Inmate now suspect in Armstrong County homicide

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Rayburn Township, Pa. – (UPDATE @ 5:31 pm – Police say the vehicle they are looking for was last seen at 5th Avenue and Frankstown Road in Pittsburgh.  Police also confirm a woman is deceased at a home about 3 miles from the jail where police alledge Crissman went to and stole a pickup truck.  

(Original Story)  The latest PSP Crime Unit release of information about Robert Crissman, the escaped inmate from the Armstrong County Jail advises Crissman is now a homicide suspect after police were on scene of a murder investigation within eyesight of the Armstrong County Prison.

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Crissman is considered to be armed and dangerous. One of the most recent BOLOs indicated Crissman possibly broke into a residence and stole guns. The exact location of the invasion is not known at this time, possibly Rayburn Road near the jail.

 

Armstrong County inmate walks away from county jail

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RAYBURN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Authorities in Armstrong County are still searching for an inmate on work release who fled from the Armstrong County Jail early Thursday morning.

State police said Robert Crissman, 38, was last seen near Route 85 and is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds, with strawberry blond hair and blue eyes. Armstrong County Sheriff Bill Rupert said Crissman was in jail on a probation violation and was supposed to be delivering meals to other inmates, but he walked outside to get the meals and never came back.

Crissman is driving a maroon GM extended cab truck with a maroon cap. There is also putty on the back sides of the truck.

Police said Crissman was spotted near a friend’s home on Route 422 in Kittanning around 10 a.m. If you have any information on Robert Crissman, you are asked to call the Armstrong County Sheriff’s Office at 724-548-3265 or dial 911.

Authorities said Crissman has a long history with police, mostly for drug- and theft-related charges, but no violent crimes. AKVNEWS will update this story as more details become available.

 

AC units taking brunt of heat in Natrona Heights

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Natrona Heights, Pa. – For the second time in two days, firefighters in Natrona Heights and Harrison Township respond for possible air conditioning fires/malfunctions on the rooftops of local businesses.

Crews were called out Wednesday night for a possible fire on the roof of the Rite Aid Pharmacy located at 1529 Freeport Road. A 911 caller reported she heard a loud noise and saw sparks from the roof thinking it was the heating-ventilation unit.

Hilltop Hose Fire Chief Michael Krzeminski said crews didn’t find anything out of the ordinary except to say these ac units are being overworked due to prolonged high temperatures. It’s the same thing as was found with Arby’s the other night said the Chief; AC units are being overloaded. He said the temperature inside the store was cool and Rite Aid maintenance would be contacted to look into the issue.

Assisting Harrison Township Police were Harrison Township VFD, Citizen’s Hose VFD, and Citizen’s Hose EMS. Crews returned from the scene at approximately 10:15 pm and there were no injuries to report.

 

Rear-end crash in Allegheny Township sends three to the hospital

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – Three people were injured in a motor vehicle crash in Allegheny Township just after 3:00 pm Wednesday afternoon on the Rt. 56 bypass near the Kiski Car Wash.

At the scene in the Westbound SR 56 lane coming from Vandergrift and about a half mile from the car wash, two SUV’s and one passenger vehicle sustained heavy damage after the operator of a GMC Jimmy failed to stop for traffic ahead of him and rear-ended a silver Nissan Landcruiser. The Landcruiser was hit hard and pushed off the right side of the highway coming to a stop in front of a guiderail and roadside embankment.

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The GMC Jimmy continued to veer left and hit a yellow Dodge Neon in the rear and pushed that vehicle into the wide grassy median on the left side of the roadway. Police said the GMC Jimmy rolled over in the median and came to rest in the grassy area. Allegheny Township police said the male driver of the Jimmy and the female operator of the Nissan were transported by ambulance. A female occupant in the Dodge Neon was also transported to the hospital. Injuries are unknown and no names were released.

