Allegheny Township Police seek help in locating missing man

Missing man Ronald George

Missing man Ronald George

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Allegheny Township, Pa. – (UPDATE:  10:33 pm)  Ronald George was found in Dubois Pa. at a convenience store by Pennsylvania State Police.  He was taken to a local emergency room to be checked out.

(Original Story)  Allegheny Township Police are looking for a missing man who left his residence and did not return yesterday morning.

Police are looking for Ronald George, age 76 who is driving a Tan 1999 Chevrolet Suburban. Mr. George is an Alzheimer patient and was spotted yesterday afternoon about 3:00 pm at the Leechburg Post Office. Mr. George is wearing a flannel shirt and should have a small black and white dog with him.

The vehicle registration is DGK-6127. If you see this man or this vehicle, please contact 911 or call the Allegheny Township Police at (724) 845-9410. The image below is similar to the truck Mr. George is driving.



SR 366 Bridge replacement nears completion

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New Kensington, Pa. – Work is nearly complete near Memorial Park as construction crews put the finishing touch on a bridge replacement project that began in April 2014.

Construction crews were busy installing the mini medial concrete barriers on the approaches to the bridge over the past several days. Prime Contractor Carmen Paliotta began the $ $2,796,296.63 project in April and has until 5/6/2015 to complete the work. The new bridge will be approximately two feet higher to accommodate new bridge and roadway standards.

This bridge has been constructed in 2 phases maintaining 2 way traffic eastbound and westbound throughout the entire project on SR 0366. Motorists are reminded to drive with caution and be alert when entering a work zone.


New Kensington Police make cocaine drug arrest

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New Kensington, Pa. – One suspect is arrested in the 1200 block of Forest Avenue early Monday morning for possession of cocaine, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

Detective Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe said New Kensington’s CERT unit was utilized in the 11:00 am drug related search warrant investigation. Police did a knock and announce on the residence but did not have to do a breach because a tenant answered the door.

Arrested in the raid was Michael Allen Hudzick Jr., age 28 of Forest Avenue. Sgt. DiGiacobbe said Hudzick will be charged with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hudzick is being held in the Westmoreland County jail on $25,000 bond. New Kensington police would like to thank those individuals and the community for their tips during their ongoing investigations.


Drug bust in Arnold nets Heroin and lots of cash

Arnold Police Sgt. Joe Nixon  Law Enforcement Officer Wes Biricocchi escort Jordan James Jackson to a waiting police car.

Arnold Police Sgt. Joe Nixon – Law Enforcement Officer Wes Biricocchi escort Jordan James Jackson to a waiting police car.

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ARNOLD, PA. – Multiple units from New Kensington and a K-9 unit from Lower Burrell assisted Arnold Police in a drug bust located at 1601 5th Avenue just after 5:00 pm on Monday evening.

At the scene on 5th Avenue, police executed a drug search warrant on the residence and confiscated eight bricks plus two bundles of heroin (approximately $4400.00 street value), approximately $4400.00 in cash, prescription pills, $40.00 worth of K2 marijuana and ammunition. K-9 Dax from Lower Burrell Police Department did a drug search of the apartment and areas along 5th Avenue and 16th Street.

Arrested by Arnold Police was Jordan James Jackson age 24; a resident of the second floor apartment. A 17-year-old juvenile was also found inside the apartment. Jackson faces numerous charges including possession of marijuana, heroin, and corruption of minors.

Jackson was lodged in New Kensington lockup will be arraigned sometime Tuesday.

Arnold Police Chief Willie Weber and Officer Biricocchi look over drugs and money seized in Monday's drug bust.

Arnold Police Chief Willie Weber and Officer Biricocchi look over drugs and money seized in Monday’s drug bust.

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LEO Steve Cernava and K-9 Dax from Lower Burrell

LEO Steve Cernava and K-9 Dax from Lower Burrell


Allegheny County nurse accused of forging prescriptions for husband’s pain medications

Stephanie Letters............      Taylor Letters

Stephanie Letters……………. Taylor Letters

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane recently announced the arrest of an Allegheny County woman and her husband amid allegations the woman forged prescriptions to illegally obtain painkillers for her husband.

Stephanie M. Letters, 34, and Taylor M. Letters, 31, both of 72 Summit Drive, Indianola, were charged following a joint investigation by the Office of Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section and Bureau of Narcotics Investigation.

According to a criminal complaint, Stephanie Letters was employed for roughly five years as a registered nurse for UPMC physician Michael Govi. Between May 2013 and September 2014, she is accused of phoning in or writing prescriptions for her husband that were not authorized by Dr. Govi.

The prescriptions were allegedly for Hydrocodone, Alprazolam and OxyContin, which are used as pain medications or to treat anxiety. It is alleged that 101 prescriptions were called in to four separate pharmacies during this time period without Dr. Govi’s authorization. The doctor cooperated with the investigation and his office fired Stephanie Letters, according to the criminal complaint.

