Partial building collapse in Tarentum

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Tarentum, Pa. – Police and Highland Hose Firefighters were on scene of a partial building collapse along East 7th Avenue just after 6:00 pm Tuesday evening.

Tarentum Police immediately blocked 7th Avenue between Wood and Ross streets after the upper right portion of the structure came tumbling to the ground. The structure is occupied by M Maskas & Sons, Inc. ( a distributor) and has been servicing the Alle-Kiski Valley for over 90 years.

According to their website, their product lines include over 5,000 items. These items include catering supplies, candy bars, paper products, plastic products, institutional goods, canned food, tobacco, cigars, potato chips, and much more.

Tarentum’s Police Chief William Vakulick along with other authorities were surveying the street side portion of the structure in an effort to determine public safety. AKVNEWS will update this story as more details become available. Tarentum Police was assisted by Brackenridge PD. No injuries were reported.

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Man flown by LifeFlight medical transport after explosion in Fawn Township

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Fawn Township, Pa. – A man is injured after an explosion of paint thinner like fluid that was possibly inside a cart along with paint cans and other debris according to Fawn Township Law Enforcement Officer Eric Bergstrom. Officer Bergstrom said the man was lying on the ground and he was breathing, but not responding. It’s unclear how long he was on the ground or when the explosion occurred, said Officer Bergstrom. The dog alerted the family that something was wrong.

The incident occurred on Mason Road in Fawn Township about 3:15 Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews from Fawn Township #1 VFD extinguished the fire while Eureka EMS Paramedics prepped the man for transport to a landing zone at the Fawn Township Fire Department along Lardintown Road.

LifeFlight landed and medical crews worked to treat the injured man inside Eureka EMS on the ground prior to air transport. Assisting Fawn Police were Frazer Police, Fawn#1 & #2 Fire Departments, Eureka Fire Rescue and East Deer EMS was also dispatched to the scene. A-K Pulsar also responded to the incident.

The man’s condition is unknown.


Parnassus shooting victim won’t co-operate with police to identify suspect

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New Kensington, Pa. – In a story update from August 31st, Detective Sgt. Sam Long said today the shooting victim involved in the August 31st shooting in Parnassus won’t co-operate with police about the incident.

The incident occurred about 10:30 am after a suspect male went to a side door of the apartments, knocked on the door and as the door was opened the victim was shot. The victim was flown to UPMC hospital and underwent surgury.

County detective Todd Roach investigated the scene taking fingerprints from a side door of the apartment. The suspect was wearing tan pants and a dark shirt. New Kensington Police was assisted at the scene by Springdale Township Police Chief Mike Naviglia and K-9.


Heroin seized by AG Task Force-New Kensington Police on Tarentum Bridge Road

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New Kensington, Pa. – Agents from the Attorney General Task force along with New Kensington Police acting on a Warrant Arrest seized two and a half bricks of heroin on Tarentum Bridge Road just after 5:00 pm Tuesday afternoon.

New Kensington Detective Sgt. Sam Long told AKVNEWS a warrant arrest for Michael Coover, age 29 of the New Kensington/Arnold area was executed after Coover walked away from a halfway house while on State Parole/probation. At the scene during busy rush hour traffic, police and agents had two females and a third individual detained while police conducted their investigation. Assisting was Lower Burrell K-9 Handler Steve Cernava and K-9 Dax.

Coover was led away from the scene in handcuffs by New Kensington Police while the three other individuals were released. Detective Long said Coover was transported to the Westmoreland County Jail.

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AG Kane announces $1 million settlement with online marketing company accused of deceiving consumers

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced her office has reached a $1 million settlement with an online marketing company accused of deceiving consumers through its marketing of language audio courses.

The settlement with Internet Order LLC is the result of a lawsuit that was filed last September by the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. This settlement was made in conjunction with the Attorney Generals of Washington and New York, who also received complaints about the company.

Internet Order was accused of using “negative option” marketing in the sale of Pimsleur-branded language audio courses, meaning consumers’ failure to cancel the transaction after an initial purchase left them at risk for potentially being charged hundreds of additional dollars. In addition to the $1 million that will go toward restitution for consumers, Internet Order also agreed to change its business practices as part of the settlement.

