Oklahoma Fire response quick to save house from severe damage

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Oklahoma Borough, Pa. – Multiple fire departments were dispatched to the 1500 block of Hancock Avenue for a reported house fire that started from a candle burning in the basement of the structure just before 5:00 pm Sunday afternoon.

Oklahoma Fire Chief Gary Gauker said the resident thought she blew out the two candles, went back upstairs and smelled smoke immediately calling the fire department. Assistant Fire Chief #49 Don Polka said damage was mostly confined to the basement, but the two-story structure also suffered smoke damage. When crews arrived on scene, a good knock down of flames in the basement was under control in about 15-20 minutes. The house was occupied by one person at the time of the fire and no pets were involved in the incident. There were no injuries to report.

Assisting Oklahoma Station #49 was Vandergrift #1 & #2, Kiski Township, Washington Township, Apollo #2 and EMS crews. Hancock Avenue was closed to thru traffic as fire crews tapped hydrants upon arrival. Crews were breaking down from the scene about 6:30 pm.

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Man found dead after crash on Bakerstown Road in Frazer Township

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Frazer Township, Pa. –  (Update 7:41 pm)  The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed with AKVNEWS.COM the victim in this incident has been identified as Robert Bowman, age 81 of Tarentum, Pa.  The ME’s office said the cause and manner of death is still unavailable.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiners Office was called to the scene of a single car MVA just after 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon along Bakerstown Road in Frazer Township.  The vehicle crashed into a wooded area along a hiker trail near Deer Lakes Park.  

At the crash scene, the vehicle was headed towards Fawn Township when for an unknown reason the vehicle appeared to cross the highway striking a guiderail traveling approximately 150′ before climbing an 8′ embankment.  The vehicle continued down through the woods and came to rest approximately 100′ from the roadway.

Sources at the scene said the elderly man was found by hikers in the area about 11:20 am.  It’s unclear when the crash actually occurred.  The man’s name and manner of death has yet to be released pending notification of kin.  Assisting Frazer Police at the scene were West Deer Volunteer Fire Department, West Deer Fire Police and EMS, Allegheny County Park Police and Frazer Stations #159-160.  

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(Original Story)  Police and fire units are on scene of a vehicle crash along Bakerstown Road near the West Deer Township line. Traffic is limited to one lane in both directions. AKVNEWS will update this story as more details become available.


Anchor It! Protecting your child from tip-overs


The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently launched “Anchor It!” – a national public education campaign to prevent furniture and TV tip-overs from killing and seriously injuring children. This is one of the top hidden hazards in the home, and CPSC’s new safety campaign is aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries from tipping furniture and TVs.

Anchor and Protect! These three words are key to childproofing your furniture and TVs.

Children like to climb on furniture. For them, the home is a playground. As you childproof, you may not be aware that unsecured TVs, furniture and appliances are hidden hazards lurking in every room. To prevent a tip-over tragedy:

Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media centers.
Televisions that are not wall mounted should still be anchored to the wall.
Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure TVs and furniture properly.
CRT televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, and should be anchored to the wall or the TV stand.
Existing furniture can be anchored with inexpensive anti-tip brackets. New furniture, such as dressers, are sold with anti-tip devices. Install them right away.
Remove items that might tempt kids to climb, such as toys and remote controls, from the top of the TV and furniture.


One injured in Greensburg Road Crash Thursday afternoon

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – First responders in Lower Burrell were dispatched to a vehicle crash along Greensburg Road that resulted in one female driver being transported to Forbes Regional Hospital.

Kinloch Fire Chief Ted Hereda said the incident occurred just before 2:00 pm Thursday afternoon when the driver of a white 4 door sedan struck the rear a Ford pickup truck at the intersection of Dutchman Run Road and SR 366. It’s believed the driver of the white vehicle suffered a medical emergency and was transported from the scene by Lower Burrell EMS.

Assisting Lower Burrell Police were Kinloch Station #54 and Lower Burrell Station 69. Most traffic was diverted into the Style-Rite parking area and around the crash scene for approximately 45 minutes until the vehicles were removed from the roadway. The driver of the pickup truck was shaken from the incident.

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Fawn Township crashes result in citations after vehicles rollover

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Fawn Township, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Kurtis Glasgow reported a single vehicle crash occurred at 7:15 am Wednesday morning after the driver, Tammy Lubresky, age 50 of Natrona Heights lost control of her vehicle while negotiating a right curve near Shamrock Lane in Fawn Township.

While negotiating a right curve, Lubresky drove up a bank on the South berm of Donnellville Road and rolled onto its drivers side coming to rest facing East on the roadway. Lubresky was cited for Vehicle Code violation driving to fast for conditions. Lubresky was not injured in the crash.

The 2005 Chevrolet Trail Blazer was towed from the scene and the roadway was reopened to normal traffic.

2nd Crash: In a separate incident, investigator Clinton Painter of the Pennsylvania State Police reported a vehicle crash on Howes Run Road at the intersection with Clorice Lane in Fawn Township after operator Gillian Hays, age 18 of Lower Burrell lost control of a 2005 Chevrolet Caviler. Hays was negotiating a right hand curve and lost control on a wet roadway. The vehicle traveled across the opposing lane of travel and impacted an embankment rolling over multiple times. Hays sustained minor injuries in the incident and was cited for the collision. EMS transport was not necessary. The incident occurred at 10:36 pm.


Rollover on 7th Street Road in New Kensington

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New Kensington, Pa. – There are no injuries to report after a single vehicle crash near the intersection of 7th Street Road and Stevenson Boulevard in New Kensington just before midnight Wednesday evening.

The driver of the Pontiac, Deangelo Dawkins of Arnold said he was coming down 7th Street Road when a he was squeezed towards the curb causing his vehicle to roll-over striking a storm drain lid coming to rest upside down near the Blind Pig Saloon. Dawkins was a bit shaken up from the incident but refused medical EMS. The car was a total loss and police are investigating the crash.

7th Street Road was closed for approximately an hour while New Kensington Police processed the scene and Hawk Towning of Arnold arrived to upright the vehicle and tow it from the roadway.

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Fawn Rollover: Fire crews and the Pennsylvania State Police


AG Kane warns consumers to protect personal information following major data breaches


HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is encouraging consumers to be proactive in protecting their financial security in the wake of two recent data breaches.

“It is important for consumers to remain vigilant in monitoring their credit reports,” Attorney General Kane said. “If you suspect fraudulent activity has taken place, report it immediately.”

According to T-Mobile, an unauthorized party gained access to an Experian server, which contained the personal information of more than 15 million T-Mobile consumers. Approximately 484,000 of those affected consumers may be Pennsylvania residents.

The breach included data that was used by T-Mobile in connection with credit checks of individuals who applied for T-Mobile services from Sept. 1, 2013 through Sept. 16, 2015. The data included names, addresses, birthdates, and Social Security numbers, as well as driver’s license, military ID and passport numbers. Experian has offered to waive all fees for placing and lifting a credit freeze on a consumer’s Experian credit report. More information can be found here .

On Oct. 2, Scottrade, an online investing firm, sent an email to 4.6 million customers in which it said a database containing customer names, addresses, email addresses, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information may have been accessed by an unauthorized party. It is unclear at this time how many Pennsylvania consumers may have been affected. Scottrade is encouraging customers to look for spam stock emails. Although Scottrade doesn’t believe Social Security numbers were stolen, the company is offering a year’s worth of free credit monitoring services to affected customers. More information can be found here .

Consumers can check their credit report with the three major nationwide credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. If consumers find errors on their report, contact the reporting company in writing. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumers are entitled to a free copy of their credit report from each company every 12 months. Visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com or call 1-877-322-8228 for more information.

AnnualCreditReport.com and the national credit reporting bureaus will not call consumers or send an email requesting personal information. Consumers are urged to hang up on any unsolicited calls and refrain from replying to these emails.

Consumers may place a fraud alert or credit freeze on their credit reports by contacting the three credit reporting agencies: Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 Experian: 1-888-397-3742 TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

Consumers should watch for “phishing“ schemes or emails that appear to be from legitimate websites or companies that also have links. Messages from T-Mobile or Scottrade about the breach will not contain any links. Consumers are encouraged to delete such emails and never provide sensitive personal information to unsolicited requests claiming to come from retailers, banks or other institutions.

Consumers with additional questions may call the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or email Consumers@attorneygeneral.gov .


Highlands High School student collects food items to ensure all vets have a holiday meal

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Natrona Heights, Pa. – Highlands High School student Danielle Basista is collecting non-perishable food items for the “#FeedTheVetsProject,” a project aiming to provide a basket complete with everything a veteran would need to enjoy a holiday meal this Christmas.

Danielle, a Junior, wanted to do something to honor veterans through her community service projects this year. Danielle’s grandfather, Regis Brucker, who passed away last year, left a lasting impression of the importance that veterans hold to the United States. A 1958 graduate of Har-Brack High School, he entered the US Navy in 1957 and served honorably for 15 years as a Navy Corpsman, served at several Naval Hospitals, naval bases , naval ships and three tours with the US Marine Corps at Camps Pendleton, Lejeune and Vietnam.

Regis’ awards include the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Medal, 2 President Unit Citations and Fleet Marine Force Conduct Operation Action Medal with three stars. Regis was a life member of the Natrona Legion and past Commander; life member of Disabled Vets, Life member of Tarentum VFW and Marine Corps League #87.

Danielle partnered with Jeff and Nikki Dolmajer, a Natrona Heights family with students in the school district, in their personal project to ensure that local veterans have a nice hot meal for the holidays. “There are veterans and their families who unfortunately struggle…especially at the holidays,” Jeff Dolmajer, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, said. “This year we want to make sure at least 50 veterans don’t have to worry about where there holiday meal is coming from.”

During the week of Oct. 26, Danielle will be collecting the following items at Highlands High School and Highlands Middle School: boxes of stuffing, boxed imitation potatoes, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, canned or packets of gravy. Items dropped off at the schools need to be during normal operating hours and will be collected in the Main Office. Items will also be collected at the Golden Rams Stadium entrance on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Golden Rams vs. Shady Side Academy football game from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Monetary donations can be made online at the #FeedTheVetsProject GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/i6nc04.
Veterans who could benefit from this project can call Jeff Dolmajer at 724-882-0960 to sign up. Items will be delivered the week before Dec. 25.


One injured after crash on Route 56 bypass in New Kensington

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New Kensington, Pa. – A female driver was injured and taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital after striking the guiderails along SR 56 bypass in New Kensington just before 11:00 pm Tuesday night.

At the crash scene just West of the Craigdell Road, heavy impact damage could be seen to a guiderail on the Eastbound side of the highway after the driver appeared to have crossed the median causing extensive damage to the front end and windshield of her vehicle. The vehicle came to rest against the guiderail headed Eastbound in the Westbound lane.

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New Kensington EMS crews loaded the patient onto the stretcher for transport to Allegheny Valley Hospital. The thirty-six year old driver was complaining of lower back pain. Minor car debris was seen on the highway as New Kensington Police investigated the impact area a few hundred feet from where the vehicle came to a stop. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Downtown Pittsburgh bank robbery under investigation

 Jason Encrapera of Bloomfield

Jason Encrapera of Bloomfield

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Pittsburgh, Pa. – The US Marshall’s Western PA Fugitive Task Force today apprehended 40-year-old Jason Encrapera of Bloomfield who was wanted for the Saturday, October 17 robbery of Wilson’s Pharmacy on Penn Avenue.

As a result of the ongoing investigation by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Violent Crime Unit, Encrapera has also been charged in the October 20 bank robbery described below and the following business robberies:
Subway sandwhich shop, 4778 Liberty Ave., on September 2, 2015
Sunoco Gas Station, 4068 Penn Ave., on October 15, 2015
BP Gas Station, 1006 E. Carson St., on October 22, 2015

(Original Story) PITTSBURGH, Pa – The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is investigating a robbery at First Commonwealth Bank, 501 Grant Street, in Downtown. According to the investigation, a white male entered the branch at approximately 3:45 p.m. and gave a noted to a teller that demanded that he be given cash. No weapon was seen and no one was injured. He fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash that he placed in a paper bag. The actor is believed to be in his 40s. He had a beard that is described as scruffy and graying. He was wearing a blue and white plaid baseball cap, a light gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans that were faded in the front. He wore shoes or boots that were light or tan colored.


911 Outage reported in three counties

911 out

Alle-Kiski Valley, Pa. – 911 Centers in Butler, Armstrong, and Westmoreland Counties are experiencing 911 outages early Tuesday morning.

The actual cause of the outage has not been determined. Residents in Butler County with an emergency can call 724-284-5211. Residents in Armstrong County with emergencies can call 724-548-5105. A number has not been released for residents of Westmoreland County.

Residents in Westmoreland County are urged to call their local police or fire department. Several fire stations are being manned in Westmoreland County. The current status of the system in Westmoreland County is that some 911 calls are being answered.

AKVNEWS will update this story as more information becomes available.


Markle fireman hold benefit dinner for Julian Smith

Julian Smith and wife Lisa

Julian Smith and wife Lisa

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Markle, Pa. – Firefighters, friends, family and strangers attended a benefit fundraiser for Julian Smith, age 27, to help defray medical costs after he suffered several strokes, bleeding in his brain and neurological weaknesses and impairments.

Smith, a volunteer firefighter with the Markle fire department, part-time police officer in Delmont and the Westmoreland County Park police suffered an unexplained incident as he was getting ready for duty with the Delmont Police Department. Smith was washing a park police vehicle prior to heading out for the night shift at Delmont when the incident occurred. It’s unclear if Smith suffered a medical condition or a fall accident caused his current medical condition. He was found about 1:40 the next morning. Since then, medical bills covered by health insurance amount to about $1.5 million and have been paid with about $25,000 of uninsured expenses still owed. Smith spent about 75 days in the hospital and faces long term rehabilitation.

The Markle Kitchen Crew with Paul Johnston far right and front center Chief Jim Rearick

The Markle Kitchen Crew with Paul Johnston far right and front center Chief Jim Rearick

Sunday’s volunteer dinner for Smith featured spaghetti with salad and deserts. Markle volunteer firefighters and Chief Jim Rearick hosted the event that raised over $4500 and served 300-400 patrons. Markle’s chief cook and bottle-washer Paul Johnston, prepared the best spaghetti sauce in town. When asked what all was in that sauce, Johnston replied, ” everything on that table! In an awesome show of support for brother firefighter Smith, Upper Burrell’s Fire Chief Bryan Fitch and supporting cast arrived with a full crew by way of fire truck.

Another fundraiser is planned at the Delmont VFD for November 7th and is sponsored by the Delmont Police.

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