By: KDKA-TV News Staff
FAYETTE COUNTY (KDKA) — Police are searching for the person who robbed a First National Bank in Chalk Hill.
It happened Monday morning at the branch on Route 40.
State Police have released a photo from inside the bank.
The robber was apparently wearing a motorcycle helmet and had something in their hand.
State police investigated a murder-suicide Saturday in Fayette County that left two men dead.
Troopers said they were dispatched to a shooting on East End Road in Bullskin just before noon and found Chad William Lowry, 34, of Connellsville, dead. The suspect fled in a truck, police said.
While investigators were on the way to the shooting call, they learned that the suspect had shot himself about 6 miles away on Wiltrout Hollow Road. Jeremy Alan Lowry, 35, of Connellsville, was found dead there, according to Trooper Robert Broadwater.
Troopers did not identify any relationship between the two or detail a motive in a news release. The Fayette County coroner’s office refused to release any information about either death.
BULLSKIN TWP., Pa. — Two people were killed in a murder-suicide incident in Fayette County on Saturday.
Pennsylvania State Police Uniontown said the incident occurred around 11:45 a.m. in the 200 block of East End Road, Bullskin Township
Troopers responded to a reported shooting and found Chad William Lowry, 34, of Connellsville, dead at the home.
Police said Jeremy Alan Lowry, 35, of Connellsville, had driven off. It was later found that Jeremy Lowry had then shot himself in the 100 block of Wiltrout Hollow Road.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. —Uniontown police are investigating after a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head in Friday night.
The shooting happened on Coolspring Street around 8 p.m.
Uniontown police told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that the victim was alive and flown to a hospital.
His condition is currently unknown.Police have not reported any suspects.
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
SOUTH UNION TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Elections officials in Fayette County are working to solve a problem dealing with voting machines not accepting ballots.
Numerous voters have contacted KDKA, reporting that their Republican ballots were not accepted.
Hutchison Elementary School, the polling location for South Union Township’s 3rd voting district was among those having issues on Tuesday morning.
Chris Varney, Judge of Elections says they were initially under the impression that it was a problem with all ballots, but then determined it was only a problem with Republican ballots.
Varney says he was unaware of which specific precincts were dealing with the same issue, but that this same issue was happening in numerous locations across Fayette County.
The Fayette County Bureau of Elections has confirmed that precincts across the county are having issues with machines not scanning bar codes on all ballots, for both Republicans and Democrats.
SALTLICK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — State police officials told Channel 11 that a man at the center of a standoff in Saltlick Township, Fayette County was shot and killed after he came out of the home and raised a firearm.
Officials swarmed the home in the area of Pine Slopes and Indian Creek Valley Road after two troopers responded to a domestic call around 10:30 a.m.
As the troopers were leaving the scene, they said a man shot at them. The troopers were not injured.
According to a Seven Springs spokesperson, the skier was the last of the day at their annual end of season pond skim event.
The skier skied off the course, broke through a fence and hit the two spectators. They were both taken to local hospitals. Their conditions are currently unknown.
Full statement below:
“At our annual end of season pond skim event, our last skier of the day lost control and skied off the course, broke through a fence and hit two spectators. Our ski patrol swiftly attended to them. The spectators were taken to local hospitals. Our entire Seven Springs family extends our thoughts, prayers and support to all those involved.”
BULLSKIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
Pennsylvania’s unemployment office helped thwart an attempt to illegally obtain unemployment benefits.
A 75-year-old man from Acme said an unknown person somehow gained access to his Social Security number and attempted to file for unemployment benefits through the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office.State police said the unemployment office notified the victim and stopped the attempt before unemployment benefits could be opened in the victim’s name.
State police are investigating.
A man operating his personal drone discovered the body of Melanie Prokop, 62, who had been missing since New Year’s Day.
State police said the drone operator was volunteering in the search for Melanie Prokop, 62, and made the discovery on Wednesday.
Prokop was found in a wooded area off Kennedy Road in North Union Township.
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — A series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 600 others on Sunday, authorities said.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said the 4 p.m. explosion was due to the “negligent handling of dynamite” in the military barracks located in the neighborhood of Mondong Nkuantoma in Bata.
“The impact of the explosion caused damage in almost all the houses and buildings in Bata,” the president said in a statement, which was in Spanish.
The defense ministry released a statement late Sunday saying that a fire at a weapons depot in the barracks caused the explosion of high-caliber ammunition. It said the provisional toll was 20 dead and 600 injured, adding that the cause of the explosions will be fully investigated.
The country’s president said the fire may have been due residents burning the fields surrounding the barracks.
State television showed a huge plume of smoke rising above the explosion site as crowds fled, with many people crying out “we don’t know what happened, but it is all destroyed.”
Images on local media seen by The Associated Press showed people screaming and crying running through the streets amid debris and smoke. Roofs of houses were ripped off, and wounded people were being carried into a hospital.
Equatorial Guinea, an African country of 1.3 million people located south of Cameroon, was a colony of Spain until it gained its independence in 1968. Bata has roughly 175,000 inhabitants.
Four are located within the 10-county Pittsburgh metro where Community Bank ranks No. 17 by deposit market share. It is targeting June 30 for the closures.
