Hulton Bridge to Close June 11-24

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Oakmont, Pa. – PennDOT is announcing the Hulton Bridge in Oakmont Borough and Harmar Township, Allegheny County, will close to traffic from June 11-24.

The bridge will close to traffic beginning at approximately 12:01 a.m. Thursday, June 11 and remain closed around-the-clock until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. Crews will conduct roadway reconstruction on Hulton Road at the intersection with 3rd Street and on Freeport Road at the approach to the bridge. All traffic will be detoured.

Posted Detour
From the West
• Take Freeport Road (Route 1001) north to Route 910
• Turn left onto Route 910
• Take Route 28 south to the South Route 8 Highland Park Bridge/Aspinwall (Exit 6) interchange
• Take the Highland Park Bridge to southbound Route 8 towards Washington Boulevard
• Follow Washington Boulevard to Allegheny River Boulevard (Route 130)
• Follow Allegheny River Boulevard back to the Hulton Bridge
• End detour

From the East
• Same detour in the opposite direction

Alternate Detour
From the West (not posted)
• Take Freeport Road (Route 1001) north to Route 910
• Turn left onto Route 910
• Take Route 28 north to the Route 366 Tarentum/New Kensington (Exit 14) interchange
• Take Route 366 south
• Continue straight on Logans Ferry Road (Route 2075)
• From Logans Ferry Road bear right onto Coxcomb Hill Road (Route 909/2082)
• Coxcomb Hill Road becomes Hulton Road
• Follow back to 3rd Street
• End detour

From the East (posted)
• Same detour in the opposite direction

Local police officers will control key intersections along the detour route.

Additionally, single-lane alternating traffic will occur on Freeport Road approximately 600 feet north of the Hulton Bridge area as crews continue roadway reconstruction work. Temporary traffic signals will be installed.

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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 1,600 feet long and located directly upstream of the existing bridge. Additionally, the project includes reconstruction of approximately 1,300 feet of Freeport Road and 550 feet of Hulton Road, signal and lighting upgrades, curb and sidewalk improvements, drainage, pavement markings and utility relocation.

A second two week closure to tie roads into the new bridge will occur in late September.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead, consider alternate routes and use caution along the detour routes. Visit 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions and cameras on major roadways before traveling.

 

Lower Burrell Police looking for suspects who fail to appear in court

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – In a recent request for the public’s help by Lower Burrell PD, New Kensington PD and Upper Burrell Police, AKVNEWS.COM and Facebook postings were successful after suspects turned themselves in for failure to appear in court on various charges.

If you know the whereabouts of the suspects listed here or on our “Wanted by Police” page on AKVNEWS.COM, you are asked to call police immediately. You can remain anonymous with your tips and information. Police thank the public for their help and support in apprehending wanted suspects.

Police are looking for the following suspects wanted by Lower Burrell Police for failure to appear in court.

Isiah D. Williams – 30 years old, last known address Arnold – False Identification to Law Enforcement
Marisa Betty Jo Walker – 23 years old, last known address East Butler – Possession of Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia.
Patrick A. Williams – 28 years old last known address Washington Twp. – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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If seen, please Contact 911 or the Lower Burrell Police Department at 724-339-4287

 

Arnold Police arrest shooting suspect; Arnold Towers

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Arnold, Pa. – Arnold Police Chief Willie said a traffic stop was initiated overnight in Arnold that resulted in the arrest of a man suspected in the shooting at the Arnold Towers on February 20, 2015.

Chief Weber said Deron S. Hinton, age 23 of Center Avenue in Pittsburgh had a warrant issued for his arrest on June 4th and was arrested last night in Arnold. Hinton will be charged with Criminal Attempted Homicide, Firearms Violations and other charges. AKVNEWS.COM will update this story as more information becomes available.

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(Original Story) Arnold, Pa. – Arnold Police were on scene of a shooting at the Arnold Tower on Horne Boulevard about 5:00 am Friday Morning.

Arnold Police Chief Willie Weber said a man approximately 33 years old was shot four times in the early morning incident. Chief Weber said he was shot once in the shoulder and 3 times in the stomach.

At the scene, one male individual was brought out of the Arnold Tower by New Kensington EMS just as Pulsar arrived on scene to transport the individual to a Pittsburgh Hospital. The man was sitting up on the stretcher as he was brought out of the building. New Kensington and Lower Burrell Police assisted at the scene. Westmoreland County Detectives are assisting in the investigation.

