Governor Corbett Signs Execution Warrant

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Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today signed an execution warrant for Hubert L. Michael, Jr., who pled guilty in October 1994 to Kidnapping and First Degree Murder for the shooting death of 16-year-old Trista Eng.

Michael is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene and his execution has been scheduled for September 22, 2014. The execution warrant signed today for Michael was Governor Corbett’s 35th warrant signed since taking office.

This is the fourth execution warrant signed for Michael. Governor Tom Ridge signed Michael’s first execution warrant on July 31, 1996, Governor Ed Rendell signed Michael’s second execution warrant on April 5, 2004, and Governor Corbett signed Michael’s third execution warrant on September 11, 2012. The three prior warrants were dissolved as a result of the issuance of stays pending Michael’s numerous appeals. The appeals were ultimately denied by the courts.

“I would urge all of us to keep Trisha Eng’s family in our thoughts and prayers,’’ Corbett said. “For more than 20 years the Eng family has had to deal with the results of his abhorrent behavior every day of their lives. It is my hope that today’s action will support the Eng family in taking the next step to put this painful journey behind them.’’

Executions in Pennsylvania are carried out by lethal injection. For more information, visit the Department of Corrections online at www.cor.state.pa.us and select “Death Penalty’’ from the left-side navigation bar.

Case Background:

Michael, now 57, was sentenced to death on March 20, 1995 in the York County Court of Common Pleas.

On July 12, 1993, Trista Eng was walking along Route 15 in York County from her home to her summer job at a Dillsburg restaurant. Michael stopped and offered Miss Eng a ride to work, which she accepted.

Michael then drove to state game lands in Warrington Township, York County, where he shot Miss Eng three times and hid her body in the woods.

Ten days later, Michael fled the state in a rented car. At that time, Michael was out on bail for an unrelated rape charge in Lancaster County. The car was listed as stolen and entered into the National Crime Information Center system.

On July 27, 1993, Michael was arrested in Utah as a fugitive from justice. The murder weapon was found in the car at the time of his arrest. Michael was returned to Pennsylvania and incarcerated in Lancaster County Prison to await trial on the rape charge.

Michael’s brother visited him in prison the following month, where Michael confessed to him that he had used the gun to kill Miss Eng and that he had hidden the girl’s body in the state game lands. Based on that information, Michael’s brother and other relatives searched the game lands until they found the teenager’s decomposed body still dressed in her restaurant uniform. Michael’s explanation for the murder was that he was under so much pressure from the rape charge, he “just lost it.”

Police charged Michael with Trista Eng’s murder on Aug. 27, 1993.

In November 1993, Michael assumed the identity of another prisoner and escaped from Lancaster County Prison. He was later captured in New Orleans and returned to Pennsylvania in March 1994 to face rape, murder and other charges.

 

Mr. John crashes thru guiderails near Kiskiminetas Township

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KISKIMINETAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A single vehicle crash along Route 156 near the border of Kiskiminetas and South Bend Township sends one person to a Pittsburgh hospital for evaluation. Law Enforcement Officer Darhl Goldinger said the driver told police a car traveling East on 156 towards Shelocta forced him off the road.

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The truck driver of a Mr. John’s service truck began to lay over guiderail for over 100′, then drove over a hillside another 150′ hitting a tree and flipping in a resident’s yard. The front axle of the truck was dislodged and had to be chained back into place. Kochka Heavy Wrecking of Vandergrift also had to remove the truck’s driveshaft so it could be towed from the scene.

Kiskiminetas Police was assisted by Kiski Township Fire Department. Traffic was slowed through the crash scene area for about an hour.

 

Gun pulled after altercation outside Sheetz in Lower Burrell

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LOWER BURRELL, PA. – Police units from Lower Burrell and New Kensington responded to a woman pulling a gun out at the Sheetz gas pumps in Lower Burrell Wednesday evening around 6:30 pm. Lower Burrell Law Enforcement Officer Sergeant Zach Beam said the two actors previously know each other.

The incident occurred after Alan Rossey, 20 of Tarentum spit on a vehicle driven by Tracey Geracie, 46 of Lower Burrell. Saregent Beam said Geracie pulled out a 40 caliber Beretta to shoot him after she felt threatened. Several witnesses and Sergeant Beam confirmed it was heard Rossey shouting, shoot me – shoot me.