Monongahela to be consolidated into Rostraver
Perryopolis to be consolidated into Uniontown and Rostraver
Pioneer to be consolidated into Waynesburg
Southpointe to be consolidated into McMurray
The affected areas include Westmoreland Ridges and Fayette Ridges, including the cities of Ligonier, Donegal, Champion, Ohiopyle,
Terra Alta, Rowlesburg, Hazelton, Davis, Thomas and Canaan Valley.
From 2 p.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday, the watch will be in effect; however, a winter weather advisory could be issued by that time.
NWS Pittsburgh says that potential ice from the expected snow, sleet and freezing rain could lead to power outages and tree damage. They anticipate that the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes could be impacted by the weather conditions.
“Travel could be nearly impossible,” the NWS Pittsburgh wrote in its alert on Sunday morning.
GREENSBURG, Pa. — Ambulance crews have been responding to a substantial amount of overdose calls in Fayette County and across parts of Westmoreland County. Officials believe there could be a “bad batch” of drugs behind the problem.
“When a batch of bad substance comes into your area, normally it is in bulk so we don’t see one overdose here, one here, isolated. We start to see multiple calls in the same area,” said John Duke with Brownsville Ambulance Service.
In the last 24 hours, medics responded to over a dozen calls related to suspected drug overdoses and people under the influence. From the Connellsville area to Fayette City and Saltlick Township, at least three of the overdoses were deadly. Duke said the behavior of the people under the influence has been concerning.
“Combativeness. Walking around town with no shirt or pants on. Just stuff that’s totally off the wall and out there,” he said.Officials said while it’s dangerous to the people taking the substances, it’s also taxing on the crews who respond.“We all staff based on our call volume and what we can substantiate financially and when this additional call volume comes on, none of us are prepared for it,” Duke said.He’s putting out a warning about the drugs, especially after three people died.“Time still matters. If you have signs or symptoms of anything, call us. Let us get you the treatment you need,” Duke said.
“We have doubled our COVID-19 inpatient volume twice in the past two weeks,” Uniontown Hospital chief medical officer Dr. Surabhi Gaur said.
Fifty-seven people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 at the Fayette County hospital, enough to push the hospital to the verge of being at capacity.
“We’re typically licensed for about 140 beds, and we’re pushing that capacity as we speak,” Gaur said. “We’re in the high 130s.”Officials said the 15-bed intensive care unit is filled with COVID-19 patients. A drastic reduction of elective surgeries has helped the hospital shift those rooms into beds for non-COVID patients requiring intensive care.
From midnight and through the day Tuesday, we will have snow showers leaving many with 1-2″ and areas north of I-80 and along the ridges picking up around 3″ of snow.
Our highs will struggle to make it to 40 degrees on Tuesday.
For the rest of the week, it’ll be cold with lows in the upper 20’s and highs in the low 40’s.
Our next round of rain and snow is possible late Thursday and through the day Friday.
Both vehicles were in the left lane, with one traveling north and the other traveling south.
Officers also said the driver showed signs of impairment and was arrested for driving under the influence.
Both the northbound and southbound lanes were closed for around three and a half hours.
A woman was allegedly under the influence of marijuana when she backed into a pedestrian in a doctor’s office parking lot, causing serious injuries.
A Leckrone woman was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $1 million from Grandview Medical Management in Uniontown.
A portion of Market Street in Brownsville, Fayette County, was shut down Sunday after part of a building collapsed.
According to a statement from Mayor Ross Swords shared by the Hiller Volunteer Fire Company, all Downtown Brownsville traffic will be rerouted using the Inner County Bridge and Lane Bane Bridge following Penndot’s posted signs.
Local traffic is still able to access the downtown area using Brown Street, Brown Street gravel lot, Shady Avenue, Charles Street/ Bridge and Bank Street.The downtown square is also still open for parking.
There are several attacks on presidential candidate Joe Biden that can stick, but one of the weakest and most perplexing swipes at Biden is claiming he is losing mental capacity and that he has dementia. None of the attacks are true, and Biden easily dispels them just by talking in complete sentences for more than one minute, something he did with ease during his last televised town hall.
But that hasn’t stopped these tired attacks. The Trump campaign and its allies are still trying to make this claim, and a billboard near Uniontown in Fayette County is entering the fray.
Problem is, the billboard — in an attempt to insult Biden’s mental acuity — misspelled the word dementia as “dimensia.”
Perhaps the persons responsible for the billboard are having a senior moment.
A Uniontown couple is behind bars after narcotics agents reported finding heroin and crack cocaine in their home where three children live with their parents.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 is working to learn more about a structure fire in Fayette County Friday night.
Emergency officials said the fire started at a structure in Brownsville Borough just after 2:30 a.m. at the corner of Baltimore Street and 5th Avenue.It is unclear how the fire started or if anyone was injured.
A Fayette County woman caring for two mentally challenged men is accused of leaving them in her SUV for more than an hour while she played video poker inside a Westmoreland County store.Samantha Kay White, 46, of Dawson, was charged Thursday with neglect of a dependent care person and reckless endangerment by Smithton Police in connection with the Sept. 28 incident.
A man was arrested Friday for allegedly robbing his girlfriend and dragging her from a car while it was in the road in Uniontown.
Darrell Howard Foster, 42, of River Avenue in Masontown was charged with strangulation, robbery, simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property.
According to court paperwork, Uniontown City Police were called to the intersection of South Gallatin Avenue and Main Street at about 6:45 a.m. Friday when a bystander called 911, reporting a woman was dragged from a vehicle and screaming for help.