Fatal crash on Melwood Road in Allegheny Township

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – (Update @ 8:45 am)   Westmoreland County Coroner, Kenneth A. Bacha, has released the following information in the single vehicle crash that occurred along Melwood Road in Allegheny Township Sunday night.

Jesse DeLarosa, age 45 of 17th Street City of Arnold was the operator and lone occupant of a 2001 Ford Explorer traveling east on Melwood Road when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the south side of the roadway, continued on a grassy area, re-entered the roadway, crossed the centerline, struck the guiderail and rolled multiple times.  The  decedent was ejected from the vehicle.  Deputy Coroner Timothy P. O’Donnell pronounced the decedent dead at the scene.  A seat-belt was not utilized by the decedent and cell phone use is unknown.

(Original Story) One person is killed after crashing through a guiderail along Melwood Road near Shaner Road.

Allegheny Township Police Chief John Fontaine said the crash involved one male who was ejected from the vehicle and as of 11:33 pm, no identification on the victim has been made. Melwood Road was closed in both directions until police were able to process the crash scene and the Westmoreland County Coroner arrived. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Assisting Allegheny Township Police was Allegheny Township VFD, Markle VFD, Lower Kiski EMS and New Kensington EMS.

 

Alle-Kiski Valley firefighters respond to second fire on Father’s Day

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Arnold, Pa. – Several fire departments were called to a house fire in the 1900 Block of Kenneth Avenue about 7:00 pm Sunday evening making it the second fire on Fathers Day to strike residents of the Alle-Kiski Valley. An early morning fire broke out in Lower Burrell around 5:30 am causing moderate damage to a home on Toledo Drive.

Arnold Police said a woman and her dog were already out of the residence located at 1917 Kenneth Avenue as flames were visible in a second floor bedroom window. Firefighters quickly contained the fire and began removing insulation, clothing and some furniture from the upstairs bedrooms. Several windows were broken out to begin ventilating the structure.

A short time later the fire scene was blocked off with caution tape to preserve the scene. AKVNEWS.COM will update this story as more details become available.

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Arnold Police and Volunteer Fire Departments were assisted by New Kensington, Lower Burrell and New Kensington EMS. A fire marshal has been summoned to the scene and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Early morning house fire in Lower Burrell

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – Police and multiple volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the 500 block of Toledo Drive in Lower Burrell for a basement/electrical fire early Sunday morning.

When AKVNEWS.COM arrived on scene, smoke was seen coming from the structure as fire crews charged hoses and entered the basement of the two story structure to battle fire in the basement. Initial reports indicated sparks were seen coming from the electrical meter on the corner of the house and as one neighbor put it, “it looked like the 4th of July over there.”

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Firefighters quickly attacked and knocked down the fire from the lower level basement and street level front door entrance. Lower Burrell Fire Chief Tyler Olsen said a male and female occupant got out safely and the fire in the basement mostly involved contents and not the structure itself. The first floor sustained minor water and smoke damage as did the upper level.

Departments responding to the scene were Lower Burrell #69, Kinloch 54, New Kensington VFD, Arnold VFD, and Lower Burrell EMS. The time of call was just after 5:30 am.

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Arnold Police arrest suspect for possessing instruments of crime

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Arnold, Pa. – A New Kensington man was arrested earlier this week by Arnold Police who responded to a call for a suspicious male in the area of Freeport Road.

Law Enforcement Officer Wes Biricocchi said this incident occurred in the 1900 block of Freeport road after a neighbor called police for a man who was trying to break into a garage. Police units from Arnold and New Kensington responded and apprehended Zachary James Zeise, age 20 of New Kensington.

Police Officer Wes Biricocchi escorts Zachary Zeise for arraignment on June 19, 2015

Police Officer Wes Biricocchi escorts Zachary Zeise for arraignment on June 19, 2015


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Zeise was charged with two felonies, Criminal Attempt – Burglary, Burglary, 2 misdemeanors of Loitering and Prowling at Night and Possession of Instruments of Crime. Zeise also faces a charge of Institutional Vandalism. He was released on ROR pending a preliminary hearing on July 16, 2015 in New Kensington in front of Magisterial District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.

 

Serious crash on the Allegheny Valley Expressway injures female driver

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Harrison Township, Pa. –  (Update @ 2:51 pm)  Investigating State Police Officer Cpl. Jeremy Bowser reports the operator of the 2013 Jeep Wrangler involved in the single vehicle crash on the Allegheny Valley Expressway identified as Billie Jo Buday, age 45 of Sarver, Pa.  Buday suffered a serious injury in the crash after rolling over several times coming to rest in the median.  The investigation into the crash continues.

(Original Story) One female driver is involved in a serious crash along the Allegheny Valley Expressway between exits 14 and 15 early Friday morning about 8:30 am.