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Heavy traffic in the area near the Honey Bear and the Car Wash was stopped for periods of time while paving crews resurfaced SR. 56 near the crash scene. Assisting Allegheny Township Police were Fire Police with traffic control and Lower Kiski EMS. Allegheny Township VFD and Markle VFD cleared roadway debris and provided emergency fire support services. Kochka and Son Towing removed all three vehicles from the crash scene. The roadway re-opened about an hour after the incident began.

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West Tarentum Borough bridge deck repairs underway

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Tarentum, Pa. – PennDOT District 11 recently announced a lane restriction on the bridge that carries West 7th Avenue over Bull Creek in Tarentum Borough, Allegheny County.

Repairs to the bridge will occur on Wednesday and Thursday, July 29-30 weather permitting. Crews will repair a portion of the westbound deck of the bridge from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Additionally, crews from Tarentum Borough will inspect a water line carried by the bridge. Westbound traffic will be shifted into the eastbound turning lane approximately half way across the bridge. Eastbound traffic will be unaffected. Eastbound traffic will be able to utilize both lanes at the intersection of Route 366.

Motorists are advised to use caution, allow extra time, and expect changing traffic patterns when traveling through the area. Visit 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major roadways before traveling.

 

Lower Burrell crash snarls traffic on Leechburg Road

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – There were no injuries to report after a two vehicle crash on Leechburg Road at Donnell Drive in Lower Burrell late Tuesday evening.

Police and Fire crews responded about 8:15 pm for a minor crash that forced fire crews to redirect Leechburg Road traffic around the incident while police processed the crash scene. A Chevrolet Convertible and a Subaru SUV collided causing extensive damage to the front wheel area of the convertible while the SUV was later driven from the scene by an elderly woman.

Tow crews arrived on scene to remove the Chevrolet and Leechburg Road was re-opened to normal traffic about 8:45 pm.

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No injuries after smash and run in Arnold

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Arnold, Pa. – No injuries to report after a vehicle parked in the 1500 block of Victoria Avenue is hit and the actor flees the scene.

Police and firefighters in Arnold were called to a vehicle crash on Victoria Avenue with possible entrapment just before 10:30 pm Monday evening. Camille Lewis of New Kensington, owner of the Ford Taurus said she was inside the vehicle talking to her mom on the phone and was just exiting the vehicle when it was hit by a Gray SUV type vehicle, possibly a PT Cruiser.

The passenger side door sustained heavy damage and the windshield had a significant crack. If you have any information on this incident you are asked to call 911 or the Arnold Police Department @ (724) 339-9663.

Assisting at the scene was Arnold Fire Department, New Kensington EMS and A-K Pulsar.

 

Woman suffers serious injuries after fall on rocks in Harmar Township

Shaler woman pulled to safety after fall on river bank in Harmar Township.

Shaler woman pulled to safety after fall on river bank in Harmar Township.


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Harmar Township, Pa. – A Shaler woman in her 40’s sustains serious injuries after she falls from a rocky area near Harmar Lock and Dam #3 riverbank about 5:00 pm Monday evening.

Harmar Police and fire crews were called to the river bank area behind Cemline after a woman and a man were scoping out a fishing area when a jagged rock she stepped on gave out resulting in a steep 15′ fall.

EMS crews worked to treat the woman for approximately a half hour/forty minutes and carried her up the steep grade in a stokes basket. The woman was moving her arms as she was brought to the parking lot area at Cemline and was loaded into Lower Valley’s EMS unit for transport to the Harmar Soccer fields across the street for transport to Presbyterian Hospital by LifeFlight.

Fall area near lock and dam #3 in Harmarville.

Fall area near lock and dam#3 in Harmarville.


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The woman sustained head, eye, rib and upper quadrant injuries. Assisting Harmar Police were Springdale Township Police, New Kensington EMS, Rural Ridge VFD, Allegheny Valley VFD, and Cheswick VFD.

EMS crews transport victim to Lifeflight for air transport to the hospital.

EMS crews transport victim to Lifeflight for air transport to the hospital.


