PSP alerts consumers to scam


Kittanning, Pa. – PSP Tpr. Timothy Amy reported in the commission of this crime, unknown actor(s) scammed the victims by claiming to be in need of a baby sitter through a website called CARE.COM., which is the location where the actor(s) were obtaining the victims identity through CARE.COM.

They scammed the victim by claiming to have lost her husband and her 14 month old baby in a car crash in February with only one of her children surviving. The actor(s) then claimed that her only surviving child became disabled as a result of the crash and needed a powered wheel chair.

The actor(s) claimed to be deaf and can only communicate via text. The actor(s) then told the victim that she would receive a check in the amount of $2,775 which covered the cost of $2,400 for the powered wheel chair which the victim will give the wheel chair seller on delivery and the remaining $375 will cover the victims first week payment for baby sitting.

The actor(s) then convinced the victim that she will need to send the actor(s) two payments via wire transfer in which the victim first made a wire transfer in the amount of $1,100 through Western Union with there being a fee of $111 and a second wire transfer through Moneygram in the amount of $1,150 with there being a fee of $23.

The check for $2,775 through Morgan Bond in Phoenix, AZ that the victim received for the person(s) was not a valid check with the victim being defrauded for $2,384.

This incident occurred Thursday November 6, 2014 in Armstrong County and the investigation continues.


Tractor trailer rollover in Delmont

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North Hempfield Twp., Pa. – A small tractor-trailer rolled over at the SR. 66 entrance ramp to the west bound SR. 22 on ramp in Delmont about 12:50 pm Monday afternoon.

Injuries were unknown and State Police blocked the ramps while the rollover investigation was processed. Tow crews were called to the scene to clear the roadway.


State Farm Insurance awards $10,000 grant to D.U.I.E impairment education program

Sean Love, ATPD John Fontaine, LEO Dan Uncapher, State Farm Mary Jo Riddle

Sean Love, ATPD Chief John Fontaine, LEO Dan Uncapher, State Farm Agent Mary Jo Riddle, and Gloria Bernat

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – Educating young drivers about the dangers of driving impaired, drinking and driving, drugs, texting while driving, etc. is a primary focus for Allegheny Township Business Crime Watch and their “Driving Under Impairment Education (D.U.I.E.) Program”.

At the Tuesday night township meeting, State Farm Insurance presented a check for $10,000 to the Allegheny Township Police Department for a new electric golf cart that will be used to educate licensed permit holders and drivers about the dangers of driving while impaired. Participants get a chance to drive the new electric golf cart through a serpentine course of cones; first without impairment goggles and then with impairment goggles to demonstrate and educate the potentially tragic effects of driving while impaired.

Allegheny Township Police Law Enforcement Officer Dan Uncapher said the new cart will be utilized at car cruises, community functions, and any other function the Business Crime Watch Group is invited to attend. D.U.I.E. started in 2006 and has been restricted to outdoor events said Uncapher, so the new electric cart will be utilized for indoor events as well.

As an example of its enormous benefits to the community, Officer Uncapher also said The D.U.I.E. program went to Kiski Area High School for the health and wellness fair in April, but because of unpredictable weather, only the Fatal Vision goggles program could be presented. The new electric cart changes everything said Officer Uncapher. Any organization can requests the crime watch’s presence and a determination will be made if the Police Department can facilitate that request. The D.U.I.E. program is not limited to Allegheny Township. A letter of request can be sent to Allegheny Township’s municipal building.

State Farm Insurance Agent Mary Jo Riddle said she’s happy to have this partnership and presented the $10,000 check to the Allegheny Township Police Department. She said this funding will assist with the purchase of a golf the new electric cart where the police officers can continue their efforts to educate young drivers of the dangers of driving impaired. Funding has been provided by donations of businesses that sponsors the D.U.I.E. program.

State Farm Insurance believes a comprehensive approach to reducing distracted driving is needed. Education and awareness, technology, legislation and law enforcement are all important components of the solution. State Farm recently conducted a consumer research survey that showed a very high percentage of people would support measures that prohibit texting while driving, and more than half would ban using cell phones while driving.

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National Diabetes Education Program releases guiding principles


Bethesda, MD. – A newly published set of 10 guiding principles highlights areas of agreement for diabetes care that could be clinically useful in diabetes management and prevention. Presented by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes is aimed at assisting with identification and management of the disease, self-management support for patients, physical activity and blood glucose control, among other topics. More than a dozen federal agencies and professional organizations support the document.

