Facebook user wires money to become legal guardian

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WESTMORELAND, COUNTY, PA. – In an incident of Theft by Deception, investigating Tpr. Leonard of the Kiski Valley State Police reports a victim was contacted by an unknown male via Facebook in a possible international scam.

The unknown male provided the victim with a story that his wife died and that he wanted her to become legal guardian of his four-year old son. The victim was requested to send money via Western Union for attorney fees. The victim wired the money, and was told that she was going to receive the child’s inheritance money and guardianship of the child.

Total loss in the incident was $1,851.00. The victim is from New Aledandria, Pa. and State Police report the investigation continues.


Motorist hurt after deer lands on windshield

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ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, PA. – With the recent start of archery season, a heavy movement of deer in the Alle-Kiski Valley has caused numerous accidents over the past few days.

A single vehicle incident occurred in Allegheny Township after a deer crossing the highway was hit by an eastbound motorist on Rt. 56 near a landscaping business Sunday evening. Allegheny Township Law Enforcement Officer Seth Hosack said the deer ran out of a clearing onto Rt. 56 and was struck with the hood of the car, but the deer landed directly on the windshield causing moderate damage to the compact Chevrolet.

Initial radio reports indicated one person suffered an arm injury from the incident. At the scene, one female was evaluated/treated at the scene while a male occupant was transported by Lower Burrell EMS to the hospital. Markle Volunteer Fire department assisted at the scene with traffic control.

Allegheny Township Police reported at least one other crash early Sunday morning and there were reports of several deer being hit in Allegheny and Westmoreland County. AKVNEWS.COM reports on the way to the crash scene Sunday evening, an eight point buck crossed four lanes of traffic a few hundred yards east of Craigdell Road. Later on while traveling through the Deer Lakes Park area, deer were seen crossing roadways nearly every 100 yards apart on Bailies Run and Fairfield Rd. Motorists are urged to slow down and use extra caution as nightfall approaches during this heavy period of movement in the deer population.

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Route 28 Closed to Traffic Friday Night in Pittsburgh

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ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA. – PennDOT is announcing Route 28, between the 31st Street Bridge and the Chestnut Street overpass, in the City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, will be closed to
traffic Friday night, Oct. 10, weather permitting.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Route 28 will close in both directions through 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Crews will erect a steel sign structure between the 31st Street Bridge and the Chestnut Street overpass. Traffic will be detoured.

Additionally, the southbound right hand lane will remain closed until 5 p.m. Saturday between the 31st Street Bridge and East Ohio Street. The East Ohio Street ramp will remain open.

The work is part of the $15.4 million Route 28 Phase V improvement project. The prime contractor is Carmen Paliotta Contracting, Inc. of South Park, PA. Overall work will conclude in late November of 2014.


Large apartment building catches fire in Vandergrift

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VANDERGRIFT, PA. – Multiple fire units were dispatched to the 200 Block of Hancock Avenue in Vandergrift near 6:30 pm for a 3rd floor apartment fire.

Heavy smoke was reported from the upper end of the building on the 3rd floor when firefighters arrived. Fire crews ventilated the large building and smoke could be seen coming from the eaves as a small amount of flames were seen coming from the south side of the building at the roof.

Firefighters initially cleared the basement of any fire and cut the power to the rest of the building. Crews had a handle on the fire by 7:30 pm and the electric utility along with the fire marshal were called to the scene. Crews are still at the scene as of 8:30 pm checking for extensions. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Information on any injuries sustained in the fire were not immediately available.

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Injuries reported in Upper Burrell Crash

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UPPER BURRELL, PA. – At least one driver was injured in a mid morning crash at the intersection of White Cloud Road and Oak Lake Road in Upper Burrell Township. Westmoreland 911 dispatched police and firefighters to the scene a the two vehicle crash that occurred near 10:00 am.

Upper Burrell 1st Assistant Fire Chief Chad Clark reported heavy debris on the roadway and requested immediate closure of White Cloud road as EMS crews tended to the injured.

Upper Burrell Patrolman Daniel Olszewski said the blue Chevy Impala driven was by Nicole Klingensmith, age 40 of Apollo, and the Chevy Trailblazer was driven by Cheryl Long, age 58 of Vandergrift. Police were assisted at the scene by Oklahoma and Lower Burrell EMS. The extent of injuries was not immediately known.

White Cloud road was closed for about an hour with additional assistance from Markle Fire Department and Lower Burrell Squad 54. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Local man arrested for alleged distribution of child pornography

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. -David E. Meyers, 58, 342 Iroquois Drive, New Kensington, Westmoreland County, has been arrested for allegedly distributing apparent child pornography on peer-to-peer networks.

