Car Shears Telephone Pole In North Huntingdon – CBS Pittsburgh

A car sheared a telephone pole and hit an auto body shop on Route 30 in North Huntingdon Township on Wednesday, and more than 1,000 residents are also without power in the area.

Source: Car Shears Telephone Pole In North Huntingdon – CBS Pittsburgh

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Greensburg fires longtime city planning director | TribLIVE.com

Barbara Ciampini, who has run Greensburg’s planning and development department for decades, has been fired.

Greensburg City Council met Monday in a special session to handle the matter, Mayor Robert Bell confirmed.

Council’s decision was unanimous, he said.

Bell said he could not immediately discuss the reason for the firing, calling it a “personnel issue.” Further details may be made available later, he said.

Ciampini said she had no comment.

City Councilman Gregory Mertz said he could not comment on personnel matters. Other council members could not immediately be reached.

She worked for the city for about 35 years and was deeply involved in business development in Greensburg, working closely with the Greensburg Community Development Corp., Historical and Architectural Review Board and city council. Almost any construction or renovation project in the city was under her purview.

Source: Greensburg fires longtime city planning director | TribLIVE.com

WESTMORELAND COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY: Sick days, driver shortage forcing transit authority to cancel routes | WPXI

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority has been dealing with a driver shortage, but matters have been made worse by drivers called out sick.

Officials said the issues are expected to continue and could lead to more disruptions.

In at least one case, a GO Westmoreland vehicle was used to cover a route.

“We apologize and we are trying to cover all of the service. We’re working with National Express for a long-term solution,” Alan Blahovec, executive director of the transit authority, told TribLIVE. “We’re providing terrible service at this point, and it can’t continue.”

Source: WESTMORELAND COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY: Sick days, driver shortage forcing transit authority to cancel routes | WPXI

No injuries in North Huntingdon house fire | TribLIVE.com

No one was hurt in a house fire on Wilshire Drive in North Huntingdon Saturday night, but the homeowner said the damage is extensive, WPXI reports.

Dispatchers told WPXI that the fire started around 8:15 p.m.

The homeowner, Carol Petrosky, said that she had noticed that the wood burner was malfunctioning earlier in the day and shut it off.

 

The official cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Source: No injuries in North Huntingdon house fire | TribLIVE.com

Smithton man accused of assaulting Westmoreland prison guard | TribLIVE.com

An 18-year-old Smithton man was charged Thursday for allegedly assaulting a Westmoreland County Prison guard as he was being strip-searched following his arrest Oct. 7.

Timothy D. Ingram was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and simple assault filed by county detectives. He was remanded to the county prison after failing to post $50,000 bail set by Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour.

Source: Smithton man accused of assaulting Westmoreland prison guard | TribLIVE.com

Gov. Tom Wolf Wants Towns like Hempfield Township To Pay For State Police Protection – CBS Pittsburgh

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Governor Tom Wolf wants more than 2,000 towns across the state, including Hempfield Township, to begin paying for protection from the state police.

Hempfield Township is the largest community in Westmoreland County. It’s Pittsburgh largest suburb with a population of about 45,000. But in its more-than-200 year history, it’s never had its own police department.

“Over the years, we’ve been a rural municipality, a lot of farm land, and over the past 15, 20 years, that farm land has transformed into housing plans, commercial development,” Hempfield Township manager Jason Winters said.

Like nearly 2,500 other communities across Pennsylvania, State Police patrol Hempfield Township free of charge.

Source: Gov. Tom Wolf Wants Towns To Pay For State Police Protection – CBS Pittsburgh

Police say woman stole hundreds of dollars in lottery tickets from Westmoreland County store

State police said they’re planning to charge a 27-year-old woman who they say stole $290 in Pennsylvania Lottery tickets from a store in Westmoreland County.

The incident happened just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Gas Max and More (Sunoco) store on Route 286 in Loyalhanna Township.

Incident happened on Wednesday

Source: Police say woman stole hundreds of dollars in lottery tickets from Westmoreland County store

POWER OUTAGES: Strong winds knock out power, take down trees across area | WPXI

Strong winds have knocked down trees and caused power outages across the area Wednesday.

Source: POWER OUTAGES: Strong winds knock out power, take down trees across area | WPXI

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Another tree fell in Pittsburgh’s Banksville neighborhood, this time landing on a car on Kirsopp Avenue. No one was in the car at the time.

The winds even ripped a sign off the Bruegger’s Bagels on South Aiken Avenue in Shadyside.

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Office manager for Greensburg doctor, 4 others charged in drug-acquisition scheme | TribLIVE

A former office manager for Dr. Nabil Jabbour, a Greensburg physician facing federal charges for illegal distribution of Suboxone and money laundering, was among five people state police arrested Wednesday by on charges of being conspirators in an alleged drug acquisition operation.

Residents charged with being part of the drug-acquisition conspiracy are Rhonda D. Anthony, 42, Jacqueline R. Keys, 33, and Adam L. Fincik, 35, all of West Newton; and Rebecca R. Carwithen, 24, of Monessen.

Source: Office manager for Greensburg doctor, 4 others charged in drug-acquisition scheme | TribLIVE

Police, EMS crews searching North Huntingdon creek after report of body in water

Police and emergency medical services crews crews searched a Westmoreland County creek after a man reported seeing a body in the water.

Police were called to Brush Creek in the North Huntingdon area after a man and his son called 911.

Search will resume Sunday at 9 a.m.

Source: Police, EMS crews searching North Huntingdon creek after report of body in water

Hempfield Republican announces bid for commissioner | TribLIVE

Heather Cordial, 39, a Republican from Hempfield, said she will campaign on a platform of improving education and job creation in the county.

“We have a major challenge in front of us. The manufacturing companies are thriving but will only continue to do so if there is a trained workforce to meet their needs and they are rightly concerned about the issue. It’s all about workforce training.” Cordial said. “The more successful the businesses are, the more jobs they will create and the broader our tax base will be.”

Since 1999, Cordial has been a member of the U.S. Air Force reserves, serving as a health services manager.

Source: Hempfield Republican announces bid for commissioner | TribLIVE

Developer plans to transform vacant Greensburg bank into startup hub | TribLIVE

A New Jersey developer envisions a long-vacant bank building in downtown Greensburg as a hub for startups.

Ramesh Reddy Ammana bought the Barclay-Westmore­land Trust Co. bank building at auction for $140,000 last month.

He said the 12,000-square-foot building has water damage and other issues from its many years of disuse, but he hopes to start renovations in the spring. He’s done a feasibility study and is in talks with contractors, he said.

The plan is to turn the building into office space for small businesses.

Source: Developer plans to transform vacant Greensburg bank into startup hub | TribLIVE

NORTH HUNTINGDON: Mail truck careens off road, hits house as driver has medical emergency

A mail truck went off a road and down a hill, striking a house, when the driver suffered an apparent medical incident Thursday morning.

Nobody was in the home on Main Street in North Huntingdon when the crash happened shortly before 10:15 a.m.

The driver was taken to a hospital. His death was later confirmed by the coroner, who said that the man had suffered an apparent medical incident while driving.

The driver’s name has not yet been released.

Source: NORTH HUNTINGDON: Mail truck careens off road, hits house as driver has medical emergency

Vehicles targeted by thieves in Westmoreland County

Murrysville police are telling residents of Heritage Estates and surrounding areas to make sure they lock their car doors after several vehicles were targeted by thieves.

Police said there were multiple thefts and attempted thefts from vehicles on Harvest Drive and Logan Ferry Road.

No arrests have been announced.

Source: Vehicles targeted by thieves in Westmoreland County