Passenger punched in the chest after roadway altercation on Rt. 28

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SOUTH BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, PA. – Investigating officer Jason L Domenick of PSP Kittanning reports an incident of harassment and assault that occurred on State Route 28 southbound approximately two miles north of the Slate Lick exit at 7:20 pm Monday evening.

Two vehicles were traveling southbound when an altercation occurred as the suspect vehicle struck into the victims vehicle. Both vehicles pulled off the roadway and the suspect exited his vehicle; punching a passenger in the chest. The suspect fled the scene when the victim said he was calling the police and headed south on SR 28 towards Allegheny county.

The suspect is an unknown white male approximately 30 years old, 6 foot tall with multiple tattoos. Police said the suspect was driving a white in color SUV type vehicle pulling a green and blue jet ski. The victim is a known white male , age 60 from Freeport.


TARENTUM: PSP Kittanning investigating officer Trooper Short reports a vehicle was traveling north on SR 28 when Troy Douglas Clark, 41 of Apollo became involved in a single vehicle motor crash Sunday morning approximately 2:45 am. The incident occurred just past the get off ramp to Bull Creek/Tarentum exit. The suspect was determined to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Charges pending.

O’HARA TOWNSHIP: Investigating officer Tpr. Thomas Snyder reported an incident of DUI occurred 1/4 mile south of exit 6 in O’Hara Township, Allegheny County. The driver, Oziel Cabrera Rocha, 31 of Charlotte North Carolina was driving a 2012 Ford Econoline van that was stopped along the shoulder of Route 28. Tpr. Snyder stopped to see if the operator needed assistance, however Rocha was found to be intoxicated. Rocha was transported to UPMC St Margaret for a blood draw. Due to being from North Carolina, a criminal complaint was prepared against Rocha and he was placed in the Allegheny County Jail.

EAST FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP: PSP Kittanning reported an incident of DUI on State Route 268 in front of Hilltop Plaza East Franklin Township Armstrong County. A suspect came through a DUI checkpoint intoxicated. The suspect was arrested for DUI.

In another incident, PSP Kittanning Tpr.Shauntai reports a DUI checkpoint incident. The accused, Brent Edward Hill, age 38 Barton Hill, Illinois was found to be operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and arraigned in front of magisterial District Justice Gary DeComo. He was placed in the Armstrong County Jail on $2,500 bond.


Armstrong County suspect arrested on child porn charges

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ARMSTRONG COUNTY, Pa. (Ford Cliff) Joshua Cramer of Orr Avenue was arrested on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, following an undercover investigation into the dissemination of child pornography. Agents, who were conducting an online investigation, identified a computer on a peer-to-peer network allegedly sharing media files believed to depict child pornography.

Agents identified the computer’s IP address, which was allegedly making the files available, as serving Cramer’s Armstrong County residence. A search was conducted on the residence by agents from the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, along with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police, and resulted in the seizure of laptop computer. A preview of the device by computer forensic examiners revealed numerous files of suspected child pornography

Cramer is charged with six counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was held in the Armstrong County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police for its assistance with the investigation.


200th arrest made by Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section

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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of more than 200 Internet predators since taking office in January 2013, including recent arrests in Armstrong, Berks, Montgomery and Venango counties. In the past two weeks alone, the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section has arrested 13 men.

In 2013, Attorney General Kane used an increase in budget appropriations to:

Renovate a section of the office to provide the Child Predator Section with a confidential, state-of-the-art command center to conduct investigations.
Purchase two mobile forensic trucks for on-scene computer forensic analysis.
Upgrade computer hardware and software to handle the new file sharing programs CPS agents use to target child predators online.
Hire additional agents and attorneys.
Invest in training for agents to be on the cutting edge of file sharing and other techniques child predators use to lure and exploit children.
The results of the increased efforts and expanded unit are evident in the 200 arrests that have been made over the past 18 months in every region of the Commonwealth. The arrests have included men who share and download child pornography, men who travel to meet who they believe to be children for sex and men who transmit images of themselves engaged in sexually graphic acts.

Attorney General Kane said the work of the Child Predator Section is difficult but it is rewarding: Children have been rescued from sexual abuse, repeat offenders have been arrested and sexual predators looking to lure or exploit children have been put behind bars.


Tarentum fire crews respond for call of heavy smoke

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TARENTUM, Pa. – All three borough fire departments were dispatched overnight at approximately 12:25 am for a house fire located in the 800 block of Butler Street in Tarentum. According to Tarentum Police and radio dispatch, heavy smoke was showing from the rear of a two story house but no flames visible.

As crews arrived, the fire appeared to be located on the second floor and was quickly extinguished. Second floor windows were knocked out for ventilation to the structure. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal was called to investigate the incident. No injuries were reported.