“This company must make it clear to consumers exactly what they should expect to receive and pay,” Attorney General Kane said. “Consumers should now be provided with easy-to-read notices that will inform them exactly what they are purchasing.”

The settlement, which is subject to court approval, resolves the lawsuit, which also named Daniel Roitman, Internet Order’s chief executive officer, as a defendant. Internet Order also does business as Stroll, Pimsleur Approach and

According to the lawsuit, Internet Order, which has offices in Philadelphia, sells Pimsleur-branded foreign language-learning audio courses on various CDs. The company sells the audio courses primarily through its website, where it advertised the courses for “only $9.95.”

The lawsuit alleged that upon signing up for this offer, consumers were enrolled in a negative option plan, obligating consumers to receive up to four additional audio courses at a cost of $256 per course. Consequently, consumers were led to believe their total obligation was “only $9.95,” when it could be as high as $1,024.

The lawsuit alleged that if consumers called Internet Order to return the unwanted courses, they would be subjected to high pressure “save” techniques. Additionally, the lawsuit alleged the company would not refund consumers’ money unless it was returned within the 30-day “free trial.” Consumers also were required to pay return shipping, despite the company’s representation that the offer was “Risk Free” with a “100% Money Back Guarantee,” the lawsuit stated.

Under the terms of the settlement, Internet Order now must receive consumers’ “express informed consent” to the arrangement after clear and conspicuous disclosure of the material terms of the offer.

The $1 million that Internet Order is required to pay will be placed in a settlement fund for restitution to be provided to consumers who paid for these products from Internet Order but did not intend to continue receiving subsequent CDs.

The settlement agreement spells out a claims process for consumers who believe they were harmed by Internet Order. A claims administrator will send emails to consumers who purchased the CDs from Internet Order between Jan. 1, 2009 and April 1, 2013, and who unsuccessfully attempted to cancel within 45 days of the expiration of the “free trial” period. The email will give a link to a claim form with more directions on how to obtain a possible refund.

Consumers with questions about the settlement may call the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555. Consumers who believe they were harmed by this company’s negative option marketing scheme may file a written complaint with the Bureau at


New Kensington fire departments respond to kitchen fire

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New Kensington, Pa. – No injuries to report after a kitchen fire at an apartment building in New Kensington early Tuesday morning.

New Kensington Assistant Fire Chief Ed Saliba Jr. said the fire was contained to apartment 305 in the 1100 block of 5th Avenue after a pot of grease was left unattended. The grease fire caught the kitchen cabinets on fire and filled the apartment with smoke. Fire crews responded and extinguished the fire followed up by ventilation. Residents were evacuated from the building. Chief Saliba said damages are estimated to be under $10,000.

Assisting on stand-by was Arnold #1 fire department. The incident cleared about 7:15 am.


Educating parents and young people about the dangers of sexual predators


In 1995 the Attorney General’s Child Sexual Exploitation Task Force was created to arrest child pornographers as well as investigate and capture child predators before they strike by using proactive, undercover operations.

In order for law enforcement to stay one step ahead of the Internet and sexual predators the Office widened the scope of the Attorney General’s task force into a larger, broader statewide Child Predator Unit. In January 2005, a dedicated Child Predator Unit was created using a group of specially trained agents and prosecutors across Pennsylvania to identify and capture online predators before they can harm children.

The growth of the Internet has been astronomical, and regrettably, predators are using the Internet as their primary means of contacting and communicating with their young victims.

As the Internet grows, the problem of sexual predators has increased tremendously.

The following are statistics on the growing problem:

The Internet Filter Review, an online publication that is dedicated to protecting children from pornography on the Internet, has estimated that there are 100,000 web sites offering illegal child pornography. They also report that the average age of exposure to Internet pornography is 11-years-old.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that one in five girls and one in ten boys are sexually exploited before they reach adulthood.

One in five children, ages 10 to 17, received unwanted sexual solicitations online, according to the Youth Internet Safety Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition to investigating and prosecuting the cases, the agents and attorneys have created a training program and teach young people and their parents, how to avoid being a victim of a sexual predator. Educating parents and young people about the dangers of sexual predators is extremely important. The training program has the agents, who catch the predators, in classrooms and churches teaching and warning parents and young people about these predators and the tactics they use.

Anyone who has information about child predators is urged to contact the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit at 1-800-385-1044.


Police looking for missing female from the North Side

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PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Missing Persons Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing adult female.

Monica Lee, 41, left her North Side home on August 31 and has not returned. She is 6’0” tall, weighs 295 pounds, has brown eyes, and black hair. It is unknown what clothing she was wearing when she went missing. Lee is known to frequent the Bellevue area.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is encouraged to call 911 or the Missing Persons Units at 412-323-7141.


Man injured after tractor-trailer crash in Fawn Township

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Fawn Township, Pa. – One man is injured after losing control of his tractor-trailer at a bridge repair site in Fawn Township about 8:00 am Sunday morning.

AKVNEWS Sources report the truck hauling sand on SR 908 in Fawn Township was heading down the hill from Cedar Hollow Store when the operator missed a gear on the steep grade and crashed at the closed bridge near Lardintown Road. The truck driver was unable to stop before the closed bridge and crashed coming to rest in Lardintown Run, a small creek that feeds into Bull Creek.


Sources said part of the trailer fractured spilling part of its load from inside the tanker. McCutcheon Enterprises Emergency Response was called to the scene to vacuum the sand from the crash scene and perform services on Lardintown Run.

D&D Heavy Towing removed the rig from the scene with the assistance from Terry’s Towing of Brackenridge. Assisting Pennsylvania State Police were Fawn #1 Station 150 and Frazer 159.

AKVNEWS will update this story as more information becomes available.



Two vehicle crash at the Dairy Queen on Freeport Road injures one passenger

Crash at the Dairy Queen on Freeport Road,  September 5, 2015

Crash at the Dairy Queen on Freeport Road, September 5, 2015

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New Kensington, Pa. – Police, EMS, and fire units from New Kensington responded to a two vehicle crash along Freeport Road in New Kensington just after noon on Saturday.

At the crash scene, two vehicles collided after a Cheswick man driving a Ford Fusion stopped to make a left hand turn into the Dairy Queen parking lot when a White 4-door Subaru came around the corner of the Union Cemetery building and struck the Fusion causing significant front end damage to both vehicles. The driver from Cheswick said he stopped, looked, and looked again when he decided to make the left hand turn into the lot. Next thing he knew the crash occurred.

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A female passenger in the Ford Fusion struck her head off the windshield causing a big bulge in the glass. That female passenger refused EMS treatment as well as both drivers. Hawk Towing of Arnold removed both vehicles from the roadway. New Kensington first responders were assisted by Lower Burrell EMS. Thanks to Dairy Queen Manager Kevin who provided Pumpkin Blizzards to First Responders, Police and the AKVNEWS Professional on scene.

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Cabot man victim of expressway crash near Exit 14

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Tarentum, Pa. – UPDATED REPORT ON FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH – Kittanning State Police Tpr. Shauntal Hall reported from investigation on the roll over crash along SR. Allegheny Valley Expressway that injured a man from Cabot, Pa.

Police report James Henry, 52, of Cabot was traveling Northbound in the left lane and failed to maintain his lane of travel. Subsequently, Henry exited the west side of the roadway and once off the roadway, his vehicle traveled into the center median and impacted a ditch causing his vehicle to overturn and roll. The vehicle continued to roll across the center median and came to final rest in the left lane on the Southbound side of the roadway.

Mr. Hall was wearing a safety belt when the crash occurred. He was transported to Allegheny General Hospital via ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries sustained in the crash.


Single vehicle rollover on SR 28 Expressway at Exit 14 Tarentum

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Tarentum, Pa. – State Police, two EMS units from Eureka Fire Rescue and a Citizens Hose EMS unit responded to a single vehicle crash on the Allegheny Valley Express near the 4:00 pm hour Friday afternoon.

Initial reports indicated a vehicle rolled over that appeared to be traveling southbound with one person possibly trapped in the vehicle. Subsequent reports indicated the individual was out of the vehicle. The extent of the individuals injuries are unknown. The vehicle was seen in the southbound lane on all four wheels.

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Southbound traffic on the Expressway was backed up for about a mile towards the Natrona Heights exit. Traffic getting onto the Southbound ramp at the Tarentum exit was also backed up.

Terry’s Towing Service of Brackenridge removed the vehicle from the roadway and Summit Hose VFD provided traffic control. The incident was cleared up before 5:00 pm.

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