State Police checkpoints this holiday weekend

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Armstrong-Allegheny County, Pa. – Kittanning PSP released an announcement that Troop D Kittanning will be holding both roving and stationary DUI checkpoints during this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

Motorists are reminded to have their drivers license, registration and insurance ready and not to drink and drive or drive impaired/under the influence of drugs and prescriptions. Motorists are also reminded of the “Move over” law. This law, Title 75 Pa. Motor Vehicle Code section 3327, Duty of Driver in Emergency Response Area requires you to move over into the other lane when passing a stopped police car, fire truck, tow truck and any other emergency vehicle that is stopped on the road.

If it is not possible to move over, you are required to slow down when passing these vehicles. Fines range from $85-250 plus over $100 in court costs and or a license suspension if you cause injury to someone.

 

Utility trailer flips over after SUV slams guiderails on Expressway

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South Buffalo Township, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police and local volunteer firefighters responded to a two vehicle crash on SR. 28 Allegheny Valley Expressway shortly after 1:00 pm Wednesday afternoon when a northbound SUV lost control hitting a guide rail.

At the crash scene on the Northbound side of the Expressway near the Furnace Run overpass, South Buffalo Township firefighters were conducting traffic control after the operator of a SUV lost control of their vehicle on the slick roadway and crashed into a guide rail . After the operator hit the guide rail, the vehicle careened across both northbound lanes and came to rest in the median. The SUV sustained moderate damage to the drivers side front and rear of the vehicle.

SUV in median, truck hauling utility trailer on right side of photo past bridge support.

SUV in median, truck hauling utility trailer on right side of photo past bridge support.

A Cabot man following the SUV said the vehicle in front of him spun around on the roadway and hit the trailer he was hauling, flipping it over sometime during the crash. The operator was unsure when he was hit, prior to the SUV hitting guide rail or afterwards. Pennsylvania state law requires the use of safety chains being attached to the tow vehicle to prevent towed trailers from breaking away in the event of a crash. In this incident, the safety chains did their job.

At least two Freeport EMS units responded to the scene, however it was not immediately known if the driver of the SUV sustained any injuries. The operator and passenger hauling the trailer were not injured.

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Snow accumulation for the Alle-Kiski Valley possible 1-3 inches

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The National Weather Service issued a statement of a winter weather advisory that will remain in effect in the Alle-Kiski Valley until 6 pm est this evening.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS 1 TO 3 INCHES WITH ISOLATED 4 INCH TOTALS
POSSIBLE IN THE EASTERN PORTIONS IN ELEVATIONS ABOVE 2000 FEET.
* PERIOD OF MOST INTENSE SNOW LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING.
* SNOW ENDING LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO SNOW
COVERED ROADS.
* WINDS NORTH 5 MPH OR LESS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS.
A winter weather advisory for snow means that snowfall will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING…
This hazardous weather outlook is for southwest Pennsylvania and west central Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

 

Mitral valve repair following heart attack may offer patients little to no benefit

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Routinely adding mitral valve repair to coronary artery bypass graft surgery for heart attack patients may not be warranted in patients with moderate mitral valve damage, according to an NIH-funded study. Patients treated with both procedures versus the bypass graft alone showed no differences at one year in recovery from structural damage to the heart’s left ventricle, nor in secondary measures such as heart failure, stroke, functional status or quality of life.

The results of the Surgical Interventions for Moderate Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation (IMR) study, supported by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), were presented today at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine.

About one million Americans suffer heart attacks each year. Of these, about half are left with functional damage to the mitral valve due to the injury and changes to the heart muscle. This damage can result in leaks, causing a backflow of blood accompanied by symptoms such as shortness of breath, abnormal fatigue, and excess blood in the lungs.

Doctors typically treat heart attack patients with this condition, called ischemic mitral regurgitation, by performing coronary artery bypass graft surgery, sometimes adding a procedure to repair the leaky mitral valve. The study is the first large-scale randomized clinical trial to assess whether adding the repair procedure leads to a measurable benefit for patients.

The study included 301 patients with moderate IMR who had been treated with one or both surgical procedures. Researchers assessed each patient’s condition at six and 12 months by measuring the amount of blood remaining in the left ventricle after a heart contraction. Both patient groups showed similar rates of improvement at the 12-month assessment.

This research was conducted as part of NHLBI’s Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network and was co-funded by the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

 

West Leechburg man shot in buttocks

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West Leechburg, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. Marchwinski of the Kiski Valley barracks responded to an accidental shooting in West Leechburg on Sunday at approximately 11:35 am.

The victim, William Barnes was outside working in his yard when he tripped. When Barnes fell to the ground a gun that he was carrying in his pocket accidentally discharged. The gun discharged and the round hit Barnes in the buttocks.

Barnes suffered a non “life threatening” superficial wound.


IN OTHER NEWS !!
(Theft by Deception)

Bell Township, Pa. – Tpr. Eric Zona reported an incident of Theft by Deception in Bell Twp. on Monday November 3, 2014.

A known suspect agreed to do construction work in the victims residence. He collected half the value of the work to be done before he started. He never returned to the victim’s residence to finish the work. Investigation is continuing.


(Motor Vehicle Theft)

Ford City, Pa. – Tpr. Stephen Rowe responded to a vehicle theft in the 200 block of Kelly Station Rd. in Ford City. This incident occurred as unknown actor(s) removed a 90cc black SUNL ATV with white flames from the front yard of the residence. The actor(s) fled in an unknown direction.

 

High winds, warm temperatures, light rain and rainbows in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Alle-Kiski Valley, Pa. – Unseasonably warm temperatures in the Alle-Kiski Valley are in direct contrast to this past weekends frozen rain that caused numerous crashes along the Allegheny Valley Expressway and in Freeport early Saturday afternoon.

A brief rain shower in the area produced awesome images of a double rainbow in the skies over Lower Burrell. High winds all over Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties are causing trees to topple bringing electrical and utility wires to the ground. Police and fire crews are busy closing some roadways and there are reports of downed wires in residential yards in Allegheny Township.

The National Weather Service has posted the following hazardous weather information for the following locations: THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WESTERN MARYLAND…EAST CENTRAL OHIO…NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA…SOUTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA…WEST CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA…NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHERN PANHANDLE OF WEST VIRGINIA. High wind advisory: A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WIND GUSTS GREATER THAN 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WIND THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

The current forecast: Partly cloudy and windy, high 67F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph and Monday Night 0% Precip. Partly cloudy skies. Low 36F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

 

LB Law Enforcement Officer John Marhefka to serve as Burrell School District SRO

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – The City of Lower Burrell and the Burrell School District have jointly announced the receipt of a $60,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to assist funding the placement of a school resource officer in the Burrell School District in early 2015.

Lower Burrell Law Enforcement Officer John Marhefka, an 18 year veteran of the Department, long time DARE officer, and former Pennsylvania DARE Officer of the Year recipient will serve as the school resource officer. Officer Marhefka was recently certified as a school resource officer through training provided by the National Association of School Resource Officers. Once the program commences, Officer Marhefka will be assigned full-time to the school district. He will be based at the Burrell High School, but will regularly visit all district buildings and conduct safety and other law enforcement related programs with students in all grade levels. His primary function will be to form positive relationships with all students as a means to increase student safety.

The grant award is part of $3.9 million in funding Governor Corbett has committed for placing police officers and resource officers in schools across Pennsylvania as part of his commitment to the safety of Pennsylvania school students. Pennsylvania State Representative Eli Evankovich, who supported the efforts of the School District and the City during the application process, made notification last Friday of the full grant award.

The grant award will aid in covering salary and some equipment costs associated with the school resource officer for calendar year 2015. The City and the District will be eligible to receive $30,000 in funding to continue the program in 2016.

The Burrell School Board, the City Council, the District Administrative Staff, and the Lower Burrell Police Department are committed to making our schools as safe as possible. The school resource officer will be another layer of security we can provide in our continued efforts to increase the safety of our students while in school. We look forward to launching this program in January 2015.

 

Freezing rain in the Alle-Kiski Valley causing multiple crashes

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Alle-Kiski Valley – Freezing rain moving through the Alle-Kiski Valley is causing multiple accidents on SR. 28 Expressway and multiple vehicles are involved in a crash on the Freeport Bridge with injuries.

On SR. 28, Allegheny County 911 reported multiple accidents on the Expressway from the Mills Mall to the de-icing bridge just north of the Natrona Heights exit. The initial report was for a vehicle that had rolled over at the bridge, however no accident was located. State Police were at the bridge for a short time to slow down traffic entering the northbound bridge and a short time later placed flares at the bridge entrance.

In Freeport at the big bridge, firefighters from Station #36 Sarver closed the southbound side of the bridge on SR. 356 due to multiple crashes (possibly five) at the other end of the bridge in Allegheny Township. It was also reported by one of the Allegheny Township Police officers that a police car was on fire due to some sort of electrical issue. There was at least one report of a female lying on the roadway, however this has not yet been confirmed. PennDOT salt crews are out and about salting bridges and steep hills as the temperature continues to hover around the 32-34 degree mark this afternoon. Allegheny Township firefighters blocked the northbound side of the Freeport Bridge near River Forest.