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Consumer Advisory: Attorney General Kane warns college students to use credit cards responsibly

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HARRISBURG – Thousands of Pennsylvania students will head back to college next month and many of them will be carrying at least one credit card. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane recently advised students to educate themselves on credit matters before taking on the responsibility of a credit card.

Students are often inundated with opportunities to apply for credit cards once they arrive at school, through on-campus promotions and applications in their mailboxes. With so much “easy credit” available, it is critical that young adults understand how to live within their means and avoid getting into ballooning credit card debt. Poor credit decisions made in college can often follow a person for many years.

Here are some important tips when considering applying for a credit card:

Limit the number of credit cards you have. The more credit you have, the more likely you are to spend. Even if you don’t use all your available credit, companies treat unused credit as money you can spend, and may deny you a car loan or school loan because of a high credit line.

Shop around for the best “terms.” Not all credit cards are the same. One may offer special rebates, but charge a higher rate. Others may require an annual fee.

Be sure to understand all the language used in the agreement. Does the company begin charging interest from the day you make a purchase, or is there a grace period until the bill is due?

Pay your credit card bill in full and on time. Keeping a balance on a credit card, often at the highest rate allowable by law, is a very expensive way to get a loan.

Students who run into difficulty with credit should talk with their parents or another trusted adult. There are no quick fixes for bad credit. Paying your bills regularly is the only solution for getting back on the right track to managing your debt and improving your credit score.

 

Dog mauling in Arnold sends two females to the hospital

Arnold Officer John Carilli approaches pit bull after mauling of two victims.

Arnold Officer John Carilli approaches pit bull after mauling of two victims.

Arnold, Pa. – Police, EMS and A-K Pulsar responded to the 1900 block of Victoria Avenue after a pit bull dog mauling that injured a female teenager and a female adult.

When AKVNEWS arrived on scene, the brown colored pit bull was still running loose in front of 1915 Victoria Avenue as residents looked on with caution as police attempted to corner the dog and prevent further attacks. Two patients, one a teenage female and an adult were being kept inside the residence being treated for thigh and ankle injuries until the coast was clear for EMS to assist those patients to the New Kensington EMS unit.

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Arnold Law Enforcement Officer Eric Doutt said he was in the upper alley of Woodbine when he heard all the commotion on Victoria. Off duty Officer Doutt said the dog had the younger girl by the thigh and was not letting go. It was reported a man on the street named “Billy” intervened and was able to stop the attack.

While the patients were being treated inside, Officer Carilli was finally able to coax the pit-bull to the porch next door and kept it cornered until the owner or possibly a care taker arrived.

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In the meantime, Tarentum’s Law Enforcement Officer Steve Freiberg arrived on scene with a laso and was in position to physically restrain the dog when a man arrived who was familiar with the dog and put him on a leash. The dog was removed to a rear yard next door as EMS crews were finally able to get the patients out of the residence and into the Ambulance.

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AKVNEWS.COM will update this story as more details become available.

 

Help Day a huge success in Saltsburg

Ted Rimmel from the Tunnelton Fire Department; Jennifer Sandusky and Nicole Mirer from the Miracle League of Indiana County, Kristy Swintosky from Norma Pennsylvania, Inc., Hannah Hawk from the Blackburn Center, Louise Wilhelm from the Westmoreland County Food Bank, Aimee Kemp from ICCAP

Ted Rimmel from the Tunnelton Fire Department; Jennifer Sandusky and Nicole Mirer from the Miracle League of Indiana County, Kristy Swintosky from Norma Pennsylvania, Inc., Hannah Hawk from the Blackburn Center, Louise Wilhelm from the Westmoreland County Food Bank, Aimee Kemp from ICCAP

Saltsburg, Pa. – This year NORMA Group held its first annual HELP DAY. All of NORMA Group’s global sites were encouraged to participate in NORMA Help Day by volunteering or taking part in community activities during the week of July 20-24.

