Early morning crash in Allegheny Township injures two drivers

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ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, PA. – Police and firefighters responded to a two vehicle crash in Allegheny Township at approximately 7:00 am Thursday morning.

Allegheny Township Police Chief John Fontaine said the crash occurred when one vehicle headed eastboud on Rt. 56 towards Vandergrift collided with an SUV that was making a left hand turn onto Town Center Drive. The Chevy pickup truck sustained heavy front end damage in the crash and the vehicle’s forward momentum resulted in the truck hitting a high curb climbing the hillside striking several large landscaping rocks.

Chief Fontaine said one male was transported by Lower Kiski EMS to Forbes Regional Hospital and the other male went to the hospital by private vehicle. Law Enforcement Officer Mark Junod* investigated the crash while Markle and Allegheny Township firefighters assisted police at the scene with traffic control and debris removal. Kochka Towing Service removed both vehicles from the scene.

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Subway robbed of cash on Stevenson Boulevard in New Kensington

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – In the photo above, Detective Sgt. Bob Deringer and Sergeant Steve Groark process the scene of a reported armed robbery at the Subway along Stevenson Boulevard in New Kensington late Wednesday night.

Police were looking for the actor of the armed robbery described as a black male, 5’7″or 5’9″, short curly hair wearing a black bandanna, dark grey pants, grey or blue hoody with sunglasses. Multiple police units from Lower Burrell, Upper Burrell, Arnold and the Pennsylvania State Police searched the areas across the street from the Subway towards the Animal Protectors, Freeport Street, Anderson Street, and additional streets West of Constitution Boulevard towards 5th Avenue.

Detective Sgt. Bob Deringer said a one employee was working in the store and the robber took an undisclosed amount of cash. Det. Deringer also said a fake gun was found along with some other evidence. If you have any information on this incident, you are asked to call Westmoreland 911 or The New Kensington Police Department @ (724) 339-7533

In a previous Subway burglary incident posted January 31, 2014 — A warrant for the arrest of a burglary suspect was executed at a Brackenridge residence by Harrison Township Law Enforcement Officer Doug Helgert. Officer Helgert transported the suspect to New Kensington lockup.

New Kensington Police Chief Thomas Klawinski said Joe Hazlett, Age 22 of Natrona Heights had an arrest warrant out on him for burglary of the Subway located on Stevenson Boulevard. That burglary occurred in June 2012.

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Traffic signal repairs at the Hulton Bridge/Freeport Road Intersection Thursday in Harmar

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OAKMONT, PA. – PennDOT is announcing traffic signal work at the Hulton Bridge and Freeport Road intersection in Harmar Township, Allegheny County, will occur Thursday, Oct. 9 weather permitting.

Single-lane alternating traffic will occur on the Hulton Bridge (Route 2082) and on Freeport Road (Route 1001) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. Crews will conduct traffic signal repairs.
Flaggers will assist motorists through the work zone.

The $64.8 million dollar project includes replacing the 105 year old bridge with a new four lane structure. The new bridge will be approximately 1600 feet long and located directly upstream of the existing bridge. Additionally, the project includes reconstruction of approximately 1300 feet of Freeport Road and 550 feet of Hulton Road, signal and lighting upgrades, curb and sidewalk improvements, drainage, pavement markings and utility relocation.


Pittsburgh heroin traffickers arrested in Altoona

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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the arrest of two alleged upper-level heroin dealers from Pittsburgh following a controlled purchase of heroin with an estimated street value of $7,500.

On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, two suspects from Allegheny County, siblings Trayvon Dionte Ellis and Delfonte Donald Ellis, were arrested in Altoona after officers from the Blair County Drug Task Force arranged a controlled purchase of six bricks or 300 bags of heroin.

Trayvon Dionte Ellis, 20, 2060 Bentley Drive, Apt. 751, Pittsburgh and Delfonte Donald Ellis, 25, 1820 Bedford Ave., Pittsburgh, each are charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of possession with intent to deliver heroin, one count of possession of heroin, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

The cases will be prosecuted by Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio’s office.

The operation was made possible with the assistance of Operation Our Town. Anyone with information about local drug trafficking should contact the Operation Our Town “Push Out the Pusher” Hot Line at 814-693-3020

The Office of Attorney General recently unveiled a new initiative to fight the scourge of illegal drugs in communities across the Commonwealth. 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.


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.