Richard Opeala.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Ross 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 Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.


DUI suspect arrested in overnight Washington Township crash

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – (Update 10.25 am )  Washington Township Police Sergeant Vincent Surace said Wallace Dean, 56, of West Virginia was arrested and transported to Forbes Regional Hospital after an overnight crash on Rt. 66 near the Rt 286 overpass.  Sgt. Surace said DUI charges are pending lab results.  No information was released on two other patients believed to be one male and one female.   Their injuries are unknown.

A near head on crash in Washington Township temporarily closes Rt. 66 overnight sending at least two people to the hospital. According to radio reports, the crash was reported as a head-on crash with a total of 3 patients complaining of neck and back injuries.

Washington Township police were on scene investigating while fire crews from Washington Township, Upper Burrell, and Oklahoma were clearing the roadway of glass debris and broken plastic parts from both vehicles.

A small SUV sustained heavy front end damage with air bag deployment. The SUV was held by guiderails which prevented a possible rollover due to a drop-off beyond the berm from the highway. Rescue crews cut both doors from the SUV vehicle to extricate the patients. Further up the highway, a large pickup truck sustained front end damage and came to rest headed Northbound on the Southbound side berm of the roadway. One person was seen sitting in the back of a police cruiser.

Heavy skid marks could be seen on the roadway and the cause of the crash is unknown. Tow crews removed both vehicles and the roadway was re-opened approximately one hour after the crash.

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