As part of ongoing efforts to combat the exploitation of children online, agents from the Child Predator Section executed a search warrant at Meyers’ residence last week and discovered a desktop computer and flash drive containing numerous files of apparent child pornography.

Meyers is charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was preliminarily arraigned and confined to Westmoreland County Prison after being unable to post bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled in New Kensington on Oct. 9, 2014 in front of Magisterial District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.

Meyers will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo in Westmoreland County. Attorney General Kane thanked the Arnold Township Police Department for its assistance with the arrest.


Approved burn rekindles in West Leechburg

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WEST LEECHBURG, PA. – Multiple fire companies responded to a small basement fire overnight near Peach Lane in West Leechburg.

Fire authorities said the fire was a rekindle of an earlier in the day approved burn. Demolition was already taking place when the fire restarted. According to radio fire dispatch information, the fire was concentrated in the basement.

Firefighters quickly took control of the fire and no injuries were reported. Assisting West Leechburg were Leechburg, Hyde Park, Gilpin, Allegheny Township, Lower Kiski EMS and Vandergrift fire departments. Most crews went back into service around 2:00 am.

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Apollo Borough taking proactive steps to combat illegal drug sales

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APOLLO BOROUGH, PA. – At the September Council Meeting in Apollo Borough, town fathers voted unanimously to rejoin ArmNET; the Armstrong County Drug Task Force after many years of non-participation.

By signing this agreement, Apollo Borough is eligible for subsidies that help defray the cost of conducting drug-related operations. It also gives the task force jurisdiction to operate within the borough.

As an adjunct project to the law enforcement leg of this effort, the Mayor’s Office has been reaching out to Apollo’s ministers, organizations and community leaders. They are being asked to join the Mayor in not only building public awareness of the drug culture that is taking hold in the small town, but to help come up with a proactive support and education network.

Mayor Jeff Held said he is optimistic that they can build a sustained effort that focuses on providing a safe and drug-free neighborhoods for the town’s youth while helping parents deal with the realization that their families are not immune to this global problem!

Mayor Held goes on to say “Not only am I starting to hear back from community leaders, but I have partnered with the Armstrong Indiana Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission. This group is offering public information, sponsorship of town hall meetings in addition to some financial support. I also just got off the phone with PA Rep. Joe Patrarca who is committing the support of his office!”

Any Apollo resident that would like to get involved in this effort is asked send an eMail to mayor.held@apollopa.org or call (724) 478-4967.


Tactical medics treat Troopers who fell from tree stand

HARRISBURG, PA. – Tpr. Tom Kelly, Pensylvania State Police released a short statement following the collapse of a tree structure.

The incident occurred as 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.

Last night at approximately 7 pm, two PSP Troopers were taking part in a wooded terrain search. Both members entered a wooden tree stand to clear the structure and ensure it was not occupied. The tree stand was a man made hunting blind elevated roughly 20 feet off the ground and attached to a tree.

While inside the stand, the floor collapsed and both men fell to the ground. They were treated by tactical medics at the scene. At the advice of the medics both Troopers were air lifted to Lehigh Valley Medical Center, they were treated and released. Both Troopers are from Troop H, Harrisburg.


Manhunt forces temporary closure of some Delaware State Forest Areas in Northeastern Pennsylvania

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Harrisburg, Pa. – Acting in concert with the Pennsylvania State Police and in the wake of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s temporary suspension of hunting and closure of its game lands within seven townships in northeastern Pennsylvania during an ongoing manhunt, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is closing sections of Delaware State Forest to hunters and others traveling on foot in the woodlands.

Earlier today Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough issued an executive order to temporarily close game lands and suspend hunting and trapping seasons within Price, Barrett and Paradise townships in Monroe County; and Blooming Grove, Porter, Lehman and Greene townships in Pike County. The townships all are within Wildlife Management Unit 3D.

“Safety of state forestland visitors is paramount as the search continues for the fugitive wanted in the shooting death of a state police trooper,” said DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti. “This is a necessary inconvenience to many but it is designed to aid investigators and protect all forest visitors, not just hunters.”

The secretary stressed all public-use roads will remain open to transit. Walking within state forestlands in the designated townships is strongly discouraged, she said.

“As the largest land owner in that area, it is a sound decision to follow recommendations of Pa. State Police and temporally close all forestland in an area designated by state police,” Ferretti said.