Taylor Letters is also accused of using his UPMC insurance to pay for the prescriptions on a few occasions.

Stephanie Letters and Taylor Letters are both charged with three counts of violation of a controlled substance drug device and cosmetic act and one count each of insurance fraud, criminal conspiracy and forgery.

Both were arraigned Thursday afternoon and released on their own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 7.


One injured in LB crash; vehicle fire in NK stops traffic

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – A male driver is injured and transported to a local hospital by Lower Burrell EMS after crashing his vehicle in the 2900 block of Edgecliff Road just after 7:00 pm Friday night.

At the crash scene, it appeared the local driver lost control of his vehicle striking a hillside nearly rolling the vehicle over. After impacting the hillside, the vehicle came to a stop sitting across both lanes of Edgecliff Road with the front end against a guide rail.

Damage to the vehicle’s roof was extensive. Police described the driver’s injuries as moderate. Lower Burrell VFD assisted police at the scene. Tow crews were called to removed the vehicle from the roadway.

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IN NEW KENSINGTON: Police and Fire crews responded to a vehicle fire on SR 366 about 8:00 pm Friday night.

The driver of the Chrysler Pacifica stopped the vehicle against the guide rails near the entrance to Marlboro Drive and bailed from the vehicle. Traffic was stopped in both directions for about an hour as the fire in the engine compartment and underneath the vehicle started to consume the SUV. First responders to the scene were New Kensington Police Sgt. Paul Manke, Officer Gary Shubert and NK Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr.

Chief Saliba and PD’s efforts to put the fire out were not successful as the fire intensified. An engine from New Kensington #5 arrived on scene to extinguish the fire. Damage to the SUV was extensive and there were no injuries to report.

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Hawk Towing of Arnold removed the vehicle from the scene.


Driver dies after crashing vehicle into house in New Kensington

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New Kensington, Pa. – ( UPDATE: 4:49 PM)  The Allegheny County Medical Examiners Office has confirmed with AKVNEWS.COM the 85 year old driver of the pickup truck died at noon in Allegheny Valley Hospital.  The man’s name is not being released pending notification of relatives.

(Original Story)  First responders were dispatched to the 200 block of Esther Avenue in New Kensington after a pickup truck veered off the roadway and hit a house just after 11:30 am Friday morning.

At the crash scene, a pickup truck was partially lodged inside a residence after the driver drove on a sidewalk, crashed thru metal poles and a fence, sheared a gas meter then came to a stop at the left front corner of the house. New Kensington Police extricated the male passenger from the vehicle and when AKVNEWS.COM arrived, medical personnel were working on the driver.

The passenger appeared to have a bump on the head and walked to the New Kensington EMS unit with help. The driver was immediately loaded into Lower Burrell’s EMS unit for treatment. His condition is not known.

New Kensington First Assistant Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. said the gas company was summoned to the scene along with the power company to shut off services. Assisting New Kensington Police were New Kensington EMS, Lower Burrell EMS, and New Kensington #5 Volunteer Fire Department.

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Attorney General Kane warns consumers of reoccurring credit card phone scam

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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today alerted Commonwealth residents of a reoccurring telephone scam in which consumers have been told there is a “freeze” or “hold” on their credit cards.

The Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has recently received reports from consumers indicating an uptick in these scam calls.

“You should never give out personal or financial information over the phone,” Kane said. “It is imperative that consumers protect this information to avoid being victimized.”

The scam starts with a call from someone claiming they are with your credit card company. The caller says a temporary hold or freeze has been placed on your account and you must call them back at the phone number they provide in order to reactivate your credit card. This call is usually in the form of a robocall.

In another similar scam, callers claim to be affiliated with software or technology companies and state the consumer’s computer has been compromised. The caller attempts to remotely gain access to the consumer’s computer to install spyware, which allows the caller to acquire control of the computer. Once that occurs, the consumer’s computer is held hostage until a fee is paid to the caller.

Attorney General Kane offered the following tips to help prevent consumers from becoming victims of these scams:

Never give out personal information over the telephone.
Never give out billing information over the phone, especially if you receive an unsolicited telephone call from a stranger.
Never wire money or purchase green dot-type prepaid cash cards in response to a telephone appeal, whether it is from a stranger or someone who claims to know you.
Never let emotion or fear overcome your common sense. If you get a call for money from a friend or relative, slow down and verify everything. Don’t let anyone rush you.
Never give out sensitive information to anyone on the phone unless you initiated the call to a company you are certain is legitimate.
Never forget that you are in control. You can always hang up, find a company’s number and call it directly.
Remember this rule of thumb: never give out sensitive information to anyone on the phone unless you initiated the call to a company you are certain is legitimate.
Consumers can file a complaint regarding these or other scams by calling the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s toll-free helpline number at 1-800-441-2555 or online at


Springdale Township community parks get rehab by TMG Electronics

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Springdale Township, Pa. – TMG Electronics in Cheswick, PA shut down their business yesterday to help rehab both Community Parks in Springdale Township at Miller Park off Pillow Avenue and Williams Street Park in Orrville.

