Raging fire destroys house along Coxcomb Hill Road in Plum Borough


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Plum, Pa. – Firefighters from surrounding communities responded to a full involved house fire near 160 Coxcomb Hill road in Plum Borough.

Headed to the scene, thick black smoke could be seen traveling up the hill towards the fire location. Several fire trucks were positioned near the front of the structure that was fully involved when firefighters arrived. The fire was so intense that firefighters had no chance of saving the house. As the fire raged, ammunition could be heard popping off for some five minutes as the blaze intensified.

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Because of the intense heat and fear of structure collapse, firefighters abandoned hoses and moved to a safe area near the first engine into the scene. Shortly after moving from the front of the structure, the rear portion collapsed sending it into the front portion of the house which caused the front of the structure to come crashing down to the ground. The order from fire command to move firefighters away from the front of the structure most certainly prevented injury or death to firefighters. Coxcomb Hill is closed temporarily.

Two vehicles in front of the structure eventually caught fire and were destroyed. It’s not known if there are any injuries or if the structure was occupied. AKVNEWS.COM will update this story as more information becomes available.

A partial list of fire companies: Logans Ferry VFD, New Kensington Fire Departments, Lower Burrell, Kinloch, Sardis and Plum EMS Services.

 

Winter weather advisory for the Alle-Kiski Valley

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The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from midnight tonight to 1:00 pm Tuesday.

Snow is expected to accumulate 2 to 4 inches with snow beginning after midnight. It’s projected the more intense snow should begin in the early morning hours and ending by Tuesday afternoon.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 1 PM EST TUESDAY…

* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADS…ESPECIALLY FOR THE TUESDAY MORNING COMMUTE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT SNOWFALL WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITY.

 

Harrison Police arrest warrant suspect

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Harrison Township, Pa. – Police in Harrison Township acting on a tip, arrested warrant suspect William Holt Jr. Friday afternoon at the BP gas station in Natrona Heights. Sergeant Josh Acre said Holt of Pittsburgh and Natrona Heights was wanted on theft of cash from the lottery at the BP where he previously worked. Holt was also wanted on a simple assault charge.

Police received a tip Holt would be at the BP to pick up a paycheck from previous employment, that’s when police made the arrest. Holt was processed at Harrison Township PD and subsequently transported to Allegheny County Jail by Constable Jeff Killian.

 

Apollo man dies in ice related incident

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Apollo, Pa. – (UPDATE)  Gary M. Beigay , 68 of 309 1st St. Apollo  was killed when he was ran over by his own vehicle after it slid on the ice. Mr. Beigay parked his 2000 Mercury Villager minivan on a step hill in front of his business at 309 1st St. and as he exited the vehicle it began to slide on the ice. Mr. Beigay tried to hold the van back and as he tried he slipped on the ice and fell under the vehicle. Mr Beigay was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma to the chest by Armstrong County Chief Deputy Robert Bellas at 8:45am. The road conditions were extremely hazardous due to the ice. No autopsy to be performed. Manner of death is accidental.

The Coroner’s office was assisted at the scene by Apollo Police, Apollo VFD’s and Oklahoma Ambulance.

(Original Story) Sources report an Apollo man died after his vehicle ran over him early Saturday morning about 7:35 am. The incident occurred in the 300 block of First Street. The Armstrong County Coroner has ruled the man’s death an accident.

 

ALERT !!!! – Icy roads causing multiple accidents in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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THIS IS AN ACTIVE WEB PAGE AND WILL BE UPDATED FREQUENTLY UNTIL THE ICE CONDITIONS CLEAR UP…..

Alle-Kiski Valley, Pa. – Westmoreland and Allegheny County 911 centers are receiving numerous calls for vehicle crashes all over the Alle-Kiski Valley. A garbage truck is reported to be sideways near the Natrona Heights Plaza.

Motorists are urged to stay off the roadways. It was heard road crews are walking to work in some smaller boroughs and towns.

