Woman walks off boat dock while texting

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SPRINGDALE TOWNSHIP, PA. – A local woman is found along the banks of the Allegheny River overnight after falling from boat docks while texting. Law Enforcement Officer Joe Martino of the Springdale Township Police department said he was running traffic at the Glassmere Fuel Service location when he heard screams coming from the river area. Glassmere Fuel is located just south of the New Kensington bridge on old Rt. 28.

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Officer Martino said it was about 2:23 am when he heard the screams and notified Allegheny County 911 of the incident. Martino began to search an area of railroad tracks from Glassmere Fuel to Zaleski Aluminum Outlet a few hundred yards down river. New Kensington Police were immediately notified of the screams and went to the river to investigate. Officer Martino answered to those screams but no one called back. New Kensington Police didn’t hear any response and both departments cleared the scene.

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Officer Martino headed back to Glassmere to continue his traffic watch. Sitting there for approximately two minutes, he again heard screams and he called back out to the victim. Martino said she called back out “help”. Officer Martino then went directly down the hillside and through the brush, across the railroad tracks to the river where she directed the officer to shine his light on her location. New Kensington Police was able to hear the woman and was directed to her from the light across the river.

The woman was subsequently found hundreds of yards down river at 3:47 am near Davidson Sand and Gravel by New Kensington Law Enforcement Officer Christian Baker. As one point during the incident, fire whistles sounded off making it difficult to hear the woman as the New Kensington Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. The fire call was quickly terminated The woman refused EMS treatment and was later transported to a residential location in Arnold by Law Enforcement Officer Joe Nixon.

Lower Burrell Police and New Kensington EMS assisted at the scene.


Star Grill bar and restaurant catches fires in Windfield Township; building a total loss

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WINDFIELD TOWNSHIP, PA. – (BUTLER COUNTY) Multiple fire crews are on scene of a massive fire in Windfield Township at the intersection of Marwood Road and Star Grille Road. Firefighters battled the fire from all sides of the popular bar and resturant, however the building is a total loss.

Sources at the scene speculated the fire started in the kitchen area where heavy dense black smoke filled the air. Bystanders were moved back from the structure due to the wind shifting from time to time causing heavy smoke at ground level making it hard to breathe and see.

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Tankers from surrounding communities set up multiple dump tanks at the scene to provide water for pumpers and ladder trucks to fight the massive blaze. Firefighters worked to put out the flames that traveled throughout the structure for nearly four hours. More details on this breaking story as they become available.

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Male shot in Arnold overnight – gun recovered

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ARNOLD, PA. – Police units from Arnold alerted Westmoreland 911 of shots fired in the area of 15th Street and Ivy Alley at approximately 1:18 am Sunday morning. Shortly after the initial alert, Arnold Police report could be heard stating, “I got a victim here in the 1400 block of Ivy Alley, behind the funeral home.” PD-Gunshot wound…..1500 block – 10-4 replies dispatch. Police report a black male believed to be in his 20’s was shot once in the kidney and transported to Allegheny General Hospital by New Kensington EMS.

Six spent casings and one gun was recovered in the incident. Arnold Law Enforcement Officer Sergeant Joe Nixon is seen in the above photo recovering evidence from the scene a short way into Ivy alley from 15th Street.

No suspect information has been released. New Kensington and Lower Burrell Police departments assisted at the scene.

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New Kensington woman cited after Jeep rolls over on Rt. 28 Expressway

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O’HARA TOWNSHIP, PA. – State Police Kittanning report a single vehicle crash on SR.28 after the driver lost control of her vehicle while passing Exit 8 in O’Hara Township Friday evening. According to the police report, Wendy Fleishman, age 34 of New Kensington was traveling southbound on Rt. 28 when she struck a concrete barrier in the median, then crossed over both lanes and rolling over approximately two times.

The 2008 Jeep Liberty came to a rest on the Exit 8 southbound on ramp on an embankment on its roof. Her passenger was not injured in the crash. Fleischman was charged under Vehicle Code-3361 driving vehicle at safe speed. The vehicle was towed from the scene.


Demolition Derby on Freeport Road in Harrison

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NATRONA HEIGHTS, PA. – A three vehicle crash occurred on Freeport Road in Natrona Heights Saturday morning sending at least two injured to the hospital. Radio dispatch reported the crash in the same location as two previous rear end crashes over the past 2 months and at least four crashes since the beginning of the year.