 

Home invasion in Arnold

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Arnold, Pa. – (UPDATE @ 10:29 am)  Arnold Police Chief Willie Weber said Lebren T. O’Neal, age 24 of New Kensington was arrested and charged with Burglary Aggravated Assault Serious Injury, Criminal Conspiracy w/juvenile and Possession of a Controlled Substance in the robbery of two victims during a home invasion overnight in Arnold.  Police found a .40 caliber gun after a search of the area but it’s unclear if the weapon was used in the invasion.  The 17-year-old juvenile is currently in a detention center facing charges of Burglary, Aggravated Assault and will be processed thru the juvenile system.   

Chief Weber said one victim was injured with a laceration to the head.  O’Neal will be arraigned later today.

(Original Story @ 2:50 am – Police in Arnold are investigating a home invasion involving two victims that occurred in the 1600 block of Constitution Boulevard.

At least two suspects sustained minor injuries and are in police custody. One suspect was transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital for treatment and police report one suspect is a juvenile. A Silver or White Nissan Maxima vehicle involved in the incident is being sought by police as both New Kensington and Tarentum Bridges were being watched.

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County detectives have been summoned to the scene. New Kensington and Lower Burrell police assisted Arnold PD at the scene.

Akvnews.com will update this story as more details become available.

 

Vehicle into pole in Springdale Borough; Pittsburgh street closed

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Springdale Borough -(UPDATE @ 7:37 pm)  Southbound traffic on old Rt. 28, Freeport Road from East Deer and the New Kensington Bridge is being detoured to Lincoln Street to bypass the scene of a single vehicle crash that occurred about 4:30 pm Monday afternoon.  

Pittsburgh Street Northbound traffic is also being re-routed using Lincoln Street to bypass the crash at Pittsburgh and Butler Streets.

Traffic will continue to be diverted to Lincoln Street for approximately 8 hours as West Penn Power Crews gear up for a very lengthy repair on the sheared pole.  

Power crews are re-routing electricity to minimize outages in the immediate area.  Chief Medeiros said the driver of the 4-door SUV pulled out from the light and ran into the pole shearing it off at the base.  The driver was not injured in the crash and  was not intoxicated according to Chief Mederios.  Police and this incident could have possibly occurred due to a medical condition as the investigation continues.  Sources report the driver is from Apollo, Pa.  Assisting Springdale Borough Police is Springdale VFD, Cheswick VFD, Summit Hose and Terry’s Service towed the vehicle from the scene.

(Original Story) Posted at 4:35 pm) Pittsburgh Street in Springdale borough is closed due to a single vehicle crash into a telephone pole at Butler Street.

Springdale Fire Department along with Summit Hose has the roadway blocked at Butler Street as police are awaiting power crews from West Penn Power. Traffic is being diverted up Riddle Run Road and around the Butler Street intersection via Lincoln Street headed Northbound.

The telephone pole is sheered at the bottom and is leaning precariously. Pittsburgh Street at Butler Street will be closed for many hours according to Springdale Borough Police Chief Julio F. Medeiros III.

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Shooting suspect Don Carter Jr. in custody

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Deverrick Bonds ——- Don Carter Jr.

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New Kensington, Pa. – (UPDATE:)  6-8-2015 Police in New Kensington report Don Carter Jr. is now in police custody.

Police detectives in New Kensington are still looking for help in identifying the third suspect involved in the Leishman Avneue gunfire that occurred on Thursday, May 7 at 8:00 pm. New Kensington Detective Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe is asking all three suspects involved in the shooting incident to turn themselves in. Detective DiGiacobbe said tips have been coming into the police department and is asking anyone who might any additional information to call police whereby you can remain anonymous by calling (724) 339-7533.

(Original Story) Arrests warrants have been issued for two Arnold men after Thursday nights shootings that occurred in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue at 8:00 pm.

New Kensington Detective Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe said arrest warrants have been issued for Deverrick Bonds Jr., age 21 whose last known address was 1500 Leishman Avenue and Don Carter Jr. age 20 whose last known address is 2000 Victoria Avenue, both from Arnold. A third shooter is also being investigated by police.

Sgt. Digiacobbe said two vehicles and two houses were hit in the exchange of gunfire. Police reported there were no injuries however there was additional property damage to an air conditioning unit.

Bonds faces charges of Felony Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Possession Instrument of Crime, Felony Discharge Into Structure, and other criminal charges including a Firearms License Violation. Carter will be charged with Felony Assault, Carrying a Firearm w/o A License and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

If you know the whereabouts of Deverrick Bonds Jr. or Don Carter Jr., you are asked to call New Kensington Police at (724) 339-7533. New Kensington Police are appreciative of the witness information and tips that led to the issuance of these arrest warrants. BOTH ARE CONSIDERED TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

 

Attorney General Kane announces lawsuit against medical debt collector

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HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Friday the filing of a civil complaint by the Health Care Section of her office against James Havassy and his company, Hamilton Law Group, P.C.

