PITTSBURGH DRUG BUST: Police seize over $100k in narcotics, weapons in Pittsburgh drug bust; 3 arrested

Three people are facing charges after over $100,000 worth of narcotics was seized during a drug bust in Pittsburgh’s Fineview neighborhood Friday night, Pittsburgh police said.

According to a news release, police located and seized the following items from the home:

  • Three firearms (one 9 mm handgun and two .40 caliber handguns)
  • 2 kilograms of cocaine
  • 50 bricks of heroin
  • 18 grams of raw heroin
  • 1 ounce of loose cocaine
  • 43 grams of fentanyl
  • 10 ounces of marijuana
  • 2 ounces of crack cocaine
  • Hundreds of unused stamp bags of heroin

Police also found approximately $18,000 in cash, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, authorities said.

Source: PITTSBURGH DRUG BUST: Police seize over $100k in narcotics, weapons in Pittsburgh drug bust; 3 arrested

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Police: Driver failed field sobriety test after car crash | News | tribdem.com

Two people were transported to Memorial Medical Center on Sunday, following a three-vehicle crash on Broad Street.

Johnstown Fire Department Assistant Chief Bob Statler said the crash occurred after a Volkswagen sedan rear-ended a Jeep that was at Broad Street’s Fourth Avenue intersection preparing to turn.

 Both injured passengers were traveling in the Jeep, Statler said. Another sedan was also struck but sustained minor damage.

The Volkswagen’s driver was taken into custody

Source: Police: Driver failed field sobriety test after car crash | News | tribdem.com

Religion argument on Easter leads to 6-hour standoff in Hempfield, police say | TribLIVE

 

An argument over religion on Easter Sunday allegedly prompted a Chicago man to pull a handgun on two people at the Hempfield Heights Apartment complex that led to them calIing 911 and state police responding.

Antoine D. Drew, 39, was arraigned Monday before Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour on multiple criminal charges.

Mansour ordered Drew held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bond. with tentatively setting a preliminary hearing on April 13.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

Source: Religion argument on Easter leads to 6-hour standoff in Hempfield, police say | TribLIVE

Hundreds of schools closed as teachers rally in Oklahoma, Kentucky

 

Hundreds of schools were closed Monday morning in Oklahoma and Kentucky while thousands of teachers rallied at their state capitols, CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca reports. They’re demanding higher pay and increased school funding.

Art teacher Laurissa Kovacs says her kids aren’t even getting the basics at Puterbaugh Middle School.

“The chairs are in awful condition,” Kovacs told Villafranca. “They’re broken and they literally hurt the kids to sit down. If you look through the stacks, you can just see how many of the broken areas and cracks that will pinch you and jagged tops.”

Kovacs says she’s had to bring in folding chairs from home to give her students a proper place to sit. She can’t take the frustration any longer.

Source: Hundreds of schools closed as teachers rally in Oklahoma, Kentucky

Teen who fell into sewage pipe rescued after frantic search

 

LOS ANGELES — A 13-year-old boy who apparently fell into a drainage pipe at a park while spending Easter with his family has been rescued after a frantic search. CBS Los Angeles reports Jesse Hernandez was found just before 5:30 a.m. local time, nearly 13 hours after he was first reported missing. Investigators believe he was playing in the area with other children when he fell through the roof of a 20-foot concrete building into a drainage sewage system below.

“A tremendous team effort over the past 12 hours resulted in the best outcome, Jesse Hernandez was found alive this morning,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.

More than 100 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department and personnel from several agencies assisted in the search.

“From start to finish, this was an unprecedented team effort,” the fire department said.

Source: Teen who fell into sewage pipe rescued after frantic search

Dog license, rabies vaccination canvassing in Westmoreland County begins Tuesday | TribLIVE

 

When state dog wardens fan out across Westmoreland County over the next two weeks to check whether more than 40,000 dogs have current licenses and rabies vaccinations, they won’t choose communities haphazardly, according to Kristen Donmoyer of the Department of Agriculture.

 Checks will begin Tuesday and continue the week of April 9.

“Most residents are cooperative, but not all. If a person is uncooperative, the warden can’t just barge in,” she said. “People can tell us to take a hike or get off their property.”

In those instances, the warden leaves a request for the homeowner to provide the required information by mail.

Source: Dog license, rabies vaccination canvassing in Westmoreland County begins Tuesday | TribLIVE

Man dies after crashing bike into wall in Cambria County | WJAC

SCALP LEVEL BOROUGH, Pa.. – A 22-year-old Windber man died Friday in a bicycle accident.According to Coroner Jeff Lees, Matthew B. Thacker was riding his bike on Main Street in Scalp Level Borough when he went down a steep hill, lost control and struck a wall.

Thacker was not wearing a helmet, and died as a result of a head injury and the death was deemed accidental.

Source: Man dies after crashing bike into wall in Cambria County | WJAC

Local soldiers prepare for deployment to Iraq | WeAreCentralPA

The men and women salute in honor of their country at the Punxsutawney Community Center Wednesday morning.  The same group will soon put their lives on the line. They’re the 665 Engineer Utilities Detachment and they will be deployed to Iraq

The army reserve soldiers will be overseas for about a year, completing construction related missions.

“It is a bittersweet moment because the soldiers are going and but yet they’re going to do something that’s worthy,” says the 665th Detachment Commander, CPT John Kennelly.

Source: Local soldiers prepare for deployment to Iraq | WeAreCentralPA

First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S.

A battle to take down a statue of President William McKinley in the small Northern California city of Arcata reflects a growing debate around the country on monuments that honor those who helped bring about the deaths of Native peoples.

No other city has taken down a monument to a president for his misdeeds. But Arcata is poised to do just that. The target is an 8½-foot bronze likeness of William McKinley, who was president at the turn of the last century and stands accused of directing the slaughter of Native peoples in the U.S. and abroad.

Source: First it was Confederate monuments. Now statues offensive to Native Americans are poised to topple across the U.S.

‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘LA Law,’ ‘Hill Street Blues’ creator Steven Bochco dead at 74 | Fox News

Steven Bochco, who wrote and produced some of the most memorable shows in television history, died Sunday after a lengthy battle with leukemia.

Though best-known for his cop dramas, Bochco was also behind the more comic “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and the high-profile flop “Cop Rock,” which attempted to marry gritty police work with Broadway show tunes.

Source: ‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘LA Law,’ ‘Hill Street Blues’ creator Steven Bochco dead at 74 | Fox News