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Autos Crash

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

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Business

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

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Disasters Fires

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

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Fires

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

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crime

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.

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Fires

Fire damages abandoned home in Jeannette | TribLIVE.com

2180192_web1_web-firetruck3Firefighters were called Sunday afternoon to a blaze at an abandoned building in Jeannette, according to a Westmoreland 911 dispatcher.

The fire was reported at 4:28 p.m. on the second floor of a home along South 12th Street. No injuries were reported.

Source: Fire damages abandoned home in Jeannette | TribLIVE.com

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News

Ligonier Township committee to consider plan for reopening Ligonier Beach | TribLIVE.com

The shuttered Ligonier Beach could open to the public once more this summer, but visitors shouldn’t plan on bringing their swim trunks just yet.

Ligonier Township in November bought the landmark swimming pool and restaurant along Route 30 just east of Ligonier from Sherry and Steven Kozar, for $230,000. This week, township supervisors hired an architect and appointed a committee to come up with a preferred plan for redeveloping the site.

After more than 90 years in operation, the attraction remained closed for the 2018 and 2019 summer seasons after flooding damaged pool pumps and the restaurant’s furnace.

“We’re moving forward to work with an engineer, to talk about a development plan by April and renting out pavilions for Memorial Day,” said Terry Carcella, township manager.

Supervisors named EADS Group as their engineering consultant for both the Ligonier Beach project and for other general township needs. The firm replaces Markosky Engineering, which passed on further work with the township.

EADS will be paid $125 for each township meeting attended. The township also will pay an hourly rate ranging from $123 to $133, depending on the staff member assigned and the type of work performed.

Grants of $250,000 from the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation and $136,000 from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources covered the property purchase and will provide enough “to get started with cleanup and development,” Carcella said.

He said the committee, working with the architectural consultant and receiving technical assistance from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, will look to develop a master plan for Ligonier Beach, weighing options for turning it into a viable township park.

Yet to be determined is the cost of rehabilitating and reopening the pool, which was temporarily filled in June for filming of an independent feature about the sinking of the Titanic.

“It held water for the filming, but it has major cracks,” Carcella said. “The pump building is shot and needs to be demolished.”

He doesn’t expect the pool will be ready this summer. “There’s no way we could prepare for that,” he said. “It’s going to take us three to four months to put a plan together.”

Crews recently removed 10 dead trees from the site, but not before one damaged a pavilion.

Source: Ligonier Township committee to consider plan for reopening Ligonier Beach | TribLIVE.com

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Weather

Snow squall warning issued for several counties in Western Pa.

A snow squall warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for several counties in the Western Pennsylvania area.

Source: Snow squall warning issued for several counties in Western Pa.

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Opinion Politics

New Westmoreland County commissioners say they’ll reopen the county’s budget | TribLIVE.com

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Westmoreland County commissioners Monday afternoon elected Republican Sean Kertes to serve as the new board chairman.

Kertes, 33, of Greensburg, and Commissioner Doug Chew formed a new Republican majority on the board, which for the previous four years had been controlled by Democrats.

The board’s lone returning member, Commissioner Gina Cerilli, a Democrat who had served as chairwoman since 2016, formally moved to have Kertes named as her replacement during a brief reorganization meeting. Chew was elected to serve as the board’s vice chairman, and Cerilli will be its secretary.

Source: New Westmoreland County commissioners say they’ll reopen the county’s budget | TribLIVE.com

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Autos Crash

PA Turnpike crash involving tour bus leaves 5 dead, over 50 hospitalized

Five people are dead and many others are at Pittsburgh-area hospitals after a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County early Sunday morning.

Officials say that a tour bus, two tractor-trailers and a passenger vehicle were involved in the crash at milepost 86 westbound in Mount Pleasant, about 40 miles from Pittsburgh.

Eastbound lanes of the turnpike have reopened as of 4PM. The turnpike was closed to westbound traffic between the New Stanton and Breezewood exits while police investigate.

The tour bus was towed away late Sunday afternoon, several hours after the deadly wreck. Other vehicles involved in the crash were still being removed as the process of clearing the scene continued.

Source: PA Turnpike crash involving tour bus leaves 5 dead, over 50 hospitalized

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Autos Crash Disasters News

Multiple people dead after crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike involving tour bus, tractor-trailer

Multiple people are dead and multiple others are in the hospital after a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday morning, officials have confirmed.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed in both directions between the New Stanton exit and the Breezewood exit while police investigate.

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PA Turnpike closed in BOTH directions between the New Stanton Exit #75 and the Breezewood Exit #161 due to a multi-vehicle accident between New Stanton and Donegal impacting both directions. @TotalTrafficPIT @KDKA @TrafficWatch4 @TotalTrafficMDT

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Source: Multiple people dead after crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike involving tour bus, tractor-trailer

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Westmoreland Transit buses run normally after county operations takeover | TribLIVE.com

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Buses on commuter and local trips operated on routes and schedules that have been in place for several years. Door-to-door shared-ride trips as part of the authority’s Go Westmoreland paratransit programs saw no service interruptions nor system alterations as part of the agency’s takeover of operations.

Officials said the move became necessary after unsuccessful attempts to renegotiate the agency’s five-year, $39.5 million contract, signed in May 2018, with National Express Transit Inc. to operate both the bus and paratransit programs. The Ohio-based private company contended it needed more money from the authority, while the authority claimed management issues over the last year resulted in driver shortages, maintenance failures and route cancellations.

Source: Westmoreland Transit buses run normally after county operations takeover | TribLIVE.com

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crime

Police looking for men accused in assault on juvenile at Westmoreland Mall

The female’s condition wasn’t immediately known

State Police announced Friday night they’re looking for three men in connection with the assault on a female juvenile inside the Westmoreland Mall.

