Firefighters respond to house fire in Greensburg

Firefighters were at the scene of a house fire in Westmoreland County Monday afternoon.

Video shows heavy smoke coming from the roof of the home located along McArthur Drive in Greensburg.

Chief Tom Bell of the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department said the house is a total loss.

Bell said the fire apparently started in a bathroom fan. The family smelled smoke and went to the bathroom and it was on fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No one was injured.

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Featured Business: Henry’s Hoagies adds new lunch option to downtown Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

There’s a new grab-and-go lunch option in downtown Greensburg.

Henry’s Hoagies opened March 2 in the downstairs space at 16 W. Second St.

For now, the food service is all takeout, offering eight sandwich options, four varieties of pepperoni rolls, two daily soups, snacks, fresh fruit, yogurt and bottled drinks.

Owners Henry Johnson and Holly Hull hope to add indoor dining when pandemic restrictions ease.

The Greensburg couple is new to the restaurant business, but not strangers to preparing food for others to enjoy.

They honed their hoagie-making skills by supplying party eats to their friends and families. They also cook for family holiday dinners.

Current hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, although the couple is considering adding Saturday hours due to interest expressed by customers.

Details: 724-221-6999 or Facebook.

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‪#‎lapelsgreensburg‬ – Explore This Featured Business | Facebook

Lapels, A Fine Men’s Store · Lapels has been named the Best of the Best: Men’s Clothing Store in Westmoreland County. We are thrilled at thus amazing honor. Thanks to all who took the time to vote for us. A special thanks to everyone who has supported us during this challenging year. Your loyalty has meant the world to us. We are excited for 2021, when we hope things return to a more normal state. We will be here bringing the best in men’s fashions, accessories and gifts to the region as we have done over the past 18 years. #lapelsgreensburg #bestofthebest20

SHOP IN STYLE in Downtown Greensburg. Lapels is where you can find cool winter fashions for him. While you are downtown stop at

Artisans of Hands and Heart

and pick up a metal Greensburg sign from Acorn Metal Signs.

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Man leaves trail of drugs after trying to run away from Greensburg police

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A 20-year-old Turtle Creek man was arrested and faces multiple drug and escape charges after police said he left a trail of cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia while running from officers in Greensburg,

According to our partners at TribLive.com, John Stenhouse was arrested in an alley behind a home in the 600 block of South Main Street. Police from Greensburg, South Greensburg and Southwest Greensburg boroughs chased him on foot, and during the pursuit, officers saw Stenhouse drop 13 plastic baggies of cocaine, crack, marijuana and about a “brick” of heroin, 50 stamp bags.

Officers had to shock Stenhouse with a Taser to get him under control.

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Greensburg woman charged with endangering children, drug possession after traffic stop | TribLIVE.com

A Greensburg woman pulled over early Tuesday for driving erratically during a snow storm without functioning headlights was later arrested by city police and charged with illegal possession of crack cocaine and heroin.

Sarah K. Walters, 28, also was charged with child endangerment because, police say, she had two young children, ages 3 and 5, in her van who were not secured in child safety seats and left a third child, 8, at her apartment unsupervised during the trip.

Patrolman Henry Fontana Jr. said the incident began at 12:41 a.m. on the 700 block of Highland Avenue when he noticed Walters’s van with improperly working headlights having trouble navigating the snow-covered road. He pulled her over in the Nature’s Way parking lot, according to police reports.

Fontana said, when he questioned Walters, he saw two children not properly secured in child safety seats and discovered Walters in possession of suspected crack cocaine, heroin and devices to ingest the drugs.

“Through investigation, it was determined that Walters left a third child, an 8-years-old girl, at home and unattended as she drove to a Greensburg residence to purchase crack cocaine and heroin,” Fontana wrote in court documents.

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Greensburg restaurant adapting, plans indoor farmers market

GREENSBURG, Pa. —A Greensburg restaurant owner is continuing her mission to adapt to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Lisa Hegedus has owned Caffe Barista for 23 years. This year, she was forced to adapt quickly when the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.

“We developed a box meal program, we delivered to all essential workers and offered curbside pickup,” Hegedus said.

The business is located across the street from the Westmoreland County Courthouse and has always relied on foot traffic. With her catering business taking a hit, Hegedus focused more on getting individual meals to customers.

“You have to pivot your business,” Hegedus said. “If you don’t look at the way things are happening around you and adapt to them, you’re not going to stay open.”

Now, Hegedus is planning to pivot again with an indoor farmers market in her store, starting early next year. The goal is for customers to be able to pick up fresh produce and dairy products, while still offering the food and beverages customers are used to.

“We’re just adding a new dimension to what we already offer. It brings more people into town shopping at all the other businesses,” Hegedus said. “We’re very thankful for everything, for all of our customers the 23 years we’ve been here, and hopefully another 23 more.”

Hegedus said work on the new setup is set to get underway soon, with the goal of having the farmers market open in the early months of 2021.

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Greensburg City Hall closed this week due to suspected coronavirus case | TribLIVE.com

Greensburg City Hall is closed this week due to a suspected coronavirus infection of a city employee, Councilman Randy Finfrock said.

“Just as an abundance of caution we’re deep cleaning City Hall, and we’ll be back in business Monday,” he said.

Officials closed the building Tuesday afternoon.

A city employee was feeling ill and took a coronavirus test, but the results have not been confirmed.

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The Palace Theatre’s new livestream system will bring arts into homes | TribLIVE.com

While audiences are unable to come to The Palace Theatre, Westmoreland Cultural Trust will bring programming to audiences with a new livestreaming service.

“Livestreaming will allow us to bring back much-needed entertainment and cultural experiences that have been missing since the pandemic began,” said April Kopas, CEO of Westmoreland Cultural Trust, which operates the theater. “With the easing of restrictions for indoor gatherings, there is the potential for an event to offer both an online experience to the public and a smaller, intimate (but socially distanced) in-theatre live experience, while adhering to our increased safety protocols.”

The virtual platform will allow regional cultural organizations and nonprofits to showcase local arts and entertainment in live performances viewed from the comforts of home, according to a release.

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Greensburg YMCA announces temporary closure of gym and pool, citing pandemic | TribLIVE.com

The Greensburg YMCA will close its doors to members for at least six months, though it will continue to operate its other programs, officials announced Friday.

The gym and pool will close Sept. 30.

Child care programs, the Y’s adult training facility, after-school programs and youth sports will continue as normal.

Attendance and revenue plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic, according to interim CEO Suzanne Printz.

“We’re just not seeing the volume or revenue on the membership to be able to continue or sustain these programs,” Printz said.

The Greensburg YMCA laid off 63 employees over the course of the pandemic. It will lay off an additional 17 on Sept. 30, bringing the total number of layoffs to more than half its staff.

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Diocese of Greensburg closes churches, limits funerals, baptisms, confessions

The Diocese of Greensburg has announced that it is closing all church buildings until further notice, with a few exemptions during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bishop Edward C. Malesic said baptisms and weddings should be delayed if possible and all funerals should take place at the cemetery with a memorial mass scheduled for a later date.

In addition to all previous directives, the following guidelines and mandates apply to all parishes, parish priests, parish administrators and deacons, parish churches and all public chapels:

•All parish churches and public chapels are to be closed until further notice, except in those cases listed below.

•The Sacrament of Reconciliation should be limited to those in serious need. Confessions should be arranged by appointment.

•Baptisms are to be delayed, if possible. However, should baptism be required, no more than 10 people, including clergy, are permitted to be present, taking extreme caution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

•Weddings should be delayed, if possible. However, should a wedding occur during this time of threat, no more than 10 people, including clergy, are permitted to be present. Proper social distancing must be maintained.

Bishop Edward C. Malesic said baptisms and weddings should be delayed if possible and all funerals should take place at the cemetery with a memorial mass scheduled for a later date.

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Investigators: Man Suffered Head Trauma In South Greensburg Hit-And-Run Crash – CBS Pittsburgh

While the suspect took off from where the alleged hit-and-run happened, witnesses got a good look at the car and have the description to police.

They say it’s a newer Chevrolet Cruze sedan that’s dark gray in color with chrome accents on the doors. The vehicle has some body damage.

DeGennaro has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the victim’s medical costs and other needs.

Police are still looking for the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a man in Greensburg on Friday.

Source: Investigators: Man Suffered Head Trauma In South Greensburg Hit-And-Run Crash – CBS Pittsburgh

Greensburg re-enactment brings Jesus’ trial to courthouse steps | TribLIVE.com

Dozens of people braved wind and rain on Good Friday to attend the 25th annual “Way of the Cross” drama in downtown Greensburg.

For the 17th time, Rick Zabrosky reprised his role as Jesus in the hours before his crucifixion — driven relentlessly through the streets of Greensburg by eight Roman soldiers.

“It truly brings the Scriptures to life,” Zabrosky, of Greensburg, said. “I have been stopped after the event by several people who joined the procession and told how moving it was and how it brought tears to their eyes.”

The re-enactment started on the steps of the Westmoreland County Courthouse with Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate. Following his sentencing, he was led by the guards down a route comprising South Main Street, West Otterman Street, South Pennsylvania Avenue and West Third Street.

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