Victim dies from shooting at True Image Tattoo

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New Kensington, Pa. – The Allegheny County Medical Examiners Office has confirmed with AKVNEWS.COM the death of Kevin Croney, 44 of New Kensington. The time of death was listed as 8:14 am Saturday morning. An autopsy will be performed by the office Dr. Cyril Wecht.

New Kensington Police Chief Tom Klawinski said the man shot at The True Image Tattoo was shop owner Kevin Croney, age 44 of Allegheny Township.  New Kensington Police have charged Christopher Patterson, 44, of Vandergrift with aggravated assault and criminal attempted homicide in the shooting. 

New Kensington Police said the two got into an argument and at one point it became physical with them being separated by someone.  They began arguing and fighting again, and according to eye witnesseses Patterson pulled a handgun and shot Croney.

 

Shooting suspect in Westmoreland County Jail

Christopher Patterson of Vandergrift  taken into custody by New Kensington Police

Christopher Patterson of Vandergrift taken into custody by New Kensington Police

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New Kensington, Pa. – (UPDATE)  11:24 pm  New Kensington Police Chief Tom Klawinski said the man shot at The True Image Tattoo was shop owner Kevin Croney, age 44 of Allegheny Township.  New Kensington Police have charged Christopher Patterson, 44, of Vandergrift with aggravated assault and criminal attempted homicide in the shooting. 

New Kensington Police Chief Tom Klawinski

New Kensington Police Chief Tom Klawinski

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Police said the two got into an argument and at one point it became physical with them being separated by someone.  They began arguing and fighting again, and according to eye witnesseses Patterson pulled a handgun and shot Croney.  The victim was apparently shot at point-blank range.  Croney is in the Allegheny Hospital with a gunshot wound – with what Chief Klawinski termed, ” I believe to the face”.

No official condition on the shooting victim has been released.  Patterson is lodged in the Westmoreland County Jail on $1 million straight bond.  

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(Original Story) One person has been shot and transported from the scene here at The True Image Tattoo on Freeport St in New Kensington.

New Kensington Police and multiple police departments are on scene of an apparent shooting involving at least one victim. One individual was taken from the scene in handcuffs along with two other witnesses, a man and a woman were transported by Arnold Police Department to the New Kensington Police Department. The incident occurred just after 4:00 pm.

Police are investigating the scene and talking to witnesses. AKVNEWS.COM is working to bring you the latest details as they become available.

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New Kensington Police make arrest in two “shots fired” incidents

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New Kensington, Pa. – Police in New Kensington made an arrest today just before 5:00 pm of a Pittsburgh man suspected in two separate shooting incidents over the past two days on residential streets in New Kensington.

Those two “shots fired” incidents occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Stop Buy on Leishman Avenne and the North Street “shots fired” incident from the night before.

New Kensington Detective Sergeant Sam Long said after police video investigations were completed, Sgt. Long saw a vehicle and a driver matching the description in the 1100 block of Fourth Avenue. Police identified the suspect as Lamont Branch, 21 of Pittsburgh. Sergeant Long said Branch resisted arrest and attempted to disarm a police officer by ripping at his taser.

Police say Branch admitted to being responsible for the shooting incident and had an outstanding warrant for burglary. Sergeant Long said the previous nights shots fired incident is connected to the Stop Buy shooting. Branch is currently in police lockup and will be transported to the Westmoreland County Jail. No known injuries were reported in either incident. AKVNEWS will continue to update this story as more details become available.

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Fire damage minor to house in Lower Burrell

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – Firefighters responded to a “smoke in the residence” call Wednesday night on Cleveland Drive after the homeowner made some copper pipe repairs earlier in the day.

Multiple fire departments were on scene working inside the house on the second floor and in the garage/basement area trying to locate the source of the fire. Fire crews were seen pulling apart sections of walls and insulation as a light haze of smoke continued to linger in the air. AKVNEWS spoke with the homeowner who said he was soldering on a pipe about 4:00 that afternoon. Damage to the structure appears to be minor. There are no injuries to report.

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Responding were Lower Burrell Police, Lower Burrell Station 69 & 54, Arnold FD, New Kensington FD, Upper Burrell FD and EMS units from New Kensington and Lower Burrell.

 

Bullets hit business in New Kensington

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New Kensington, Pa. – Detectives and Law Enforcement officers respond to a report of shots fired at the corner of Catalpa and Leishman Avenue Wednesday afternoon around 4:00 pm.

At the scene, at least two rounds hit the Stop Buy convenience store. One hit the glass on the entrance door (identified by the yellow pointer) and the other round hit the exterior wall to the left of the front door. One other round was identified sitting in the middle of the street. No known injuries were reported in the incident.

Detective Sergeant Sam Long said police are looking for a dark-colored vehicle. Leishman Avenue at the intersection of Catalpa is blocked with police tape while investigators continue to search for clues in the shootings. Police are requesting anyone with any information or video on this incident to call New Kensington Police at (724) 339-7533 AKVNEWS will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they become available.

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Westmoreland County business owner ordered to pay $19,878

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HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that her office has obtained a court order that requires a Westmoreland County man to cease operations of his home furnishings business and permanently prohibits him from operating a similar business in the state of Pennsylvania.

Michael J. Free, 63, the sole proprietor of Electra Lighting and Electric Co., is also required to pay $4,878 in restitution to 11 customers he is accused of deceiving, as well as $15,000 in state penalties and costs.

The customers complained to the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection that Free had accepted deposits and failed to timely deliver merchandise. He also was accused of providing deceptive information about customer orders and deliveries while ignoring requests for refunds.

Over the last 10 years the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Office has received 202 complaints involving Free, who operated his business at 10561 Center Highway, North Huntingdon Township. Other than the outstanding 11 consumers owed restitution, the office has resolved all of the complaints by obtaining refunds or the delivery of the merchandise.

The latest court order was obtained as the result of the second contempt petition the Attorney General’s office filed related to Free’s violation of a 2009 court order. That order found Free had violated Pennsylvania consumer law. It also restricted the amount of consumer deposits Free could accept and required him to follow certain procedures when making representations about when merchandise would be delivered.

The latest court order also requires Free to refund any remaining consumers who have not received their merchandise to date.

Moreover, Free is prohibited from engaging in any business in which he would be able to take, hold, receive or otherwise exercise control over consumer payments or deposits which are not for the immediate payment of goods or services delivered at the time of the transaction.

Consumers can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection by calling 1-800-441-2555 or by visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov.

 

Fatal crash in Parks Township overnight

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Parks Township, Pa. – One man has died as a result of a motor vehicle crash on Dime Road (Alt.66) in front the Parks Township Dime fire station.

Parks Township Police Sergeant John Arce said the operator of the GMC Sierra pickup truck lost control of his vehicle and crashed about 1:00 am Tuesday morning. Sergeant Arce said road conditions, speed, and tires is being listed as the cause of the crash.

Armstrong County Coroner Report: Cody E. Brown, 23 of Johnston Ave., Kittanning was traveling North on the Dime Rd. at approx. 12:50 AM when the 2007 GMC Sierra Pickup he was driving left the roadway, striking a bank and rolling over. Subject was ejected from the vehicle. Subject was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Brian K. Myers. Cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and chest.

On the way to the crash scene, portions of the roadway along Dime Road were slushy or covered with a thin sheet of ice. Monday’s snow melt made several roads dangerous overnight including a portion of SR56 just west of Hillcrest Country Club. The temperature sign along Leechburg Road near the Pizza Hut displayed 29 degrees.

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Sergeant Arce said he checked roadways several times throughout the night and they were mostly wet. As the temperature continued to drop, some road surfaces became a sheet of ice. Parks Township firefighters controlled traffic near the scene as authorities investigated the crash. The coroner’s office was assisted at the scene by Parks Twp. FD, Kiski Twp. FD, Parks Twp. and Vandergrift Police, Armstrong Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and Oklahoma Ambulance Service.

PennDOT was called to treat the roadway in the affected area. Kochka & Son Towing of Vandergrift towed the vehicle from the scene.

 

Ice on the Allegheny River

The bridge at East Brady, Pa.

The bridge at East Brady, Pa.


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East Brady, Pa. – AKVNEWS.COM visited East Brady last Thursday to assess the ice conditions along the Allegheny River in lieu of potential downstream flooding that could affect the Alle-Kiski Valley.

Warmer weather is on the way! Forecasters are predicting a nice day with clouds returning late afternoon and evening. The warm up continues all week-long with a possibility of light rain over the next few days making ice melt a sure thing on the Allegheny River.

As air temperatures stay above the freezing point, river ice begins to melt because of the transfer of heat from above and the movement of slightly warmer water flowing underneath. Underneath the ice, actions of turbulent flowing water causes a melting pattern in the form of a wavy relief, with waves situated crosswise to the current direction. Over time, if the ice cover is not subjected to a sudden increased flow (rain or quick snow melt), the ice will simply melt with little or no jamming. If the warm-up is slight over a period of days and even weeks, the chances of ice jams is reduced and significant flooding is reduced. Once the ice begins to move, residents along the river begin to pay more attention to the possibility of ice jams forming.

John Darnley, a Hydro Meteorologist Technician with the National Weather Service said slightly warm days and cool nights is a good solution for ice melt. Darnley said the NWS participates in a conference call with select agencies and authorities every 3 to 4 days to discuss current and future river conditions as temperatures increase and rain becomes part of a forecast.

Loyalhanna Dam outflow.

Loyalhanna Dam outflow.


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In the Keystone Lake area just South of SR22, heavy snow melt run-off occurred on Sunday. Just north of 22 at Loyalhanna Dam, the discharge at the dam is 2000 cubic feet per second and the water temperature is 32.5 degrees. The output from the dam into Loyalhanna Creek was full on Sunday, and downstream at Saltsburg where the Conemaugh and Loyalhanna Creek meet to form the Kiskiminetas, water flow was heavy at the bridge in Saltsburg.

