Two injured in Harmar Crash Monday evening

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Harmar Township, Pa. – Two people were injured in a two vehicle crash on SR. 910/Indianola Road just before 10:00 pm Monday evening.

Sources reported two people were trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle after the collision occurred East of Rich Hill Road. Fire crews were seen working to remove one driver from a Chevrolet passenger car. It was reported both patients were complaining of back, neck and other injuries.

Harmar Police and Indiana Township were first on scene along with fire crews from Allegheny Valley VFD and Aspinwall FD. Two patients were transported by EMS. SR. 910 westbound traffic was stopped near the accident going up the hill until fire crews placed cones on the roadway directing traffic towards the berm passing the accident scene. The roadway was re-opened after tow crews arrived and cleared the scene.

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Attorney General Kane issues warning on computer repair phone scam

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HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today warned Commonwealth residents of a recent computer repair telephone scam that has been reported in Fayette County.

The scam starts with a call from a person with a heavy accent who claims the recipient of the call is in need of a computer update or repair. The caller instructs the person to wire money to pay for the work, but no update or repair work is actually needed. In one reported case, a senior citizen who did not even own a computer was a target of this scam.

The caller in some cases has stated he is calling from Los Angeles, according to information reported to the Office of Attorney General. Some of these scam calls also have reportedly originated from a phone with a 509 area code — which traces to the state of Washington — but it is possible the scammers are using the practice of “caller ID spoofing.”

This allows callers to deliberately falsify the telephone number and/or name relayed on a person’s caller ID, according to the Federal Communications Commission. In some cases, these calls may actually originate from out of the country.

Attorney General Kane offered the following tips to help prevent consumers from becoming victims of telephone scams:

Never give out personal information over the telephone.
Never give out billing information over the phone, especially if you receive an unsolicited telephone call from a stranger.
Never wire money or purchase green dot-type prepaid cash cards in response to a telephone appeal, whether it is from a stranger or someone who claims to know you.
Never let emotion or fear overcome your common sense. If you get a call for money from a friend or relative, slow down and verify everything. Don’t let anyone rush you.
Never give out sensitive information to anyone on the phone unless you initiated the call to a company you are certain is legitimate.
Never forget that you are in control. You can always hang up, find a company’s number and call it directly.

Consumers may file a complaint regarding the computer repair scam or other phone scams by calling the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection’s toll-free helpline number at 1-800-441-2555.


Rattlesnake bite kills Beaver County man


Armstrong County, Pa. – A man from Beaver County dies after being bitten by a venomous snake at Medix Run in Elk County Pennsylvania.

Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers reports that Russell E. Davis, 39 of Freedom, PA Beaver Co. was sitting around the fire at his family’s camp when he was bitten by a rattlesnake. This incident occurred just before midnight July 18, 2015. The subject was taken by private vehicle to meet an ambulance where he was in Acute Respiratory Distress.

Davis was taken to Penn Highlands Hospital in St. Mary’s when he was air lifted to a Pittsburgh Hospital. Mr. Davis arrested in the helicopter and landed at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is Anaphylactic Reaction to a Venomous snake bite and the manner of death was accidental. Coroner Myers reports there will be no autopsy performed. The incident is being investigated by the Brian K. Myers, Armstrong Co. Coroner.


Sunday Morning Spotlight: K-9 “Andor” takes center stage!

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Springdale, Pa. – The word “Andor” means Warrior! It’s all about fun and learning as children and parents attended a K-9 demonstration held this past week at the Springdale Library on Tuesday morning.

Springdale Township Police Chief Michael Naviglia, a 15 year veteran officer, Nationally accredited K-9 Handler/Trainer and supervisor of narcotics investigations brought his police partner “Andor” front and center stage giving the packed house of attentive kids a cool lesson and education about how K-9’s work with police to catch the bad guys.

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Chief Naviglia gave his audience a few rules before bringing Andor into the room. No petting, no talking, and questions could only be asked at the end of the demonstration. Once the rules were in place, Chief Naviglia went out to the police car to bring Andor into the room.

Andor quickly became the center of attention and wanted to play with his toys that are used to train him. Any time police need to catch a bad guy that runs away, K-9 Andor is ready for the challenge. Andor has quite a few talents like tracking scents, performing searches before police enter a dark building and narcotics detection.

Chief Naviglia says K-9’s are trained to be passive alert and/or aggressive alerts dogs. In a passive alert situation, the K-9 locates the scent, then sits and will stare hard waiting for his toy to pop out, while an aggressive alert K-9 will bite, tear and scratch sometimes even taking the paint off a car as he scratches trying to get to his toy.

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As the demonstration continues, Chief Naviglia describes Andor’s living arraignments and goes on to say the police car has temperature controls to keep him safe at all times. There’s even a “hot alert” to notify him when something goes wrong with the cooling system in the police car. Andor is just 4 years old and only 1 out of 1000 dogs make the cut as a K-9 Police Officer. Funding for Andor comes from the District Attorney’s Office and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). Training costs total about $10,000 with narcotics training about $5000 and $5000 in expenses for the police officer.

The youngsters really enjoyed how Andor kept wanting to play as Chief Naviglia was trying to continue on with the program. Andor didn’t want to sit or lay on the floor and was sometimes given commands in Dutch which seemed to work. As the show came to a close, the young group had plenty of questions and comments about Andor or their own pets.


Intruder cut in Burglary attempt in Apollo

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Apollo, Pa. – State Police Tpr. Karlo of PSP Kittanning reports an incident of Attempted Burglary/Criminal Mischief Saturday morning about 7:30 am after an unknown actor broke the victims rear window leading into a rear bedroom with a metal ratchet style tool.

The victim observed this incident taking place and yelled at the actor who fled the scene in an unknown direction. The actor cut himself during the attempted break-in leaving blood behind at the scene. The actor is described having blonde hair, blue hooded sweatshirt, unknown name and age. Police report a DNA test on the blood is pending. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Kittanning at 724-543-2011.


Three injured in Kiskiminetas Twp crash

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Kiskiminetas Township, Pa. – State Route 56 in Kiskiminetas Township was closed for a short time Saturday morning at 10:31 am after a two vehicle motor vehicle crash near Kings Road.

Law Enforcement Officer Scott Ponteri said a Mercury Van driven by Gary Bier of Vandergrift was headed East on SR. 56 when it crossed in front of a passenger vehicle driven by John Burkett of Leechburg. Officer Ponteri said Bier was seen earlier in the morning at a local flea market further up the road on 56 but that event didn’t open due to poor attendance and was traveling West on 56 to get to another event when the crash occurred.

Burkett suffered a chest injury and his passenger suffered a broken leg. Officer Ponteri said Bier sustained an air bag injury to the arm. All three individuals were transported by EMS units to local hospitals.

Kiski Police were assisted at the scene by Kiski VFD. Firefighters maintained traffic control and removed debris from the roadway. Kochka and Son towing removed the vehicles from the scene. Charges are pending in the incident.

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Union Steelworkers plan rally and march to ATI Corporate Headquarters

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Vandergrift, Pa. – Union steelworkers and supporters show their solidarity at a rally late last week at the Vandergrift ATI plant.

According to their website, more than 2,200 members of the United Steelworkers from 12 sites around the country are standing up for good, family-sustaining jobs at Allegheny Technologies. Steelworkers at ATI are working to bargain a new labor agreement with the Pittsburgh-based company that would replace the contract that expired on June 30.

Union workers say they are seeking a contract that would maintain secure, family-sustaining jobs at ATI while management is demanding that workers submit to deep cuts that would jeopardize local jobs and undermine the next generation of workers.

As of Friday July 17, USW leadership met with ATI to discuss and review information provided by the company.

A rally and march to ATI Corporate Headquarters is planned for July 30 at 12 noon. Workers to meet at USW Headquarters at 60 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA.


Armstrong County Coroner called to scene of apartment fire in Rayburn Township

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Rayburn Township, Pa. – (UPDATE @ 9:27 am)  Armstrong County Coroner Brian K Myers has released the following information pertaining to a fatal house fire on State Route 85, Rayburn Township. Armstrong County. 

Coroner Myers reports decedent Howard J. Hopper, 55 of 11851 State Route 85 Rayburn Twp. was found in the bedroom of his residence. The fire was contained to the kitchen.   The cause of death is Smoke Inhalation and the manner is Accidental.   He was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Brian K. Myers.

 The investigation is ongoing by Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall’s Office, Butler. The coroner’s office was assisted at the scene by the Pennsylvania State Police, Rayburn Fire Dept., Rural Valley Fire Dept., Kittanning Twp. Fire Dept, Manor Twp. VFD, Kittanning #6 FD and Kittanning # 6 Ambulance.

(Original Story)  Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers was called to the scene of an apartment fire about 9:30 pm at Rayburn Manor Apartments on SR 85 late Thursday evening.

Assistant Fire Chief Todd Ortman said the stove fire was confined to an apartment on the lower level of the complex. Fire got into a wall and part of a ceiling as crews arrived on scene but quickly had the fire under control within ten minutes. Chief Ortman said one man perished in the fire and was found in his room on the floor by a firefighter. Residents had quickly evacuated the eight apartments in the affected area where the fire broke out.

Multiple fire departments were dispatched to the scene along with Kittanning State Police. Some residents were not able to return to their apartments for the night due to electrical service being turned off until the cause of the fire is thoroughly investigated.

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Coroner Myers said identification of the deceased would be released at a later time. AKVNEWS.COM will update this story as more details become available.


New Kensington Police respond to shots fired inside a house

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New Kensington, Pa. – New Kensington Police respond to a call in the 500 block of Ridge Avenue after a report of shots fired inside a residence.

Detective Lt. Jim Kline said a downstairs resident allegedly fired off two rounds inside his residence that did not exit the structure and there were no injuries to report. Police entered the residence through and open door and found the suspect lying on the couch sleeping/passed out. The incident occurred about 3:00 pm. Detective Kline said the incident ended without any negative results.

New Kensington Police was assisted by Arnold PD.


Heroin suspects from Allegheny County charged with criminal conspiracy

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HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of two individuals from Allegheny County charged with criminal conspiracy, among other crimes, after allegedly being found with 10 bricks of heroin.

The arrests were made Monday evening in Altoona, Blair County. They were the result of a joint investigation between the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, the Blair County Drug Task Force, the Altoona Police Department, the Logan Township Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police.

Bruce Larenz Hatten, 33, 15 A Bell Ave., McKees Rocks, and Keisha Leann Rodgers, 35, 120 Hazel Place, Pittsburgh, were the defendants taken into custody.

The heroin they were found with — approximately 500 packets labeled “Passion” and “Top Five” — has an estimated street value of approximately $10,000, investigators allege. It was seized after investigators said they observed a controlled purchase in which Hatten was attempting to sell $4,500 worth of heroin. Rodgers was present at the time the drug deal was attempted, investigators said.

Hatten and Rodgers are both charged with one count each of criminal conspiracy, delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

They are both being held in the Blair County Prison. Hatten’s bail was set at $200,000 while Rodgers’ bail was set at $125,000. Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for July 22.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Altoona Police Department, Logan Township Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, members of the Blair County Drug Task Force and Operation Our Town for their roles in the investigation.

Individuals who have witnessed a drug deal in their neighborhood or suspect illegal drug activity where they live or work can send an anonymous tip to the Office of Attorney General by texting PADRUGS + YOUR TIP to 847411.


Boat bottoms out snarling traffic on SR 56 in Allegheny Township

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – Police and fire crews were on scene of a boat getting stuck on the roadway as it was making the turn from SR. 356 onto SR 56 in Allegheny Township about 8:30 Wednesday night.

The lowboy type trailer sits very low to the ground and as the driver was attempting the turn onto SR. 56 West, the trailer contacted the ground. Police say the boat was traveling from Sandusky Ohio to the marina in New Kensington. Fire police diverted traffic onto secondary roads until Kochka & Son Towing of Vandergrift arrived on scene. The roadway was closed for about an hour.


Pipeline explosion injures bulldozer operator

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Worthington, Pa. – Two men are injured after a gas line explosion in Armstrong County about 2:00 pm Wednesday afternoon.

The incident occurred in a rural area of Worthington on Fox Road at a construction site where a bulldozer operator apparently struck a gas line causing an explosion.

Linda Robertson, an EQT media relations representative said a contractor they had hired to clear a right of way struck a gas line, however the line that was hit was not an EQT line. Robertson said Pa One Call was contacted prior to the incident. Robertson stated two men were injured, one flown by helicopter and the other transported by ambulance.


At the incident scene, a charred bulldozer was sitting next to a charred telephone pole and a charred field. Sources at the scene said the operator appeared to suffer burns on his arm. Injuries to the other man is unknown. EQT is headquartered in Pittsburgh and is a Natural Gas producer in the Appalachian Region.

Fox Road near the incident was partially closed while the investigation continues.