Freeport man arrested by Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section

Stephen Dale McGuire

Stephen Dale McGuire

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Freeport, Pa. – Stephen Dale McGuire, 40, 212 1st St., Freeport, Armstrong County was arrested following an online investigation in which agents sought to identify persons using a file sharing network to obtain child pornography.

Agents located images of suspected child pornography linked to an IP address associated with McGuire. While executing a search warrant at McGuire’s residence, agents from the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section and the Freeport Police Department recovered a laptop computer and two electronic media storage devices containing files indicative of child pornography.

McGuire is charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography and one count each of distribution of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility. He is confined to the Armstrong County Prison after failing to post $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 8. Attorney General Kane thanked the Freeport Police Department for its assistance with McGuire’s arrest.

McGuire will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Jessel A. Costa III of the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section and faces the following charges: CRIMINAL USE OF COMMUNICATION FACILITY F3, DISSEM PHOTO/FILM OF CHILD SEX ACTS F3, POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY F3, and POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY F2.


Police search for weapon used in St. Clair officer’s death along the Conemaugh River in New Florence

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New Florence, Pa. – The Criminal Investigative Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police from Greensburg are in the town of New Florence searching for the weapon used in the alleged shooting of a St. Clair Township Police Officer Lloyd Reed.

Multiple search units were seen scouring the Conemaugh River by boat and on foot along the shore closest to the power plant for most of the morning and afternoon hours.

At the St. Clair Police station, a somber Aaron Smith, age 12 from Ligoner was washing the police cruiser of Law Enforcement Officer Lloyd Reed. Aaron said his mom works at the station but was no relation to the slain officer.

The alleged shooter in the incident, Ray Shetler, age 31 of New Florence was arraigned Monday morning and is housed in the Westmoreland County Jail. No bond is available to Shetler.

Funeral arraignments for Officer Reed are as follows: Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Richland Township. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the War Memorial, with the Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain for Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation, Dr. Jerry L. Keller & Leigh Applegate officiating. Interment will be at Custer Cemetery, Hollsopple, PA with City of Pittsburgh Police Department and PA State Police Honor Guards. The family is being served by the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Contributions may be directed to WPPBF, C/O Tim Kreger, 337 Winners Circle, Canonsburg, PA 15317, in memo please write for Lloyd Reed Jr. Fund. Electronic donations can be made at, go to the donate page, click donation, make sure to place comment to note Donation for Lloyd Reed Jr. Fund; or to the Washington Financial, C/O Lloyd Reed Jr., 3616 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317 in memory of Lloyd Reed Jr. Fund. On line condolences may be posted to


Frazer Township crash sends one occupant to the hospital

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Frazer Township, Pa. – At least one person is injured and transported by EMS to St. Margaret’s hospital after a vehicle crash just after midnight Sunday morning in the parking lot of Wal-Mart at the Mills Mall.

Police say the male driver of a Chevy S-10 Pickup truck swerved hitting a curb causing the vehicle to roll on its side. Radio chatter indicated there were three occupants in the truck with two females sustaining minor neck and back injuries. The male driver was reported to be walking around the vehicle.

Two witnesses from Plum Borough near the scene said they heard tires squealing from a distance and went to the scene to help get the occupants out of the vehicle.

Assisting Frazer PD at the scene was East Deer VFD, East Deer EMS and Eureka Fire Rescue. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.


Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Officer Lloyd Reed

Officer Lloyd Reed of the St. Clair Township Police Department

Officer Lloyd Reed of the St. Clair Township Police Department

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all United States and commonwealth flags in the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in Westmoreland County to fly at half-staff to honor St. Clair Township Police Officer Lloyd Reed.

“Thoughts and prayers are with family and colleagues of St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed who was killed in the line of duty last night,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Today, and every day, we are reminded of those that make the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe.”

Reed, a law enforcement officer for more than 20 years, sustained life threatening injuries while responding to a call Saturday night.

Flags shall be lowered to half-staff and remain lowered until interment.

All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.


From the New Florence Fire Company: The members of the New Florence Volunteer Fire Company wish to expend our deepest condolences to the family and fellow Law Enforcement Officers of Officer Lloyd Reed who was shot and killed overnight while responding to a domestic dispute incident in New Florence Borough. Our hearts are heavy and our spirits have been trampled. Thank you to the many fire departments that assisted in the initial possible structure fire incident, and many thanks to the multiple law enforcement organizations who sent scores of officers to assist in the search for, and eventual capture of the shooter.


New Kensington man killed in overnight crash

Fatal crash on Ford City Road in North Buffalo Township, November 29, 2015

Fatal crash on Ford City Road in North Buffalo Township, November 29, 2015

North Buffalo Township, Pa. – Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers released the following information involving a fatal vehicle crash in North Buffalo Township, Armstrong County.