“There are a lot of diabetes guidelines out there, and practitioners and patients can get confused about which they should follow,” said Judith Fradkin, M.D., director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. “With these Guiding Principles, we aren’t creating new guidelines, but clarifying where there is general agreement across myriad diabetes guidelines. Guiding Principles represents a set of sound practices. Our goal in developing this resource is to help clinicians help their patients with diabetes.”

“Guiding Principles is the result of a major collaborative effort from a varied group of experts who are committed to improving the care for people with or at risk for diabetes,” said NIDDK Director Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D. “These principles represent the cornerstone of diabetes management and prevention.”

Diabetes has placed a health care and financial burden on Americans. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and another 86 million – over one in three adults – have prediabetes. Diabetes costs the country $245 billion annually, estimates the American Diabetes Association.

Here’s the link for the 10 guidlines.


VA’s Center for women veterans partners with the Center for American Women and Politics


The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Center for Women Veterans (Center) entered into a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, to increase women Veterans’ leadership and career opportunities, which will benefit the Nation’s workforce and address women Veterans growing needs.

The MoA will allow the Center and CAWP to leverage existing resources and increase coordination of activities to help women Veterans develop public service and community engagement skill sets, so they will be prepared for public and community service opportunities.

“Women Veterans often contact us for information about how they can continue serving,” says Elisa M. Basnight, Director of the Center for Women Veterans. “This MoA with the Center for American Women and Politics presents a prime opportunity for the Center to help prepare them for other forms of public service as it responds to a persistent need women Veterans tell us they have, which is the desire to continue to make a difference after the uniform.”

The Center, created in 1994 to monitor VA’s administration of benefits and services to women Veterans and to advise the Secretary on VA policy’s impact on Women Veterans, can provide advice to CAWP’s on how it focuses its resource information to address women Veterans’ issues.

CAWP is a source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life.

“The Center for American Women and Politics is delighted to collaborate with the Center for Women Veterans to provide more information and resources for women Veterans who want to engage more fully in their communities. Women who have already put their country first by serving in the military are exactly the people we need as public leaders,” said Debbie Walsh, Director of the Center for American Women and Politics.

Women Veterans represent one of the fastest growing segments of the Veterans population—about 10 percent of the total 22 million Veterans in this country. Today there are an estimated 2.2 million female Veterans. The Center for Women Veterans participates in collaborative initiatives with Federal/state/local governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, to improve opportunities for women Veterans.


PSP Kittanning NEWS – Home invasion robbery


Kittanning, Pa. – Saturday morning at approximately 10:30 am

A Burglary occurred involving a 24-year-old victim on Sunset St, Rural Valley Twp. Armstrong Co. The victim reported that someone stole approximately $100.00 in rolls of quarters from his bedroom. The Victim reported last seeing the money on his dresser on the evening of 11/05/14. Any information on the incident please contact PSP Kittanning at 724-543-2011.

(Harassment Kittanning)

677 State Route 1033, Rayburn Township Armstrong County, Pa. Pennsylvania State police responded to a report of domestic dispute on Sunday 7:50 pm. 19-year-old Michael Pozzuto of Templeton, Pa and 54-year-old Jay Charles Ripple had a dispute over unknown reasons at their residence and charges were filed in district court.

(Domestic Harassment Kittanning)

1st St. Parks Twp. Armstrong County, Pa

Pennsylvania State Police responded to a call of domestic harassment on Friday at approximately 5 pm. A verbal argument ensued between a 19-year-old female victim and a 26-year-old male suspect. The argument escalated and the suspect struck the victim on the side of the head. Charges to be filed at the district Court 33-3-03.

(Found Camera Kittanning)

A camera was found on Friday at approximately 7 pm on SR 422 westbound near Manor Twp. Armstrong County. Anyone who has any knowledge of the camera being lost is asked to contact PSP Kittanning and reference incident # Do2-1601070. 724-543-2011.

(Theft Vandergrift)

Located along Grants Hollow Rd in Bethel Twp., PSP Kittanning responded to an incident involving a stolen Ruger .45 caliber 1911 pistol from the upstairs bedroom of the 40-year-old victim Michael Williams. Anyone with information is urged to contact Kittanning police at 724-543-2011.

(DUI Kittanning)

Along River Road in Parks Township, Armstrong County.

State Police responded to an incident of a non-reportable crash. The accused, Crystal Baughman was found at a residence a short time later and was arrested for DUI.


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


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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