JEANNETTE, Pa. – The City of Jeannette Fire Department is the only full-time paid fire department in Westmoreland County, but like many volunteer fire departments, it’s feeling the strain when it comes to manpower.
That’s why the department teaming up with the Penn Boro Volunteer Fire Department to create a dual response system to supplement manpower when they’re on true emergency calls.
A Jeannette woman allegedly left two children, ages 10 and 7 months, at her home with a man wanted on a warrant while she stole a vehicle Saturday morning, according to court papers.
Police said the home was in deplorable condition when they arrived after taking Amber L. Tavener, 40, into custody in connection with the stolen vehicle.
A little bird is now helping Jeannette police tweet local concerns and warrants issued via social media.
The official Twitter account City of Jeannette Police Department went live this month. The account is run by police Chief Shannon Binda and his staff.
Aside from the goal of reaching more people, Binda believes Twitter may appeal to a younger audience as well.
“It’s just another social media outlet that people will go to,” Binda said. “I’m not a Facebook person, but I have a Twitter account.”
Richard C. Bankosh Jr. was arraigned before District Judge Joseph DeMarchis on charges of rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, terroristic threats and false imprisonment filed by city police. DeMarchis ordered Bankosh held in the county jail after he failed to post $250,000 bail.
Two people were arrested for drunken-driving this weekend during a sobriety checkpoint in Jeannette, according to Police Chief Shannon Binda.
The Laurel Valley DUI Task Force set up on Harrison Avenue Friday night through early Saturday. One of the drunken-driving suspects was under the influence of a controlled substance, he said.
Officers made three drug arrests and wrote 23 citations. Identities of those who had been arrested were not released Monday morning.
A train struck and killed a 16-year-old boy Tuesday morning in Jeannette, according to a Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher and the coroner’s office.
The coroner’s office identified the teen as Jonathon Brown of Jeanette and said he died from blunt force injuries.
The coroner’s office said Brown was walking east on the track. A Norfolk Southern conductor and engineer saw him about 7:30 a.m. on the tracks near Magee Avenue and Sixth Street. The train’s brakes were activated and its horn sounded, but Brown remained on the track, according to investigators.
It’s a clean slate for the former Jeannette Glass site with nearly all of the demolition and remediation work completed on schedule.
Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp. director Jason Rigone said Monday the $6 million project is 99 percent finished and he expects the remaining work to wrap up this weekend.
Rostraver Police have charged a Jeannette man who was involved in a hit-and-run crash in the township earlier this month with possession of a stolen handgun.
Police say the gun was found after a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Martell Crosby was impounded.
A longtime Jeannette chiropractor is retiring from practice and selling the house where his office has been located since 1974.
John R. Dent, 68, of Greensburg said he expects to close the business, located at 6 Beaver Road, in the next couple weeks. Tentative closing date for the sale is July 26.
Current patients who are looking for records or referrals should call the office at 724-523-4856 or his cellphone at 724-875-6929.
Westmoreland County detectives this week charged the former bookkeeper of a Jeannette electrical contracting firm with embezzling more than $76,800.
Staci E. Cantor, 48, of Jeannette, is charged with nine counts of theft, two counts of access device fraud and one count of forgery in connection with the alleged thefts from Atlas Electrical Contracting Inc.
A Westmoreland County judge ruled Tuesday in favor of the county’s land bank to close a 50-foot unused road at the rear of the former Monsour Medical Center property in Jeannette, a decision that inches forward plans for a proposed retail development at the site.