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At least two ambulances, one from Lower Kiski and one from Freeport were seen leaving the bridge area headed up Freeport road towards Natrona Heights.


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Mitral valve repair following heart attack may offer patients little to no benefit

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Routinely adding mitral valve repair to coronary artery bypass graft surgery for heart attack patients may not be warranted in patients with moderate mitral valve damage, according to an NIH-funded study. Patients treated with both procedures versus the bypass graft alone showed no differences at one year in recovery from structural damage to the heart’s left ventricle, nor in secondary measures such as heart failure, stroke, functional status or quality of life.

The results of the Surgical Interventions for Moderate Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation (IMR) study, supported by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), were presented today at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine.

About one million Americans suffer heart attacks each year. Of these, about half are left with functional damage to the mitral valve due to the injury and changes to the heart muscle. This damage can result in leaks, causing a backflow of blood accompanied by symptoms such as shortness of breath, abnormal fatigue, and excess blood in the lungs.

Doctors typically treat heart attack patients with this condition, called ischemic mitral regurgitation, by performing coronary artery bypass graft surgery, sometimes adding a procedure to repair the leaky mitral valve. The study is the first large-scale randomized clinical trial to assess whether adding the repair procedure leads to a measurable benefit for patients.

The study included 301 patients with moderate IMR who had been treated with one or both surgical procedures. Researchers assessed each patient’s condition at six and 12 months by measuring the amount of blood remaining in the left ventricle after a heart contraction. Both patient groups showed similar rates of improvement at the 12-month assessment.

This research was conducted as part of NHLBI’s Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network and was co-funded by the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

 

PSP reports theft by deception, aggravated assault and burglary

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(Theft by Deception)

Armstrong County, Pa. – Investigating Tpr. T Geibel responded to an incident of Theft by Deception at the Kittanning Cemetery, Rayburn Twp., in Armstrong County. The incident occurred sometime between January 1, 2011 and November 19, 2014 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm.

Two unnamed victims from Kittanning reported to state police that in the year 2011 they had purchased Kittanning Cemetery pre-arrangements from a known 46 y/o white male suspect. The cemetery was offering deals at the time of the incident. The victims were told to pay in cash because the price was cheaper. The suspect hand wrote a receipt and gave it to the victims. The victims never received a deed or official receipts from the cemetery for the purchases.

Tpr. Geibel said there are potentially more victims in the Kittanning area that had made cash purchases from the suspect. If anyone thinks they could be a victim of this scam, please contact the Kittanning Cemetery at 724-548-2194 This investigation is continuing.


(Aggravated Assault)

Armstrong County, Pa. – Tpr. Robert V. Gambone Jr. reports an incident of Aggravated Assault that took place in Manor Twp., Armstrong County. The assault occurred on November 19, 2014. at approximately 11:30pm.

James White, a 52 y/o male of Kittanning, Pa. is accused of engaging in a physical altercation in which a knife was used by White to threaten the known victim from Kittanning. Charges were filed through MDJ J. Gary Decomo’s office.


(Harassment)

Armstrong County, Pa. – Tpr. Ritrosky reported an incident of harassment in the 300 block of SR. 66 Gilpin Twp. at approximately 2:30am Tuesday morning.

On the above day and time the accused, a known 29 y/o white male of Vandergrift, Pa arrived at the victims house in Leechburg, Pa. and used the telephone. The accused subsequently shoved the victim. Charges were filed at District Court 33-3-03


(Burglary/Criminal Mischief)

Armstrong County, Pa. – Tpr. Eric D. Church reported an incident of Burglary and Criminal Mischief in the 1000 block of SR. 268 Sugar Creek Twp. on Tuesday afternoon, November 18/2014 between the times 12pm-6pm. On the above date and time, an unknown suspect stole Miller/Cleveland welding equipment from the above location and fled in an unknown direction. Anyone with new information is asked to contact PSP Kittanning at 724-543-2011


(Crash)

Allegheny County, Pa. – PSP Kittanning Investigator Jerry Zundel, responded to a 3 vehicle crash on SR. 28 in O’Hara Township Wednesday morning at approximately 6:43 am.

