Jefferson Hills: 1 dead after dump truck collides with train

Part of Route 51 in Jefferson Hills will be shut down in both directions through at least late Tuesday morning, possibly into the afternoon, after a dump truck collided with a train.

The Jefferson Hills fire chief confirmed to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that the driver of the dump truck has died.

Source: Jefferson Hills: 1 dead after dump truck collides with train

Missing White Woman Syndrome – MSNBC

MSNBC host Joy Reid turned to race Monday while discussing the media’s coverage of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, dismissing the focus on the case as “missing White woman syndrome.”

During a segment on her show “The ReidOut,” Reid said while Petito’s family deserved “answers and justice,” she felt the same media attention didn’t apply to non-White people when they go missing.. 

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“It goes without saying that no family should ever have to endure that kind of pain. And the Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice,” Reid said. “But the way this story has captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?”

Source: MSNBC’s Joy Reid dismisses focus on Gabby Petito case as ‘missing White woman syndrome’ | Fox News

Real estate heir Robert Durst found guilty of murdering his friend Susan Berman | Robert Durst | The Guardian

The multimillionaire New York real estate heir Robert Durst has been convicted of murdering his best friend Susan Berman more than 20 years ago, in a case that took on new life following the documentary The Jinx.

Durst was found guilty of first degree murder on Friday after a jury in Los Angeles deliberated for about seven hours over three days. Berman was shot at point-blank range in her Beverly Hills home in December 2000 as she was prepared to tell police how she helped cover up the killing of Durst’s wife.

Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, was Durst’s longtime confidante who told friends she provided a phony alibi for him after his wife vanished.

Deputy DA Habib Balian holds the latex mask that Durst used as a disguise.
Deputy DA Habib Balian holds the latex mask that Robert Durst used as a disguise. Photograph: Getty Images
Durst’s strange story gripped viewers of the hit television documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, which chronicled the disappearance of his wife Kathie in 1982, the cold-blooded murder of Berman in Los Angeles 18 years later, and the violent 2001 death of a roommate in Galveston, Texas, where Durst was living under cover as a deaf-mute woman.

Source: Real estate heir Robert Durst found guilty of murdering his friend Susan Berman | Robert Durst | The Guardian

Police: 1 Dead, 1 Injured After East Pittsburgh Shooting

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an overnight shooting in East Pittsburgh that left one person dead and injured another.

Police were first called to Prospect Terrance for reports of shots fired around 4 a.m. Sunday.

State Police say that the one victim showed signs of “apparent gunshot wounds” and was 22-years-old.

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The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Medics transported the other victim, whose age is not known at this time, for emergency treatment.

Pennsylvania State Police and the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating.

Source: Police: 1 Dead, 1 Injured After East Pittsburgh Shooting

One killed, one injured in shooting at Haunted Hills Hayride

Police from several local departments are still searching for the shooter

One teenager was killed and a second is in critical condition after a shooting Saturday night at a popular Halloween attraction in North Versailles, Allegheny County.

The shooting happened at 8:15 p.m. at Haunted Hills Hayride on Mosside Boulevard.

According to Allegheny County Police, both victims are 15-year-old boys.

Police from several local departments are still searching for the shooter, also believed to be a teenager.

Police tell Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 the shooting appears to have stemmed from an argument near the ticket booth.

Haunted Hills Hayride was set to kick off the season by hosting a “Lights Out Event”. Gates were scheduled to open at 8:30 p.m.

Allegheny County Police say a couple hundred people were at the attraction at the time of the shooting.

Officers are currently interviewing workers and patrons. Anyone with information is asked to call Allegheny County Police at 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

Source: One killed, one injured in shooting at Haunted Hills Hayride

Kabul strike killed US aid worker and family, not ISIS bombers

 

A US airstrike in Kabul against a supposed Islamic State bomber actually killed an innocent man who worked for a US aid group and his family, according to newly published testimony and footage — raising the specter that the Pentagon lied to the public about the strike.

The reported case of mistaken identity also further tars President Biden for his chaotic pullout of US troops from Afghanistan, which left behind hundreds of US citizens and thousands of at-risk Afghans.

Zemari Ahmadi and nine members of his family, including seven children, were killed in the airstrike on Aug. 29, one day before the final US evacuation flights from Kabul, his brother Romal Ahmadi told the New York Times.

Ahmadi, who was the apparent target of the strike, worked for 14 years as a technical engineer in Afghanistan for the Pasadena, Calif.-based charity group Nutrition and Education International, which feeds hungry Afghans.

