Louisiana pastor who defied coronavirus order arrested on misdemeanor charges | Fox News

The pastor of Lousiana megachurch was arrested on misdemeanor charges for holding Sunday services for hundreds of followers in the face of a state-wide coronavirus large gathering ban.

The criminal action against Pastor Tony Spell comes a day after Rev. Rodney Howard-Browne, the pastor of another megachurch, River at Tampa Bay Church in Florida, was arrested and charged with violating a local coronavirus stay-at-home order when he held services over the weekend that drew large crowds.

Spell’s service Sunday drew an estimated 500 people of all ages to Life Tabernacle Church in Central.

On Tuesday Central police charged Spell with six counts of violating the Louisiana governor’s ban on large gatherings that was enacted to contain the sometimes-deadly coronavirus.

Source: Louisiana pastor who defied coronavirus order arrested on misdemeanor charges | Fox News

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Westmoreland Co. Police Asking Questions After Mystery Man Goes Door-To-Door Asking About Supplies – CBS Pittsburgh

WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — Police are checking in on Westmoreland County residents after a mystery man went door-to-door asking strange questions.

On Monday, an officer walked the beat along Jefferson and Washington Streets in South Greensburg.

The police got a few calls about a late-night visitor who was asking residents questions over the weekend.

“Saw some lights last night, some unusual activity at 10 o’clock on a Sunday night,” resident Katie Kelsey said.

Kelsey lives along Jefferson Street and told KDKA the person visited her neighbor, who then posted on Facebook.

“FYI to all south Greensburg residents. A young man about 6’2″ narrow build walking house to house with a small flip notebook with a badge on it claiming to work for a Gina at the Prison stating he has been sent to see if you need supplies. He may be armed and dangerous and attempt to rob you!” the post reads.

“We don’t know if he was casing the neighborhood, we don’t know what to think at this point,” Kelsey said.

The “Gina” the late-night visitor may be referring to is Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli, but she posted a message on Facebook after getting word of the mystery man.

Cerilli posting on her Facebook in part, “I did NOT send anyone to check on your household for supplies. Please keep your doors locked & call 911 immediately.”

We do not know the true intentions of the person going door to door.

Source: Westmoreland Co. Police Asking Questions After Mystery Man Goes Door-To-Door Asking About Supplies – CBS Pittsburgh

Stay-At-Home Order Extended Through April 30 In PA | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – There are now 26 counties under Governor Tom Wolf’s Stay-At-Home order.

Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties join the 22 other counties, including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland locally under the order.

Wolf announced during a press briefing Monday that he is extending the Stay at Home order through April 30 for all counties affected.

The order that began on the evening of March 23, was originally scheduled to last for two weeks.

Wolf also announced that schools will remain closed indefinitely and he will no longer extend the deadline by two weeks at a time.

Non-life essential businesses remain ordered to close.

Source: Stay-At-Home Order Extended Through April 30 In PA | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

City of Pittsburgh announces new social distancing restrictions

The city of Pittsburgh announced additional restrictions Monday morning to enforce social distancing rules that aim to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Public Works crews are removing basketball rims from the courts at parks. The Mount Washington overlooks are also being closed.

“While Pittsburgh residents have largely been following directives to stay at least six feet from others to stop the spread of the virus, others have not, especially in city parks,” a press release from Mayor Bill Peduto’s office said.

The press release from the mayor’s office said the areas were commonly filled over the weekend with residents who were not practicing social distancing.

“Park rangers and police will be out to remind people to observe social distancing,” Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri said. “We think that Pittsburghers are going to basically self-police and get the word and change the activity, because this weekend was sort of a step back, but we don’t think that’s going to be a problem moving forward.”

Source: City of Pittsburgh announces new social distancing restrictions

Man who tried to blow up Oklahoma City bank in anti-government plot sentenced to 25 years

Federal authorities said Jerry Varnell tried to copy the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history.

By Tim Stelloh

An Oklahoma man who tried to blow up a bank in what authorities described as an anti-government plot was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Monday.

