Harrison Township Police make arrest after informant’s tips

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, PA. – Law Enforcement Sergeant Brian Turack of the Harrison Township Police Department said police were receiving multiple complaints of suspected drug activity on Neely Street just off Burner Road in Harrison Township.

Sergeant Turack said an informant provided information that a silver Dodge Charger was frequenting the area. Police conducted a traffic stop today and identified the operator as William Chapel Jr, age 39 of Kingston Drive Natrona Heights. Chapel has had prior possession with intent to distribute convictions and a suspended drivers license.

Recovered today was 3 bags of suspected crack cocaine on his person said Turack. Chapel was transported to Harrison Township Police department where a search warrant request was initiated for a vehicle and a cell phone in his possession.

Chapel was subsequently transported to District Magistrate Carolyn Bengel for arraignment and was later transported to Allegheny County Jail by constables. Chapel faces charges of possession with intent to deliver, possession, driving while suspended and paraphernalia.

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If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, dial 911.


Driver hits parked truck on Drey Street in Arnold

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ARNOLD, PA. – No injuries reported in a two vehicle crash on Drey Street just after 3:00 pm Friday. Arnold Fire department was initially dispatched to the scene for a car smoking after hitting a parked vehicle.

It appeared the driver of the Ford compact got to close to the parked Dodge 1500 striking the right front of the truck. Full airbag deployment was visible in the Ford. Arnold PD cancelled the fire department and tow crews arrived to clear the scene.

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Police say death of woman inside tavern not suspicious

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BRACKENRIDGE, PA. – Police in Brackenridge have confirmed the death of a woman found inside a Brackenridge Tavern early this morning. Law Enforcement Officer Michael Duffy said the cause did not appear suspicious, possibly medical. The tavern is located in the 800 block of Second Avenue. The incident is under investigation.


Guns stolen in North Buffalo Township


KITTANNING, PA. – Unknown actors gained entrance into a residence on Quarry Road in Armstrong county and removed 15 guns, jewelry and a checkbook. State Police report no forced entry was made at the residence.

The victims, both from Kittanning are giving a weeks time frame for the return of their property. The incident was reported by Tpr. Cesnalis and occurred between August 25 to August 31.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSP Kittanning at (724)543-2011


Apollo resident jailed for retail theft

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KITTANNING, PA. – State Police Kittanning Tpr. Mauer investigated a call for retail theft at the East Franklin Township Wal-Mart location Monday afternoon at 4:20 pm. According to the report, Amber Etchison, age 28 of Apollo was stopped by loss prevention personnel after failing to pay for $149.98 worth of property.

Normally a summary offense, the theft was graded to a felony due to previous arrests for retail thefts. Etchison was arraigned before District James Owen and placed in the Armstrong County Jail after failing to post $2500 bond. Etchison also had a valid bench warrant from Armstrong County.


Insurance Department Makes Highmark’s Transition Plan Available


Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Insurance Department announced today that it has received and posted the final transition plan that will assist and inform consumers as the contract between Highmark and UPMC is set to expire at the end of the year. The plan is now available to the public via the Insurance Department’s website.

The filing of Highmark’s transition plan follows extensive work of a task force assigned by Governor Corbett and led by Insurance Commissioner Mike Consedine and Department of Health Secretary Michael Wolf. The task force met with Highmark and UPMC senior management and facilitated discussions, along with the Office of the Attorney General, to reach consent decrees with the two entities outlining a preliminary transition agreement, which was announced on June 27.

“Highmark’s transition plan, which was submitted late in July, underwent intensive financial and legal review which focused on consumer concerns,” Insurance Commissioner Mike Consedine said. “We will continue to be focused on consumers and will seek to provide clear information as well to hold Highmark to the elements of their plan.”

The task force and its related efforts, including the filing of the transition plan, were aimed at making sure that Pennsylvanians in the western part of the commonwealth have clarity about their future health care.

