German Shepherd wakes owner – fire destroys garage in South Buffalo Township overnight

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SOUTH BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The garage was fully involved with fire by the time firefighters from South Buffalo Township arrived on scene said Fire Chief Randy Brozenick. The call came in about 1:50 am for a garage fire in the 100 block of Ford City Road in South Buffalo Township.

AKVNEWS spoke with the homeowner at the scene who said it was his German Shepherd pup that woke him up and alerted him to the fire. The fire was so intense it caused window and siding damage to the house near the garage. Several vehicles were damaged in the fire, however the owner said he was able to get his pickup truck away from the intense heat. The garage is a total loss but the homeowner said he’s covered by insurance.

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There was no shortage of water as a fire hydrant sits in front of the home along Ford City Road. Chief Brozenick brought in a municipal high-lift to raise the collapsed roof from the fire in order to extinguish hot spots underneath the roof. Firefighter ventilated the owners home.

Assisting at the fire scene was Harrison Hills, Pioneer Hose, Kittanning VFD, Eureka, and Freeport EMS. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Motorcycle operator flown from overnight crash in Allegheny Township

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ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – One man was flown to Allegheny General Hospital after crashing his motorcycle on State Rt. 356 near the Stanford Home Center overnight. Police and fire crews from Allegheny Township and Markle responded to the scene for a motorcycle operator down with injuries.

At the scene, the driver was traveling on Rt. 356 North approaching the Rt. 56 intersection and should have made a short right hand turn to the red light. Instead, the driver failed to slow and drove straight thru hitting the island losing control of his motorcycle.

Police immediately called for an ambulance and LifeFlight was dispatched to the Allegheny Township ballfield just east of the Police Station. The victim was transported from the scene by Lower Kiski Ambulance to the landing zone. The extent of the mans injuries are unknown. The incident occurred at appriximately 12:20 am.


Coroner releases fatal drug overdose stats in Westmoreland County

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WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. – The Westmoreland County Office of the Coroner has released the fatal drug overdose statistics for the first six months of 2014 for Westmoreland County. Coroner Ken Bacha reports there were 41 fatal drug overdoses confirmed and there are eight additional suspected overdoses that are pending toxicology based upon scene investigation.

Of those forty one confirmed fatal drug overdoses, 19 are heroin, 21 prescription, and 1 cocaine. Total overdoses for the year 2013 were 86.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Every day in the United States, 113 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments (ED) for the misuse or abuse of drugs.2 Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.

The Problem
•Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2011. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes.
•Drug overdose death rates have been rising steadily since 1992 with a 118% increase from 1999 to 2011 alone.
•In 2011, 33,071 (80%) of the 41,340 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional, 5,298 (12.8%) were of suicidal intent, 80 (0.2%) were homicides, and 2,891 (7%) were of undetermined intent.
•In 2011, drug misuse and abuse caused about 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits. Of these, more than 1.4 million ED visits were related to pharmaceuticals.
•Between 2004 and 2005, an estimated 71,000 children (18 or younger) were seen in EDs each year because of medication overdose (excluding self-harm, abuse and recreational drug use).
•Among children under age 6, pharmaceuticals account for about 40% of all exposures reported to poison centers.

Most Common Drugs involved in Overdoses
•In 2011, of the 41,340 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 22,810 (55%) were related to pharmaceuticals.
•Of the 22,810 deaths relating to pharmaceutical overdose in 2011, 16,917 (74%) involved opioid analgesics (also called opioid pain relievers or prescription painkillers), and 6,872 (30%) involved benzodiazepines.1 (Some deaths include more than one type of drug.)
•In 2011, about 1.4 million ED visits involved the nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals. Among those ED visits, 501,207 visits were related to anti-anxiety and insomnia medications, and 420,040 visits were related to opioid analgesics.
•Benzodiazepines are frequently found among people treated in EDs for misusing or abusing drugs.2 People who died of drug overdoses often had a combination of benzodiazepines and opioid analgesics in their bodies.


Dumpster fire in New Kensington – UniFirst Corp

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – New Kensington Fire units responded to a dumpster fire in the 1100 block of 2nd Avenue at the UniFirst Corporation around 9:00 pm Saturday night. Radio chatter indicated a dumpster fire close to and endangering a building. It was also reported a small forklift with a propane tank was on fire. Crews quickly arrived to extinguish the blaze.