TMG president John Sipple said about 60 TMG employees donated their time in a “day of caring” to help keep the community parks looking great and stay safe for youth and adults alike. Employees pulled weeds, painted signs, spread new mulch, and cut grass to help beautify the play area.

Both parks serve the entire Allegheny Valley from Frazer, Springdale Borough, Harmar Township, Springdale Township and Cheswick Borough, where TMG Electronics is headquartered. Miller Park has two play structures, swings and a basketball court, with grant-funded bathrooms. And Williams Street Park has swings and a climbing structure along with a ball field used by Springdale Softball Association as their home field.

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“What a great benefit a company like TMG Electronics is to our local community,” expressed George Manning, President, Springdale Township Board of Commissioners. “Springdale Township is a small town with limited resources, so we really appreciate the volunteer effort and commitment of this organization.”

Springdale Township is made up of two close-knit communities, Harwick and Orrville, located just 15 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, PA, in Allegheny County and is a great place to call home. TMG Electronics is a nationally recognized and trusted electronic manufacturing services provider.

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Sarver, Buffalo Township firefighters contend with high winds in brush fire

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Sarver, Pa. – Fire crews in Butler County respond to a second fire at approx 9:20 am Tuesday morning at the Buffalo Plaza in Sarver for a brush fire.

Windswept flames tore through the hedges and charred a utility pole near the entrance to the plaza which is located at North Pike Road near the intersection of Bear Creek Road. Heavy smoke conditions caused a slight traffic disruption for commuters.

Firefighters from Sarver VFC and Buffalo Twp responded along with Freeport EMS to extinguish the flames. Buffalo Township police arrived on scene and used a fire extinguisher to prevent the blaze from spreading. No injuries reported but local businesses reported loss of phone communications due to the fire.

Earlier that morning, crews from Saxonburg, Sarver and Buffalo Township responded to a mobile home fire along Conrad Lane in Sarver just before 3:00 am Tuesday morning.


Arson suspect faces attempted homicide charges in Harrison Township

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Harrison Township, Pa. – Police arrest a Pittsburgh man in connection with two arsons earlier this month that occurred on Vine Street and Natrona Street in Natrona.

Harrison Township Police Chief Mike Klein said suspect Sean Hallam of Pittsburgh appeared back at the scene of the fire on Vine Street in Natrona after circling the block several times. Chief Klein said a vigilant police officer stopped Hallam who was not co-operative and obtained a search warrant on the vehicle. In plain view was a black mask on the seat and black gloves with burn marks. There was also a strong odor of gasoline. Chief Klein said a Molotov coctail and a semi-automatic rifle was found in the trunk. Hallam had amicable relationships with individuals in both homes and Chief Klein stated there was no clear motive for the fires.

Chief Klein said alerts residents, preservation of evidence, work of police officers, detectives and the Allegheny County Fire Marshal enabled a swift arrest of Hallam.

Hallam faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including Criminal Attempt – Criminal Homicide. Hallam is lodged in the Allegheny County Jail and faces a preliminary hearing on April 29 @ 1:00 in Brackenridge.


Arnold firefighter thrown from firetruck responding to house fire

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Arnold, Pa. – (UPDATE: 11:34 am)  Arnold Fire Chief JC Tedorski said the injured firefighter has been released from Allegheny Valley Hospital.  At the request of Arnold Fire Department, the firefighter’s name is not being released.  According to fire policy, fire truck driver Chris O’Leath was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital by Chief JC Tedorski for mandatory drug and alcohol testing because he was the driver involved in the incident.  His results were negative.  The cause of the incident appears to be a failed door latch.  Chief Tedorski said a routine investigation into the incident is being conducted.  The truck has since been pulled from service.

(Original Story)  A firefighter in Arnold was thrown from his fire truck as they were responding to a house fire on 1626 Kenneth Avenue early Tuesday morning.

The incident happened about 8:30 am as the Arnold fire truck was rounding a turn from Drey Street onto Kenneth Avenue when the passenger front door opened throwing the firefighter to the street. Fire truck driver and New Kensington Paramedic Chris O’Leath immediately stopped the truck to tend to his brother firefighter laying near the sidewalk on Kenneth Avenue.

New Kensington EMS was diverted from the original call at 1626 Kenneth to the Drey Street location. The firefighter was conscious and remained laying on the street until the diverted EMS unit arrived on scene. O’Leath said his fellow firefighter sustained a head and back injury from the fall. The injured firefighter was able to sit up and subsequently was able to stand to get on the stretcher for transport to a local hospital. More details on this incident as they become available. The fire call at 1626 Kenneth was investigated and terminated.

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