Here’s a list of crash areas so far:

Residents of Upper Burrell, Lower Burrell, New Kensington, and Arnold — we are not able to hear police information on roadway conditions due to radio encryption. Residents should stay off the roadways as surrounding communities are reporting very bad ice conditions.

10:47 Rt. 28 Expressway ramps open – Lower Burrell crash on Wildlife Lodge Road – Unable to confirm.
9:27 Pole down Clarks Pike, Crawford Run East Deer
9:26 Allegheny county North police, ( Harrison, Tarentum, East Deer, Springdale police units reporting conditions not improving, multiple crashes near expressway exits.)
9:24 Police car sliding back down hill tells other police car to get out of way.
9:16 More crashes being reported in the Rt. 908 area, Fawn Township
8:55 BREAKING NEWS BREAKING NEWS BREAKING NEWS STATE POLICE IS REQUESTING SR 28, ALLEGHENY VALLEY EXPRESSWAY SHUT DOWN FROM HARRISON TO RIDC PARK
8:43 Male on Fairfield Road fell in the driveway.
8:32 In Allegheny, Armstrong and Westmoreland county police dispatch continue to report closed roadways and crashes.
8:11 Accident in Springdale, vehicle into pole. Male patient being treated by Lower Valley EMS
8:10 Multiple police departments reporting accidents.
8:02 308 Woodbury Drive, vehicle into mailbox
7:59 Areas in Allegheny Township near Rt. 356 possible road closures.
7:56 Sunrise Drive, female fell head injuries
7:55 Delaware Avenue, Vandergrift vehicle into a front yard. Rt. 22 ice conditions.
7:52 Cannot confirm closing of New Kensington Bridge – New Kensington police desk reported a couple police units stuck due to ice.
7:48 am – Female fell, possible broken leg
7:48 Rt. 56 & Kings Road Armstrong County – Vehicle on side
7:47 Weather Update: …FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH HAS ISSUED A FREEZINGRAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING.
7:44 Rt. 56 in Armstrong County nothing but ice police report.
7:43 No report on the Tarentum Bridge – heard ice on first avenue in Tarentum
7:42 Murryhilld Road backed up – Expressway update: backed up multiple places.
7:40 Gilpin Township reporting ice on roadways.
7:39 am – some police can’t make it out from stations – salt truck being called out.
7:35 am +++ Possible pedestrian accident in Apollo near the Family Dollar
7:37 Near Export Tire – sheets of ice – Delmont Hill

At least one crash on Craigdell Road
Natrona Heights
Oakmont Bridge area and Hills
Indianola Hill
Pennsylvania Turnpike multiple crashes.
Harmar to Tarentum Exit, multiple crashes.
Route 66 at Silvis Road

7:25 am – Possible shut down of New Kensington Bridge ( cannot confirm )
13 West White Oak Drive in New Kensington – Fire Dispatch – Vehicle into a pole

 

In Lower Burrell; vehicle falls thru garage floor

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – Firefighters in Lower Burrell responded to an unusual call at 4:11 pm Friday afternoon for a public service detail in the 3000 block of Kipp Avenue.

At the scene, a passenger car had fallen through the garage’s concrete floor and was resting in what appeared to be a room below the floor. There was no actual access to the space from within the garage or the basement under the house.

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Steel cross-member beams that held up the concrete floor were severely rusted around the perimeter of the garage which was the cause of the floor collapse.

Lower Burrell Fire Chief Tyler Olsen said the resident stepped out of the vehicle and a short time later she heard a loud crash. The resident moved into the house a short time ago and was unaware of the space below the garage floor. Chief Olsen said a building official was on scene to survey the damage. Firefighters cut plywood to block the access door from the residence for safety purposes. Salem’s Auto removed the vehicle from the pit. No injuries were reported.

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Vandergrift vehicle crash injures elderly driver

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Vandergrift, Pa. – One elderly female is injured after crashing her vehicle on Custer Avenue in Vandergrift.