Havassy and Hamilton Law Group were hired to collect medical debt by healthcare providers in Lehigh and Northampton counties, as well as the surrounding area.

According to the civil complaint, Havassy and his company violated the Unfair Trade Practice and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), the Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act (FCEUA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Havassy is accused of using the state statute commonly known as Relative’s Liability Procedure to coerce payments from debtors’ relatives, who were not responsible for the debt. As alleged, the language used in a dunning letter sent by Havassy is deceptive and confusing for the relatives.

Havassy claims the relative is “responsible to care for and maintain or financially assist” the debtors. The letter also states that relatives are “fully responsible for this debt.” Havassy cites not only the statute but snippets of a 2012 Superior Court ruling, HCRA v. Pittas, without fully explaining either, the civil complaint alleges.

At times, when relatives have not paid the debts, Havassy allegedly has caused the relatives’ credit to be negatively marked.

Havassy also is accused of failing to show indigent status of the debtor in question or a determination that the relative being contacted was not indigent and could pay the debt, which is his legal responsibility. He allegedly presented the liability as absolute.

The civil complaint, filed in Commonwealth Court, in part requests the court determine the full amount of restitution to all consumers, as well as civil penalties, pursuant to the Consumer Protection Law. Each violation of the law is subject to a $1,000 penalty, which will increase to $3,000 for victims 60 years old or older.

Havassy was asked by the Office of Attorney General to immediately cease and desist from the above alleged conduct.

 

Man suffers serious injuries after fall from retaining wall in Lower Burrell

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – A man is seriously injured after falling from a retaining wall at the Sheetz parking lot in Lower Burrell just after 4:00 am Sunday morning.

Police and EMS units responded to a 911 dispatch along Craigdell Road and found a man unresponsive lying on the sidewalk with serious head injuries. Police on scene said a witness told police the man was on the retaining wall and stepped off falling to the sidewalk below striking his head. EMS crews worked on the man inside the EMS unit for a period of time before being transported to the Clarion Hotel.

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STAT MedEvac was immediately dispatched to the landing zone at the Clarion and was already on the ground when EMS crews arrived. STAT flight crews worked on the injured male and prepared him for helicopter transport to a Pittsburgh Hospital.

Fire crews assisting at the scene were Station 56 New Kensington, Station #69-#54 and Pulsar.

The height of the wall where the fall took place was about eight or nine feet. Police said the man was intoxicated.

 

Vacant house fire on Ross Avenue in New Kensington

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New Kensington, Pa. – (UPDATE @ 7:24 am)  New Kensington 1st Assistant Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. said New Kensington fire departments were dispatched about 5:00 am to the 800 block of Ross Avenue for a structure fire.

Excellent early morning response time by volunteer firefighters and a quick knockdown prevented the fire from getting out of control.  Chief Saliba said the caller reported to 911 a strong odor of wood burning and when fire crews arrived on scene, heavy smoke was coming from the roof and windows of the vacant structure.  

Sources at the scene said police were called to the house about 6 months for kids partying.  Fire crews had to make a forced entry into the unoccupied structure to get to the fire.  The electrical service to the structure was still turned on and Chief Saliba said the fire marshal is in route to the scene.  There were no injuries to report and no one was entrapped in the structure.  Lower Burrell RIT assisted at the scene.

(Original Story)  Multiple fire crews are on scene of a house fire in New Kensington along Ross Avenue. There was a report of entrapment in the structure and it’s unclear of that status at this time. The fire appears to be to have started in the roof section and fire crews are currently inside attacking the fire. AKVNEWS will update this story as more details become available.

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Hillside rescue training a priority in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Harrison Township, Pa. – A recent AKVNEWS.COM story on May 25th starts out by saying: It’s what they do! It’s what they train for and they did it with a calm, skilled professional attitude!

They are Volunteer Firefighters responding to a call for help after a woman and her dog ended up over a steep hillside in Harrison Hills Park along the Rachel Carson Trail.

The training continues: On Saturday May 30th, volunteer firefighters from Citizens Hose, Harrison Hills, and Eureka Fire Rescue attended a 16 Hour Basic Rigging to Rope Rescue training that was hosted by Citizens Hose. One might think these kind of events are all work and no play. Plenty of laughter goes around during these training classes, but it gets pretty serious once the work begins and the rescue is under way. It’s not easy pulling over 200 pounds up a steep hillside on a warm, muggy, bug biting morning but they do it.

