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.