The popular crash location is on the northbound side of the four lane highway just past A&B pizza and appears to terminate across from the Do Drop Inn. One vehicle involved in Saturdays chain reaction crash sustained heavy rear end damage, while two other vehicles had minor damages.

AKVNEWS spoke with one motorist who said they should build a medical facility next to the gas station due to the number of senseless crashes. It’s all caused by people going to fast, yacking on their cell phones and aren’t paying attention to what’s in front of them.

Harrison Township Police was assisted at the scene by heavy rescue from Citizens Hose and Citizens Hose EMS. The roadway was cleared by Terry’s Service and Gilette Towing.


Driver hits utility pole while looking for cell phone

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ARMSTRONG COUNTY, Pa. – A single vehicle crash occurred on SR. 422 in Kittanning Township after a driver drops her cell phone and hits a utility pole. Amy Neurohr, 26 of Kittanning was traveling westbound on SR. 422 and became distracted while looking for her cellphone and struck a utility pole on the north side of the roadway.

Neurohr was not injured in the crash however her 2006 Ford Fusion was rendered inoperable and had to be towed from the crash scene. Personnel from Kittanning Township Fire, Manor Township Fire, Rayburn Township Fire Company and Kittanning EMS responded to the scene.

The crash was investigated by Katherine Kaczmarczyk of PSP Kittanning. Neurohr was charged under the Vehicle Code # 3714 for Careless Driving.


Hornet football fundraiser off to a good clean start

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NATRONA HEIGHTS, Pa. – Highland Hornets Youth Football & Cheerleading offer youth in our area the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of football and cheerleading. The Hornets offer 4 age levels: Bees, Ages 6 and 7; Stingers, Ages 8 and 9; Wasps, Ages 10 and 11 and Hornets, Ages 12 and 13.

Stacey Hayden, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary said the group did pretty good holding  their 1st year car wash fundraiser by washing 30 vehicles which helps raise money for trophies and their post season banquet. Hayden has been with the organization for seven years and this is the first year she’s become more involved in the organization.

Water and washing space was provided by Highland Tire and other businesses from New Kensington and Natrona helped sponsor the event. While the goal was to wash at least 50 cars and trucks, Hayden said the tips were great and thanks all those supporters of Hornets Youth Football. This years first official games starts on August 30 at Bushman Field in Natrona.


Former State College psychologist arrested for inappropriate relationships with patients, insurance fraud

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HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of a former State College area psychologist following an investigation into allegations that he had inappropriate sexual relationships with two patients and fraudulently billed their insurance companies for services he never performed.

According to the criminal complaint, Dr. Richard Lenhart, 53, 293 Homan Ave., State College, used the guise of treatment to sexually assault two female patients under his care. Dr. Lenhart maintained a private practice located at 137 South Pugh St., State College.

The charges state that Dr. Lenhart prescribed “touching therapy” for the women, which included touching and holding the patients. The therapy allegedly included stroking, sexual contact and rubbing of genitals.

Additionally, from January 2008 through Nov. 4, 2011, Dr. Lenhart allegedly submitted insurance claims for his treatment practices using a code that would indicate he was rendering proper psychology services and treatment.

According to the criminal complaint, Dr. Lenhart submitted nearly 700 claims for more than $71,500.

Dr. Lenhart is charged with one count of aggravated indecent assault, one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one count of sexual assault, three counts of indecent assault, two counts of insurance fraud, two counts of theft by deception and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

This remains an active investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Special Agent Doug Hilyard at 717-787-0272.

Attorney General Kane thanked the State College Police Department for its assistance and work on the investigation.

The case will be prosecuted in Centre County by Chief Deputy Attorney General Laura Ditka of the Office of Attorney General’s Criminal Law Section and Senior Deputy Attorney General Mark Bellavia of the Office of Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section.


Amber Lang tossed by Erb in Harrison ALS Challenge; Hanzlik avoids Burns, Turack & Cottone

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, PA. – It’s serious business at Citizens Hose in Harrison Township as the ALS Challenge continues to heat up all across the Alle-Kiski Valley. Yesterday’s Challenge at Citizen’s Hose featured Harrison Township Police Officers Chris Burns, Chris Cottone and Brian Turack.

In the photo below, Officer Burns is readily identifiable by wearing his sea turtle floaty all around the parking lot prior to the ALS challenge. On the right in the photo, and to the complete surprise of curious onlookers, Officer Turak appears to have some kind of weird markings on his feet. Center of photo and dressed in his Hawaiian Bermuda Shorts is Officer Cottone. It should be noted that Cottone seemed pre-occupied with his beach ball prior to the challenge and at post challenge as Citizens Hose Supervisor and He-Man Jim Erb tosses Outstanding City Hose Member Amber Lang into the dump tank.

