Suspect in violent group attack of homeless man near Market Square taken into custody

Video sent to Channel 11 shows the man lying on the pavement as he is assaulted by a group of people.

PITTSBURGH — A man has been taken into custody in connection to an attack near Pittsburgh’s Market Square last week.

David Rivera surrendered to deputies Friday morning, according to the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department. He is charged by Pittsburgh police with felony aggravated assault for his alleged role in the the violent attack of a man.

Channel 11 exclusively first reported the attack this week, with video that appears to show a homeless man lying on the pavement as he is assaulted by a group of people.

Source: Suspect in violent group attack of homeless man near Market Square taken into custody

Man flown to Pittsburgh hospital after stabbing in Latrobe

Police in Latrobe say a man was seriously injured in a stabbing on Jefferson Street on Thursday.

It happened around 10 p.m. Police said the incident was the result of a family domestic situation.

The male victim was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment.

Police said a female has been charged with criminal attempt of homicide and aggravated assault. Chief Richard Bosco said there is no additional threat to the community.

The names of those involved in the incident were not immediately released.

Source: https://www.wtae.com/article/latrobe-stabbing-jefferson-street/60040909

Babies leap into Leap Year birthdays

Ben and Lindsey Ereditario were expecting their first child to arrive on Sunday, but little Louis waited until Thursday to make his appearance at Independence Health System Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg.

He’s among several newborns in the region who joined the ranks of Leap Year babies that day. There are an estimated 360,000 Leaplings in the United States, according to the Social Security Administration.

There are about 5 million people out of the global population of about 8 billion who were born on Feb. 29, according to The Associated Press.

Source: Babies leap into Leap Year birthdays

Little girl in the hospital with hypothermia after being found wandering in the cold in Pittsburgh

Girl was found walking early Thursday.

Pittsburgh Public Safety said the girl was wearing a T-shirt, and it is unknown how long she was exposed to the elements.

The girl was evaluated for cold exposure and vomiting and taken to the hospital with hypothermia in serious but stable condition.

Pittsburgh Public Safety said the girl was later alert and speaking at the hospital.

Authorities were able to locate the girl’s child’s mother. Police said the child was in the care of a young babysitter at the time this occurred. Investigators say she somehow opened the door and slipped out of the house in the middle of the night.

When her mother came to pick her up in the morning, the child was missing and 911 was called.

No charges are expected at this time.

Source: Little girl in the hospital with hypothermia after being found wandering in the cold in Pittsburgh

Primanti Brothers to give free beer for Leap Day

A Pittsburgh staple is giving away free beer in celebration of Leap Day.

“We celebrated four years ago with free beer – and it was a huge success,” said Golomb. “It’s an extra day. A bonus. Raise a beer and enjoy it.”

The beer is limited to one per customer.

Visit www.primantibros.com/locations to find out where the free beer for Leap Year is available across Pennsylvania.

Our shortest month gets a day longer this year, as 2024 is a leap year. Thursday, Feb. 29 is the extra day on the calendar and to celebrate, some companies are offering customers discounts or free food.

Known as “leap day,” Feb. 29 is tacked on and becomes the last day of the shortest month of the year every four years. And beyond giving people an extra day to reach their goals, there is science behind why we have leap days.

For those celebrating their birthdays on Feb. 29, it is the rarest birthday a person can have, given that Feb. 29 occurs only once every 1,461 days.

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Source: Primanti Brothers to give free beer for Leap Day

Netflix horror movie filming in Pittsburgh looking for kid stand-ins, doubles

Has your child ever wanted to be featured in a film? Netflix is asking area kids to apply to be stand-ins and doubles for a horror movie.

PITTSBURGH — Has your child ever wanted to be featured in a film? Netflix is asking area kids to apply to be stand-ins and doubles for a horror movie.

“The Deliverance,” a faith-based horror film involving demonic possession, is looking for kids to film an additional scene in Pittsburgh on March 4.

The film is looking for two roles:

Source: Netflix horror movie filming in Pittsburgh looking for kid stand-ins, doubles

Trump and Biden won Michigan. But ‘uncommitted’ votes demanded attention

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have won the Michigan primaries, further solidifying the all-but-certain rematch between the two men. Still, the results are highlighting some of their biggest political vulnerabilities ahead of the November general election.

