JOHNSTOWN, Pa (WJAC) — Police in Cambria County continue to search for a man following an altercation with an officer earlier Friday.
The Ferndale police chief says an officer suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon after getting into a struggle with a man who said he had a weapon.
Chief John Blake says the officer responded to the 100 block of Quaker Avenue in Ferndale for a parking complaint and reports of a man, who Blake identified as John Hoffman of Middle Taylor Township, trying to unsuccessfully carjack a vehicle.
Blake says the officer noticed Hoffman was intoxicated; Hoffman told the officer he had a gun, and they began to struggle.
According to Blake, Hoffman ran away, and a chase ensued involving other officers.
The injured officer was treated and is okay.
Hoffman remains at large and the Ferndale Police Department is currently consulting with the Cambria County district attorney to press charges.
A new record high temperature in Pittsburgh was set for the date Saturday, breaking a 130-year-old record.
The high temperature recorded at Pittsburgh International Airport was 70 degrees which beats the record high of 68 set in 1890.A normal high for this time of year is 36 degrees, with a normal low around 21 degrees.
It was the strongest shake yet since a magnitude 6.4 quake struck before dawn on Tuesday.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing further damage along the island’s southern coast where previous recent quakes have toppled homes and schools. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit 8 miles south of Indios at a shallow depth of 6 miles.There were no immediate reports of the extent of damage or injury.
It was the strongest shake yet since aon Tuesday, knocking out power across the island and leaving many without water. In the southwestern part of the island, that quake knocked some homes right off their foundations.
Small employers are the biggest segment lacking coverage, he says. That’s because many small businesses lack time and money to set such programs up, he says.
The new law, called the Secure Act, aims to help with that in part by allowing smaller employers to band together to share the administrative burden — making it cheaper and easier to offer retirement benefits. How many will do so and expand their retirement benefits is far from clear, because the program is optional.
And, Certner says, the law won’t apply to many other workers who aren’t classified as employees. That’s because they’re contractors or gig workers who aren’t eligible for those benefits.
Neil Peart, the longtime drummer and lyricist of the band Rush, has died at age 67. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer died in Santa Monica, California, on January 7 after battling brain cancer, CBS Los Angeles confirmed.Peart’s bandmates made an emotional tribute to him on Twitter, saying he battled the cancer for three-and-a-half years and calling him their “soul brother and band mate of 45 years.” In asking for privacy, they urged those who want to express condolences to do so by donating to a cancer research group or charity.
Washington, DC (CNN)A voting rights group wants Georgia legislators to change the law that allows the state to remove voters it deems are “inactive.”Fair Fight Action, founded by former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, has called on the state’s Republican-led General Assembly to “fix” and “clarify” the state election law that determines the time frame in which voters have before being considered “inactive” and later removed from election rolls. The move, first reported by the Atlanta Constitution Journal, comes after a federal judged denied last month a motion from the group to restore 98,000 voters to the rolls after they were removed under the 2019 law.
By Tom Davidson
Pittsburgh police arrested 10 people in an undercover prostitution sting this week at a city hotel.
Among those charged were:
• Moriah Asefi, 29, of Jeannette, charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.
• Heather Madhat, 49, of Akron, Ohio, was charged with promoting prostitution.
• Scott Porter, 40, of Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood. Porter is charged with prostitution. He worked under the name “Desire” and was billed as a female, according to a complaint.
• Clara Bass, 40, South Union Township, Fayette County. Bass is charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.
• Patricia Scarlett, 43, of Farmington, was charged with promoting prostitution.
• Two passengers in a car, Brian Funk, 26, of Uniontown, and Joseph Chism, 22, also of South Union, were charged with prohibited acts after marijuana and a pipe allegedly were found by police.
• Cody Singletary, 24, of Mt. Oliver. Singletary is charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.
• Two others, Russell Hogue, 39, of Petrolia, and Kalil Bryant, 26, of Emsworth, were charged with patronizing prostitutes and possessing instruments of crime.
.Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
(CNN)Florida’s MacDill Air Force Base was briefly locked down Friday morning over concerns about an armed person outside it, officials said.The base just south of Tampa was locked down around 7 a.m. ET after police reported that an armed and dangerous suspect was near the Tanker Way gate, base spokesman Terry Montrose said.By 8 a.m., the lockdown was lifted and all of the base’s gates except for the one at Tanker Way were opened, base officials said.“There were no shots fired on MacDill and no injuries to MacDill employees,” Montrose said.Details about the suspect weren’t immediately available.Earlier, US Special Operations Command spokesman Phillip Chitty said the lockdown came amid reports of a shooter and that commands on base were told it wasn’t a drill.
A pair of massive bushfires in southeastern Australia has merged into a “megafire” engulfing some 2,300 square miles — a single blaze more than three times as large as any known fire in California.
The merged fire, which straddles the country’s most populous states of New South Wales and Victoria, measures nearly 1.5 million acres, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. It is just one of some 135 bushfires in Australia’s southeast that have claimed the lives of at least 26 people, killed more than a billion animals and damaged or destroyed nearly 3,000 homes.
Things appear to only get worse for Boeing these days and Thursday was no different, as the American company disclosed more than a hundred pages of internal emails and instant messages to congressional investigators that showed employees describing coverups and concern over the safety of the 737 Max airliner. Whether employees are grousing or exaggerating or being darkly sardonic, the internal comments give an unvarnished view of some of those closest to the aerospace manufacturing company’s production of the 737 Max, the plane that has since crashed twice and been grounded worldwide. The nature of the crashes—particularly the functioning of the airliner’s software system—has raised troubling questions about the Boeing’s willingness to pursue profit at the expense of safety, its relationship with regulators, and what exactly it knew about the problems in its marquee aircraft.
While speaking at a press conference in Tehran, the head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority, Ali Abedzadeh, reiterated the country’s stance that the plane was not hit by a missile. CNN’s Matthew Chance reports with Ukraine’s reaction.
Kids in the 1960s did see more snow.
That was the snowiest decade since 1900, with 541.1 inches of snowfall over that 10-year stretch.
One thing you will notice on this graph, though, is that 2010-19 was the second snowiest decade.
It lagged behind the snowiest decade by almost 50 inches, but that really isn’t much over the span of a decade.
If you were a kid in the 1960s, KDKA meteorologist Ray Petelin agrees with you that there was more snow “back then.”
Everyone else has seen more snow over the last 10 years.
(CNN)The House of Representatives on Thursday approved the Iran War Powers resolution — an effort to restrain President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without congressional approval — with the support of three Republicans.Republicans Reps. Matt Gaetz and Francis Rooney of Florida as well as Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky all crossed party lines to vote in favor of the resolution.The measure, which passed by a nearly party line vote of 224-194 on Thursday evening, will next go to the Senate.The structure of the House resolution is unique, however, calling into question whether it is actually legally binding. It was introduced as a concurrent resolution, a type of resolution often used for “sense of Congress” bills. They don’t go to the President for a signature, and they aren’t legally binding.But House Democrats are arguing that concurrent resolutions under the War Powers Act are a special case, and they are legally binding. Republicans, however, say the resolution is not binding.Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, a former CIA analyst and freshman Democrat, is the sponsor of the resolution, which calls on the President “to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran” unless Congress declares war or enacts “specific statutory authorization” for the use of armed forces.
Edd Byrnes has died. He was 87.
“His is the story of an ambitious young kid who, in his 20s drove out to Hollywood from New York City with a few hundred dollars and a dream of making it big in the entertainment business,” read the release.
It continued: “He soon landed a staring role on the wildly popular TV series ’77 Sunset Strip’ as the cool-talking ‘Kookie.’ He went on to star in dozens of motion pictures and television series popular around the world, including playing the suave and debonaire ‘Vince Fontaine’ in ‘Grease.'”
For more information, including how to apply, you can visit Movie Casting PGH’s website.
PITTSBURGH — 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.The Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program uses vehicle-mounted systems to detect and record motorists exceeding posted work zone speed limits by 11 mph or more.
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.
Cosmic rays are tiny charged particles accelerated to nearly the speed of light through some of the most violent events in the universe. By themselves they’re not too awful, but in big enough numbers they can start to wreak havoc on entire galaxies.
A team of researchers recently released simulations of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) — a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way — and found that cosmic rays from a starburst event are starting to rip it apart. For now, thankfully, the LMC seems to be holding itself together.
The shuttered Ligonier Beach could open to the public once more this summer, but visitors shouldn’t plan on bringing their swim trunks just yet.
Ligonier Township in November bought the landmark swimming pool and restaurant along Route 30 just east of Ligonier from Sherry and Steven Kozar, for $230,000. This week, township supervisors hired an architect and appointed a committee to come up with a preferred plan for redeveloping the site.
After more than 90 years in operation, the attraction remained closed for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons after flooding damaged pool pumps and the restaurant’s furnace.
“We’re moving forward to work with an engineer, to talk about a development plan by April and renting out pavilions for Memorial Day,” said Terry Carcella, township manager.
Supervisors named EADS Group as their engineering consultant for both the Ligonier Beach project and for other general township needs. The firm replaces Markosky Engineering, which passed on further work with the township.
EADS will be paid $125 for each township meeting attended. The township also will pay an hourly rate ranging from $123 to $133, depending on the staff member assigned and the type of work performed.
Grants of $250,000 from the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation and $136,000 from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources covered the property purchase and will provide enough “to get started with cleanup and development,” Carcella said.
He said the committee, working with the architectural consultant and receiving technical assistance from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will look to develop a master plan for Ligonier Beach, weighing options for turning it into a viable township park.
Yet to be determined is the cost of rehabilitating and reopening the pool, which was temporarily filled in June for filming of an independent feature about the sinking of the Titanic.
“It held water for the filming, but it has major cracks,” Carcella said. “The pump building is shot and needs to be demolished.”
He doesn’t expect the pool will be ready this summer. “There’s no way we could prepare for that,” he said. “It’s going to take us three to four months to put a plan together.”
Crews recently removed 10 dead trees from the site, but not before one damaged a pavilion.