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The training consisted of learning knots, hauling and lowering systems as well as packing a patient who is over a hillside and in distress. It’s a starting point for technical rescue and gets more involved with other classes that are available.

With the summer season upon us and people hiking, biking, and taking in nature there’s always the potential for a physical rescue like the one last week in Harrison Hills Park. Jim Bartolovich PA State Fire Instructor said the students did an amazing job with little resources that they had and learned how and what is needed for a rescue. What is great is having Harrison Hills park in our back yard to be able to go there any time to train. Instructor Bartolovich said if anyone or company is interested in doing a class they can contact Citizen’s Hose for a class. As always, please support your local fire departments.

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Front row: Howard Ament, Jessica Cousins,Bethany Jankowski, Isabella Chessey

Rear row: Corey McClain, Tanner Murray, Fred Sherich, Jim Bartolovich, Zachary Shuttleworth, Nick Syput, Leslie Deutschman, Olivia Weigold

 

“I Hope You Dance” at Highlands High School Graduation

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Natrona Heights, Pa. – The 47th annual commencement services was held at Highlands High School Golden Ram stadium Thursday evening as graduating students received their diplomas ready to face the next chapter of their lives.

Commencement began with fair skies and warm weather as students marched into the stadium while the band played Pomp and Circumstance directed by Mr. Matthew Beresik. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Brooke Nicole Scisciani and the Invocation was given by Isabella Reese Augustine. High school principal Ms. Catherine M. Russo welcomed the graduating students and a presentation of the class gift was shared by senior class president Alexis Marie Carrion. The Class of 2015 gift is a monetary donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Special Hockey Association.

Next up was a Recognition of Valedictorian and Salutatorian by high school principal Ms. Catherine Russo and Mr. Eric Miles, Vice President of the Highlands School Board. The 2015 Valedictorian is Laura Lee Ciuchta, Salutatorian Melissa Marie Gustafson and Forbes Road CTC Valedictorian is Nicholas H. Carrigan.

A crowd-pleaser and one of the many highlights of the evening was a vocal solo performed by Becca Leigh Bowser, “I Hope You Dance”. The Commencement Address, “Defining History” was presented by Melissa Marie Gustafson and Brittney Hannah Williams-Smith.

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Becca Leigh Bowser sings, “I Hope You Dance” at the 2015 HHS Commencement Ceremonies

The Class of 2015 was certified by Ms. Russo, remarks and acceptance of the class by school superintendent Dr. Michael Bjalobok and the confirmation of the class for graduation by Mrs. Carrie Fox-Highlands School Board President.

Students accepted their diplomas with a photo snapshot of their final official day at Highlands High School. 162 students participated in the 2015 commencement ceremonies and marched from the field to meet friends and family in celebration of their lifelong accomplishments.

 

Attorney General Kane offers tips for avoiding scholarship and financial aid scams

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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today offered guidance to parents and students regarding scholarships and financial aid for higher education.

With the increasing cost of college tuition and living expenses, students are looking for resourceful ways to subsidize their education. Increasingly, many are becoming victims of financial aid and scholarship scams.

“Students may find it difficult to distinguish between authentic scholarship offers and fraudulent ones,” Kane said. “Families seeking assistance for higher education funding must exercise caution when providing personal financial information.”

Attorney General Kane encouraged students and families to watch for these scholarship scams:

Pay Up Front

If you receive a scholarship offer that requires an upfront processing or application fee, it is most likely a scam. Although these offers are frequently accompanied by a money back guarantee, victims are usually unable to recoup their money.

First Come, First Served Scholarships

These scholarship offers are usually unsolicited and encourage students to act quickly in order to secure their funding. Typically, the company has no scholarship money to offer and is primarily interested in collecting personal financial information.

Scholarship Seminar

A scholarship seminar, advertised as providing valuable information regarding the financial aid process, may actually be a high pressure sales pitch designed to dupe you into purchasing a scholarship matching service or financial product. The scholarship matching service may promise a refund if no financial aid is received, however, that money is rarely returned.

Attorney General Kane urged Commonwealth residents to employ the following strategies when searching for financial assistance for college education :

Never pay a fee for a scholarship or financial aid application.
Secure your personal information and provide it only to verified and reputable organizations that provide legitimate scholarship opportunities.
Work with your guidance counselor or college financial aid office to determine valid sources of financial aid.
Utilize the information provided at StudentAid.gov , the Education Department’s website for sources of higher education funding.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online for free at FAFSA.gov or call 1-800-4-FED-AID for assistance.
Consumers who suspect they may have been a victim of a scholarship or financial aid scam should contact the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or visit www.attorneygeneral.gov to file a complaint.