Law Enforcement Sargent Steve Callipare of the Vandergrift Police department said the 86-year-old female driver lost her brakes coming down Hancock Avenue and crossed Custer Avenue striking a pair of concrete steps hitting a residential front porch.

At the scene, Vandergrift VFD and Rescue was cribbing and supporting the left front corner of the porch where most of the damage occurred. Vandergrift Police Chief Joe Caporali said the elderly female sustained head injuries in the crash, however the extent of her injuries are not known. Oklahoma EMS provided transport to a local hospital.

There were no other vehicles or pedestrians involved in the crash. The Chevrolet Cruise sustained moderate front end damage with full air bag deployment. Traffic was blocked to heavy truck traffic until fire crews cleared the scene.

 

Youth shot in Tarentum transported to Children’s Hospital

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Tarentum, Pa. – Multiple police departments were on scene of an apparent shooting of a youth in the 800 block of Short Street just after 4:30 pm Thursday evening.

According to radio information, a youth was shot in the side after a white and black male entered the residence. At the scene, police units from Harrison Township, Brackenridge, Fawn, and Springdale Township’s K-9 were searching the area for the suspects around Short Street to an area across the street from the Marathon Gas Station.

The victim was loaded into Eureka’s EMS unit for transport to Children’s Hospital. No information was available on the youth’s condition. There was also a report of a bystander possibly injured in the incident but not transported. Citizen’s Hose EMS assisted at the scene. Police were also knocking on doors looking for surveillance video any neighbors might have captured. If you have any surveillance video or information on this incident, you are asked to call Tarentum Police at (724) 224-1515 or Allegheny County 911.

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CARILLI’S CHRISTMAS and Frosty The Snowman…..HAPPY NEW YEAR One Year LATER !

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ARNOLD, Pa. – Breaking news !

(Original Post January 1, 2014) This is an update to an earlier breaking news article here on AKVNEWS.COM, December 24th. Many readers will recall the story of an abandoned Frosty the Snowman that was found on Leishman Avenue a few weeks ago. Dispatched to the call was Sergeant John Carilli of the Arnold Police Department. After a thorough investigation, and a bit of luck, Frosty has reappeared in this same Carilli Cruiser, and based on the photo above, Frosty is still NOT happy.

Several nights ago, after the Arnold Police Department arrested two suspects for stealing copper, Sergeant Carilli was seen pulling into the Arnold police station rather hurriedly. It’s clear Carilli attempted to hide his cruiser next to the building and away from anyone’s view. Carilli exited the cruiser and seemed to move in somewhat of a hiding posture, preventing visual contact with Frosty. The photo clearly indicates why Carilli was attempting to hide Frosty.

Caught in the act, Carilli now states that Frosty was not claimed from the New Kensington lockup and had to be brought to the Arnold Station. Carilli was asked if the conversation went bad from the time he left lockup to the station.

Carilli refused to answer the question by stating, ” No comment”!

A short time later, AKVNEWS was able to capture this photo of a happier Frosty with Carilli out of site.

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To our readers: A Thanks to Officer John Carilli of the Arnold Police Department for being a great sport with this holiday news event. The previous article: “Nose Broken in Arnold Pd Incident” was enjoyed by over 7000 readers. Sergeant Mike Ondo said John hadn’t gotten any good press in a couple years. Hope this helps John !!

John is “ALMOST” as popular as Shannon !!!! (11,000 views). See last years story below !!!

 

Nose Broken in Arnold Pd Incident – Carilli Still Smiling One Year Later !!!

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ARNOLD, Pa. – (Original Story Dec 24, 2013 @ 18:25) Late last year, Sergeant John Carilli of the Arnold Police Department was dispatched to the Leishman Avenue area for a “Frosty The Snowman” recovery. Police were on the lookout for Christmas decorations that were stolen from a Campbell Avenue residence front yard. Excited to be on duty and getting the recovery call, Carilli immediately responded to the Leishman address. Once on scene, Frosty was no where to be found. Thinking that something must be really wrong, Carilli placed a phone call to an informant and was soon on the right path again.