The aid group had applied for him to move to the US as a refugee.

New security footage from his workplace shows Ahmadi, whose neighborhood had unreliable water service, filling containers with water at his employer’s office at 2:35 p,m. shortly before he returned home. Fire-damaged containers consistent with the water canisters were photographed by the Times.

Source: Kabul strike killed US aid worker and family, not ISIS bombers

Indiana County motorcycle crash: One person dead, one person taken to hospital

One person died and another person was taken to an area hospital after a motorcycle went off the road and crashed in Conemaugh Township, Indiana County on Monday evening.

The Conemaugh Township fire chief confirmed two people were on the motorcycle that went off the road. This happened in the 3100 block of Tunnelton Road.

The fire chief said one passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and the second passenger was taken to Forbes Hospital.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating. No other details have been released.

This is a developing story. Stay with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 for updates. Download the WTAE mobile app to stay connected with breaking news.

Source: Indiana County motorcycle crash: One person dead, one person taken to hospital

Man killed in Westmoreland County after motorcycle veers off road and hits fence – WPXI

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Westmoreland County Coroner, Kenneth A. Bacha, has released the following information on a motorcycle fatality that occurred in Hempfield Township.

Tanner B. Van Woundenberg was driving a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle while traveling north on Mount Pleasant Road.

According to a release, Woundenberg missed a curve in the road, hit a fence, and landed in a driveway.

Deputy Coroner John A. Ackerman pronounced Woundenberg dead at the scene.

Woudenberg was not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

Toxicology results will not be available for several weeks.

Pennsylvania State Police Greensburg Barracks also investigated.

Source: Man killed in Westmoreland County after motorcycle veers off road and hits fence – WPXI

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2 adults, 2 children with gunshot wounds found dead at scene of SW Houston house fire, police say

 

HOUSTON – A man, woman and two children with gunshot wounds were found dead at the scene of a house fire Sunday, authorities said.

At approximately 8:10 a.m., fire crews with the Houston Fire Department were dispatched to a residence in the 7500 block of Imogene Street in response to reports of a house fire. Firefighters put the fire out shortly after arriving.

During a search of the home, firefighters found two adults and two children dead.

Investigators believe the deaths were the result of a domestic violence incident as there were no signs of forced entry into the home.

As of 11 a.m., police had not yet identified the victims.

The case remains under investigation by the Houston Police Department. The investigation is in its early stages.

Source: 2 adults, 2 children with gunshot wounds found dead at scene of SW Houston house fire, police say

Lakeland Florida shooting: Four people killed including infant

LAKELAND, Fla. — Four people were killed, an 11-year-old girl was shot and deputies came under fire early Sunday in a neighborhood in North Lakeland, Florida.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the shootings took place at 4:30 a.m. in two separate houses on the same property.

Judd said two separate shootouts occurred “in short order” between law enforcement and the suspect, Bryan Riley, 33, of Brandon, Florida. Riley was shot once and surrendered shortly after, he said. Lakeland police and troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol were also involved. No law officers were injured in the shootout.

After Riley was in custody, police discovered an 11-year-old girl who had been shot “multiple times,” as well as a man, two women and an infant dead.

Source: Lakeland Florida shooting: Four people killed including infant

3 dead, 1 rescued after gunman barricades himself in home near Salt Lake City

A standoff that reached into its second day in suburban Salt Lake City ended Saturday with authorities entering a home and discovering three people, including the suspected gunman, dead of gunshot wounds, authorities said.

The three might be related, Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera indicated to reporters at the scene Saturday. Family members had apparently come to the residence in Millcreek, Utah, to conduct an intervention on the 30-year-old suspect over his mental health and firearms, she said.

The shooter had “several firearms and a lot of ammunition,” Rivera said.

Family members had apparently tried to have an intervention with the suspect over his mental health and guns, the Salt Lake County sheriff said.

Source: 3 dead, 1 rescued after gunman barricades himself in home near Salt Lake City

6 people shot in Washington, at least 3 dead – Times of India

WASHINGTON: At least three people were killed and three others were injured in a shooting in Washington DC, local police said.
“Confirmed shooting in 600 block of Longfellow Street, NW around 7:30 pm [23:30 GMT on Saturday]. 3 victims have been pronounced dead and 3 victims are suffering from non-life-threatening injuries,” the DC Police Department said on Twitter.
DC Police Chief Robert Contee told reporters that the suspects exited a vehicle and fired shots into a crowd of people on Saturday night. All of the victims are adults.
The police chief said that the reward for anyone with information on the shooting is $75,000.

