HEMPFIELD MAN TO SEEK REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR WESTMORELAND COUNTY SHERIFF | Classic Hits 107.1 FM WHJB

The Tribune-Review reports that 56-year-old Sam Pilato announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for the job. He has been a deputy for the last eight years, and he said that if elected, he wants to return the office to a state of normalcy, and start to regain the trust in the community.

It’s not known at this time if current Sheriff Jonathan Held will run for re-election. Right now, he is awaiting trial on charges that he directed the sheriff’s department to perform chores for his last election campaign while they were on the clock for the county.

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Cops: Women tried to steal $3K worth of merchandise at Hempfield Walmart | TribLIVE

Two 20-year-old women were arrested early Tuesday by state police trying to flee the Walmart store in Hempfield without paying for $3,276 worth of items.

Megan M. Bender of Connellsville and Julie L. Thomas of New Stanton were arraigned on charges of robbery, retail theft and harassment following the incident that occurred at 2:33 a.m. at the store at Greengate Centre

Source: Cops: Women tried to steal $3K worth of merchandise at Hempfield Walmart | TribLIVE

US pulling out of Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia, Pompeo says | Fox News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. is pulling out of a major arms-control treaty with Russia.

Citing alleged violations by Russia regarding the pact that’s been a centerpiece of arms control since the Cold War, Pompeo said the U.S. is suspending its obligations and will terminate the deal entirely if Russia does not return to full compliance in six months.

He said the U.S. “has fully adhered” to the pact for more than 30 years, “but we will not remain constrained by its terms while Russia misrepresents its actions. We cannot be the only country in the world unilaterally bound by this treaty, or any other.”

The American withdrawal had been expected. It follows years of unresolved disputes over Russian compliance with the 1987 pact, known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty. It was the first arms control measure to ban an entire class of weapons: ground-launched cruise missiles with a range between 310 miles and 3,400 miles. Russia denies that it has been in violation.

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New Crescent is Irwin’s first brewery in 100 years | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Name of Main Street brewery and taproom, which opens Saturday, is a nod to the Crescent Brewing Co. that operated there from 1903 to 1919.

New Crescent Brewing Co. is pouring its brews at 229 Main St., in a combined storefront that used to include a barbershop that is right across from the restored 1937 Lamp Theater. It’s the first brewery to operate in the Westmoreland County borough since 1919, when Prohibition closed the Crescent Brewing Co., which was at the corner of Main and Pennsylvania Avenue starting in 1903.

Source: New Crescent is Irwin’s first brewery in 100 years | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WEATHER: Winter weather advisory issued; schools close | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Pittsburgh region, with up to 3 inches of snow expected through Friday morning.

The advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Friday for Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and Westmoreland counties, as well as areas south into West Virginia. South of Interstate 70 could see 4 to 6 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

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Pittsburgh police were closing several streets citywide due to icy road conditions causing vehicles to slip and slide.

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Interstate 70 reopens in Westmoreland after propane tank explodes in tractor-trailer | TribLIVE

A propane tank being hauled in a tractor-trailer exploded Thursday, shutting down Interstate 70 eastbound for four hours in Westmoreland County and snarling traffic for miles, according to state police.

“The tanks were supposed to be empty, and we’re investigating what happened,” said Trooper Robert Broadwater.

The exploded tank hit an eastbound car, smashing its windshield.

Broadwater said no one was hurt.

“To come out of this with no injuries is really a blessing to us,” Broadwater said.

Debris was strewn about on both sides of the highway near mile marker 50. The Hempfield distributor was sending a truck to collect the tanks.

“In 17 years, I’ve never seen anything like this happen before,” Broadwater said.

First responders and investigators were working in frigid temperatures in a section of Interstate 70 that is under construction.

Paul Peirce and Renatta Signorini are Tribune-Review staff writers. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

Source: Interstate 70 reopens in Westmoreland after propane tank explodes in tractor-trailer | TribLIVE

Fentanyl seized by Border Patrol in record bust could have killed 57M, officials say | Fox News

A Mexican national was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Saturday with enough fentanyl to kill 57 million Americans, according to an internal memo first reported on Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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