Source: Trump and Biden won Michigan. But ‘uncommitted’ votes demanded attention

Macy’s to close 150 stores as sales slip as it pivots to luxury at Bloomingdale’s, Blue Mercury

NEW YORK — Macy’s will close 150 stores over the next three years and 50 by the end of 2024, the department store said Tuesday after posting a fourth quarter loss and declining sales. At the same time the company signaled a pivot to luxury. It said it would open

Source: Macy’s to close 150 stores as sales slip as it pivots to luxury at Bloomingdale’s, Blue Mercury

Large sinkhole forces McKeesport road to close

The sinkhole opened up on Versailles Avenue.

The roadway is currently closed between Union Avenue and Coursin Street, near the McKeesport Presbyterian Church.

The city’s mayor said it’s believed that the sink hole is believed to be caused by a lateral sewage line owned by the church. Officials also believe the lines to be insured.

“We are working with the church to address the true issue at hand, which is coming from their property, in order for us to be able to fix the road permanently,” Mayor Michael Cherepko said. “We are all working to remedy this situation as quickly and safely as possible.”

There is no word on how long the section of road will be closed.

Neighbors said the hole has been an ongoing issue for at least the last several months.

Source: Large sinkhole forces McKeesport road to close

National Strawberry Day Is February 27th This Year

This juicy red fruit pairs well with chocolate, whipped cream, and champagne. Perfect for summer picnics and romantic evenings.

National Strawberry Day was created to celebrate those little red fruits bursting with sweet perfection! A gift from Chile in the 1700s, garden strawberry plants made their way to North America in the 1750s. The plant is fairly easy to grow and doesn’t seem adverse to flourishing anywhere in the world. If you’d like your own homegrown strawberries this summer, make sure your plant has full sun and sandy soil – and your dogs don’t eat off all the berries before you can pick a few.

Source: National Strawberry Day

Woman pleads guilty in catalytic converter theft ring targeting Westmoreland, Indiana counties

An Indiana County woman pleaded guilty Monday to involvement in a catalytic converter theft ring, and attorneys indicated another suspect may do the same. Debbra Lynn McAdams, 56, of Homer City entered a general plea to theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and criminal use of a communication facility.

Source: Woman pleads guilty in catalytic converter theft ring targeting Westmoreland, Indiana counties

Tracking severe threat: Storms bring threat for tornadoes, damaging winds Tuesday Across Midwest

 

Tuesday, we’re watching for the chance for rain or storms around 7 or 8 a.m. These may or may not come our way.

Most of Tuesday will be very warm, near 70 degrees, and a big ole cold front comes in Tuesday night, bringing the chance for severe weather. Damaging winds being the main concern, but a tornado is also a possibility.

This threat starts around midnight and continues until the front comes through Wednesday morning, around 7-9 a.m.

Once that system passes, our temperatures fall in a HURRY!

We’re starting Wednesday in the mid-60s and will be in the mid-30s by the FC Cincinnati match, with 35 mph wind gusts. It’ll feel like 20 by Wednesday evening.

Source: Tracking severe threat: Storms bring threat for tornadoes, damaging winds Tuesday

Rain Tuesday, Impact Day Wednesday in Pittsburgh

Rain moving into the Pittsburgh area Tuesday will lead to an Impact Day on Wednesday.

In the Certified Most Accurate Forecast, Pittsburgh’s Action Weather meteorologist Jill Szwed said scattered showers will begin moving into the Pittsburgh area around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Scattered showers are expected Tuesday night.

But Wednesday is an Impact Day with isolated storms and rain expected through lunchtime with falling temperatures, and a few snowflakes later in the day.

Source: Rain Tuesday, Impact Day Wednesday in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh pizzeria is reopening after a fire forced its closure in 2021.

A favorite Pittsburgh neighborhood pizza place is reopening following a fire that forced its closure three years ago.

Pesaros Pizza on Butler Street in Lawrenceville officially opens today after giving customers free slices on Sunday as a welcome-back gift.

Pesaros has been a staple of the Lawrenceville community since 2000. Community reaction to the reopening was very positive

Source: Popular Pittsburgh Pizzeria Reopening After Devasting Fire

Man arrested after attacking another man with pickaxe in Pittsburgh

 

PITTSBURGH — A man is in the Allegheny County Jail after allegedly attacking another man with a pickaxe.