“The final plan specifically outlines the process for safeguarding consumers’ health care and minimizing any patient disruption,” Department of Health Secretary Michael Wolf said.

Highmark’s transition plan is available online by going through the Insurance Department’s website, insurance.pa.gov, or by clicking on a newly established site, StayInformed.pa.gov.


NK Residents frustrated with drug dealings, absent landlords and fear of retaliation

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – Residents from Parnassus, New Kensington and Mount Vernon packed into council chambers Tuesday night to talk about reclaiming their neighborhoods and voicing their concerns directly to the Mayor, Council members and the Police Chief.

This meeting wasn’t just about the escalation of drugs or crime that’s ever-present in the city. Absentee landlords ignoring city ordinances and neighbors having to put up with tall grass and garbage was at the top of the list. Residents are tired of having unwanted neighbors moving in and out of abandoned properties. Several residents expressed fears from retaliation when they turn someone in to code enforcement or call police.

Residents want more communication from city officials and better organization of watch groups. Mayor Tom Guzzo talked about short-term issues that need immediate attention, and long-term plans that the city can initiate to help make New Kensington a safe place to live. Some residents said they are ready to move, but they don’t want to. Some said they were born and raised in New Kensington; it’s their hometown.


Residents fear the crime is just moving from neighborhood to neighborhood and Mount Vernon will be next said one woman from on the hill. We don’t want out kids witnessing drug deals, said one resident. Some areas of Parnassus are riddled with drug infestation and it’s not the same as it used to be residents complained. Residents want more police presence, more visibility in the alley’s late at night and speeding curtailed.

By and large, most of the residents seemed pleased with police response times. Some complained that when they made calls to 911, no one showed up. New Kensington Police Chief Tom Klawinski reminded residents when they call 911, many of the calls from cell phones go into Allegheny County. Chief Klawinski said residents must tell 911 the call is for Westmoreland County or some calls might not go through.

Anthony Bruni, Code Enforcement Officer sat on the hot seat answering questions about triplexes, duplexes, and code enforcement issues. Officer Bruni said his office still has to go through the system with enforcement of city codes and ordinances.

Several residents got in line at the podium to voice their specific concerns, many times exceeding the two-minute limit. Mayor Guzzo and Council gave everyone in attendance ample time to speak their mind and addressed their issues one on one.

At the end of the night, Mayor Guzzo said it wasn’t the Council against the residents, or the residents against council. It’s about working together to recognize and solve the issues the City of New Kensington and the residents face together.


KRAFT FOODS GROUP voluntarily recalls select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles


NORTHFIELD, Ill. – August 29, 2014 – Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product. A supplier did not store an ingredient used in this product in accordance with Kraft’s temperature standards.

While unlikely, this could create conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and/or food borne illness; therefore, the company is issuing the recall as a precaution. Kraft has had no consumer illness complaints for this product associated with this recall.

The affected product is limited to four varieties with “Best When Used By” dates of February 20, 2015, and February 21, 2015. The affected product was shipped to customers across the United States. It was not distributed outside of the United States.


Consumers can find the “Best When Used By” dates on the bottom of the product package. No other Kraft Singles products are impacted by this recall. The affected product was produced at Kraft’s Springfield, MO manufacturing facility.

Consumers who purchased any of these products should not eat them. They should return them to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-396-5512.


School Bus crash in Armstrong County; South Bend Township

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BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Kittanning State Police were on scene of a single vehicle crash along SR. 156 near the intersection of Gobblers Run road early Tuesday Morning. Tpr. Myers said there were no injuries in the crash and only one person was on the bus plus the driver.

Tpr. Myers said the driver of the school bus was taken to Indiana Hospital and another officer was on his way there for further questioning. It appeared the bus hit a detour sign on the right side of the roadway, then continue up an embankment stopping just short of hitting a utility pole. It’s unclear if any other vehicles were involved in the incident and the investigation continues.

State Police were assisted at the scene by Elderton Fire Department and fire police.

