Armed robbery at New Kensington GetGo

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Multiple police units were on scene of an armed robbery Tuesday night at the GetGo near New Kensington’s Giant Eagle.

Detective Sergeant Dino DiGiacobbe said the incident occurred about 10:25 pm as police were looking for a black male, 5’7″, wearing a white bandanna, black hoody, black jeans, black gloves. Sergeant DiGiacobbe also said the robber brandished a semi-automatic handgun. Newport cigarettes and an unknown amount of cash were taken in the incident. The suspect fled on foot towards the K-Mart.

Law Enforcement Officers from surrounding communities began searching nearby streets, the K-Mart parking lot area and the area behind K-Mart including the Giant Eagle loading dock areas. Lower Burrell Law Enforcement Officer Steve Cernava and K-9 Dax conducted a perimeter search of the immediate area.

Units from Brackenridge, Lower Burrell, and Arnold PD assisted New Kensington at the scene.

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New Kensington drug bust nets heroin, crack cocaine and cash

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – An early morning raid by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and the New Kensington Police Department was conducted about 6:30 am Tuesday morning on a residence at 337 Fourth Avenue in the city’s Parnassus section of New Kensington.

New Kensington Police Chief Tom Klawinski said the residence was hit with a search warrant for drugs which resulted with six people arrested and a 7th taken out of the house. Those six suspects were charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, crack cocaine and/or marijuana. Four of those actors are from the New Kensington and Arnold area. The remaining two suspects are from Detroit Michigan.

Chief Klawinski said police seized 5 bricks of heroin, 4 grams of crack cocaine, 3 oz. of marijuana, paraphernalia and about $2500.00 in cash.

A battering ram was used on the front and rear door to gain entry to the residence. AKVNEWS spoke with one individual at the scene who said she was in her upstairs apartment when she heard what sounded like gunshots. She said she hit the floor and a short time later a man entered her room. She was taken into custody but later released.

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Harrison woman dead in Natrona Heights crash

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NATRONA HEIGHTS, PA. – (UPDATE:  5:16 pm)  The Allegheny County Medical Examiners office has confirmed with AKVNEWS.COM and identified , Joanne McGann , age 84 of Natrona Heights died in a crash earlier today on Freeport Road in Natrona Heights.  An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

(Original Story)   Police in Natrona Heights were on scene of a two-vehicle crash that occurred on Old Freeport Road and Ross Street about 11:30 am Monday morning.

The driver of a blue Toyota Corolla was pronounced dead at the scene about seventy-five yards south of the Anchor Inn. Harrison Township Police Chief Mike Klein said the victim in the crash is a senior female. No other details have been made available on the other driver of a Chrysler van, however one witness said she was female.

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It appeared the gray van was headed northbound on Old SR. 28 approaching the Ross Street intersection when the collision occurred. Citizens Hose firefighters closed the roadway northbound at Springhill Road and at the intersection of Ross and Adams Streets while the Allegheny County investigators processed the scene. The Allegheny County Medical Examiners office removed the body from the crash scene shortly before 2:00 pm. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation pending medical reports.

This intersection has been the scene of at least three crashes in the past year.


Pennsylvania State Police update on Eric Matthew Frein search operations

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Blooming Grove, Pa. – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Eric Matthew Frein.

“As I indicated from the beginning, our search area remains fluid and is based on the information we have available at any given time.” said Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy commissioner of operations. “Based on the information developed over the past several days, our search area is now focused slightly south. It is now in the Swiftwater area in Paradise and Pocono Townships.”
“For the past week, we have had no additional sighting on Frein in the Canadensis area,” said Bivens. “However, one possible sighting was reported slightly south of our current search area, early this past week.

Overnight, a sighting, for which we are assigning a high level of credibility, was reported in the area of Pocono Mountain East High School. The individual’s description was consistent with Frein, and he was observed carrying a rifle,” said Bivens. “The individual’s face was covered with mud, so a positive identification could not be made. A search of the area is ongoing,” added Bivens.

“Frein is familiar with this area as he had attended Pocono Mountain East High School, worked briefly at Sanolfi Pasteur and also worked several summers at Camp Minsi,” said Bivens. “On Thursday, homeowners at two locations in the Cresco area reported finding blood at their residences,” continued Bivens. “Samples have been collected and lab analysis is underway to determine whether it is related to this investigation.”