In a statement, the U.S. attorney for western Oklahoma, Timothy Downing, said the prosecution of Jerry Drake Varnell, 26, held him accountable for an effort to copy the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history.

Source: Man who tried to blow up Oklahoma City bank in anti-government plot sentenced to 25 years

Four senators reportedly sold stock before markets’ coronavirus spiral – YouTube

Four U.S. senators reportedly sold stocks before the coronavirus sent markets plunging. Republican Senator Richard Burr sold up to roughly $1.7 million in mid-February, days after penning an op-ed assuring Americans that the U.S. was prepared to handle the disease. No charges have been filed and there is no evidence any of the four senators had insider information.

Levin Furniture Closing After Parent Company Terminates Agreement To Sell Business Back To Robert Levin – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Levin Furniture is closing, resulting in a loss of 1,500 jobs just weeks after former owner Robert Levin announced he was buying back the company.

Earlier in March, Robert Levin told employees we was going to rescue his family business.

However, on Friday, Levin said the parent company of Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture terminated the agreement to sell the businesses back to him.

Source: Levin Furniture Closing After Parent Company Terminates Agreement To Sell Business Back To Robert Levin – CBS Pittsburgh

Federal judge orders Chelsea Manning’s release from jail – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning will be released from jail after being held for 10 months because testimony she refused to give to a secret grand jury is no longer needed, a federal judge said on Thursday.

Manning’s release comes because “the business of (the grand jury) had concluded,” Judge Anthony Trenga of the federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, wrote on Thursday. “The Court finds that Ms. Manning’s appearance before the Grand Jury is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose.”
Manning was fined $256,000 in fines for refusing to testify, according to the judge.
She had not been released from jail as of Thursday evening and was still being held in the Alexandria Detention Center, her lawyer, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, told CNN.

Source: Federal judge orders Chelsea Manning’s release from jail – CNNPolitics

Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years in Prison | PEOPLE.com | PEOPLE.com

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in a New York City courtroom after his February conviction on charges of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, according to multiple reports.

Under the law, the judge could have imposed a sentence of up to 29 years. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum while Weinstein’s defense attorneys argued for the minimum sentence of five years.

In February, jurors acquitted Weinstein, 67, of three other charges including the most severe charge, predatory sexual assault, which would have carried a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, The Washington Post reports.

Source: Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years in Prison | PEOPLE.com | PEOPLE.com

Trump campaign sues CNN for libel, seeking millions of dollars

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s re-election campaign filed a libel lawsuit against CNN on Friday — the third such suit against a media organization in the last 10 days.

The suit, filed in US District Court, alleges that CNN intentionally published “false and defamatory” statements about the Trump campaign seeking help from Russia to win the 2020 election.

The complaint says it stems from an opinion piece posted on CNN.com on June 13, 2019, by Larry Noble and headlined, “Soliciting dirt on your opponents from a foreign government is a crime. Mueller should have charged Trump campaign officials with it.” It was labeled as an opinion piece and featured a disclaimer that Noble is a CNN contributor but the commentary is solely his own view.

Source: Trump campaign sues CNN for libel, seeking millions of dollars

Bill to legalize recreational marijuana introduced by Pa. state rep from Pittsburgh

A state representative from Pittsburgh announced new legislation Thursday in his ongoing effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Source: Bill to legalize recreational marijuana introduced by Pa. state rep from Pittsburgh

Estate of slain teen sues Publix for selling knife to alleged killer

The estate of a 13-year-old boy who was killed at a sleepover in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is suing the grocery store chain Publix, for selling the knife that killed Jovanni Sierra.

Source: Estate of slain teen sues Publix for selling knife to alleged killer

American Airlines passenger in seat recliner controversy wants to press charges, flight attendant fired | Fox News

Wendi Williams maintains she was “assaulted” and wants to hold airline worker accountable.

The woman who said her reclined seat was repeatedly punched by an airline passenger sitting behind her, now says she wants to press charges against him.

Wendi Williams, who posted a now-viral video of the tense encounter, said the unidentified man should be charged with assault. What’s more, she said the attendant on the American Eagle flight (a subsidiary of American Airlines) should be fired.