Several witnesses in the parking lot area were questioned by Lower Burrell Police after the incident. AKVNEWS spoke with two witnesses from the Lewisburg area who said there was a lot of shouting going on down there, pointing to the pumps closest to Craigdell Road. Those witnesses could hear him shouting shoot me, shoot me. Apparently one of the actors vehicles made a couple trips around the pumps as things heated up.

Sergeant Beam said Geracie was charged with simple assault and reckless endangerment while Rossey was charged with harassment and disorderly conduct. No injuries were reported.

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Bridge beams to be set in place tonight on Rt. 366/56 overpass in New Kensington

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – PennDOT’s Dan Bartko has confirmed with AKVNEWS.COM tonight’s road closure on Rt. 366/56 at the bypass in New Kensington as the new 131′ beams will be set in place on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Bartko said the beams are approximately 71 ton each and the trucks carrying the beams are called super loads.

Bartko said the roadway will close Wednesday and Thursday night between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am. Workers will set the beams in place and also take out three existing girders as part of the initial phase of beam replacement. The contractor is under strict guidelines and could face fines of up to $6000 per hour if the beam placements are not completed in time and there is road opening delays.

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According to the weather service, the AK Valley should see scattered thunderstorms early, then mainly cloudy after midnight. The chance of rain is about 50% for the install event. Massive cranes will place the beams on their foundations while other crews work on welding various angle irons and installation of deck pans.

 

Pa. Turnpike Unveils Signs in New 70 MPH Zone -PennDOT Announces Two 70 mph Pilot Locations

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Pittsburgh, PA. – Pennsylvania moved ahead with steps to make travel more efficient today as the Pa. Turnpike activated its 70 mph speed limit from Blue Mountain (Interchange 201) to Morgantown (Interchange 298) and PennDOT announced it will launch 70 mph pilot projects on a pair of interstates next month.

“As we increase the speed limit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, motorists need to increase their restraint behind the wheel accordingly,” said Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “Remember, even though we’re increasing the speed limit, motorists still must obey the law and drive safety. After all, 70 mph is the maximum speed, not the mandatory speed.”

The Turnpike’s new 70 mph signs were put in place yesterday; it took Turnpike maintenance employees about six hours to switch out 35 speed-limit signs along the 100-mile stretch.

Also today, State Transportation Secretary and Turnpike Commissioner Barry J. Schoch announced that beginning the week of Aug. 11, PennDOT plans to begin piloting a 70-mph speed limit on two interstates:
• 88 miles of Interstate 80 from Exit 101 (DuBois) in Clearfield County to mile marker 189 in Clinton County; and
• 21 miles of Interstate 380 from Interstate 84 in Lackawanna County to Exit 3 (Pocono Pines/Mt. Pocono) in Monroe County.

“After thorough analysis and reviewing other states’ practices, PennDOT is piloting this speed limit so we can use the data to determine where else the maximum speed could be increased,” Schoch said. “Safety is our top priority in this process, and I urge drivers to obey the speed limit whether they’re in their neighborhood or on an interstate.”

PennDOT will use data collected from the pilot locations while evaluating other 65-mph roadway sections for potential 70-mph implementation in the spring or summer next year. Roadway sections that can safely accommodate the increased speed could start being signed soon after the evaluations are complete.

Compton said the Turnpike’s 70-mph speed limit could be implemented on remaining portions of the 550-plus mile toll road system in 2015.

“This initial 70-mph zone will be monitored for six to eight months to see how the higher speed limit works,” Compton said. “If everything goes well, I’d expect the remainder of the Turnpike will switch over to 70 mph speed where appropriate and safe next spring.”

While much of the 100-mile stretch will be posted at 70 mph, there will be areas where drivers will see reduced speeds, specifically at curves posted at advisory speeds between 60-65 mph. In addition, work zones in the 70 mph zone will be posted at 55 mph – meaning an end to 40 mph work-zone speeds in this section.

“With this increase, we remain committed to protecting the lives of the people traveling as well as the men and women who are working out on the roadways,” said Lt. Edward Murphy of Troop T, the unit in charge of Turnpike patrols. “To ensure motorists heed the 55 mph work-zone speed limit, State Police will be conducting ‘Orange-Squeeze’ operations where troopers run radar inside construction vehicles instead of patrol cars.”
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Passed last fall by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Tom Corbett, Act 89 of 2013 enabled the PTC and PennDOT to raise the maximum speed limit on freeways within Pennsylvania to 70 mph. The plan invests an additional $2.4 billion to $2.5 billion into Pennsylvania’s transportation assets by its fifth year.