Law enforcement will continue to search vacant cabins and homes in and around our search area as likely locations for him to obtain what he needs. Again, if you access cabins and find items disturbed or missing, please leave the cabin immediately, as to not disturb the evidence, and contact 911 or the tip line at 866-326-7256. We ask residents to continue to be vigilant.
Frein is considered armed and dangerous and we are asking people to stay out of the search areas for their own safety.


Recent child predator arrests highlight continual need for cyber safety awareness

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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane recently announced the recent arrests of six men, one of those from Allegheny County on unrelated charges as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography by suspected child predators.

Attorney General Kane has made cyber safety, specifically protecting kids from online predators, a major priority for her administration. Beyond the distribution of pornography, the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section has made more than a dozen arrests of individuals seeking out children on the internet, including one as young as 5 years old.

Internet safety tips are available on the “Operation Safe Surf” section of Organizations interested in materials, speakers or presentations should contact the Attorney General’s Education and Outreach Section at 1-800-525-7642 or October is National Cyber Security Month.

The Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section recently unveiled a new tool to report internet predators. Anonymous tips can be sent directly from a cell phone by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411 or through an online complaint form.

Suspected Internet predators can also be reported by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044.

According to the criminal complaint, William Warnick, 41, 119 Cagwin St., Pittsburgh, Allegheny County was arrested after agents conducted an online investigation discovering numerous online files that were allegedly shared from an IP address associated with Warnick’s residence, depicting children under the age of 18 posing naked in sexually suggestive positions or engaging in extremely sexual graphic acts.

Following a search warrant at Warnick’s residence, agents from the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit conducted a preliminary analysis of his computer and other media storage devices and discovered more than 150 video files, which contain suspected child pornography. A complete analysis of Warnick’s computer is part of an ongoing investigation.

Warnick is charged with 22 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. All charges were held for court by Judge Derwin D. Rushing.

The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.


Pedestrian struck in East Deer Township

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EAST DEER TOWNSHIP, PA. – One person was flown by air transport after a pedestrian accident on old SR. 28 just north of the New Kensington bridge late Friday night about 10:15 pm.

Frazer Township Police blocked Freeport road southbound at Murray Hill Road and traffic attempting to make the right hand turn from the New Kensington bridge are being detoured southbound towards Springdale. Radio reports indicated an Allegheny County detective was summoned to the scene.

Medical transport helicopter landed at East Deer Park where the man was loaded onto a medical stretcher for transport to a Pittsburgh hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

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Citizens Hose firefighters perform search and rescue drill for physically challenged patients

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NATRONA HEIGHTS, PA. – Volunteer firefighters from Citizens Hose responded to a planned fire drill at the Verland Foundation on Hawthorne Street in Natrona Heights Thursday evening to practice evacuation skills for physically challenged patients.

In the planned drill, the fire alarm was pulled by program manager Stephen Lindberg and within minutes fire crews from Citizens Hose rolled into the scene as most patients were seen quickly evacuating the smokey eight bedroom structure.

Sean Jones, Citizens Hose Fire Chief said this type of search and rescue training is important not only for his skilled firefighters but for junior members alike. Everyone gets a chance to experience the simulation of what it’s like to have to hit the floor and “feel” your way through a smoke-filled, hot burning building searching for trapped victims.

In Thursday’s night drill, blindfolded firefighters in full gear entered the front door and hit the floor in pairs to search for two patients who were not able to get out in time. With the fire alarm blaring away, the first team crawled their way through a set of double doors feeling the walls and surfaces all around them searching for the victims.

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As they discovered each door, crews entered the bedroom and bathroom trying to find the patients. Chief Jones said these guys only have about 20 minutes of air supply, then they’ve got to get out of the structure themselves. Replacement crews fill in behind them until all patients are accounted for or the search becomes life-threatening to the firefighters.

These simulated conditions reveal search flaws inexperienced searchers can encounter in a real situation. Senior officers guided student firefighters down the hallway explaining proper techniques and safety. In the photo above, firefighters actually found one of two patients and didn’t even know it. It’s a true testament of how difficult this situation can really be, said Jones. It’s dark, hot, smokey and loud; the adrenaline is pumping for firefighters. Needless to say this can be a very challenging event for firefighters, not being able to see their way around but charged with trying to save lives in a very dangerous situation.

One volunteer trapped patient, Andy Clewell wanted to become a movie star of sorts as he was rescued from his room. Andy has cerebral palsy and is and currently a business major at CCAC North Side. Andy uses a power wheel chair to get around the facility. Citizens Hose wanted to thank Andy and all the other patients at the Verland Foundation for making the drill a success. Hats off to Citizens Hose Volunteer Firefighters and EMS personnel for their continuing efforts to protect the community they serve.

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New Kensington fire department dispatched for carbon monoxide alarm

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Firefighters and EMS crews responded to a call for help after a CO alarm alerts residents to possible carbon monoxide in their home.

Crews were dispatched just before 3:00 pm today by Westmoreland 911 for possible patients to a residence in the 1600 block of Hazlett Street. New Kensington 1st Assistant Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. said there was no detection of carbon monoxide in the residence however a request was made for the gas utility to investigate the incident.

No residents were transported by EMS, and the home was naturally ventilated. The cause for the alarm was a dead battery in the detector. Chief Saliba said this is the time of year when residents should get their appliances checked by qualified personnel to ensure they are in proper working condition for the upcoming winter season. Residents are urged to install new furnace filters, have the chimney checked, and have the intake/exhaust checked for outside obstructions on newer type furnaces that don’t use a flu.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless and colorless gas that can kill people before they realize it’s in their homes. CO is a by-product of incomplete combustion and comes from malfunctioning appliances, such as gas or oil furnaces, wood burning stoves and gas clothes dryers. When these appliances are not adequately ventilated, carbon monoxide can build up in the home to lethal levels.

A carbon monoxide detector is designed to sound an alarm if it senses dangerously high CO levels in a short time. There are three different types of detectors on the market: plug-in, battery-operated and hardwired (connected to the home’s wiring system). A basic unit will cost less than $20. However, some detectors have features such as current CO-level displays or peak-CO memory buttons; others sound an 85-decibel horn in addition to emitting verbal warnings. Depending on the features, shoppers should expect to pay as much as $60 for these higher-end models.

To the surprise of many consumers, CO detectors have a finite lifespan. The sensors wear out within five to seven years, and the newest detectors come equipped with an end-of-life timer. At that point, the devices essentially self-destruct — beeping constantly until replaced.


NIH to admit Texas nurse diagnosed with Ebola virus

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BETHESDA, MD. – Later today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center expects to admit the first nurse who contracted the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital while providing patient care to the index patient who died of Ebola. The nurse is being admitted to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the NIH Clinical Center at the request of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She will receive state-of-the-art care in this high-level containment facility, which is one of a small number of such facilities in the United States.

The NIH Clinical Center’s Special Clinical Studies Unit is specifically designed to provide high-level isolation capabilities and is staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists. The unit staff is trained in strict infection control practices optimized to prevent spread of potentially transmissible agents such as Ebola. No additional details about the patient are being shared at this time.

NIH is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, NIH staff, and the public.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and a single case reported in Senegal; however, these cases are considered to be contained, with no further spread in these countries.

One imported case from Liberia and associated locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the further spread of Ebola within the United States. CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners and has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with partners. CDC has also deployed teams of public health experts to West Africa and will continue to send experts to the affected countries.


Actor pokes victim with golf club – PSP News Kittanning

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APOLLO, PA. – Tpr. Glasgow of the Kittanning State Police reported an incident of theft in Apollo after the victim left the window of his vehicle open while parked outside his residence. Unknown actors removed the victims wallet through the open window and the investigation continues.

An incident of harassment took place in Mahoning Township, Armstrong County after a 46-year-old male actor became angry because the victim was sitting with his girlfriend on the couch. An altercation took place and the accused poked the victim in the head with a golf club. Harassment charges were filed at District Court 33-3-04.

Criminal Warrant Incident: Tpr. Timothy Amy reported while operating on routine patrol in a marked PA State Police car, he observed a motorist driving with an expired inspection sticker. Tpr. Amy initiated a traffic stop on a gray colored Saab SDN in the parking lot area of Troy Alan Buick. It was discovered that Erin Dawn Darney, 36 of Kittanning had an active bench warrant out of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for Retail Theft. Darney was taken into custody without incident and was transferred to the Butler County Sheriffs. She was subsequently placed in the Butler County Jail. A citation for operating a vehicle with an expired inspection was filed on Darney.

In Parks Township, an incident of Burglary was investigated by Tpr. Kaczmarczyk after an unknown suspect made entrance into a residence when the victim was not at home. An unspecified monetary amount of silver coins were reported missing from the residence. Investigation continues.

Suspected DUI in Harrison Township: Tpr. Pomaybo of Kittanning PSP reported an incident of a traffic violation and suspected DUI after a 39-year-old male from Natrona Heights was stopped for weaving off the roadway and following too closely to another vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody for DUI and transported for a consent blood test. Charges pending blood results.

In Armstrong County: Tpr. T. Geible reported an incident of Forgery after a victim was given two counterfeit $20.00 bills for two separate purchases of small dollar items at a yard sale. An ongoing investigation into the passing of counterfeit US currency was being conducted by PSP at the time. Suspect Gregory Douglas, age 40 of Kittanning and suspect Jesica McNeely, age 27 of Rural Valley were involved in the incident. Douglas was taken into custody on other charges and was questioned about the incident. Douglas confessed to have been involved with McNeely at the yard sale. Charges were file in the incident.


Subway robbery suspect photos released by New Kensington Police

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Detective Sgt. Bob Deringer told AKVNEWS.COM police have submitted evidence to the crime lab for processing that was recovered from last weeks robbery of the Subway on Stephenson Boulevard in New Kensington. Police were able to recover a facemask, sunglasses, gloves and a plastic gun.

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The robbery occurred late last Wednesday night as multiple police units from Lower Burrell, Upper Burrell, Arnold and the Pennsylvania State Police searched the areas across the street from the Subway towards the Animal Protectors, Freeport Street, Anderson Street, and additional streets West of Constitution Boulevard towards 5th Avenue. Police were looking for the actor of the armed robbery described as a black male, 5’7″or 5’9″, short curly hair wearing a black bandanna, dark grey pants, grey or blue hoody with sunglasses.

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Detective Sgt. Deringer said there is no new information on this crime but police are asking anyone with information on the robbery to contact the New Kensington Police Department at (724) 339-7533 or 7534.


New Kensington residents want a timeline for fixing crime, landlord neglect

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Residents packed the council chambers on Monday night to once again voice their concerns and issues with the ongoing crime problems and landlord neglect of properties in the City of New Kensington.

This meeting was not the same as last months meeting when residents came to vent their frustrations, but more of and issue of “when” council is going to fix the crime that is overwhelming the residents with fear. Jennifer Murray of Fourth Avenue said she now owns a gun, and worries for the safety of her 18 month old grandson when he comes to visit.

Ron Balla of Fair Oaks Place along with several other residents believe a police dog is needed as a tool in the fight against crime. It’s about the prevention of crime said Balla. Mayor Tom Guzzo said he meets with the police chief every day to discuss ongoing issues facing the police department. Police Chief Tom Klawinski said his police department has increased patrols and his office has sought out additional help from state and federal agencies.

Many residents praised the police department for their efforts and response time, while some residents complained of little or no presence on their streets. Residents complained of speeding on their streets; some want speed bumps and one way streets implemented as a way to deter drug and other unwanted traffic.

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Council agreed to hire a part-time code enforcement officer to help reduce the load of the two full-time employees who are swamped with landlord issues, rental issues, high grass and dilapidated houses in extreme states of disrepair. Residents living next to some of these blighted properties are tired of seeing their property values go down and want action from code enforcement to enforce the regulations and standards already on the books. Pat McGrath, Code Enforcement Officer said there’s a system in place that has to be followed, and it takes time to get things accomplished.

Due to the very large crowd attending the meeting, many residents stood outside council chambers trying to hear the proceedings. Council assured residents microphones would be put in place before next months meeting.

At the end of the three-hour meeting, it was somewhat unclear if residents walked away satisfied with the direction of travel City Council has put forward. The Mayor and Council thanked the residents for their interest and encouraged an even larger crowd for next month.