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Story notes worth noting: Burns gets a 10 for leaping the highest and was warned in advance to land in the water and not the grass knoll behind the tank. While the leap may have been impressive, he was the last one to jump in and the first one out – with his shoes on??

Officer Turack came to the challenge with a snorkel and diving goggles. In a show of toughness towards ALS Challenger Ken Hanzlik, Turak prepared to take the plunge; then innocently forgets to lower his goggles and bite down on his snorkel. This show of defiance brought ooohs and ahhhhs from the crowd. Challenge video is located here: https://www.facebook.com/akvnews

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After the successful ALS Challenge was complete by the officers and in an additional show of strength towards Hanzlik, Erb bench pressed Amber Lang and tossed her into the dump tank bringing cheers and laughter from the crowd. It should be noted here as evidence in the photo below, Cottone was still playing with his beach ball as Lang hit the water.

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Generosity Continues with Ice Bucket Donations Reaching $41.8 Million

Washington, D.C. (August 21, 2014) — As of Thursday, August 21, The ALS Association has received $41.8 million in donations compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21). These donations have come from existing donors and 739,275 new donors to The Association.

The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. In addition, The Association’s public policy efforts empower people to advance public policies in our nation’s Capital that respond to the needs of people with ALS.

Hats off to the crews at Citizens Hose and Harrison Township Police for their involvement in a worthy ALS cause.

Where in the world is Officer Ken Hanzlik?


New Kensington shooting victims identified

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – New Kensington Police and the Westmoreland County coroners office have released the names of the two people shot to death Wednesday morning in the 400 block of Third Avenue. John T. Russ, 43 of New Kensington and Shannon Bongartz, 28 of Penn Hills Township appeared to have been shot multiple times according to the coroner’s report.

Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha has ruled both deaths a homicide. Police and detectives continue to investigate.


Road closing – Rt. 356 Weinels Crossroads to Freeport

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ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Markle and Allegheny Township firefighters were called out late Wednesday evening for poles and wires down on Rt. 356 in Allegheny Township. Chief Mike Nickels told AKVNEWS Rt. 356 is closed from Weinels Crossroads to Freeport.

Chief Nickels indicated communications lines near the top of the hill just South of the Freeport Bridge are low hanging to the roadway. No electrical outages have been reported and the cause of the snapped poles and wires down is not officially known, but authorities suspect possibly an oversize load type truck traveling north on Rt. 356 headed for the expressway or Butler. Chief Nickels remarked it’s possible the truck didn’t even know the damage was done in the event the lines were hanging lower than the standard 13’6″ height or 8′ wide width standard.

It’s believed the roadway will be shut down until approximately 8:00 am Thursday morning until repairs are completed.


2 shot dead outside New Kensington home, man seen running from scene

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NEW KENSINGTON, PA. – (UPDATE 7:10 pm:)  When officers arrived at the scene of the early morning shootings, they found a John Russ, 43, fatally shot inside a parked vehicle and his girlfriend dead in the street nearby, police said.

New Kensington Police Chief Thomas Klawinski said police received a call about 8:20 this morning of shots fired in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue.  Upon arrival police found 2 victims, both deceased; a white male and white female.  The male was found in the car and the white female found across the street.  A second call heard someone was seen running between houses; sex and race not known.  Not much is known about the incident just yet.  The man is believed to be in his early 40’s.  The female age is unknown.  Evidence markers were seen on the street and the gun used in the incident is not yet known.  No description of the actor/s is known at this time according to Chief Klawinski. Both victims are from the New Kensington area. NKPD is asking the community to call Westmoreland 911 or New Kensington Police at 724-339-7533 if you have any information concerning this incident.  AKNVEWS will continue to follow this breaking story.

 (Original Story) Police units in New Kensington are on scene of multiple shootings in the 400 block of 4th avenue. The area around the scene is blocked with caution tape and casing markers line the street as investigators are seen talking to residents in the shooting area. Sheets cover one victim laying on the street while a white vehicle across from the first victim is covered with purple sheets. The Westmoreland County coroner is on the way to the scene.

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Heavy rain began to fall as more police units arrived with police checking alleys searching for the actors. AKVNEWS will update this breaking story as more details become available.