Coroner Myers reports decedent Ronald C. Heuston, 25 of Glenview Dr. New Kensington was traveling South on Ford City Road when he lost control of his 2007 Hyundai Elantra. The vehicle went off the roadway, hitting a rock barrier, traveling into a telephone pole and trees before coming to a stop approximately 100 yards from where the vehicle first left the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Heuston was not wearing a seatbelt and an autopsy will not be performed. The cause of death was Blunt Force Trauma to the Head and Thorax. Toxicology results are pending. Speed and alcohol are both believed to be a factor in this crash.

The fatal crash occurred about 150 yards past the Villa Restaurant at approx. 1:25 AM. The investigation is ongoing by the Pennsylvania State Police Kittanning. The coroner’s office was assisted at the scene by Ford Cliff FD, Ford City FD, North Buffalo Twp. Police and Ford City Ambulance.


BREAKING NEWS – Major incident in New Florence – Officer shot

Ray Shetler

Ray Shetler

Breaking NEWS – New Florence, Pa. – (Update @ 4:32 am)  St. Clair Township Police Officer Lloyd Reed was pronounced dead at Conemaugh Hospital after responding to a domestic dispute incident involving Ray Shetler, 31 on North Ligoner Street in New Florence, Westmoreland County.  Shetler was on the run after the shooting in a wooded are near the incident scene.  Shetler is now in police custody.

(Original Story) A police officer has been shot and killed after a domestic incident along North Ligoner Street in New Florence – Westmoreland County. Westmoreland Dispatch is advising EMS and Fire units to stage in the area.

State Police are requesting all fire and EMS units to meet on Creek road at a cabin. Thermal imaging units are being utilized to locate suspect who police thought was behind a house in the woods. Multiple police agencies responded to assist New Florence, Johnstown Police, Cambria County SERT and other agencies.

10:55 pm – Fire agencies are shutting down roads in the area. Officers are in the woods, emergency traffic asked to stay off radio frequency – no condition has been made available.

At least one police officer has been transported to Conemaugh Medical Center.

AKVNEWS will update as more details become available.


Body pulled from the Allegheny River in Harrison Township

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Harrison Township, Pa. – Police, Fire and EMS crews responded to a location along the Allegheny River near Gate 4 at Allegheny Technologies just before 1:00 pm Friday afternoon after a passer-by spotted a body near the river shore.

Harrison Township Police Sgt. Mike Ropelewski said the passer-by spotted the body and flagged down a driver headed towards Natrona because he didn’t have a cell phone to call 911. Sgt. Ropelewski told AKVNEWS.COM he was in the Natrona section of Harrison earlier in the morning about 10:00 am looking for a man reported missing.

Eureka Fire Rescue launched their boat from the Tarentum Marina and recovered the body returning back to the marina for identification. Assisting Harrison Police were Brackenridge PD, Citizen’s Hose Fire and EMS and Eureka Fire Rescue EMS. No further information will be made available.

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What are my rights as a consumer when I join a health club?


Health club memberships can be a great way to stay in shape. There is, however, an expense and commitment involved in joining a gym or health club so it’s important to understand your rights as a member.

The state’s Health Club Act establishes important protections for consumers and sets forth responsibilities that each club must follow. For example: Health clubs offering contracts of three months or more must register with the Attorney General’s Office. These clubs cannot sell a membership until their registration is complete. Make sure to ask if the club is registered.

Clubs selling memberships for more than one year or that require you to pay more than one month in advance must obtain a bond or letter of credit to be filed with the Office of Attorney General. This protects you in the event the club closes before your membership ends. Clubs may sell memberships of 12 months or less without a bond or letter of credit provided they collect payments in equal monthly installments. Ask if the club is required to have a bond or letter of credit.
When can I cancel my health club contract?

You can cancel your health club contract within three business days of signing the contract and at any time for the following reasons:

If the club closes for more than 30 days and there is no alternate facility within ten miles.

If you move 25 additional miles from the health club and a comparable club is not available within five miles of your new home.

If you sustain an injury, verified by a doctor, that prevents you from using a third or more of a facility’s equipment for six months or more.
How do I select a health club?

Shop around. Compare facilities and prices at several health clubs. Always get copies of any contracts and be sure to read them carefully. Make sure that you understand the contract’s terms and what’s included in your membership before you sign it, including any special exercise classes. Don’t give in to high pressure sales tactics. Have a clear idea of what you can afford and stick to your budget no matter what incentives are offered. Don’t be afraid to bargain.

Are the facilities adequate? Make sure to look for programs and equipment that suit your needs. Ask to tour the club or request a complementary visit. Visit during the hours when you are most likely to exercise, so you can get an idea of how busy the club will be and what equipment will be available when you want to use it. Ask current members about their experience with the club during your visit.

Make sure the health club has at least one person who is trained in CPR and on the premises during business hours.


Kiski Valley Turkey Trot benefits the Kiski Area Youth Network

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Washington Township, Pa. – Over 400 runners and walkers attended the 1st annual Kiski Area Youth Network benefit at Kunkle Park in Washington Township on Thanksgiving Day morning.