The assault was reported just before 7:00 Friday evening. The victim’s condition wasn’t immediately known.

Anyone with information is urged to call PSP Greensburg.

Troopers Steve Limani & Cliff Greenfield@PSPTroopAPIO

pictured Males assaulted a juvenile female inside Westmoreland Mall on 12/27/19 at approx. 1845 hours. They fled possibly in a blue Jeep Cherokee. If anyone can identify the 3 males, especially the male in the red shirt please contact Tpr. PARKER at PSP Greensburg 724-832-3288

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Source: Police looking for men accused in assault on juvenile at Westmoreland Mall

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Business

Jeannette hemp plant fined, permitted to reopen | TribLIVE.com

2113334_web1_gtr-jeanhempThe owners of a shuttered hemp processing facility in Jeannette may resume limited operations under the terms of a Christmas Eve consent agreement with the state that calls for it to pay a $29,000 fine for air quality violations.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection ordered Patriot Shield Pennsylvania to cease operations at its Thomas Avenue facility on Nov. 27, following an investigation of odor complaints at the plant. The new agreement permits the company to process and store hemp at the facility but prohibits hemp drying for now.

The Colorado-based company that owns the facility has faced a variety of complaints since it opened without an occupancy permit in September.

Jeannette officials first ordered it to cease operations Nov. 13, following a spate of odor complaints. The city briefly rescinded that order when company officials appeared poised to address the issue. The city issued a second order Nov. 24, ordering the company to obtain an occupancy permit.

Source: Jeannette hemp plant fined, permitted to reopen | TribLIVE.com

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Opinion Politics

Westmoreland County election winners sworn into office | TribLIVE.com

Months of campaigning and election-night nerves were a thing of past on Thursday as Westmoreland County’s new slate of government officials were sworn into office.

The former candidates and now newly elected officials, with family members and supporters by their sides, one-by-one came before the county’s Common Pleas Court judges to take their oaths of office.

The event, conducted in the county’s ceremonial courtroom at the courthouse in Greensburg, marked a turning of the page for county government with six new officials taking control of various offices. Their new terms officially begin on Jan. 6.

Source: Westmoreland County election winners sworn into office | TribLIVE.com

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Autos Crash Disasters Fires News

Tractor trailer carrying car batteries catches fire, shuts down part of PA Turnpike

All lanes are blocked

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TRACTOR TRAILER ON FIRE: This is video of the tractor trailer fire from a viewer–and I want to correct a previous tweet– we’re still working to confirm its a crash, but the vehicle was on fire. I can tell you a hazmat crew has been called to the scene. @wtae

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@Firechief26 sent out these photos of the tractor trailer fire happening on the PA Turnpike. His caption:

“On scene Pa Turnpike vehicle accident Two trailer trucks with explosion. 75 mile post west . West bound completely closed” @Elena_WTAE is on her way to this for @WTAE

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The accident happened on the westbound part of I-76 between New Stanton (Exit 75) and Irwin (Exit 67).

Source: Tractor trailer carrying car batteries catches fire, shuts down part of PA Turnpike

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Autos Crash

Overturned tractor-trailer blocks turnpike lane between Donegal and Somerset | TribLIVE.com

All lanes open again on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Donegal, though drivers should be cautious of crews working on the shoulder to clean up after a tractor-trailer overturned Monday morning, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Nobody was hurt in the crash, which happened between the Donegal and Somerset exits,, according to Westmoreland County 911.

The crash was reported just before 9 a.m. It blocked one westbound lane.

The lane reopened by 11 a.m.

Further details were not immediately available

Source: Overturned tractor-trailer blocks turnpike lane between Donegal and Somerset | TribLIVE.com

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Autos Crash crime

Westmoreland 911: Car flees from crash scene on Route 22 in Delmont | TribLIVE.com

A Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher said the mishap happened at around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard.

A bicycle fell from one of the cars in the wake of the collision, leading bystanders to initially think that a cyclist was involved, the dispatcher said.

Police had no immediate information about the vehicle that fled the scene.

Source: Westmoreland 911: Car flees from crash scene on Route 22 in Delmont | TribLIVE.com

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Fires

Hempfield man suffers burns in fire that destroyed garage | TribLIVE.com

A Hempfield man suffered minor burns to his hands while attempting to remove equipment from his burning garage Saturday morning, firefighters said.

The block building, which contained woodworking equipment, was a total loss, according to Midway-St. Clair Fire Chief Rich Kepple.

A township fire investigator will look into the cause of the blaze that was reported at about 7:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Fry Hollow Road.

The owner was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew.

Firefighters were able to limit damage to the roof of a second, larger garage containing a tractor that was separated from the destroyed building by a walkway, Kepple said.

Source: Hempfield man suffers burns in fire that destroyed garage | TribLIVE.com

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Arrest Of 2 Fugitives Leads To Massive Drug Bust In Westmoreland County – CBS Pittsburgh

WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — The capture of two fugitives in Westmoreland County led to a drug bust that netted three other fugitives, three stolen firearms and 12 bricks of heroin in a hotel room with children inside.

According to Westmoreland County’s sheriff, the drug bust that netted several fugitives and stolen firearms started at a home in Greensburg on Willow Avenue.

“We were looking for two fugitives,” Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held said.

When deputies knocked on the door, homeowner Christine Barron answered and said the wanted pair wasn’t there.

However, a deputy at the back door saw one of the fugitives running toward the back of the home.

The two fugitives, wanted on drug-related charges, were arrested inside the home.

Officials found several alleged crack pipes, and Barron was charged with hindering apprehension and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Barron is a drug counselor.

Source: Arrest Of 2 Fugitives Leads To Massive Drug Bust In Westmoreland County – CBS Pittsburgh