Loyalhanna Township couple charged with operating meth lab

State police arrested a Loyalhanna Township couple early Wednesday after shutting down what they called a methamphetamine lab at the couple’s home in rural Westmoreland County. Brian Miller, 51, and Jennifer Lynn Williams, 53, are charged with operating a methamphetamine lab, possession of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to deliver.

preliminary hearing on the new charges is April 19.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Two killed in Salem Township house fire

Two people were killed in a house fire in Westmoreland County on Sunday.

The fire was reported at a home on the 1600 block of Route 819 in Salem Township at around 12:53 a.m.

The Westmoreland County Coroner’s office identified the victims as 57-year-old David Staats and 84-year-old Helena Staats.

“When we arrived the house was fully involved– flames coming out of every window,” said Forbes Road Fire Chief Bob Rosatti.

Rosatti said that the roof collapsed moments after the firefighter’s arrival and they were unable to enter due to the flames.

“There were two vehicles in the driveway which lead us to believe that there was somebody in there, but given the conditions of the fire there was nothing we could have done,” he said.

Once crews were able to knock the initial fire down and make the conditions somewhat safer, they were able to get closer to the home, according to Rosatti.

“We brought an aerial apparatus in and it was putting water down from the top and we found one victim,” he said. “We had to have an excavator come in and remove the debris from the structure to find the second victim.”

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, but Rosatti said he doesn’t believe it was suspicious.

Source: Two killed in Salem Township house fire

Live! Casino In Greensburg Among Companies Looking Fill Several Job Openings

Live! Casino in Greensburg is looking to hire dealers, cooks, and servers.

Casino officials plan to interview for positions that include table games dealers, guest services representatives, cage cashiers, environmental services attendants, security ambassadors, line and prep cooks, dishwashers, food servers, bartenders, restaurant hosts and cocktail servers.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. While walk-ins are welcomed, those interested in attending the job fair are encouraged to register online, where they can choose which time they will attend. The casino’s recruitment center is located on the first floor of the mall in the former Sears wing. Type tinyurl.com/up56ew into a web browser to register online.

OTHER COMPANIES ARE ALSO HIRING AT THE JOB FAIR ON MONDAY AT WESTMORELAND MALL IN GREENSBURG, PA.

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Chicken coop fire spreads to home in Westmoreland County

A fire that broke out in a chicken coop spread to a home in Westmoreland County on Friday morning.

The fire broke out around 2:15 a.m. at a house on the 300 block of Rustin Lane in East Huntingdon Township.

There were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

 

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No injuries in Greensburg apartment fire on Grant Street | TribLIVE.com

Multiple fire departments from central Westmoreland County responded to a fire that damaged four apartments Friday afternoon in Greensburg, according to 911 dispatchers.

“We had a lot of damage,” Greensburg Fire Chief Tom Bell said. “The homeowners are both alive and we got two cats out as well.”

The call initially came in as a tree on electric utility wires near a residence on Grant Street. West Penn Power crews were called, but it developed into a fire about 2:30 p.m., according to a dispatch supervisor.

Source: No injuries in Greensburg apartment fire on Grant Street | TribLIVE.com

Fire damages several floors of home in Jeannette

Fire damaged several floors of a home in Jeannette, Westmoreland County.

The fire broke out shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Good Street.

Crews shut down several blocks of the street as they responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Derry man charged with having heroin, fentanyl at Westmoreland County Prison | TribLIVE.com

Jason Michael Thomas, 31, of Derry, is charged with drug possession and contraband.

Detectives said Thomas was being processed at 1:20 a.m. Sept 15 at the Hempfield jail prior to arraignment on charges stemming from a domestic assault in a vehicle filed by North Huntingdon police. He was carrying his shoes and walking to a cell when authorities said he dropped a bundle of stamp bags.

Source: Derry man charged with having heroin, fentanyl at Westmoreland County Prison | TribLIVE.com

Motorcyclist killed in Westmoreland Co. crash, was not wearing helmet

A man riding a motorcycle was killed in a crash overnight Sunday in Westmoreland County.

Robert Mahan, 24 — was riding his motorcycle south on Sardis Road when he crossed over the center line into the opposite lane and hit a Honda CR-V.

Source: Motorcyclist killed in Westmoreland Co. crash, was not wearing helmet

Fire erupts in the middle of a Westmoreland County street

A fire broke out in the middle of the street in Rostraver, Westmoreland County late Sunday.

The Rostraver Central Fire Department said the fire broke out in a catch basin next to a gas pipeline on Wildwind Drive.

No injuries reported from the scene.

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PSP: Greensburg man killed in motorcycle crash on Route 30; 2 others arrested for DUI | WJAC

State police in Greensburg say a 44-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash along Route 30 in Westmoreland County Friday.

Troopers say Allen Wallace was traveling westbound, at a high-rate of speed, and collided with an SUV, causing him to be thrown from the bike and into a guardrail.

Investigators say Wallace was pronounced dead at the scene and the occupants of the SUV reported no injuries.

Troopers add that two other motorcyclists, who were riding with Wallace at the time of the crash, were arrested for DUI-related charges.

Anyone in the area of RTE 30 and Beatty County Rd on 3/12/21 at 20:58 hours that witnessed the crash involving a motorcycle and vehicle please contact Tpr Vinkler at 724-832-3288.

Source: PSP: Greensburg man killed in motorcycle crash on Route 30; 2 others arrested for DUI | WJAC

Home destroyed by fire in Westmoreland County

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A home was destroyed by fire in Westmoreland County Thursday morning.

The flames started around 10:30 a.m. at a home on Georges Street in Washington Township.

A man in his 80s lived at the home and told Channel 11 that a wood burner had malfunctioned.

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Coroner called to two-vehicle crash in Youngwood, Westmoreland County

County emergency dispatchers said the crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. at Racetrack and Wilson Fox roads in Youngwood.

Youngwood Fire Chief Lloyd Crago said an SUV was driving north on Racetrack Road when it left the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle rolled over, came back onto the roadway and collided with a van that was going southbound.

The coroner’s office pronounced the driver of the SUV, 88-year-old Elizabeth Anderson, of Hempfield Township, dead at the scene.

State police in Greensburg and the coroner are investigating.

Source: Coroner called to two-vehicle crash in Youngwood, Westmoreland County

Man dies after being hit by two vehicles in Westmoreland

A 39-year-old man died Saturday night after he was hit by two vehicles in Westmoreland County, according to the county coroner’s office.

Timothy A. Strobel, of Hempfield, was the only person on his all-terrain vehicle driving south on Route 819, the Westmoreland coroner’s office said. Mr. Strobel went off the west side of the roadway before 9 p.m., hit an embankment, and his vehicle flipped over into the southbound lane.

Source: Man dies after being hit by two vehicles in Westmoreland

Westmoreland jail inmate charged after detectives say she swallowed drugs in cell | TribLIVE.com

A Westmoreland County Prison inmate is accused by county detectives of swallowing four stamp bags of suspected heroin she had in her cell after being committed there earlier this month, according to court papers.

Elizabeth June Cramer, 35, of Greensburg, is charged with contraband and tampering with evidence.

A fifth stamp bag recovered in Cramer’s cell by corrections officers was marked “Chucky,” which has been linked to drug overdoses and deaths around the region, according to court papers.

Source: Westmoreland jail inmate charged after detectives say she swallowed drugs in cell | TribLIVE.com

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.

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

2 stores close at Westmoreland Mall; prom and formal wear store opens | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland Mall officials confirmed that Littman Jewelers shuttered this month, and a women’s clothing store is set to close.

Littman, a national jewelry chain, was located on the first floor across from the former Sears wing and the wing that now houses Live! Casino Pittsburgh. Christopher & Banks, on the first floor near JCPenney, also is set to close, according to signage posted at the store.

Source: 2 stores close at Westmoreland Mall; prom and formal wear store opens | TribLIVE.com

No one injured in partial collapse of vacant Rostraver warehouse | TribLIVE.com

No one was injured in the partial collapse of a warehouse building late Friday afternoon along Tyrol Boulevard in Rostraver.

No one was in the building at the time, according to Rostraver Police Sgt. Ron Naylor. He said the building once served as a potato chip warehouse but had not been used for some time.

Naylor said the building is in poor condition, was acquired by operators of the nearby Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill and was slated for demolition.

Source: No one injured in partial collapse of vacant Rostraver warehouse | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County man charged with carrying unlicensed firearm at airport | TribLIVE.com

Security agents caught the third gun in nine days – and the second this week – at Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday, Transportation Security Administration officials said.

Security officers stopped a Westmoreland County man at the security checkpoint after they spotted a .38-caliber handgun in the man’s carry-on bag.

Allegheny County Police discovered the man, identified in court records as Richard Santone Sr., did not have a license to carry the gun.

Santone, of Hannastown, is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, court records show.

It was the second time this week TSA agents stopped a traveler trying to take a gun through security in their carry-on.

Source: Westmoreland County man charged with carrying unlicensed firearm at airport | TribLIVE.com

Despite vaccine, Redstone Highlands reports covid spike at Greensburg facility | TribLIVE.com

About 1,000 employees and staff members at Redstone Highlands’ three skilled nursing facilities have their first and, in some cases, second doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

With the facilities on their way to being protected, president and CEO John Dickson said it was a shock to learn the virus made its way back in. An outbreak of covid-19 was reported in the Greensburg center, where 15 residents and three staff members tested positive during the past week. One resident died.

“This has been surprising to us,” Dickson said.

Source: Despite vaccine, Redstone Highlands reports covid spike at Greensburg facility | TribLIVE.com

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.

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