Westmoreland Co. Police Asking Questions After Mystery Man Goes Door-To-Door Asking About Supplies – CBS Pittsburgh

WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — Police are checking in on Westmoreland County residents after a mystery man went door-to-door asking strange questions.

On Monday, an officer walked the beat along Jefferson and Washington Streets in South Greensburg.

The police got a few calls about a late-night visitor who was asking residents questions over the weekend.

“Saw some lights last night, some unusual activity at 10 o’clock on a Sunday night,” resident Katie Kelsey said.

Kelsey lives along Jefferson Street and told KDKA the person visited her neighbor, who then posted on Facebook.

“FYI to all south Greensburg residents. A young man about 6’2″ narrow build walking house to house with a small flip notebook with a badge on it claiming to work for a Gina at the Prison stating he has been sent to see if you need supplies. He may be armed and dangerous and attempt to rob you!” the post reads.

“We don’t know if he was casing the neighborhood, we don’t know what to think at this point,” Kelsey said.

The “Gina” the late-night visitor may be referring to is Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli, but she posted a message on Facebook after getting word of the mystery man.

Cerilli posting on her Facebook in part, “I did NOT send anyone to check on your household for supplies. Please keep your doors locked & call 911 immediately.”

We do not know the true intentions of the person going door to door.

Source: Westmoreland Co. Police Asking Questions After Mystery Man Goes Door-To-Door Asking About Supplies – CBS Pittsburgh

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Stay-At-Home Order Extended Through April 30 In PA | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – There are now 26 counties under Governor Tom Wolf’s Stay-At-Home order.

Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties join the 22 other counties, including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland locally under the order.

Wolf announced during a press briefing Monday that he is extending the Stay at Home order through April 30 for all counties affected.

The order that began on the evening of March 23, was originally scheduled to last for two weeks.

Wolf also announced that schools will remain closed indefinitely and he will no longer extend the deadline by two weeks at a time.

Non-life essential businesses remain ordered to close.

Source: Stay-At-Home Order Extended Through April 30 In PA | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

Woman arrested after Jeannette police try to disperse group involved in fight | TribLIVE.com

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Jeannette police tried to avoid arresting a group of girls who were yelling about a fight in the street Sunday, but took one into custody after several residents started exiting their homes, according to court papers.

Four to five females were walking in and out of traffic at the intersection of South Fourth Street and Chambers Avenue at 5:30 p.m., screaming and attempting to re-start a fight that had ended, police said.

Police were trying to get the group to disperse in an effort to not burden an already-limited local justice system because of the coronavirus pandemic, Patrolman Bryan DeFelice said in court papers. The officers asked the group to go home at least 15 times, police said.

Members of the group started yelling obscenities at a female resident and authorities said several people starting coming outside on Cuyler Avenue and from Jeannette Manor. Police chased Sheradin Brittany Rose Hazen, 18, around a few blocks before taking her into custody at the intersection of Cuyler and Chambers avenues.

Source: Woman arrested after Jeannette police try to disperse group involved in fight | TribLIVE.com

Coroner: Westmoreland Co. man dies after being swept away into drainage pipe | WJAC

The Westmoreland County coroner has identified a man who died Saturday evening after being swept away by floodwaters into a storm drain, according to a report.

Coroner Kenneth Bacha says Nathan Roth, 38, was killed Saturday after he was “attempting to clear debris from a storm drain pipe and was swept away by the swift-moving water.”

Roth was pronounced dead at the scene after being swept a few hundred yards away, according to officials.

Bacha determined the cause of death to be asphyxiation due to drowning, the report states.

The drowning occurred around 5:30 p.m. Saturday along Clay Pike Road in Sewickley Township, according to officials.

Greensburg state police investigated the death and ruled it as accidental, a release states.

Source: Coroner: Westmoreland Co. man dies after being swept away into drainage pipe | WJAC

Deceased man found along trail in Youngwood | TribLIVE.com

State police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body along the Five Star Trail behind the Shop ‘n Save supermarket in Youngwood Thursday afternoon.2500993_web1_Youngwood-body

The man was discovered at about 3 p.m., and the Westmoreland County Coroner’s office was called to the scene, according to a Westmoreland County Department of Public safety supervisor.

The man was found on a bench and a woman walking along the trail called Westmoreland County 911 to alert authorities, said Youngwood Fire Chief Lloyd Crago.

Additional details were not available.

Source: Deceased man found along trail in Youngwood | TribLIVE.com

Hempfield man charged in theft scheme involving 2 Allegheny County school districts | TribLIVE.com

A 45-year-old Hempfield man turned himself in to Allegheny County detectives Wednesday on charges he stole about $31,000 from two area school districts last year, according to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office.

John Trageser is accused of theft, forgery and other crimes for allegedly devising a scheme where two school districts wrote checks for new wrestling mats to WTL, which authorities determined was the Westmoreland Travel League, a baseball organization led by Trageser.

Checks totalling just over $31,000 were issued to the league by Chartiers Valley and West Jefferson Hills school districts for new wrestling mats that were sold to them by Trageser, who worked for S&S Flooring of Ambridge, the company that sold and installed the mats.

Source: Hempfield man charged in theft scheme involving 2 Allegheny County school districts | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland Mall remains open, though many businesses have temporarily closed | TribLIVE.com

While several malls across the region shutter in response to the growing threat of the coronavirus, Westmoreland and Monroeville malls for now remain open, keeping their hours unchanged.

Despite the decision to remain open, just over 20 stores were dark Wednesday in Westmoreland Mall, signs posted that they are temporarily closed for the safety of employees and the public. Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday called on nonessential businesses to close to help stop the spread of the virus, though he noted it was up to individual businesses to heed the order.

“Mall hours will remain unchanged in order to allow our retailers the flexibility to operate. However, certain retailers will follow their own corporate guidelines for temporary closures and modified operating hours,” said Stacey Keating, spokesperson for CBL Properties, the Tennessee-based entity that owns Westmoreland and Monroeville malls.

Stores with modified hours:

  • GNC: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Finish Line: 12-6 p.m. Sunday-Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
  • H&M: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Justice: 12-6 p.m. Sunday-Saturday
  • Gene & Boots Candy: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Source: Westmoreland Mall remains open, though many businesses have temporarily closed | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County to sell Hempfield land for development, budget boost | TribLIVE.com

Cash-strapped Westmoreland County might soon get some relief to its budget crunch with a land deal to sell 110 acres in Hempfield.

Under details revealed Tuesday, the vacant land would be sold to the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corp. — which would pay $2.4 million for property to be used for a multi-use project that could include retail, office space and housing.

Commissioners could finalize the deal with a vote Thursday.

Money from the sale will offset unbudgeted expenses the county was forced to pay during the first two months of the new year, including equipment failures and a bacterial outbreak at the county-owned nursing home.

Source: Westmoreland County to sell Hempfield land for development, budget boost | TribLIVE.com

Roaring ’20s-themed dance to benefit Westmoreland County Food Bank | TribLIVE.com

The Roaring ’20s of a century past will meet the 2020s during a retro dinner dance March 7 at Ferrante’s Lakeview in Hempfield.

Those attending are encouraged to dress in Prohibition-era attire while enjoying a buffet dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Wally Gingers Orchestra.

The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $35; visit facebook.com/TWGOBB or call 412-670-3233. No tickets will be sold at the door.

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Source: Roaring ’20s-themed dance to benefit Westmoreland County Food Bank | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland Transit adds drivers, cuts overtime costs | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County Transit cut overtime costs by 42% in February, easing a budget crunch that impacted the agency during the first month after it took over operations of its fixed-route and shared-ride para transit services from a private contractor, officials said.

The transit authority saw overtime for drivers reach more than $30,000 in January. Through the first three weeks of February, those costs dipped to $17,000 as five additional drivers were hired and assigned to the agency’s shared-ride programs, providing door-to-door appointment service for low-income and disabled riders.

Additional staffing, along with a refocus on efficiency, led to the overtime cuts, said Ashley Cooper-Brounce, the authority’s fiscal manager.

Source: Westmoreland Transit adds drivers, cuts overtime costs | TribLIVE.com

Former Jeannette man with history of domestic violence arrested again in Youngwood | TribLIVE.com

State police said Jesse Hassinger, 38, attacked the woman when an argument over a pet cat turned physical.

Hassinger was charged with a felony count of strangulation, and misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a summary harassment offense

.Hassinger’s preliminary hearing is scheduled to be heard by Youngwood District Justice Anthony Bompiani on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Hassinger, according to court records served a 15-to-30 month prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2017

Source: Former Jeannette man with history of domestic violence arrested again in Youngwood | TribLIVE.com

Man arrested after SWAT situation in Washington Township, Westmoreland County

Police say they were serving a search warrant for drugs at a home on Edgewood Drive in Washington Township, Westmoreland County.

Source: Man arrested after SWAT situation in Washington Township, Westmoreland County

Rita’s Italian Ice in Hempfield will not reopen, owners looking for new location | TribLIVE.com

When Brian Meador closed the doors of his Rita’s Italian Ice restaurant in Hempfield at the end of last season, he didn’t know it was permanent.

The Hempfield Rita’s location in the Eastgate Shopping Center at 5138 Route 30 closed because the lease was not renewed, Meador said.

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The couple, who ran the Hempfield Rita’s for five years, are committed to finding a new location in the Greensburg area, he said.

Meador hopes to have a new location secured by summer.

While the new location will not open for the coming season, the goal is to open by the start of the following season.

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, mtomasic@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

Source: Rita’s Italian Ice in Hempfield will not reopen, owners looking for new location | TribLIVE.com

Several students hurt in head-on crash in Westmoreland County

MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Several students from the Mount Pleasant Area School District were hurt Monday evening in a crash in Westmoreland County, the district’s superintendent said.

The head-on crash happened about 5:30 p.m. on Claypike Road in Mount Pleasant Township, officials said.

Four people were flown by medical helicopters to Pittsburgh hospitals, officials told Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE.

Source: Several students hurt in head-on crash in Westmoreland County

Dollar General considers new store in Unity | TribLIVE.com

A new Dollar General store could be coming to Route 30 in Unity Township.

The township zoning hearing board is scheduled on Jan. 28 to hear from developers of the store proposed for construction along the eastbound lanes of the highway at Smith’s Hill Road, just east of Beatty Crossroads. At 6 p.m., the board will consider variances requested for factors including parking and signage.

According to Dollar General spokeswoman Angela Petkovic, the general merchandise discount chain is in the “due diligence phase” of looking at the potential location and expects to decide by next fall whether to place a store on the 1.5-acre site

Source: Dollar General considers new store in Unity | TribLIVE.com

WATCH LIVE: Explosion, fire reported at commercial garage in Westmoreland County

The commercial garage is at 1500 New Stanton Ruffsdale Road.

Source: WATCH LIVE: Explosion, fire reported at commercial garage in Westmoreland County

Fire destroys home in Belle Vernon

BELLE VERNON, Pa. — A fire destroyed a home in Belle Vernon Thursday.

The fire was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Rostraver Road, according to emergency dispatchers.

No injuries have been reported, dispatchers said.

Source: Fire destroys home in Belle Vernon

Investigators say a man tried to break into a home, said he was a firefighter, and then ran off. Now he’s in the Westmoreland County Prison.

Charles Beiter, 33, facing several charges

Police said after the confrontation, Charles Beiter, of Delmont, tried to break into a detached garage and then ran off.

Police said Beiter was wearing firefighter apparel and was driving a silver Mitsubishi SUV.

Investigators said home surveillance video helped them identify Beiter as the suspect.

Louis Gradisek lives in the home and told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that he was home as this all was unfolding.

“I just happened to look out on the deck and I just happened to see him walking around out there,’ Gradisek said.

Investigators said troopers searching nearby heard about a man with the same description stealing items from a car and then running away.

Police also said Beiter was streaming on Facebook live around the time of the incident but attempts to locate him based on that were unsuccessful.

Police said he was later discovered in the area and taken into custody after a traffic stop.

Beiter is now in the Westmoreland County Prison facing several charges including attempted burglary and impersonating a public servant.

He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23.

Source: Investigators say a man tried to break into a home, said he was a firefighter, and then ran off. Now he’s in the Westmoreland County Prison.