Driver Daniel Boyle age 22 of Valencia, Pa was driving a 2008 Pontiac G6 with a passenger, Emily Nagel age 23 of Mars traveling southbound on SR. 28 in the left hand passing lane. The second driver, Kaley Bowman age 27 of Arnold, was driving a 2010 Mercury Mountaineer, and a third driver Maria Saxman, age 26 of Lower Burrell, was driving a 2010 Honda Civic. Both lead vehicles (Saxman and Bowman) were stopped for traffic ahead of them when Boyle’s vehicle failed to stop and impacted Bowman’s Mercury which in turn hit Saxman’s vehicle.

The Pontiac and the Mercury then impacted the concrete barrier along the shoulder of the bridge. Both vehicles were towed from the scene and the Honda Civic was driven from the scene.

Boyle, Nagel and Bowman were all transported to the hospital. Daniel Boyle was charged with vehicle Code 3361 (too fast for conditions).

State Police were assisted at the scene by Etna and Sharpsburg EMS.

 

State Police and local law enforcement to ramp up highway safety operations

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Keeping the upcoming holiday season free of tragic vehicle crashes is the aim of “Operation Safe Holiday,” a joint campaign by Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT and local law enforcement. The holiday enforcement will focus on nighttime seat belt use and impaired driving.

The operation begins with statewide Click It or Ticket seat-belt enforcement that runs from Nov. 21-Dec. 1. Law enforcement agencies also will conduct sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and regular traffic safety patrols on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 26, and from Dec. 1 through the New Year’s holiday to crack down on drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

“Thanksgiving remains one of the biggest travel periods of the year, but unfortunately it’s also the highest in the number of crashes,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said.” “PennDOT urges drivers to drive safely and assign a designated driver when attending functions with family and friends this season.”

According to PennDOT data, the holiday season continues to be the leading time period for traffic crashes. The Thanksgiving holiday period, including the weekends before and after the holiday as well as the day itself, experienced the highest number of crashes and fatalities of any major holiday season last year. A total of 4,683 crashes and 48 fatalities occurred statewide during the Thanksgiving travel period. The Christmas and New Year’s travel periods, including the weekend before Christmas, Christmas, New Years and the weekend after, saw 3,222 crashes and 30 fatalities.

“Vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death, with most fatalities being attributed to unbelted motorists,” said State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan. “The holidays are a time to spend with friends and family, but please don’t drive impaired and be sure to buckle up.”

Additionally, during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays last year, 1,072 of the statewide crashes involved a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol, with 35 fatalities in those crashes. In that same period, there were 989 crashes with unbuckled occupants, with 43 fatalities in those crashes.

PennDOT urges travelers to never drive impaired and always buckle up. Drivers should also avoid distractions, rotate drivers if possible and take frequent breaks.

Motorists should allow extra time for travel and expect to encounter traffic delays. As weather and road conditions can worsen quickly at this time of year, motorists should always check the forecast for their entire route and make sure their vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency kit and tires with good traction.

 

Eureka’s Fire, Rescue, EMS serves up late night river response

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New Kensington, Pa. – Westmoreland 911 dispatch notified New Kensington Police of a female caller hearing screams coming from a barge on the Westmoreland side of the Allegheny River just after 11 pm Wednesday night. The location of the caller was in the 2400 block of Constitution Blvd.

The caller told 911 the barge had been seen in the water since 1:00 pm Wednesday afternoon. Arnold police made their way to the water authority near the 2400 block of Constitution Blvd requesting workers to let them in the gate to get a better view of the barge. Arnold PD reported being able to see the barge from the water authority area.

A short time later, New Kensington Police requested a boat be put on the water and a call made to the coast guard. Dispatch reported they were not getting any response from the Coast Guard, while Arnold police were trying to locate the individual who placed the call to 911.

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Eureka Fire, Rescue, EMS were requested to investigate and launched their river rescue boat from the Tarentum Marina just before midnight. Eureka’s Deputy Chief Brad James indicated arrival time to the stranded vessel after launch was about 5-10 minutes. Swift Water Technicians on board were reminded to have spot lights turned on and to approach the stranded vessel with caution. Deputy Chief James said a barge/tug ran aground and no injuries were reported. Radio traffic indicated the tugboat operator would make a call to his company and their own crews would go to the scene and take care of the problem. The actual location of the barge could be seen on the bend in the river from the Tarentum Bridge.

It was apparent Eureka’s launch into the Allegheny River was much easier than loading the rescue boat back onto the trailer shortly after midnight. Strong winds on the river forced Swift Water Rescue Technician Chad Clark to make several attempts at reloading the boat. Also on board were Swift Water Technicians Susan Clark and Darrick Gerano.

Deputy James said Eureka Fire, Rescue and EMS crews had a crazy day with two extrications, three fire calls and the river response.

As always, please do your part and support your local fire departments !!

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