National Night Out well attended in Arnold and New Kensington

National Night Out in Arnold, Pa.

National Night Out in Arnold, Pa.

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Arnold – New Kensington, Pa. – Residents in the City of Arnold and New Kensington participated in a National Night Out event on Tuesday evening to show their support and solidarity against crime and drugs on their streets.

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Arnold residents met at Roosevelt Park where a DJ, food and games were part of the beginning festivities. Residents then took to the streets with a walk down Fifth Avenue and return on Fourth Avenue escorted by Arnold’s Volunteer Fire Departments sounding fire whistles. Two youth leaders of the march carried signs that said, “Stop Violence and Say No To Drugs”. Marchers then returned to Roosevelt Park for more fun and games to end the event.

National Night Out New Kensington, Pa.

National Night Out New Kensington, Pa.

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In New Kensington: Residents met at the corner of 5th Avenue and 6th Street where tables were lined with basket prizes to win along with games for the kids and plenty of good food and drinks on hand. New Kensington Volunteer Fire Department and EMS were staged for kids to see the fire trucks and the inside of an ambulance. Also on hand were the US Marine Corp, ADT Pulse, Community Health Clinic and Turner’s Iced Tea.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.


Cabot man arrested on child porn charges

Ernest Campbell IV

Ernest Campbell IV

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Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of five men on charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography in Pennsylvania and one of those men is from Cabot in Butler County.

Ernest Paul Campbell IV, 48, 921 Bear Creek Road, Cabot, Butler County was arrested July 27 after an on online investigation led investigators to his residence.

Agents from the Office of Attorney General and Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant there and seized a laptop and an external hard drive. A preliminary review of the items showed evidence of suspected pornographic material involving children. Campbell was charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography, four counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Campbell’s bail was set at $50,000 and he was remanded to the Butler County Prison. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 5. Attorney General Kane thanked the Pennsylvania State Police for its assistance with the investigation. Campbell will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Jessel A. Costa III of the Child Predator Section.

The arrests are the result of a continuous online Internet investigation conducted by agents in the Office of Attorney General’s Child Predator Section. The Child Predator Section has made more than 100 arrests this year.


Arnold residents urged to participate in National Night Out

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Arnold, Pa. – Arnold Police Chief Shannon Santucci-Davis reminds residents that National Night Out will take place this evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the City of Arnold.

Arnold neighborhood watch is celebrationg National Night out at Roosevelt Park. Residents will take a short walk down 5th Avenue and 4th Avenue to show community support against crime. There will be light refreshments, music and fun.

Residents are urged to bring friends and family to the event. Some signs will be available but Chief Santucci-Davis said residents are free to bring their own signs. Residents can also show their support against crime by sitting on their porch with the lights on.


Water line repairs under way in Lower Burrell

Water repairs on Wildlife Lodge Road.

Water repairs on Wildlife Lodge Road.

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Lower Burrell, Pa. – Municipal Authority of the City of New Kensington water crews are on scene of a water line break along Wildlife Lodge Road in Lower Burrell.

Authority Supervisor Ed Saliba Jr. said the 12′ line broke about 11:00 pm Monday evening sending a rush of water and debris towards SR 56. Saliba said this is one of several main lines that feed Lower Burrell however no residents or businesses are affected by the break.

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In light of the big water main breaks that have occurred in Pittsburgh over the past few days, Saliba said crews have made repairs on nine leaks since last Monday. Most of those lines are 6″ in diameter. Airing on the side of caution, Saliba said estimated time for repairs on this break is roughly at the end of the day, possibly 4 or 5 pm. When AKVNEWS visited the scene of the break, crews were close to exposing the line to determine the extent of repairs needed.

Hillcrest Shopping Center is still accessable from SR 56 but travel is down to one lane. Motorists should avoid this route if possible.


THE KRAFT HEINZ voluntarily recalls select varieities of Kraft Singles


NORTHFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 31, 2015– The Kraft Heinz Company is voluntarily recalling select code dates and manufacturing codes of Kraft Singles individually-wrapped slices due to the possibility that a thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed. If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.


The recall applies to 3-lb. and 4-lb. sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese product with a Best When Used By Date of 29 DEC 15 through 04 JAN 16, followed by the Manufacturing Code S54 or S55.
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Lower Burrell/Springdale VFD’s respond to recent fire calls

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Springdale, Pa. – Police and fire departments responded to 611 Chestnut Street about 5:30 Monday morning after a reported dwelling fire.

Fire crews on scene quickly extinguished the flames and took apart part of the porch area to insure there was no fire extension into the interior of the house. A wide area of the siding was burned exposing an underlayment of what appeared to be T-111 siding. The Allegheny County fire marshal was on scene investigating the cause of the fire. At least six neighboring volunteer fire departments assisted Springdale VFD. No injuries were reported.

Photo Below: Lower Burrell

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Sunday in Lower Burrell: Fire crews were called out to extinguish a mattress fire that got out of hand fire on Wayne Street just before 2:00 pm Sunday. Firefighters at the scene said the heavy smoke was visible from their station and upon arrival at the scene near Wayne Street, heavy smoke crossed Leechburg Road. The fire was quickly extinguished and Lower Burrell fire crews returned to their stations.

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Culmerville Bridge Inspection Monday and Tuesday in West Deer Township

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West Deer Township, Pa. – PennDOT District 11 is announcing work to inspect the Route 1028 Culmerville Bridge in West Deer Township, Allegheny County, will occur Monday and Tuesday, August 3-4 weather permitting.

Single-lane alternating traffic will occur on the bridge each day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as crews from the Mackin Engineering Company and the Sofis Rigging Company conduct the routine inspection.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


Multiple shots hit house in New Kensington

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New Kensington, Pa. – Police and detectives in New Kensington were on scene of an incident involving multiple shots being fired at a house from 6th Avenue and Second Street about 3:30 pm Saturday afternoon.

Lieutenant Detective Jim Kline of the New Kensington Police Department said 13 rounds were fired off by an unknown number of actors and at least 3 of those shots entered the interior of a house in the 200 block of Main Street. Detective Kline said a 4th shot hit the house but didn’t penetrate the structure.

Several people were outside when the shooting occurred and there were no injuries to report. Police are looking for a Charcoal Gray Mitsubishi SUV that fled towards SR. 366 past McDonalds. Detective Kline said there were several witnesses to the incident and are following those leads but police are asking anyone who may have seen or know of this type vehicle are asked to call New Kensington Police at (724) 339-7533.

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2014 USA Material Supplier of the Year is AP Services (Curtiss-Wright)

Joe Cinelli & Tad Gray of AP Services accepting the award.

Joe Cinelli & Tad Gray of AP Services accepting the award.

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Freeport, Pa. (Northpointe) The votes are in. The 2014 USA Material Supplier of the Year is AP Services (Curtiss-Wright) located in Northpointe, Freeport, PA. Utilities Service Alliance (USA) is a not-for-profit cooperative designed to facilitate collaboration among its member utilities.

AP Services, one of the first businesses to locate in Northpointe almost 14 years ago, is the leader in fluid sealing technologies and services to the power generation and petro/chemical industry. Employing 80 people, AP Services is recognized as a “Best in Class” company, they deliver solutions to improve equipment reliability and reduce cost. In addition, AP Services has state-of-the-art gasket manufacturing technology using CNC driven Water Jet cutters.

According to Mike Sheehan, Division Manager, “Our sealing products line is a blend of manufactured and distributed products. Our manufactured products include proprietary valve

packing technologies that have the lowest leak rates and friction in the industry. We also manufacture graphite pressure seals that are used by nearly every nuclear power plant and Valve OEM.” He happily added that this was AP Services 5th time winning the award.