At the crash scene, the Southbound blue Jeep ran off the roadway striking the end of the wire rope guiderail, hitting a road sign then nearly striking a storm drain culvert. The Jeep then began what appeared to be a series of rollovers finally coming to rest on the passenger’s side door approximately 100′ from the initial impact.

Initial reports indicated the driver was cut from her seat belt by passerby’s and was loaded into a Saxonburg EMS unit transporting to Allegheny Valley Hospital. State Police on scene said they did not know a positive identification of the driver or the extent of her injuries. State Police were reconstructing the crash.

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Multiple divot marks in the median grass were visible approximately 20′ or so from the initial impact indicating multiple vehicle rollover. The left rear tire and brake rotor assembly were ripped from the vehicle and the vehicle’s roof was also ripped off. The jeep was equipped with a roll bar which appeared to do its job but the severity and violent rolls appeared to be more of a damaging factor in the crash than the roll over itself.

Harrison Township Police were assisted by Citizen’s Hose VFD and EMS. State Police quickly arrived on scene to take over the crash investigation and reconstruction. AKVNEWS.COM will update this story as more details become available.

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Two arrested in Allegheny Township home invasion

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – One person is injured after a home invasion that occurred on June 16, 2015 at the Sandalwood Apartments in Allegheny Township.

Allegheny Township Police Chief John Fontaine said the invasion incident occurred about 10:00 am after two females forced their way into the apartment over a debt of $250 that the victim’s boyfriend owed them. The 20 year old victim sustained bruises, cuts and scrapes in the incident.

Police arrested Melanie Marie Gigliotti, age 28 of Freeport Road in New Kensington and Amanda Lynn Kovesdy, age 27 of the 1600 block Leishman in New Kensington.

Gigliotti was charged with Criminal Conspiracy Engaging, Crim Tres Enter Structure, Burglary Overnight Accommodation, Person Present. Gigliotti was unable to post bond in the amount of $50,000 straight.

Police charged Kovesdy with Criminal Conspiracy Engaging, Crim Tres Enter Structure, Burglary Overnight Accommodation, Person Present, and Simple Assault. Kovesdy was unable to post bond in the amount of $50,000 straight.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 06/30/2015 @ 1:30 pm in front of the Honorable Magisterial District Judge Cheryl J. Peck-Yakopec

 

Frazer Police arrest three suspects on theft charges

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Frazer Township, Pa. – Three suspects were arrested at the Wal-Mart in the Mills Mall Complex on Wednesday afternoon after store surveillance observed several actors shoplifting.

Before 2:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon, Frazer Police at Wal-Mart had one suspect in custody outside the store and were searching a Gold GMC recovering what appeared to be two shopping carts full of merchandise. Frazer Police Chief Terry Kuhns said 3-4 other stores were believed to be hit in the shoplifting spree.

(In the photo above) Arrested in the incident were Emanuel Johnson, age 30 of Bennett Street in Pittsburgh. Johnson was detained by police for processing and later released. Chief Kuhns said a summons would be sent in the mail to the first time offender who will be charged with a low grade misdemeanor for possession of stolen merchandise totaling $458.

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Also arrested and on the left in the photo was Lanell Webster, age 42 of Robin Drive in Pittsburgh. Webster faces 10 misdemeanor charges and has had one prior Retail Charge.

The third suspect is Devaron Hunter, age 47 of Rosedale Street in Pittsburgh. Hunter faces four felony charges including Retail Theft and Conspiracy, 5 Misdemeanor charges that include Receiving Stolen Property and Resisting arrest. Both Webster and Hunter were unable to post bail and are lodged in the Allegheny County Jail.

Chief Kuhns said his police department works in concert with business in the Mall Complex and sometimes processes 2-3 theft incidents per day. The total amount of merchandise recovered in the thefts on Wednesday was $1140.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 06/29/2015 @ 9:00 am at the Magisterial District Judge David J. Sosovicka’s office.

Frazer Police Chief Terry Kuhns escorts Emanuel Johnson to police lockup.

Frazer Police Chief Terry Kuhns escorts Emanuel Johnson to police lockup.


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Truck crash in Washington Township stalls Rt. 66 traffic

Rt. 66/819 truck crash on June 18, 2015 in Washington Township

Rt. 66/819 truck crash on June 18, 2015 in Washington Township


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Washington Township, Pa. – No injuries to report after a single vehicle dump truck crash Thursday morning after the driver was unable to stop at the interesection of SR. 66 and 819 in Washington Township.

At the scene, Wastington Township Police Chief Scott Slagle said the driver of the truck was approaching SR 66 from 819 when he was unable to get the truck back into gear while descending the hill. Heavy skid marks on the roadway showed the driver made every attempt to get the truck stopped at the stop sign. Heavy rescue crews from Kochka and Son of Vandergrift arrived on scene to upright the truck and clear the truck’s load of gravel from the roadway.