The race benefits the Kiski Area Youth Network that was inspired by the life and faith story of Jenna Prusia. Jenna was a junior at Kiski Area High School when she lost her life on December 28, 2012 in a sled riding accident. Jenna had a deep faith in God and love for her friends and classmates at Kiski. KAYN was started to share Jenna’s faith story and help teens in our community to navigate life and the challenges that teens face growing up in an ever changing world.

Opening ceremonies started about 9:00 am with a singing of the national anthem by Ryan Gress, a Kiski Area High School senior with Private Caleb Camacho of the US Army Reserves holding the US flag. In a typical turkey day fashion, the countdown began from 5 and the sound of, “gobble gobble” to start the race. Once the race was finished by youth and adult, and awards ceremony was held at 10:00 am to award the top runners, top team, and best costumes.

Also in attendance was Washington Township Police Chief Scott Slagle, Sgt. Vincent Surace, Constable Tom Duncan (Washington Township) and Constable Glenn Wolfgang (Manor Township) maintaining traffic control for the well attended event.

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Tarentum man faces a charge of receiving stolen property


Tarentum, Pa. – Investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police Western Auto Theft Task force reports a criminal investigation was conducted at a construction drill site along SR28 in Tarentum Borough, on November 23, 2015.

State Police have charged Ross Grimm, age 59 of Tarentum with a Felony 3 RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY after the actor was found to be in possession of a stolen Bobcat S300 skid steer. The Bobcat was reported stolen in Adams Township, Butler County in October of 2011. Grimm was charged with one count and remanded to the Allegheny County Prison. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.

A preliminary hearing is set for 12/03/2015 @ 10:00 am before the Honorable Magisterial District Judge James J. Hanley Jr.


3 men charged in connection with Western Pa. burglary ring

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane’s office today announced criminal charges have been filed against three Pennsylvania men for their alleged involvement in a series of burglaries in the western part of the state.

The charges against Christopher Morin, 48, Joseph Keller, 22, and Jonathan Hensel, 32, were recommended by a statewide investigating grand jury. The charges were filed after a joint investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio Township Police Department. The Office of Attorney General is prosecuting the three suspects.

The grand jury heard testimony that implicated the three men in a series of burglaries that took place in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Butler and Washington counties. The burglaries were reported between October 2014 and December 2014. Fourteen burglaries allegedly linked to Morin resulted in more than $15,000 being stolen and roughly $16,000 in property damage.

The investigation revealed that Morin, with the assistance of Hensel and Keller, targeted safes in various commercial businesses. The group targeted multiple businesses in close proximity and entry was made during the overnight hours, a grand jury presentment states.

Investigators reported they obtained a surveillance photograph captured during one of the burglaries in Ohio Township, Allegheny County. The photograph showed a rental vehicle and a partial license plate. The plate was later linked in a police database to an active arrest warrant for Morin, the grand jury presentment alleges.

Investigators said they later found the rental vehicle at a motel in Marshall Township, Allegheny County. At that point, Morin was taken into custody. After obtaining permission from the rental company, the rental vehicle was searched. That led investigators to find several items, including unique shoes and gloves, that were allegedly worn by the burglary suspects and captured by surveillance videos and photographs.

Other testimony before the grand jury implicated Keller and Hensel in the alleged burglary ring.

Morin, of 124 N. Pittsburgh St., Apt. 1 Rear, Zelienople, Butler County, is charged with 14 counts each of burglary and criminal mischief in addition to two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy. He is awaiting arraignment on the charges. Morin had been held in the Allegheny County Jail on a prior arrest warrant.

Hensel, of 3104 Schieck St., Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Keller, of 2831 Willett Road, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, are both charged with three counts each of burglary and criminal mischief in addition to two counts of corrupt organizations and one count of criminal conspiracy. Keller’s bail was set at $5,000 unsecured following a preliminary arraignment. An arrest warrant has been issued for Hensel, who remains a fugitive.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio Township Police Department for their work on the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Mark A. Serge of the Office of Attorney General’s Organized Crime Section and Deputy Attorney General Katherine Wymard of the office’s Drug Strike Force Section.


Another vehicle crash in Allegheny Township


Allegheny Township, Pa. – (Update @ 4:28 pm)  Police are reporting the Southbound 356 lane is open and West Penn Power will not be replacing the pole until sometime Wednesday.

Police and firefighters are on scene of yet another vehicle crash in Allegheny Township just South of the Freeport Bridge.

Radio chatter indicated the vehicle is on its side after striking a utility pole with a transformer that’s leaning and poses a danger to the public. Township police have called for West Penn Power to come to the scene. Traffic is blocked at the Freeport Bridge and on the southerly end of SR. 356. It’s unclear if there are any injuries or the number of people involved but they are believed to be elderly.

The incident occurred just before 3:30 pm. Assisting Allegheny Township police on the fire dispatch is Allegheny Township VFD, Markle VFD, and Rescue 51 out of Vandergrift. Kochka & Son Towing has been called to the scene. We’ll update this story as more details become available. Motorists should avoid the area until a media update is available.