Loyalhanna Creek at the dam.

Loyalhanna Creek at the dam.


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AKVNEWS.COM continues to follow the progress of the ice along the Allegheny River as rain is predicted for the weekend.

 

Reported shooting in New Kensington; police search for casings

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New Kensington, Pa. – Police are searching an alley between Fourth and Fifth Avenue near the Citizens Plaza High-rise for shell casings after a reported shooting and possible robbery just after 8:00 pm Saturday night.

A perimeter area was set up on the lower end of Fifth Avenue near Foxes and searched by both police and K-9 Dax out of Lower Burrell. Details are sketchy however two New Kensington EMS units were in the middle of Fifth Avenue just a few block South of the police station treating a patient. A short time later one of the EMS units left the area headed towards the Ninth Street Bridge.

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Lower Burrell Law Enforcement Officer Steve Cernava and K-9 Dax searched Ivy Alley and Moss Alley for evidence along with police officers from Arnold and New Kensington. No further details were immediately available.

 

Overnight standoff ends with two in custody in New Kensington

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New Kensington, Pa. – Multiple police units from surrounding communities including a SWAT team converged on a residence along Constitution Boulevard near Anderson Street about 1:18 am Saturday morning.

New Kensington Detective Sergeant Dino DiGiacobbe said the call came into police as a burglary as two actors kicked in the door of a residence in the 600 block of Constitution Boulevard. The actors did brandish a handgun and threatened the residents asking for money. Inside that residence were two adult males, one adult female and a six-year-old child. Sergeant DiGiacobbe said a male escaped out a window and went to a neighbor to call police.

The actors ransacked the house and a female was struck while the other male was told to get on the floor and was kicked. The residents managed to get out of the residence as police units surrounded the house and set up a perimeter. At one point during the standoff, a small fire could be seen looking through an upstairs window. Almost simultaneously, the fire whistle was set off but quickly quieted back down. With the perimeter set up, Lower Burrell Detective Sergeant Scott Cardenas was summoned to the scene to negotiate the situation. Detective Cardenas made contact with a defendant on a cell phone and talked the actors into surrendering.

At the time of surrender, both actors exited the second floor and walked down a flight of steps to a CERT team member, Arnold Law Enforcement Officer Wes Biricocchi and Springdale Township Police Chief Mike Naviglia. The first suspect down the steps was identified as Baughn Malone, 28 of Pittsburgh and the second actor was identified as Ian Watson, 30 of Pittsburgh. After Malone exited the steps, he situated himself against the front of the building talking on his cell phone as three officers advanced to apprehend him. As Officer Biricocchi was taking Malone into custody, a scuffle ensued with Officer Biricocchi taking the actor to the ground. Several law enforcement officers assisted Officer Biricocchi in the arrest. While Malone was on the ground, Springdale Township Police Chief Mike Naviglia apprehend Watson at nearly the same time just a few feet away. Both actors were transported to New Kensington lockup shortly after the arrests were made.

Detective Sergeant DiGiacobbe said a firearm was found and both men are convicted felons not to possess a firearm. The victims said they had never seen the two actors prior to the Saturday morning burglary.

The New Kensington Police Department would like to thank the following police departments for their assistance in the standoff. Brackenridge, Tarentum, Arnold, Lower Burrell, Springdale Township and K-9, and Springdale Borough. Also assisting police at the scene was New Kensington EMS and AK Pulsar. There were no injuries to report in the incident.

Detective DiGiacobbe said a special thanks to Detective Sergeant Scott Cardenas for negotiating the standoff to a peaceful ending. An array of charges will be filed against both actors and arraignment will take place later today.

Job well done !

 

Wood-burner possible cause of house fire in Allegheny Township

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – Multiple fire crews were on scene of a house fire located at Alter Road and Garvers Ferry Road in Allegheny Township late Friday night.

When fire crews arrived smoke was showing from the roof area of the structure. Allegheny Township Captain Bill Klems said the fire appeared to have started from an ember in the woodburner. The basement was fully engulfed with flame and the fire got into the walls said Klems. No injuries were reported. Responding to the fire call was Arnold, Lower Burrell, New Kensington, Allehgeny Township and Markle. Lower Kiski EMS assisted at the scene.

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Hyde Park woman faces sexual assault charges involving a teen

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Hyde Park Borough, Pa. – A 38-year-old woman from Hyde Park is charged by state police with having an ongoing sexual relationship with her former foster son.

Dana Marie Fouse faces multiple felony counts of Statutory Sexual Assault (11), Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (2), Endangering Welfare of Children (1) and Corruption of Minors (1). Investigators interviewed the teenage boy who claimed the two had sex almost every day for nearly 11 months.

Investigators said the relationship ended after the boy was moved into a new foster home, but Fouse bought him a cellphone so he could still communicate with her. Fouse was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Cheryl J. Peck-Yakopec and faces a preliminary hearing on April 21. Bail was set at $3000 and posted.