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Traffic was tied up for approximately 1.5 hours while police processed the scene and wrecking crews righted the truck on it’s wheels. The initial call came into dispatch as a vehicle crash involving a car with the truck on top of it. There was no passenger car involved in the incident.

Assisting Washington Township with traffic control was Oklahoma VFD and Washington Twp. VFD. The highway was reopened about 11:15 am.

 

Two injured in head-on crash in Allegheny Township

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – Two people are injured and transported to area hospitals after a two vehicle crash late Wednesday night in Allegheny Township.

Police at the scene said a female driver from Hyde Park who is six months pregnant was transported to Magee Womens Hospital in Oakland after apparently turning in front of an Eastbound driver headed towards Lower Burrell at the intersection of SR 356 and SR 56.

The male drive of the black Mazda from Apollo was dazed and sitting on the ground then subsequently loaded onto a stretcher and transported by Lower Kiski EMS to Allegheny Valley Hospital for medical evaluation.

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East and Westbound SR 356 was blocked to traffic for a short time while Allegheny Township Police processed the crash scene and firefighters from Markle VFD and Allegheny Township VFD cleared car and fluid debris from the roadway.

Kochka and Son Towing of Vandergrift removed both vehicles from the highway. The crash occurred just before 9:30 pm.

 

Alle-Kiski Valley firefighters commended for tireless community service

Markle Volunteer Fire Department

Markle Volunteer Fire Department


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Alle-Kiski Valley, Pa. – Over the past several miserable rainy days, firefighters in the Alle-Kiski Valley spent countless hours pumping basements, clearing trees from roadways, and providing mutual aid to their surrounding communities.

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Ed Naughton

Many of those firefighters worked through the night running on call after call to help the victims find peace of mind during heavy downpours and flooding.

Harrison Hills Firefighter Ed Naughton said, “Great Job by all involved last night.” With all the incidents in Harrison Twp. And surrounding. Great work by Allegheny County 911 for being the Master of Ceremonies for the events and all the help. Great team work by all!


Markle Assistant Fire Chief Matt Rearick said one pump and one generator will have to be replaced due to mechanical issues from the heavy work over the past several days.

In Apollo, Kiski and Washington Township, firefighters responded to numerous calls in their community for flooded roadways, land slides and downed trees.

In Vandergrift: Fire Chief Steve Potoka said fire crews responded to a minimum of 20-40 calls working round the clock pumping basements on Longfellow Street and provided community protection for an incident of a roof collapse with bricks falling also on Longfellow Street. Chief Potoka said he’s not even had time to determine a final tally on all the calls.

Roof  collapse on Longfellow Street, Vandergrift

Roof collapse on Longfellow Street, Vandergrift


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Tarentum’s Eureka Water Rescue was dispatched to the scene at Sylvan Park for heavy flooding after torrential rains filled the swimming pool. Deputy Fire Chief Brad James said his company was called to the scene by Citizen’s Hose Fire Chief Sean Jones for additional safety resources with low lying homes in the area.

Deputy James said sometimes residents really don’t want to leave their homes under these kinds of circumstances, so it’s important to have additional trained water rescue personnel on scene just in case they are needed. Eureka Fire, Rescue, EMS responded to over 20 incidents in a 24 hour period said James, with at least 12 EMS Calls, 2 flooding calls, and additional public service calls.

Eureka's Water Rescue on scene at Sylvan Park

Eureka’s Water Rescue on scene at Sylvan Park

In Lower Burrell: Fire Chief Tyler Olson said approximately 15 calls were handled by the fire department. Firefighter Terry Rupert, Kinlock VFD said the Newport building and an area behind Manni’s car wash was hard hit with flooding. Crews in LB also responded to a collapsed wall along Fairhaven Drive.

Several fire departments now have the need to replace pumps, generators and other miscellaneous equipment that were damaged or broken as a result of the heavy rainfall and flooding. Please do you part and support your local VOLUNTEER Fire Departments.

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Upper Burrell DUI suspect fails to appear

Ambree Johnson

Ambree Johnson

Upper Burrell, Pa. – Upper Burrell Police Chief Kenneth Pate requests the public’s help in locating Ambree Johnson, age 23, who’s last known address is Spang Avenue in Leechburg.

Johnson is wanted for failing to appear for an April 25, 2015 DUI arrest hearing. She may have since fled to Florida. If you know the whereabouts of Ambree Johnson, you are asked to call the Upper Burrell Township Police Department @ 724-335-0664 or dial 911. Your tips and information will remain anonymous.

 

Failure to appear suspect apprehended

Isiah Williams

Isiah Williams

Arnold, Pa. – Arnold Law Enforcement Officer Wes Biricocchi apprehended Isiah Williams on Monday after the failure to appear suspect was seen in the 1900 block of Woodmont Avenue.

Williams is charged with False Identification To Law Enforcement Official and is currently lodged in the Westmoreland County Jail.