At the same time, Arnold Fire was dispatched to Kenneth Avenue for a smoke investigation. Witnesses reported seeing the smoke that appeared to be from Uni-First from the water authority towers and at the top of Drey Street.

In other news: New Kensington Police are responding to numerous complaints of fireworks going off and in Kiski Township, multiple fire stations were called out with boats to look for a male individual apparently lost near the Roaring Run Trail. Police first reported they found the man, then cancelled off saying it was not the right person. Crews were continuing to form for over 5 minutes when the search was cancelled again after the man had been found.


Water rescue teams and search dogs comb Allegheny River in O’Hara Township

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O’HARA TOWNSHIP, Pa. – In Ohara Township Fox Chapel Yacht Club: Water rescue teams are continuing their search for a 70′s year old man who apparently was pulled under the water as he was placing light markers in shallow water.

On the water earlier today, search crews combed an area South of the yacht club with dogs on board. Jet skis and search boats made several passes with the dogs stepping up their efforts to find the man who is well known at the Yacht Club. AKVNEWS spoke with one gentleman who said he’s saddened to have this happen to one of his closest and dearest friends he’s known for so many years.

Boating traffic in the affected area is very light with just a boat or two passing very slowly. Pedestrian traffic at the club began to pickup around 10:30 am but the mood and talk was somber as many boaters watched the happenings from their docks.

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Major media TV crews were on scene to capture the days developments but most of the search area was further downstream out of view.


Water line break floods 56 bypass in New Kensington

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NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Motorists traveling on the Rt. 56 bypass in New Kensington encountered heavy water on the bypass after a water line break flooded the roadway at 6:15 am this morning. New Kensington Police were slowing traffic headed Eastbound on Rt. 366 and near the junction of Rt. 56 East from Lower Burrell.

The Municipal Authority of the City of New Kensington employee Ed Saliba Jr. said the break occurred at 1058 Edgewood Road and approximately 17-19 residents are affected. Saliba said repairs are expected to be completed in a few hours, possibly by 11:00 am.

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Fatal house fire near Rt. 85 East of Kittanning

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NUMINE, Pa. (Armstrong County) – Rural Valley and Dayton firefighters responded to a house fire that was fully involved when crews arrived at approximately 3:45 am in a small town just East of Numine, Pa.

Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers confirmed the death of Regina Pearce, a 45 year old female who was trapped inside the home. It was reported two kids jumped from a roof to escape the fire. Coroner Myers said three others got out of the home safely and the cause of death has not yet been determined.

Rural Valley Assistant Chief Bill Rupert said there was confirmed entrapment when his engine rolled up on scene and the house was fully involved with flames coming out the windows. Firefighters were not able to enter the house due to heavy fire. At 7:45 am this morning, the fire was still burning within the structure and a backhoe was called in to help push the house over to completely extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Summit Hose community festival/fireworks well attended

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TARENTUM, Pa. – It was a great night for a festival and fireworks as Summit Hose Volunteer Fire department presented the 2014 Community Fireworks Display at Dreshar Stadium. Cooler temperatures and humidity free air kicked off the evening at 5 PM with musical entertainment, food, games for the kids and the 4th Annual Car Cruise held outside the stadium.

Inside the stadium, the smaller kids enjoyed face and leg painting or riding behind the make believe train engine. Residents of the Alle-Kiski Valley enjoyed great food or small games of chance leading up to fireworks display at 10:00 pm.

Leg painting with Mylan McCanch  and mom  Steafany of Freeport

Leg painting with Mylan McCanch and mom Steafany of Freeport

Just across the street at Dalton’s Edge Senior Community, many residents were outside enjoying the social atmosphere while waiting for the fireworks to start. AKVNEWS ran into one flamboyant resident dressed in yellow and white pants who insisted on having her picture taken. Fearing for our safety, her wishes were granted !!

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By 10:00 pm, the stadium and a portion of Riverview Park was full of kids and parents waiting for the show to start. At least a hundred people or more watched the fireworks display from the Tarentum bridge, and there were plenty of boats out on the Allegheny River.

The Honorable Tarentum Mayor Carl Magnetta, Jr. in attendance.

The Honorable Tarentum Mayor Carl Magnetta, Jr. in attendance.

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Summit Hose Fire Department would like to Thank the residents of the Alle-Kiski Valley and beyond for coming out to support the fire department this holiday weekend. Springdale fireworks 10:00 pm tonight. LIKE us on Facebook – Additional photos posted here: