3 Vehicle crash on Leechburg Road in Lower Burrell; one injured

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Lower Burrell, Pa.- A 3 vehicle crash occurred at approximately 12 pm in the town of Lower Burrell next to the Village Plaza on Edgecliff Rd.

One person is injured just shortly after noon when Lower Burrell Police say it appeared a Red Buick Park Avenue pulled out from the Village Plaza near Edgecliff Road and struck a GMC Sierra traveling west, which in turn hit an eastbound Chevy Cavalier that was stationed in the center turning lane.

At the scene, rescue and EMS crews extricated one patient from the Buick to a stretcher for transport to the hospital. No other injuries were reported. Leechburg Road was closed for about a half hour while patients were evaluated and tow crews cleared minor debris from the roadway.

The injured was transported by Lower Burrell EMS and station #69 LB fire crews conducted traffic control. New Kensington EMS and Lower Burrell #3 assisted at the scene.

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Man shot in Arnold

Ivy Alley, Arnold Pa.

Ivy Alley, Arnold Pa.

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Arnold, Pa. – Police in Arnold are investigating a shooting that occurred about 10:00 am Saturday morning in the 1300 block of Ivy Alley.

Investigating officers Sergeant Shannon Santucci and Law Enforcement Officer Wes Biricocchi responded to an incident after a man was shot for unknown reasons. Officer Biricocchi said the victim, Kashawn Goldsmith, age 19 of New Kensington was shot in the left flank, back rib area and transported to a Allegheny General Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Officer Biricocchi said one shell casing was found and the investigation into this shooting continues.


Residents cautioned on use of gasoline-powered generators


The Allegheny County Health Department is cautioning residents about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning when using gasoline-powered generators in partially enclosed spaces or indoors.

The warning was prompted by two recent incidents in Pittsburgh where a 47-year-old male and 43-year-old female were overcome when gasoline-powered generators were being used during home renovations and as an aid for heat, respectively. Aside from the two generator cases, there have been five additional heating-related carbon monoxide poisonings in Allegheny County in 2009.

“As we continue through the winter, residents should keep gas-powered generators outside when in use and not rely on them for supplemental heat in their home or apartment,” said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon. “In fact, the best defense against carbon monoxide poisoning is to have your primary heating appliances checked by a qualified professional.”

Gasoline-powered equipment like generators can produce dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide within minutes when used indoors, even in areas that may appear to be well-ventilated. Opening doors and windows or operating fans does not guarantee safety. Generators should also be kept away from the building’s air intakes so the exhaust is not drawn inside, exposing people to potentially harmful levels of carbon monoxide.

As an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas, carbon monoxide can overcome exposed persons with no warning. Often there is little time before victims experience symptoms that limit their ability to seek help.

Any of the following symptoms may occur within minutes of carbon monoxide exposure: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, loss of hearing, blurry vision, vomiting, disorientation, seizures, unconsciousness, coma, respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.


VA mail-order pharmacy receives highest score in Mail Order Segment of J.D. Power study


For the fifth consecutive year, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP) has scored the highest in overall satisfaction in the J.D. Power National Pharmacy Study, Mail-Order segment.

This study, conducted annually, measures satisfaction among consumers who filled a mail-order prescription within the last 90 days. Ten commercial organizations were also included in the study.

“VA’s first-class pharmacy services are an important component of the exceptional health care available to our Veterans,” said Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Interim Under Secretary for Health. “We are proud to learn from our Veterans through this study that VA is delivering on that commitment.”
Customer satisfaction with Mail-Order Pharmacy is measured across four key factors: cost competitiveness, prescription delivery, prescription ordering, and customer service.
VA also led the mail-order pharmacy industry nationwide in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

VA participates in this annual survey as a way to compare itself against industry leaders and to ensure VA health care meets the highest standards. With nearly 9 million Veterans enrolled, VA operates the largest integrated health care delivery system in the United States, with a mission to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA provides a broad range of primary care, specialized care, and related medical and case management services. More information is available at http://www.va.gov/health/.


Armed robbery suspect turns self in, confesses to crime

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – Allegheny Township Police Chief John Fontaine said William Quinn III, age 24 of Second Street in Apollo turned himself in for the armed robbery of the Family Dollar located in the Hyde Park Plaza just after closing time late Tuesday evening.

Chief Fontaine said the motive for the robbery was drug related and Quinn was under the influence of heroin at the time of the robbery. A toy gun was used in the holdup when Quinn lifted his sweatshirt telling the clerk to be calm. The gun was not pointed at anyone said Chief Fontaine.

At the time of the robbery, there were no customers in the store. Once the crime was committed, Quinn went outside and got in a vehicle that was parked along side the building. Chief Fontaine said the robbery was well publicized and the suspect felt it was a “matter of time” before he was caught. Quinn contacted his attorney and he turned himself in Thursday afternoon. He was arraigned in district court and charged with one felony count of Robbery Threat Immediate Serious Injury. Quinn was subsequently transported to the Westmoreland County Jail in lieu of $10,000 straight bond.

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Early morning fire destroys house in Lower Burrell

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – Firefighters are on scene of a house fire located on Hartge Road in Lower Burrell just off SR. 780 early Saturday Morning.

At the scene, firefighters arrived to find a working house fire that appeared to have started near a porch located on the left side of the house. The single story house appeared to be a total loss as firefighters worked to completely extinguish the blaze. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

AKVNEWS.COM will update this story as more details become available. Crews responding were New Kensington, Lower Burrell, Upper Burrell, Arnold and Lower Burrell EMS.

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Man injured after driver becomes distracted by falling spit cup

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Ford City, Pa. – PSP Kittanning Tpr. Timothy Amy reports an incident of a two vehicle crash in North Buffalo Twp. at about 4:10 pm Tuesday afternoon.

A two vehicle crash occurred when a Ford City man driving a Chevrolet S-10 was travelling East along SR. 128 and began to slow down to make a left hand turn into a driveway near the 1700 block on Ford City RD. As the operator was making the left hand turn in front of a Subaru Impreza, the operator of the Impreza became distracted by dropping his spit cup and taking his eyes off the road. As he attempted to retrieve the cup, he was unable to react quick enough and struck the rear-end of the Chevrolet S-10.

The Subaru slid approximately 30 feet, leaving skid marks leading up to the point of impact. The Chevrolet S-10 came to a final rest along the north side of the roadway facing west. The Subaru came to a final stop at the initial point of impact along the eastbound travel lane of SR. 128 facing east.

The operator of the Chevy S-10 was transported from the scene for a minor injury by EMS. The driver of the Subaru was not injured in the crash and was cited for careless driving.


ACHD & the American Diabetes Association invites everyone to attend Pittsburgh EXPO 2014

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Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Allegheny County Health Department is joining with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and many other local and national organizations to emphasize the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of prevention and management of the disease during American Diabetes Month in November.

To focus attention on this major health issue, the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association is holding its annual EXPO on Saturday, November 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. ACHD Director Dr. Karen Hacker and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will address attendees of this free event at 10:00 a.m. The EXPO, a Live Well Allegheny event, will feature free health screenings, cooking demonstrations and a wealth of information, fun and engaging activities for families and children.

For event schedules and complete details, visit EXPO Pittsburgh website or call 1-888-DIABETES ext. 4608.


Man flown by helicopter after unknown type explosion in Fawn Township

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Fawn Township, Pa. – (UPDATE:)  Fawn Township Police Chief Tim Mayberry identified the injured man as Patrick King. King remains in critical condition at a Pittsburgh Hospital.  Chief Mayberry said the type of liquid that exploded has not been identified by investigative authorities.

(Original Story) One man was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital late Tuesday afternoon after an explosion at a trucking company in Fawn Township.

Al Ewing, Fawn Township fire chief said the man suffered severe injuries and was not an employee of Graff Trucking when some type of liquid exploded behind the garage in an area where the man was working. Chief Ewing was not able to immediately identify the individual.

Ewing said the Allegheny County Fire Marshal and investigators were called to the scene. Multiple fire and EMS departments from Harrison Township and Natrona Heights, including Eureka Fire Rescue provided miscellaneous services at the scene.

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DEA and Partners Collect 309 Tons of Pills on Ninth Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Allegheny Township Law Enforcement Officer Seth Hosack disposes drugs during take-back campaign.

Allegheny Township Law Enforcement Officer Seth Hosack disposes drugs during take-back campaign.

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Washington, DC — On its ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and 4,076 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners collected 617,150 pounds (309 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at 5,495 sites. This brought the total amount of drugs collected in four years to 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons.

Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused. While the number of Americans who currently abuse prescription drugs dropped in 2013 to 6.5 million from 6.8 million in 2012, that is still more than double the number of those using heroin, cocaine, and hallucinogens like LSD and Ecstasy combined, according to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, 22,134 Americans died in 2011 from overdoses of prescription medications, including 16,651 from narcotic painkillers, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The survey of users cited above also found that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events four years ago, because at that time the Controlled Substances Act made no legal provision for patients and their caregivers to rid themselves of unwanted Continue reading…


Armed robbery at the Family Dollar in Allegheny Township

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – Police in Allegheny Township report an armed robbery at the Family Dollar, located in the Hyde Park Plaza just after closing time late Tuesday evening.

Police describe the man as a white male, 180 lbs, brown hair, mid 20’s to early 30’s wearing a brown sweatshirt with blue jeans and dark sunglasses. Allegheny Township police said the gunman lifted his sweatshirt and went to the counter telling the clerk to be calm. The robber said he wanted the money in the register and took about $100.00.

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At the time of the robbery, there were no customers in the store. Police said the suspect fled in an unknown direction. Areas surrounding the Family Dollar were searched, including Sandalwood that produced negative results.

If you are able to identify this suspect, please call Allegheny Township Police at (724) 845-9410 .


DUI suspect kicks, scratches; attempts to spit on State Trooper

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Ford City, Pa. – PSP Kittanning investigating Cpl. Christopher Robbins reported an incident of Aggravated Assault, DUI and resisting arrest of a female from Ford City.

The incident occurred on SR. 66 near the SR 422 on ramp at approximately 7:30 pm in Manor Township, Armstrong County when Tayne Brittany Powell, age 27 of Ford City was stopped for unsafe driving and multiple traffic violations.

She was found to be DUI of controlled substances. When she was being arrested, she fought with the arresting Corporal. She had to be physically subdued and once in custody at the barracks, she continued to fight and cause problems with the arresting officer and various troopers. Despite being handcuffed and restrained, she attempted to remove personal items at the barracks and then hit, kicked, scratched and attempted to spit saliva on a female trooper.

She was given a drug recognition evaluation, and was observed to be under the influence of depressants and narcotics analgesics. She submitted to a blood sample for DUI purposes. She was arraigned MDJ Owen on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment, DUI and numerous summary traffic violations.

Bond was set at $50,000 and she was taken to the Armstrong County Jail.