The closures were initiated after state police advised Tuesday that troopers searching for fugitive Eric Frein had uncovered explosive devices apparently left behind in wooded areas by the fugitive, and would pose an obvious danger to anyone who would encounter them.

“These findings posed new justification for this serious and wide-sweeping decision,” said Ferretti. “With archery season rapidly approaching this Saturday, and fall foliage viewing in that area moving into high gear, we ask the patience and understanding of all who enjoy the Delaware Forest.”

Frein is wanted in the Sept. 12 ambush-shooting death of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson II outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County. Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded in the attack.

Delaware State Forest totals 83,519 acres in Pike, Monroe, Northampton, and Carbon counties. DCNR earlier this week issued an advisory to those frequenting the search area, or planning to visit, to do so with caution.


Armed Robbery at Golden Dawn in New Kensington

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA.- An armed robbery occurred Tuesday evening at the Golden Dawn in New Kensington just before 9:00 pm as the store was closing.

Detective Sergeant Dino DiGiacobbe said the actor entered the store around 9:00 pm with a gun and forced a manager back from the doors. The actor pointed the small-caliber gun at two employees and fired a warning shot. No one was injured.

The actor jumped over the counter and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Detective DiGiacobbe said the suspect fled out the front door and ran alongside the building towards Carl Avenue. The search dog lost the scent on the actors path. The gun was described as silver and black.

Police are searching for a black male 5’9 stocky build, red hoodie, white tennis shoes and a beige bandanna. Lori Townsend, a witness at the store and waiting for her boyfriend to get off work said she heard one gunshot and saw the shooter run out the front door. Townsend said he headed along side the building towards a fence and then made a cut out of sight.

A search dog from Plum Borough has been called to the scene and is currently searching for the actor. Police departments from Arnold, Lower Burrell, Tarentum, Brackenridge and New Kensington along with New Kensington detectives were on scene.

New Kensington Police is asking anyone who may have information of this suspect to call Westmoreland 911 or the New Kensington Police Department at (724) 339-7533

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Pennsylvania State Police update on Eric Matthew Frein search operations

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HARRISBURGH, 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.

“Over the past 18 days, we’ve had upwards of 1000 law enforcement personnel from around the commonwealth working this operation,” said Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy commissioner of operations. “Our troopers and law enforcement personnel have worked tirelessly, putting in many long hours, to bring Eric Matthew Frein to justice.”

“As I’ve indicated in the past, our search area is determined by the information available to us at any given point in time,” said Bivens. “Currently, our search area has moved slightly to the south but remains focused within several square miles near the Pike/Monroe border.” State police are attempting to minimize the use of road closures and vehicle check points – in an effort to lessen direct impact on those who live in the community.

“While state police remain confident Frein has spent a significant amount of time in the woods near his home, we need to follow-up on all information available to us – these may include areas where investigators have been told Frein has frequented in the past,” said Bivens. “Some of these locations are outside the immediate perimeter,” added Bivens.

“As I have mentioned before, there are numerous places Frein may be using for shelter – hundreds of vacant cabins and homes in these areas are potential hiding places and need to be cleared,” said Bivens. Pennsylvania’s fall archery deer season is set to open throughout the commonwealth beginning this Saturday, Oct. 4th. State police are working with the Pennsylvania Game Commission to appropriately prepare for the upcoming season. “We want to remind hunters to be alert when accessing cabins in the search areas,” said Bivens. “If you 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.”

Over the last few days state police have found several items that undoubtedly confirm Eric Frein is hiding in our search area. “We have found a number of items belonging to Frein – some of which were clearly hastily discarded,” said Bivens. “Of significance, we located two pipe bombs which were fully functional and capable of being deployed — the pipe bombs had the ability to be detonated by either the use of trip wires or a lighted fuse. These devices are consistent with Frein’s non-confrontational and gutless efforts to injure or kill law enforcement from a distance,” added Bivens.

“All of the available evidence indicates our efforts are putting significant pressure on Frein,” added Bivens. “I am again calling on you, Eric, to surrender,” said Bivens. “You are clearly
stressed and are making significant mistakes. We continue to take your supplies and your weapon stockpiles –while you are no-doubt weakening, the resolve of our troopers is strong. We are not going anywhere.”

“We are asking the public to remain vigilant when accessing the Pike/Monroe search area – as the possibility exists he may have placed similar devices within that area,” continued Bivens.
Frein is considered armed and dangerous and state police are asking people to stay out of the search areas for their own safety. The state police continue to ask the public for any photos/videos previously taken from trail cameras in those areas and which may contain images of Frein or other suspicious activity.