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Man pinned under vehicle after car crash in Frazer Township

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FRAZER TOWNSHIP, PA. – Rescue crews from Eureka Fire Rescue rushed to the scene of an accident along Butler Logan Road for a man trapped underneath his vehicle. It appeared the red SUV was traveling away from the Mills Mall when the vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a small dirt embankment in a residential yard next to the highway. Radio dispatch reported the man was pinned under his vehicle.

The other vehicle was a small mini-van driven by Sharon Arce’s mother of Cheswick. Arce said her mother and niece were headed towards the Mills Mall and had to stop her van for fear of being hit head-on by the approaching vehicle as it crossed the center of the roadway. Arce said after the red vehicle hit the embankment the front wheel of the red SUV was resting against the back side of her van. Both her mother and niece were transported to a local hospital.

Rescue crews called for air bags and a conventional tow truck expedite to the scene along with multiple EMS units. LifeFlight was dispatched to the Frazer Township Fire Department for a landing zone. Rescue crews requested the medical flight crew to go directly to the crash scene and also requested blood to be transported immediately.

Eureka’s Deputy Chief Brad James said its standard practice anymore to call for tow truck assistance to the scene when key words are heard in the dispatch or size up of the emergency. Eureka works with Terry’s Towing Service and includes wrecker service as part of their rescue training. It’s important both crews work together in harmony at the scene. Today’s incident required both vehicles to be “married up” and stabilized before patient extrication could begin. The vehicles were chained together said James, a process that works well towards insuring complete patient safety as the actual rescue begins. The young man was partially ejected in the crash, and suffered crushing injuries to his torso and abdomen. The victim was flown to Allegheny General Hospital by LifeFlight.

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AKVNEWS reported on a story just a day ago when a young girl was trapped in a tree with injuries in East Deer Township. That story partially highlighted Eureka’s Heavy Rescue truck and its incredible value to the communities it serves. This was a crash of major proportions where a man’s life is literally on the line by the enormous scope of the incident. Not enough thanks can be said to the rescue crews, mobile Pulsar units, police, firefighters, EMS crews and fire police for their dedication and volunteerism to come, “To the Rescue”, these past few days. Motorists are urged to slow down this holiday weekend.

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LifeFLight flying to AGH after a man is rescued from underneath his vehicle.

Assisting Frazer Police were Frazer Township Fire Departments, Eureka Fire Rescue, AK-Pulsar, East Deer Fire and EMS, Springdale Fire, New Kensington EMS and Citizen’s Hose EMS.


Undercover investigation lead to arrest of suspected child predator

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ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA. – HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced this past Friday the arrest of an Allegheny man as part of ongoing efforts to target the online sharing and distribution of child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, Daniel Stewart, 29, 408 Sharon Road, Apt. 104 A, Coraopolis, Allegheny County, used a peer-to-peer network in order to make files – containing prepubescent children engaged in graphic sexual acts – available for download. Agents conducting an undercover investigation successfully downloaded those files and through the computer’s IP address identified Stewart’s Allegheny County apartment as the source.

A search of Stewart’s residence resulted in the seizure of a laptop and other electronic devices, which contained apparent child pornography. Stewart was taken into custody on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, and charged with six counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Attorney General Kane thanked the Moon Township Police Department for its assistance with the investigation. The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Anthony Marmo of the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section.


Vehicles collide at New Kensington intersection

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – No injuries to report after a two vehicle crash at the intersection of 7th Street and Stevenson Boulevard near noon this Labor Day Weekend. The crash occurred when an Oakmont driver failed to see the red light at the intersection.

The driver said she was headed for home after shopping at Giant Eagle on Tarentum Bridge Road. When she came to the red light just past Valley High School she said she didn’t see it was red. A Buick driven by a New Kensington man was coming from 7th Street making the right hand turn onto Stephenson when the collision occurred. New Kensington Police was assisted at the scene by two Lower Burrell EMS units and Pennsylvania State Police. Hawk Towing of Arnold cleared the crash scene.

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