Court documents say police were told about a call made to 911 from a man who said another man was chasing him with a pickaxe on Ridgway Street in Pittsburgh.

Police arrived and were able to arrest the man with the pickaxe. Court documents say the attacker was Rocky Casale, 41.

The suspect faces attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges.

Court documents say the victim was able to get Casale locked out of the house during the altercation but he began breaking windows in an attempt to get back in. He eventually went to the shed where he got a spare key and the pickaxe.

Using the spare key, Casale got back in the house and hit the victim with the pick of the pickaxe on his right side, the victim told officers. Police say several of the victim’s ribs were broken.

Source: Man arrested after attacking another man with pickaxe in Pittsburgh

$50K winning Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania

CHECK YOUR TICKET! You could be the one lucky person who won $50,000 in the Powerball drawing on Saturday. ????

PITTSBURGH — No one won the growing Powerball jackpot Saturday night, but one lucky person in Pennsylvania still earned a substantial prize.

According to Powerball’s Draw Results, someone in Pennsylvania is one of 20 people across the country who won $50,000 by matching four of five white balls and the Powerball.

The winning numbers drawn Saturday were 3-8-40-53-58 and Powerball 3.

Source: $50K winning Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania

Screen Actors Guild awards 2024: Oppenheimer dominates with big wins

Christopher Nolan’s historical epic picked up three major acting awards while The Bear and Succession shared the big TV wins

The cast of the biographical epic won for best ensemble, ahead of Barbie and Killers of the Flower Moon. Cillian Murphy picked up male actor in a leading role, which was also contested by Paul Giamatti and Jeffrey Wright. “This is extremely, extremely special to me because it comes from you guys,” he told the audience at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

Robert Downey Jr won for male actor in a supporting role for playing Lewis Strauss in the film. The actor had previously won a Sag award for Ally McBeal in 2001.

Lily Gladstone took home female actor in a leading role for Killers of the Flower Moon, beating Emma Stone and Margot Robbie. “This has been a hard year for all of us,” she said before referencing 2023’s actors strike. “We bring empathy into a world that so much needs it,” she added.

The Holdovers star Da’Vine Joy Randolph was named best female actor in a supporting role after winning a string of awards this season, including a Bafta and a Golden Globe. She called the film’s director Alexander Payne “truly every actor’s dream” and said to actors who are still waiting for a breakout: “Your life can change in a day and it is not a question of if but of when, keep going.”

 

Source: Screen Actors Guild awards 2024: Oppenheimer dominates with big wins

South Carolina primary live: Trump claims victory as Haley vows not to give up

Trump secured the expected victory over Haley in her home state, where she served as governor from 2011 to 2017

This marks yet another defeat for former UN Ambassador Haley, who vowed to continue fighting Mr Trump despite her many primary losses.

Ms Haley stayed resolute even after losing to the “none of these candidates” box listed on Nevada ballot papers earlier this month.

Source: South Carolina primary live: Trump claims victory as Haley vows not to give up

11 Investigates the disappearance of Cherrie Mahan

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. — It’s been 39 years since 8-year-old Cherrie Mahan vanished after getting off a school bus in rural Butler County.

Her mysterious disappearance has been the subject of intense local and national coverage for nearly four decades.

Chief Investigator Rick Earle has covered the case for 30 years now, even traveling to Michigan to track down a lead.

Earle recently spoke with Cherrie’s mother and investigators.

Even after all these years, Janice McKinney is still optimistic that one day she’ll find out what happened to her only daughter.

McKinney, who also has a son, hasn’t given up hope.

“Every time I come back here, I hope somebody sees me and then somebody makes a phone call and just, you know, cleanses their heart to say, ‘Yep, I did this,’ or, ‘I know what happened to her,’” McKinney said.

Cherrie Ann Mahan was an eight-year-old American girl who disappeared on February 22, 1985, after disembarking a school bus approximately fifty feet from the base of the driveway to her home in rural Winfield Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania. She was declared legally dead in November 1998.

Source: 11 Investigates the disappearance of Cherrie Mahan

UPS to cut sorting operations at facility near Pittsburgh, impacts 200-plus jobs

PITTSBURGH — UPS is closing some operations at its New Stanton facility in two months, according to a WARN notice the shipping giant filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. Some 206 employees are impacted, almost all of whom are part time.

“We are reducing the package sorting operations at a few UPS facilities including New Stanton,” a UPS spokesperson confirmed to the Business Times via email on Wednesday. “The day sort at the hub will close, effective April 15, 2024. Our employees are extremely important to us, and we understand the impact this may have on their families. We will work with those who may be impacted throughout the process to provide support.”

Of the 206 employees, eight are full-time and the other 198 are part-time, the WARN notice said. New Stanton is about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Source: UPS to cut sorting operations at facility near Pittsburgh, impacts 200-plus jobs

PNC to cut more branches across 5 states

PNC on Feb. 14 said it would open 100 branches through 2028, but a regulatory filing, subsequently confirmed by the bank, revealed that consolidation continues.

PNC plans to close another seven branches across five states, bringing the 2024 total to 47, according to filings with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Three sites, including a drive-thru in Laredo, are in Texas.

Source: PNC to cut more branches across 5 states

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Man killed, 3 people hurt in shooting at bar in Pittsburgh neighborhood

A man is dead, and three other people are hurt after a shooting at a bar in a Pittsburgh neighborhood.

Pittsburgh Police say officers were dispatched to the 703 Social Club, which is on Brighton Road in the city’s Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood, around 2:10 a.m. for reports of shots fired with multiple people hurt.

Responding officers found two men with gunshot wounds sustained after a dispute at the bar. They were taken to a hospital in critical condition, but one of them died. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies the man who died as Warren Thompson, 40, of Pittsburgh

21-year-old man killed in Washington County crash

The crash happened early Friday morning.

A 21-year-old man was killed in a crash in Independence Township, Washington County, on Friday morning.

The crash happened a little before 3:15 a.m. near the 700 block of Washington Pike.

The Washington County coroner said Anthony Georgetti, of Avella, lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.

The coroner said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police are investigating the crash.

Source: 21-year-old man killed in Washington County crash

US returns to lunar surface for first time in over 50 years: ‘Welcome to the moon’

Intuitive Machines’ spacecraft Odysseus lands after a 73-minute descent, touching down near moon’s south pole

The statement on X said mission managers were “working to downlink the first images from the lunar surface”.

The so-called “soft landing” on Thursday, which Steve Altemus, the company’s founder, had given only an 80% chance of succeeding, was designed to open a new era of lunar exploration as Nasa works towards a scheduled late-2026 mission to send humans back there.

“Welcome to the moon,” Altemus said when touchdown when the 5.23pm touchdown was eventually confirmed, after about 10 minutes in which Odysseus was out of contact.

It was the first time any US-built spacecraft had landed on the moon since Nasa’s most recent crewed visit, the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972, and the first visit by commercial vehicle following last month’s failure of Peregrine One, another partnership between the space agency and a private company, Astrobotic.

“Today, for the first time in more than a half century, the US has returned to the moon. Today, for the first time in the history of humanity, a commercial company, an American company, launched and led the voyage up there,” Bill Nelson, the Nasa administrator, said.

Source: US returns to lunar surface for first time in over 50 years: ‘Welcome to the moon’

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CIA AND BIDEN CLAIM ASSANGE IS HACKER

Feds: South Side building owner set property on fire to avoid sheriff’s sale

According to the now unsealed federal indictment, Prasad Margabandhu is charged with conspiracy to maliciously destroy property by fire as well as mail and bankruptcy fraud.

“Prasad is a known actor in our district here,” said Pittsburgh councilperson Bob Charland. “He owns a handful of properties both within the southside, Arlington and Oakland as well as outside of the district. I know he owns properties in Carrick as well. He is one of the worst property owners in the city of Pittsburgh, probably the worst,” said Charland.

The June 2022 fire at the vacant building along East Carson Street grew to four alarms. At the time, a Pittsburgh police spokesperson said the fire was considered suspicious and that an investigation was ongoing.

Charland said Margabandhu was reckless and trying to make easy money.

“This situation here on Carson Street was him throwing a speakeasy party that was highly dangerous. The property wasn’t permitted, didn’t have sprinkler systems, and ultimately, the building caught fire, which was the worst-case scenario we could have had happen there,” said Charland.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Source: Feds: South Side building owner set property on fire to avoid sheriff’s sale

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