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Upon arrival at the proper address, Carilli is seen notifying dispatch he needs backup and that the victim may become uncooperative. Based on previous police reports, Carilli knew he was dealing with a non-agressive Snowman. Next, Carilli is seen talking to the caller on her porch, but within minutes the investigative chatter can no longer be heard due to a large crowd gathering. Unknowingly and without warning, the questioning seems to end abruptly. Based on reliable information, the woman was getting upset and is telling Carilli where to go, and to take Frosty with him !

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In this photo, Sergeant Carilli was heard muttering to photographers, “your killing me here”!

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A short time later, Sergeant Carilli made several radio transmissions again in reference to said victim and was directed to take Mr. Frosty downtown to the New Kensington Lockup for processing. Carilli attempted to handcuff Mr. Frosty but was unsuccessful. It’s unclear why Carilli locked the back door of the cruiser.

Hitting speeds of almost 15 miles an hour, Carilli’s efforts to elude the press and witnesses proved fruitless.
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Upon arrival at lockup, it appears a struggle ensues. Sergeant Carilli makes a mad dash for the lockup doors when, Oops, there goes Frosty’s nose bouncing off the concrete.

Notice Sergeant Carilli looking up to see if anyone saw what happened ! Charges are pending in this incident.

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Arnold Police Sergeant Mike Ondo contributed heavily to this news story !!………Merry Christmas Frosty !!!!

Originally Published – Original Story Dec 24, 2013 @ 18:25

 

Four injured in two separate crashes in Harrison Township

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Harrison Township, Pa. – Police, Fire, and EMS crews were busy with two separate accidents early Wednesday afternoon along the Allegheny Valley Expressway and old SR. 28 Burtner Road in Natrona Heights.

At the scene on the expressway just South of Exit 15, two people were injured after a deer crossed the southbound lanes of SR. 28, jumped the guiderails and ran into the left front fender of a Subaru Outback headed North just before the Natrona Heights exit. The impact of striking the Subaru by the deer poked a large size hole in the left front fender. It appeared the buck had a four or six point rack and did not survive the impact.

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According to State Police Tpr. Cesnalis of the Kittanning State Police Barracks, two separate crashes occurred. The first crash was the deer striking the Subaru, and a second crash occurred as a Jeep following the Subaru couldn’t stop/slow down and rear ended the Subaru. Damage to the Jeep and the Subaru was moderate to severe with multiple air bags deploying in the crash. The female driver of the Outback was put on a stretcher and transported to the hospital by Citizens Hose EMS. The driver of the Jeep in his mid 20’s was fitted with a neck brace. It’s unclear if the male driver was transported to the hospital. Northbound traffic was tied up for almost two hours until fire, EMS, and tow crews cleared the scene.

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Burtner Road Crash: The call for this crash came in as Citizens Hose crews were still at the Allegheny Valley Expressway crash when a female driver ran a stop light at the intersection of Burtner Road and old route 28, Freeport Road. The impact of this crash injured two females. Both patients were complaining of back and neck pain. Traffic was slowed on Freeport Road southbound as rescue crews from Citizens Hose removed one patient/driver from a Chevy Equinox and the other female patient was out walking around with a neck brace.

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East Deer EMS, two EMS units from Freeport, along with Citizens Hose Heavy Rescue assisted Harrison Township Police on this incident.

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Chimney fire in Washington Township

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Washington Township, Pa. – Several fire companies responded to a reported chimney fire along Greensburg Road in Washington Township.

According to fire radio information, crews quickly extinguished a small fire and checked for extension into the walls of a residence in the 5400 block of Greensburg Road. An aerial ladder was utilized to gain access to the roof area as crews used a chain to clear hot embers from inside the chimney. No injuries were reported. The incident occurred about 2:45 pm.

Assisting Washington Township at the scene was Sardis, Murrysville, and White Valley.

Scott Held, Washington Township Firefighter

Scott Held, Washington Township Firefighter