Dennis Smail, Chairman of the Armstrong County Industrial Development Council, PA Senator Don White (R-41), PA Representative Jeff Pyle (R-60), and the Armstrong County Board of Commissioners when asked about their thoughts on the award, echoed each other by stating how very proud they were to have a local company recognized as a national industry leader. Senator White added, “People need to know that good things are happening at Northpointe.”

Suppliers are chosen for this prestigious award by representatives from USA member utilities. Members complete evaluations and scoring for USA suppliers based on multiple factors, including quality of products and services, continuous improvement and realized savings.

Joe Cinelli and Tad Gray accepted the award on behalf of the company at the USA’s 21st Annual Executive Summit in Amelia Island, Florida. Sheehan said that he attributes the award to the smart, motivated employees at the company. “We are currently looking to add to our team in the areas of manufacturing and inside sales. Please contact us if you are interested in being part of our success,” he concluded.


Attorney General Kane announces results of used car lot investigations


HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced four legal settlements and a subpoena enforcement action filed as the result of two separate investigations of used car lots that were violating state automobile sales licensure laws, advertising requirements and sales regulations.

The settlements were reached in the form of assurances of voluntary compliance (AVCs) and were the result of work done by a statewide task force comprised of agents and attorneys from the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Through July 9, the Bureau had visited 109 dealerships lots or locations statewide and reviewed more than 3,250 automobile advertisements.

The Bureau also used undercover stings, investigated consumer complaints and enforced subpoenas to detect illegal business practices. The investigation was designed to ensure a fair playing field for businesses and to help consumers feel more confident about shopping for motor vehicles.

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Escape suspect held at Kittanning police barracks


Kittanning, Pa. – Suspect Robert Chrissman wanted for the escape from the Armstrong County Jail on Thursday morning is currently being held at the State Police barracks in Kittanning.

Crissman is suspected of homicide at a residence near the jail after his escape. Police say Crissman will be charged with murder, theft, aggravated assault and numerous additional charges in the incident. Robert Crissman, 38, was taken into custody on Williamson Road in Boggs Township after a chase that lasted approximately 5-7 miles and ended when Crissman tried to ram the back of a police car but lost control of his vehicle, District Attorney Scott Andreassi said.

Authorities said Crissman left the jail at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday and went to the nearby home of two people he knew on Rayburn Road. A man in the house left for work, but came home later and found the body of his girlfriend, 55-year-old Tammy Long, whom the coroner said was strangled and suffered blunt-force trauma.

“We don’t believe they knew he was an escapee,” Andreassi said. “What we believe is he appeared at their doorstep and they let him in, knowing him as an acquaintance.”

Sheriff William Rupert said Crissman was later spotted near a friend’s home on Route 422 in Kittanning. The homeowner did not answer the door, but gave police a description of Crissman’s clothing and vehicle, Rupert said.

Crissman remained at large overnight, but police were alerted to his location around 7:30 a.m. Friday by a 911 caller who said he knocked on her door. The woman recognized Crissman from news reports and refused to let him in, Andreassi said.

State police have told AKV news there is a lot of paperwork to process before Chrissman’s arraignment. One State Trooper sustained a minor injury with this incident.

AKV news will update this story as more details become available.


Inmate now suspect in Armstrong County homicide

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Rayburn Township, Pa. – (UPDATE @ 5:31 pm – Police say the vehicle they are looking for was last seen at 5th Avenue and Frankstown Road in Pittsburgh.  Police also confirm a woman is deceased at a home about 3 miles from the jail where police alledge Crissman went to and stole a pickup truck.  

(Original Story)  The latest PSP Crime Unit release of information about Robert Crissman, the escaped inmate from the Armstrong County Jail advises Crissman is now a homicide suspect after police were on scene of a murder investigation within eyesight of the Armstrong County Prison.


Crissman is considered to be armed and dangerous. One of the most recent BOLOs indicated Crissman possibly broke into a residence and stole guns. The exact location of the invasion is not known at this time, possibly Rayburn Road near the jail.