Two people shot in Jeannette, sources confirm

Authorities have not released details about what happened at either location. There is a heavy police presence in the area.

Two people were shot along South 3rd Street in Jeannette early Tuesday evening, sources confirmed to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

Sources said one of the victims was able to get to a second location on South 5th Street.

The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening and there is currently no word on any suspects, sources said.

Police were at the scene for several hours on Tuesday. Authorities have not released details about what happened at either location.

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Westmoreland Co. leaders scrambling for solution as thousands still waiting for mail-in ballots

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Voting woes continue in Westmoreland County, with the clock ticking. Leaders are now scrambling to figure out a solution as thousands of residents still don’t have their mail-in ballots that they applied for.

A company based out of Ohio, Midwest Direct, has been tasked with getting them sent, but now Channel 11 learned that county officials at the courthouse may take matters into their own hands.

Earlier in October, officials accused Midwest Direct of sending out tens of thousands of ballots later than planned. There are still questions over how many have actually gone out.

In the past, Midwest Direct has blamed the delay on mechanical issues.That confusion is forcing leaders to make some tough decisions. They are considering having county elections staff at the courthouse print and mail out ballots themselves and avoid the third-party company altogether.

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Jeannette man jailed following heroin, crack cocaine arrests on consecutive nights | TribLIVE.com

A Jeannette man arrested on consecutive nights last week holding several thousand dollars and large quantities of heroin and crack cocaine was deemed to be “a danger to society” by a judge and ordered held in the county jail without bail.

District Judge Wayne Vlasic of Monessen made the notation in court documents when he refused to set a bond for Duran E. Foster, 25, on multiple drug distribution and possession charges.

Vlasic arraigned Foster after state troopers searched his Division Street home on Friday, seizing 14 bricks of heroin, more than one ounce of crack cocaine, 21 anxiety pills, multiple cell phones and $4,348.

Source: Jeannette man jailed following heroin, crack cocaine arrests on consecutive nights | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County approves drop box sites for mail-in ballots | TribLIVE.com

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, a drop box will be stationed from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week inside the lobby of the Westmoreland County Courthouse on Main Street in Greensburg. It will remain open through Election Day.

Drop boxes at Westmoreland County Community College on Fifth Avenue in New Kensington, Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity and the county’s Adult Probation office on Riverview Drive in Monessen will open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, drop boxes will be available in the Student Achievement Center building at Westmoreland County Community College near Youngwood, and the community college building on Mellon Road in Murrysville from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collections will resume Saturday, Oct. 31, at the community college sites in Murrysville and Youngwood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the drop boxes will be available at the WCCC building in New Kensington, the airport and the Monessen probation office.

“We tried to pick the four corners of the county (for drop box sites), but it was difficult,” said Commissioner Sean Kertes.

Drop boxes will be anchored to the ground, monitored by two county employees and video surveillance. Voters are only allowed to leave their own ballots. County staff will be on duty to enforce that.

“We wanted the drop boxes on the weekends for people who can’t make it to the courthouse. We thought weekends were best,” said Commissioner Gina Cerilli

Source: Westmoreland County approves drop box sites for mail-in ballots | TribLIVE.com

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.

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

CNN, New York Times spotlight Westmoreland County as key in presidential race | TribLIVE.com

National media outlets are eyeing Westmoreland County as a key battleground in the looming presidential election.

Both CNN and the New York Times this week spotlighted the county in reports, talking to residents and politicians about their efforts to swing the race in favor of either President Donald Trump or his Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

CNN — which called Westmoreland “pivotal” for Trump — spoke with Leslie Rossi, owner of the famous red, white and blue Trump House in Unity, which features a large cutout of the president outside.

“Four years ago, my work was really hard here,” Rossi told CNN. “I had to convince them President Trump was the best choice for them. This time, I don’t have to do any of that. They’re all in.”

Source: CNN, New York Times spotlight Westmoreland County as key in presidential race | TribLIVE.com

One person taken to hospital after crash along Route 130 in Penn Township

This is along the 2000 block of Route 130.

The vehicle hit a utility pole and the force of the crash brought down electric wires. First responders were unable to reach the victim until a crew from West Penn Power could shut down the lines.

Rescuers extricated the victim about 9:30 p.m.

The vehicle also damaged a gas meter, emergency dispatchers confirmed.

The person inside the vehicle was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

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Source: One person taken to hospital after crash along Route 130 in Penn Township

Police arrest man after large heroin bust at Westmoreland Co. home

GREENSBURG, Pa. — Police arrested a man after a large heroin bust in Westmoreland County.

Chyrone Rodgers, 32, of Greensburg, was arrested after officers served a search warrant at a home on Broad Street on Wednesday.

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COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Westmoreland County

State and local health officials have not pointed to any events or activities as the reason behind the current surge in cases.

With 86 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday, Westmoreland County is continuing to see its largest surge in cases since the pandemic began.

The county has averaged a daily total of more than 65 cases for the past week. The state Department of Health is also reporting 35 people are hospitalized in the county, with four people requiring ventilators.

“I think people let their guard down,” said Dr. Carol Fox, chief medical officer for Excela Health. “I think we went through a phase where there were not a lot of positive cases, and individuals felt more comfortable being without their mask.”

Fox said right now there are no concerns about hospital capacity within the Excela Health system, adding that many cases are not severe.

“We do have less individuals requiring ventilators and intensive care units,” Fox said. “That being said, they are sick enough to be in the hospital and that’s something to be concerned about.”

COVID-19 cases have impacted more than a half dozen school districts in Westmoreland County and outbreaks are currently ongoing at Westmoreland Manor senior care center and the Westmoreland County prison.

Fifty-eight people in the county have now died from COVID-19, according to the Westmoreland County coroner.

Source: COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Westmoreland County

Overnight fatal crash leaves one dead in Westmoreland County | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — One teen is dead after a rollover crash in Westmoreland County early this morning, according to police.

Police say the crash happened just after 1 am, on Lincoln Highway in Hempfield Township. The 19 year old driver, identified as Michael Schiff from Florida, was traveling along Route 30 at a high rate of speed when he lost control while driving along a right curve under the East Pittsburgh Bridge.

Police add that Schiff went over the concrete center median divider, crashed into the raised concrete shoulder, rolled over multiple times before coming to a rest in the parking lot of an indoor golf business.

Source: Overnight fatal crash leaves one dead in Westmoreland County | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com