The PTC is helping motorists adjust to the changes by offering a new option on its TRIP Talk smartphone app. Once the app is turned on, drivers will be able to choose if they would like audio alerts when entering a reduced-speed zone. For example, the app will automatically alert drivers as they enter a 65 or 55 mph area. The app is free and can be downloaded at http://www.paturnpike.com/triptalk.

 

Robbery-Aggravated assault in Washington Township

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Washington Township Police were dispatched to Camp Nancy Road at Route 380 for an unconscious female on the roadway at 6:50 am Sunday morning.  Upon arrival, an additional female with injuries was found and both victims were transported to Forbes Regional Hospital for treatment.

With the assistance of the Monroeville Police Department and the Westmoreland County detectives it was discovered that the females were robbed at gunpoint and forced out of a moving vehicle. Through the investigation the two offenders were found to be Matthew Bumbaugh and his girlfriend Elizabeth Lazabeck.  The suspects  were arrested and charged with robbery,  aggravated assault simple assault and reckless endangerment.  The actors were transported to the Westmoreland County Detention Center for a Monday arraignment.  One of the victims remains in intensive care.

Bumbaugh and Lazabeck reside at Valley View Drive in Monroeville, Pa.

 

Passenger punched in the chest after roadway altercation on Rt. 28

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SOUTH BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, PA. – Investigating officer Jason L Domenick of PSP Kittanning reports an incident of harassment and assault that occurred on State Route 28 southbound approximately two miles north of the Slate Lick exit at 7:20 pm Monday evening.

Two vehicles were traveling southbound when an altercation occurred as the suspect vehicle struck into the victims vehicle. Both vehicles pulled off the roadway and the suspect exited his vehicle; punching a passenger in the chest. The suspect fled the scene when the victim said he was calling the police and headed south on SR 28 towards Allegheny county.

The suspect is an unknown white male approximately 30 years old, 6 foot tall with multiple tattoos. Police said the suspect was driving a white in color SUV type vehicle pulling a green and blue jet ski. The victim is a known white male , age 60 from Freeport.

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TARENTUM: PSP Kittanning investigating officer Trooper Short reports a vehicle was traveling north on SR 28 when Troy Douglas Clark, 41 of Apollo became involved in a single vehicle motor crash Sunday morning approximately 2:45 am. The incident occurred just past the get off ramp to Bull Creek/Tarentum exit. The suspect was determined to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Charges pending.

O’HARA TOWNSHIP: Investigating officer Tpr. Thomas Snyder reported an incident of DUI occurred 1/4 mile south of exit 6 in O’Hara Township, Allegheny County. The driver, Oziel Cabrera Rocha, 31 of Charlotte North Carolina was driving a 2012 Ford Econoline van that was stopped along the shoulder of Route 28. Tpr. Snyder stopped to see if the operator needed assistance, however Rocha was found to be intoxicated. Rocha was transported to UPMC St Margaret for a blood draw. Due to being from North Carolina, a criminal complaint was prepared against Rocha and he was placed in the Allegheny County Jail.

EAST FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP: PSP Kittanning reported an incident of DUI on State Route 268 in front of Hilltop Plaza East Franklin Township Armstrong County. A suspect came through a DUI checkpoint intoxicated. The suspect was arrested for DUI.

In another incident, PSP Kittanning Tpr.Shauntai reports a DUI checkpoint incident. The accused, Brent Edward Hill, age 38 Barton Hill, Illinois was found to be operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and arraigned in front of magisterial District Justice Gary DeComo. He was placed in the Armstrong County Jail on $2,500 bond.

 

Armstrong County suspect arrested on child porn charges

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ARMSTRONG COUNTY, Pa. (Ford Cliff) Joshua Cramer of Orr Avenue was arrested on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, following an undercover investigation into the dissemination of child pornography. Agents, who were conducting an online investigation, identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network allegedly sharing media files believed to depict child pornography.

Agents identified the computer’s IP address, which was allegedly making the files available, as serving Cramer’s Armstrong County residence. A search was conducted on the residence by agents from the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, along with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police, and resulted in the seizure of laptop computer. A preview of the device by computer forensic examiners revealed numerous files of suspected child pornography

Cramer is charged with six counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was held in the Armstrong County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police for its assistance with the investigation.