NORMA Pennsylvania, Inc. located in Saltsburg has been a staple in Indiana County since World War II. They are a leading producer of American made stainless steel hose clamps.
Their first Help Day was a huge success. Over the past two months employees participated in various fundraising events including several 50/50 ticket raffles, a food and supply drive, employee donation luncheons and penny wars.

The Help Day festivities all culminated this past Thursday as employees held a Carnival Day which was held on-site for all three shifts. Employees were given a portion of their shift off to participate in some fun activities including a dunk tank, pie tossing, corn hole tournament, clamp toss and a cake wheel. Through all these events and matching company donations NORMA was able to support six local charities with over $13,000; four from Indiana County and two from Westmoreland County.

The food and supply drive collected 1,194 items that were divided among the Indiana County Community Action Program (ICCAP), the Westmoreland County Food Bank and the Blackburn Center for domestic violence victims. In addition to the donated items, a check in the amount of $1,246 was also given to each charity.

Camp Orenda benefited from penny wars. This camp provides people with special needs and disabilities the opportunity to experience a summer camp atmosphere with activities such as swimming, fishing, games and crafts. A donation of $3,250 was presented to them. The Miracle League of Indiana County was another charity benefiting from NORMA’s Help Day. At the Miracle League, kids and adults are given an opportunity to play baseball in a league-based environment on a specially designed field at the Indiana YMCA.

A check in the amount of $2,800 was presented to their directors. All donations from Carnival day were given to the Tunnelton Fire Department. All three shifts raised a total of $3,300 dollars to donate to them.
NORMA Pennsylvania is excited to continue their outreach in our communities and is proud of its employee’s commitment to excellence in business and community service.

 

Water rescue teams called out for stranded boaters on Nicholson Island

Leechburg's Water Rescue Team 150 Dave Safranyos, John Foster return to shore after river search.  Chris Broda not pictured.

Leechburg’s Water Rescue Team 150 Dave Safranyos, John Foster return to shore after river search. Chris Broda not pictured.


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Armstrong County, Pa. – Water rescue teams in Armstrong County were dispatched about 10:00 pm Thursday night after a call for help to get stranded boaters off the Allegheny River.

The incident began with dispatch alerting H.O.S.T. Team 330, Team 130 (Kittanning #6) and Team 150 Water Rescue from Leechburg for a boat that was in trouble and needed to get off the water. Water rescue crews immediately put their skills to work as radio transmission indicated lighting was set up and boats were launched.

The call from dispatch told rescue teams they were unsure exactly where the boat was located, possible near the #6 Dam at Clinton. The dam is located at Bethel and South Buffalo Townships in Armstrong County.

Water Rescue crews from H.O.S.T. TEAM Company 330 and Team 130 positioned above the dam while Team 150 poised their boat below the dam in the event the boat was going over the dam.

After a search of the river, the boat was located at Nicholson Island according to Emergency Director and South Buffalo Fire Chief Randy Brozenick. Nicholson Island is located just up river from the #6 dam. Chief Brozenick said crews initially thought the boat was in trouble somewhere near the Graff Bridge. Apparently the boat was drifting with the current and the boaters were able to shore up at the island until rescue crews arrived.

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Chief Brozenick said there were possibly six people on the boat. The boat apparently became disabled do to motor troubles and was eventually towed to shore by the rescue crews. Part of the stranded boaters were taken to shore by one boat and the others were taken to shore in the disabled boat.

The Armstrong Count Hazardous Operations Support Team (Company 330) is designed to support any emergency response within the county where the Team can provide equipment and trained personnel.

This group of volunteers is made of individuals from various Fire, EMS, and Police departments in the county and can be activated by any emergency situation Incident Commander through the 911 center.

The HOST team is able to assist with a HazMat or WMD incident, Decontamination for first responders, Technical Rescues such as trench, collapse, search, and water, traffic control, water buffaloes and the Mobile Command Unit for long term incidents.

Job well done by all the Water Rescue Teams as the incident terminated by 11:00 pm and no injuries reported.