“I want to know who he is. I would like to press charges against this man. I was assaulted on this plane,” Williams told TMZ on Friday.

Source: American Airlines passenger in seat recliner controversy wants to press charges, flight attendant fired | Fox News

Roger Stone asks for new trial, again, following allegations of juror bias

Roger Stone filed a motion with a D.C. federal court for a new trial for the second time after being convicted by a jury last November amid allegations this week that the foreperson on his jury was biased against him.

Source: Roger Stone asks for new trial, again, following allegations of juror bias

In Another Trump Win, Court Tosses Democrats’ Suit Over His Businesses

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by Democratic lawmakers that accused Donald Trump of violating anti-corruption provisions in the U.S. Constitution with his business dealings, capping a week of political victories for the Republican president.

Source: In Another Trump Win, Court Tosses Democrats’ Suit Over His Businesses

People In Wilkinsburg Say Their Cars Are Being Towed With No Warning – CBS Pittsburgh

WILKINSBURG (KDKA) — Several people are frustrated after their cars were towed from parking spots they’ve used for almost a year in Wilkinsburg with no problems.

They’re claiming they came back from work to see them all gone without any warning or notice.

Amy Lyn Elliott came back to the lot of a building that has sat vacant at the corner of Penn Avenue and Pitt Street to find her car was not there Friday Evening, and it wasn’t stolen.

“All the cars were gone,” she told KDKA.

She wasn’t alone. According to her, about 25 cars in all were towed from the lot. She said they’ve been using it for the past year or so without any issues or warnings.

“I’m walking up, and I’m thinking I’m pretty sure I parked here. We were all thinking that we had lost our minds,” Elliot recounted.

Source: People In Wilkinsburg Say Their Cars Are Being Towed With No Warning – CBS Pittsburgh

‘Non-specific, potential threat’ closes Plum Borough School District for Monday

A district notification said the closure will be in place as “an abundance of caution and until the investigation can be thoroughly completed.”

Source: ‘Non-specific, potential threat’ closes Plum Borough School District for Monday

Ellwood hospital cited 40 times by PA health department under Americore – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

Since Americore Health LLC took over the now-closed Ellwood City Medical Center in October 2017, it has been cited more than 40 times by the state Department of Health.

Source: Ellwood hospital cited 40 times by PA health department under Americore – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

WORK ZONE SPEED ENFORCEMENT: Cameras being tested in Pittsburgh as part of PennDOT’s program

A main artery for drivers in Pittsburgh is one of the locations for PennDOT’s new Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program.

A two-mile stretch of Boulevard of the Allies (PA 885) is one of the locations where the mobile speed cameras will be in use.

Boulevard of the Allies -- PennDOT Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement

A 60-day pre-enforcement period is currently underway. Drivers will be penalized beginning March 4.

  • A first offense will result in a warning letter to the registered vehicle owner.
  • There will be a $75 fine for a second offense and a $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses.
  • These violations are civil penalties only; no points will be assessed to driver’s licenses.

Click here to see all of them and learn more about the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program.

Source: WORK ZONE SPEED ENFORCEMENT: Cameras being tested in Pittsburgh as part of PennDOT’s program

Three Ellwood City-area restaurants out of compliance since July – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

A Ledger review of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture records found that three local restaurants had violations that landed them out of compliance. An additional 10 establishments were cited for noncritical violations.

Just three Ellwood City-area restaurants were out of compliance with state regulations during the past six months.

A Ledger review of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture records found that three local restaurants had violations that landed them out of compliance. An additional 10 establishments were cited for noncritical violations.

The restaurants that failed inspections are the Loyal Order of Moose along Factory Avenue in Ellwood City, Subway along Route 288 in Franklin Township and Shakespeare’s Restaurant along Mercer Road in North Sewickley Township.

Subway and Shakespeare’s were found to be in compliance during follow-up visits, although Shakespeare’s still had three violations at its follow-up inspection.

Inspectors visited 21 establishments in the Ellwood City ZIP code since July 1.

Source: Three Ellwood City-area restaurants out of compliance since July – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA