Vigil for New Zealand victims held in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Organizers said more than 100 people participated in a candlelight vigil outside the Westmoreland Museum of American Art on Sunday night to honor the victims of the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques.

Speakers included Haykin, Council on American Islam Relations of Pittsburgh member Safzar Khwaja, Westmoreland Diversity Coalition co-chair Rabbi Sara Perman, Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP President Ruth Tolbert, Sister Barbara Einloth of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and Rev. Peter E. Nordby of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Youngwood.

Source: Vigil for New Zealand victims held in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

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Advocates at Greensburg event call for more drug addiction treatment options | TribLIVE.com

“Harm-reduction” advocates called for more treatment options for those addicted to drugs at a forum held at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg on Saturday.

There are many problems contributing to the drug epidemic, said Devin Reaves, executive director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Committee, based in Philadelphia.

Reaves said his goal is to spread the word that drug users are not bad people, drug use is not a moral failing, and the correct solution to the drug problem is not imprisoning all drug users.

Source: Advocates at Greensburg event call for more drug addiction treatment options | TribLIVE.com

Armed suspect shot by police in Greensburg dies at the hospital

An armed suspect shot by police in Greensburg has died at the hospital.

Greensburg police were called to the scene on Grant Street after reports of a woman firing shots at a vehicle traveling on the street. One of the bullets struck a business. The woman then went back into her residence.

When officers arrived on scene they heard screaming coming from inside the home. Officers began giving commands to get her to leave the residence. The woman came out of the residence with a weapon. After the woman refused to drop the weapon, officers fired a bean bag round at the woman. The woman then raised the gun at police and officers fired their guns at her.

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: Greensburg Police confirm this is an officer-involved shooting. A woman fired at a vehicle in the street. When she was approached by police she had a handgun in her hand. Officers first fired a bean bag. She raised the gun again and officers fired their guns.

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No one else was injured.

Source: Armed suspect shot by police in Greensburg dies at the hospital

Chemical spill shuts down Route 30 in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Route 30 was closed in both directions near the East Pittsburgh Street ramps in Greensburg after a driver apparently threw a jug of chemicals at another car in an apparent road-rage incident on Tuesday night.“The person threw a five-gallon jug of xylene out the window,” Hempfield No. 2 Fire Chief Tom Kline said.Xylene is a chemical solvent, typically used as a paint thinner.

Source: Chemical spill shuts down Route 30 in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Greensburg Community Development Corp. extends proposal deadline for hotel at 225 S. Penna Ave | TribLIVE.com

The Greensburg Community Development Corp. is giving developers another month to make their pitch for a downtown hotel.

The group issued a request for proposals last month in the hopes of attracting hotel development.

The new deadline is April 1. Kertes said she’s hopeful the group will have proposals to consider by then.

Officials want a new developer to pick up where the last one left off, building a 60- 80-room hotel at 225 S. Pennsylvania Ave. The long-vacant building is owned by Anthony Bucciero, president of Guardian Construction.

The city estimates it would take about $9 million to turn the building into a hotel.

Source: Greensburg Community Development Corp. extends deadline for hotel proposals | TribLIVE.com

Greensburg woman accused of child endangerment | TribLIVE.com

By Paul Peirce:

Greensburg police allege a 23-year-old woman left her two young children home alone in a crib last week.

The children are 1 and 2 years old.

Two counts of endangering the welfare of children were filed against Sierra S. Manges of Greensburg with District Judge Chris Flanigan.

Source: Greensburg woman accused of leaving 2 children alone in crib | TribLIVE.com

Fetterman’s marijuana tour stop in Greensburg draws large, divided crowd | TribLIVE.com

More than 200 people filled the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center Monday night to voice their opinion on legalizing marijuana.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman was in town for the latest stop on his marijuana listening tour. He plans to visit all 67 Pennsylvania counties to gather data on public sentiment regarding marijuana.

Source: Fetterman’s marijuana tour stop in Greensburg draws large, divided crowd | TribLIVE.com

FORMER GREENSBURG CONVENIENCE STORE EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH THEFT | Classic Hits 107.1 FM WHJB

Greensburg City Police have charged a former employee of a Greensburg convenience store with stealing from the store after hours.

Police say 43-year-old Aaron P. Payne allegedly went into the CoGo’s on East Pittsburgh Street on February 22nd after the store closed and took $443 from a filing cabinet and is charged with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property.

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WHITE OAK MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING CALCULATORS FROM GREENSBURG STORE | Classic Hits 107.1 FM WHJB

State Police have charged a man from White Oak with retail theft for an incident that happened in Greensburg.

Troopers say that 38-year-old Edward Byers of White Oak went into the Best Buy store on Donohoe Road and stole two scientific calculators by concealing them on his person and walking out with them.

Source: WHITE OAK MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING CALCULATORS FROM GREENSBURG STORE | Classic Hits 107.1 FM WHJB

Greensburg fires longtime city planning director | TribLIVE.com

Barbara Ciampini, who has run Greensburg’s planning and development department for decades, has been fired.

Greensburg City Council met Monday in a special session to handle the matter, Mayor Robert Bell confirmed.

Council’s decision was unanimous, he said.

Bell said he could not immediately discuss the reason for the firing, calling it a “personnel issue.” Further details may be made available later, he said.

Ciampini said she had no comment.

City Councilman Gregory Mertz said he could not comment on personnel matters. Other council members could not immediately be reached.

She worked for the city for about 35 years and was deeply involved in business development in Greensburg, working closely with the Greensburg Community Development Corp., Historical and Architectural Review Board and city council. Almost any construction or renovation project in the city was under her purview.

Source: Greensburg fires longtime city planning director | TribLIVE.com

Office manager for Greensburg doctor, 4 others charged in drug-acquisition scheme | TribLIVE

A former office manager for Dr. Nabil Jabbour, a Greensburg physician facing federal charges for illegal distribution of Suboxone and money laundering, was among five people state police arrested Wednesday by on charges of being conspirators in an alleged drug acquisition operation.

Residents charged with being part of the drug-acquisition conspiracy are Rhonda D. Anthony, 42, Jacqueline R. Keys, 33, and Adam L. Fincik, 35, all of West Newton; and Rebecca R. Carwithen, 24, of Monessen.

Source: Office manager for Greensburg doctor, 4 others charged in drug-acquisition scheme | TribLIVE

Developer plans to transform vacant Greensburg bank into startup hub | TribLIVE

A New Jersey developer envisions a long-vacant bank building in downtown Greensburg as a hub for startups.

Ramesh Reddy Ammana bought the Barclay-Westmore­land Trust Co. bank building at auction for $140,000 last month.

He said the 12,000-square-foot building has water damage and other issues from its many years of disuse, but he hopes to start renovations in the spring. He’s done a feasibility study and is in talks with contractors, he said.

The plan is to turn the building into office space for small businesses.

Source: Developer plans to transform vacant Greensburg bank into startup hub | TribLIVE

Greensburg hopes to stop utility pole crashes with alley traffic change | TribLIVE

Bononi Way is an alley that runs three blocks from West Pittsburgh Street to Fourth Street.

The direction of travel on the one-way alley is divided at Third Street, with traffic running north from Third Street to West Pittsburgh Street and south from Third Street to Fourth Street.

Council will vote on an ordinance Monday that would move the north-south dividing line one block up, to Second Street.

Source: Greensburg hopes to stop utility pole crashes with alley traffic change | TribLIVE

‘Got away with one’: Judge dismisses DUI charges for Greensburg woman’s driveway crash | TribLIVE

BY RICH CHOLODOFSKY

A Westmoreland County judge on Thursday dismissed drunken driving charges against a Greensburg woman who was arrested in her own driveway following a collision with a neighbor’s car.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher Feliciani ruled in favor of Mary Britz, 58, who Greensburg police charged after she crashed into a car in June as she attempted to back out of her Painter Avenue driveway. Her vehicle never reached the street.

Defense attorney Patricia Elliott-Rentler argued that DUI charges can only be filed when a motorist operates a vehicle on public roadways.

Source: ‘Got away with one’: Judge dismisses DUI charges for Greensburg woman’s driveway crash | TribLIVE