Source: 6 people shot in Washington, at least 3 dead – Times of India

New Zealand supermarket stabbing: Government to toughen anti-terror laws – BBC News

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has vowed to toughen anti-terror laws following Friday’s knife attack in Auckland by a man who was under police surveillance.

“We must be willing to make the changes that we know may not necessarily have changed history, but could change the future,” she said at a news briefing.

The man, a Sri Lankan national, stabbed seven people in a supermarket. Three of them are in a critical condition.

The attacker, a known supporter of Islamic State, was shot dead by police.

He has now been identified as Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, a 32-year-old Tamil, who arrived in New Zealand in 2011 and sought refugee status.

Ms Ardern, who described the stabbings as a “terrorist attack”, said she expected that changes to the country’s counter-terrorism legislation would be backed by parliament by the end of September.

The legislation is expected to make it easier to convict someone for planning a terror attack.

Samsudeen had been arrested a number of times before Friday’s incident. But Ms Ardern said that every legal avenue to keep him out of the community had been exhausted.

Source: New Zealand supermarket stabbing: Government to toughen anti-terror laws – BBC News

Tree of Life synagogue disputes Joe Biden’s claim he visited

President Biden on Thursday told Jewish leaders that he spent time at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh after the October 2018 mass murder of 11 people there — but the synagogue told The Post he never visited.

“I remember spending time at the, you know, going to the, you know, the Tree of Life synagogue, speaking with them,” Biden said in a 16-minute virtual address ahead of the Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Barb Feige, executive director of the Tree of Life, said that Biden did not visit the synagogue in the nearly three years since the anti-Semitic attack.

In a phone interview, Feige, executive director since July 2019, said firmly that “no” Biden didn’t visit, even before taking office when he had a lower public profile as a former vice president and then-Democratic presidential candidate.

Source: Tree of Life synagogue disputes Joe Biden’s claim he visited

Ida collapses Mississippi road; kills 2, injures at least 10 – ABC News

Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured after a roadway collapsed in Mississippi on Monday night

LUCEDALE, Miss. — Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured when seven vehicles plunged into a deep hole where a dark, rural highway collapsed as Hurricane Ida blew through Mississippi.

Torrential rain may have caused the collapse Monday night, and the drivers may not have seen that the roadway in front of them had disappeared, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Cal Robertson said. The George County Sheriff’s Department received the first call about a crash at about 10:30 p.m.

Source: Ida collapses Mississippi road; kills 2, injures at least 10 – ABC News

Kabul airport explosions: US troops, Afghans killed – CNN

(CNN)Twelve US service members and dozens of Afghans have been killed in two bombing attacks outside Kabul’s airport, according to the Pentagon and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health.

The deadly blasts came as the United States and other Western countries raced to complete a massive evacuation of their citizens and Afghan allies following the Taliban takeover of the country.
An official with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health told CNN on Thursday that more than 60 people were dead and 140 wounded.
Fifteen US service members were injured in addition to the 12 dead, said Gen. Frank McKenzie, Commander of US Central Command.
US officials have been warning over the past week that a threat of a terror attack at the airport was becoming more acute. Earlier on Thursday local time, US diplomats in Kabul warned American citizens to “immediately” leave several gates into the airport, citing security threats.
A US defense official had also told CNN that officials were concerned by a “very specific threat stream” involving the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan.
US officials believe the group, ISIS-K, was likely behind today’s attack but are still working to confirm its involvement, according to a senior US official and another source briefed on initial assessments. The second source told CNN it may take a few hours before US officials are able to identify the specific individuals who carried out the apparent suicide bombing.

Source: Kabul airport explosions: US troops, Afghans killed – CNN

5 People Shot Within 24 Hours In Allegheny County – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Just within a 24-hour period, there were three shootings in Allegheny County.

15-year-old boy was shot in Stowe Townshipa man was shot in the Hill District and two men and a woman were shot in Spring Hill outside of the Three Rivers Manor apartment complex.

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Pittsburgh City Councilman Bobby Wilson says he was just there Friday and residents shared their concerns about the violence. He says he’s taking a multi-pronged approach to stop the shootings.

“Which is really trying to contact HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development). I just had a meeting with them yesterday to see what can be done to increase safety, to really increase community input in these locations,” said Wilson.

Wilson is also working with local intervention groups to find solutions.

“I want to keep pointing back to if we follow the bullet that was in the guns of everyone that were there, what brought them to that moment?” said Wilson.

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Wilson and Councilman Corey O’Connor believe putting more funding into community programs and prevention will help save lives.

“We see this with our young people that have bright futures that we want involved in our city, that they are going to be the future leaders of our city,” said O’Connor. “I think for us, it’s more the education to those individuals to say, ‘Look, there are great opportunities here. How can we help?’”

O’Connor says the Stop the Violence initiative alone receives around $3 million in funding. The council just introduced new grants to distribute in the near future.

“If you have organizations that are working within the community as well as with our leaders down at city government to try to get to the neighborhood and to have people in the neighborhood to work with these young kids, to give them a sense of hope and that there’s other things to do out there,” said O’Connor.

O’Connor says community policing also makes a big difference. He says the police chief and officers go out in neighborhoods to connect with residents and participate in youth programs.

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Source: 5 People Shot Within 24 Hours In Allegheny County – CBS Pittsburgh

Castle Rock man shot at random while on vacation on Miami Beach | 9news.com

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A gunman walked into a Miami Beach restaurant and fatally shot a tourist who was protecting his 1-year-old son.

The victim’s mother identified him to NBC 6 in Miami as 21-year-old Dustin Wakefield, who was visiting the area from Castle Rock, Colorado. Lora Wakefield said that Dustin was the father of a 1-year-old boy.

Tamarius Blair David Jr. told investigators he shot Wakefield on Tuesday night because he was high on mushrooms, which made him feel empowered.

He told investigators he walked into La Cerveceria restaurant and picked Wakefield out at random. Wakefield’s family says he stood up and got between David and his son, saying “He’s only a boy.”

Police say David then shot Wakefield multiple times. David then ran from the restaurant and was captured in a nearby alley. He is charged with murder.

Source: Castle Rock man shot at random while on vacation on Miami Beach | 9news.com

Butler police fatally shoot man who stabbed officer

A man was shot and killed by police in Butler after stabbing an officer Tuesday morning, state police said.

The incident happened in the area of the 300 block of West Jefferson Street, as the officer responded to a 911 call about a man acting erratically and jumping in and out of traffic, state police said.

No information on the officer’s condition was immediately available.

Police have not identified the man who was killed.

The investigation is ongoing. State police said they would discuss the incident at the Butler station at 10:30 a.m.

Source: Butler police fatally shoot man who stabbed officer

Two young boys steered their car to safety after their father was fatally shot while driving – CNN

(CNN)A pair of young brothers had to take control of their SUV and steer themselves to safety when their dad was fatally shot Friday night while driving on a Texas freeway.

Their father, a 29-year-old man, had been driving a Toyota Sequoia on Interstate 10 in Houston with his sons, ages 8 and 6, when he was shot just before 11 p.m., Houston Police Department (HPD) Public Information Officer John Cannon told CNN.
The victim’s sons then steered the SUV off the freeway to a strip mall parking lot where one of the children got out of the car and ran to get help, Cannon said.
Their father was pronounced dead at the scene and both boys were unharmed, he added.

Source: Two young boys steered their car to safety after their father was fatally shot while driving – CNN

Pittsburgh’s rising wave of gun violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While much of the nation has experienced a dramatic increase in murders and other violent crimes, Pittsburgh has seen a 46% rise in shootings that left people injured and a similar percentage jump in homicides over the same time last year.

Perhaps the most alarming statistic to neighborhood activists is the number of young people dying from bullets: nearly one-third of the city’s 41 homicide victims were teens.

One 15-year-old boy was fatally shot on Brookline’s Creedmoor Avenue after several individuals chased him down, witnesses told reporters. Weeks earlier, a 17-year-old boy was followed from an Allentown convenience store and shot five times.

In April, a teenager was shot and killed in a Hill District apartment stairwell where a group of teens were “play fighting” with a gun, court records state. A 15-year-old was taken into custody in the shooting.

“It’s almost traumatizing to see so many young people dying prematurely, especially African-Americans,” said local anti-violence advocate the Rev. Glenn Grayson, who partners with the city on the Reach Initiative, a violence intervention program.

“We’re losing our future, the gifts and talents that could’ve been major contributions to society.”

Source: Pittsburgh’s rising wave of gun violence | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Man killed in shooting at Fayette Co. apartment complex – WPXI

NORTH UNION TWP, Pa. — State police are investigating a deadly shooting Friday afternoon in North Union Township.

It happened at Meridian Point Apartments on Confer Vista Drive shortly after 12:30 p.m.

According to police, Michael Cole Debeary, 32, was shot during an altercation involving two other men.

Debeary died at the scene.

State Police said the Fayette County district attorney has been consulted as part of the ongoing investigation.

Source: Man killed in shooting at Fayette Co. apartment complex – WPXI

British military: 7 Afghans killed in chaos at Kabul airport

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A panicked crush of people trying to enter Kabul’s international airport killed seven Afghan civilians in the crowds, the British military said Sunday, showing the danger still posed to those trying to flee the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

The deaths come as a new, perceived threat from the Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan has seen U.S. military planes do rapid, diving combat landings at the airport surrounded by Taliban fighters. Other aircraft have shot off flares on takeoff, an effort to confuse possible heat-seeking missiles targeting the planes.

The changes come as the U.S. Embassy issued a new security warning Saturday telling citizens not to travel to the Kabul airport without individual instruction from a U.S. government representative. Officials declined to provide more specifics about the IS threat but described it as significant. They said there have been no confirmed attacks as yet by the militants, who have battled the Taliban in the past.

On Sunday, the British military acknowledged the seven deaths of civilians in the crowds in Kabul. There have been stampedes and crushing injuries in the crowds, especially as Taliban fighters fire into the air to drive away those desperate to get on any flight out of the country.

“Conditions on the ground remain extremely challenging but we are doing everything we can to manage the situation as safely and securely as possible,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

On Saturday, British and Western troops in full combat gear tried to control the crowds pressing in. They carried away some who were sweating and pale. With temperatures reaching 34 degree Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit), the soldiers sprayed water from a hose on those gathered or gave them bottled water to pour over their heads.

“Listen sir, you need to calm down,” one soldier told a man laying in the dirt, as another gave him an orange liquid. “Calm down.”

It wasn’t immediately clear whether those killed had been physically crushed, suffocated or suffered a fatal heart attack in the crowds. Soldiers covered several corpses in white clothes to hide them from view. Other troops stood atop concrete barriers or shipping containers, trying to calm the crowd. Gunshots occasionally rang out.

Speaking to an Iranian state television channel late Saturday night in a video call, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem blamed the deaths at the airport on the Americans in what quickly became a combative interview.

“The Americans announced that we would take you to America with us and people gathered at Kabul airport,” Naeem said. “If it was announced right now in any country in the world, would people not go?”

Source: British military: 7 Afghans killed in chaos at Kabul airport

FDA links hundreds of dog deaths and severe illnesses to recalled pet food

The manufacturer behind dozens of popular pet food brands is recalling products amid safety problems.

The FDA has issued a statement confirming that 130 pets have died and hundreds more have fallen ill after eating food produced by Midwestern Pet Foods.

For Immediate Release:

The following quote is attributed to Steven M. Solomon, M.P.H., D.V.M., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine

“The FDA is dedicated to taking all steps possible to help pet owners have confidence that the food they buy for their animal companions is safe and wholesome. We are issuing this corporate-wide warning letter because inspections of Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.’s manufacturing plants revealed evidence of violations, which were shared across multiple plants and were associated with the illness or death of hundreds of pets who had eaten the company’s dry dog food. Samples of dog food were found to contain high levels of aflatoxin. It is imperative that manufacturers and distributors of pet foods understand their responsibility to comply with all requirements of federal law and FDA regulations and, when applicable, to implement a robust hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls program. We’ll continue to hold companies accountable and protect animal health as a core element of the FDA’s public health mission.”

Source: FDA links hundreds of dog deaths and severe illnesses to recalled pet food

2 women dead after shooting at Indiana factory: Sheriff’s office – ABC News

The two people shot dead Wednesday at an NHK factory in Frankfort, Indiana, were employees of the company — a grandmother and granddaughter who were arriving for their shift, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

The alleged suspect, 26-year-old Gary C. Ferrell, was an employee at the factory is in custody, authorities said.

The shooting took place in the parking lot of NHK Seating of America in Frankfurt, Indiana. The plant manufactures seats and seating parts for a Subaru plant in nearby Lafayette.

“Please avoid the area of our new NHK,” the sheriff’s office wrote shortly after the incident began. “This is an active scene.”

ABC News’ Will Gretsky contributed to this report.

Source: 2 women dead after shooting at Indiana factory: Sheriff’s office – ABC News