Heavy flames in Arnold apartment fire

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ARNOLD, Pa. – An early morning apartment fire nearly destroys a two story brick dwelling at the corner of Kenneth Avenue and Drey Streets. Both Arnold fire companies are on scene battling the blaze. Unconfirmed reports from a witness believes the fire possibly started with a candle.

Arnold Fire Chief JC Tedorski describes Arnold house fire.

Chief Tedorski said there is no known cause of the fire, however a state fire marshal will be called in to investigate. Crews at the scene include Arnold, New Kensington, Lower Burrell RIT, New Kensington EMS. No word on any injuries in this incident.



Teen killed in two vehicle crash on Rt. 31 East Huntington Township

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EAST HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A teenager was killed after his vehicle slammed into a dump truck along Route 31 in Westmoreland County Saturday afternoon. The crash happened just before 5 pm on a slight curve when the sliver car was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed and crossed over the centerline hitting the dump truck.

According to the Westmoreland County Coroners Office, 18 year old Brendan J. Walter of State Route 31 in East Huntingdon Township was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:19 pm. The office reports Walter died from multiple blunt force injuries in the two vehicle collision. Speed is believed to have played a factor in the incident.

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At the scene, the passenger car was split in two pieces. It appeared the crash occurred on the slight upgrade just past the slight curve when the car hit the dump truck. Part of the front end was ripped from the silver vehicle near a telephone pole and upon impact, the dump truck pushed the vehicle back down the slight grade running off the roadway and coming to rest in a front yard underneath big pine trees. Witnesses at the scene said a ton of car parts and other debris littered a front yard after the impact. AKVNEWS.COM spoke with East Huntingdon Fire Chief Jeff Keefer who said the dump truck driver was also injured in the incident but was not certain of the extent of his injuries.

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The coroners office reported a seat belt was not utilized and airbags were deployed in the incident. East Huntingdon VFD, Scottdale VFD, Pennsylvania State Police and the Coroner all assisted at the scene.


Harrison Township Police-Lower Burrell’s K-9 Dax search wooded area for possible burglary suspect

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A suspicious male observed on surveillance video prompts a call to 911 and the search begins along Freeport Road in Natrona Heights Friday night. Law Enforcement Officer Christopher Cottone said officers were dispatched to Allegheny Beverage on Freeport Road for a male matching the description of the suspect in a weeks prior burglary.

Officer Cottone said officers proceeded into the area with a Lower Burrell K-9 Unit to assist in the search. Law Enforcement Officer Steve Cernava and K-9 Dax arrived on scene and began searching St. Joseph Cemetery and the lower woods in total darkness. A subsequent check of the wood line yielded negative results for the suspect.

Officer Cottone also said one officer did get into a brief foot pursuit with the possible suspect but was unable to locate the suspect in the wood line. He was last observed near Davis Street behind Saint Joseph’s Cemetery. Harrison Police are looking for a suspected white male, long hair shoulder length, possible dread locks or thicker hair.

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In an earlier AKVNEWS.COM article, a string of overnight robberies took place just blocks away from Friday nights incident at Allegheny Beverage.

From July 14, 2014

In the early morning hours starting around 6:00 am, police responded to multiple calls of overnight break-ins in the Painter, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Burtner street area of Harrison Township. Vandals entered unlocked vehicles primarily looking for cash, however sunglasses, headphones and other small items were also taken in the thefts.

Harrison Township Law Enforcement Officer Christopher Cottone said at least 12-15 vehicles were hit and that number could rise once residents got out to check their vehicles. One resident on Jefferson Avenue was robbed of $50 dollars while other residents noted small amounts of change missing from the consoles and side door pockets.

It’s unclear if the string of robberies are connected. Residents are urged to call 911 immediately when they suspect suspicious activity.


Scrap driver rushed to hospital after suffering severe laceration to left forearm

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TARENTUM, Pa. – Police and Eureka Paramedics responded to the corner of Freeport Road and Grantham Street Friday afternoon for a man injured after losing a load of scrap steel on the highway. According to radio chatter, a male driver from PJ Greco in his late 40′s suffered a severe cut described at an arterial bleed to his left forearm and had to be rushed to Allegheny Valley Hospital.

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It was heard a tourniquet was applied to help control the bleeding. Arterial bleeding is the most serious type of bleeding because a large amount of blood can be lost in a very short period of time. The exact cause of the injury is unknown. Tarentum Police controlled traffic thru the intersection while a skid steer loaded the stamped steel back onto the truck. Summit Hose assisted at the scene and did a washdown. The incident occurred at approximately 2:45 pm.