HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – Police are looking for a suspect accused of stealing an older woman’s pocketbook while she was eating lunch at Panera, then going on a shopping spree.
Police say on Nov. 27 around 11:30 a.m., a 71-year-old woman was eating lunch a Panera Bread in Hempfield Township. The suspect allegedly took the 71-year-old’s pocketbook from her purse.
Pictured female used a stolen cc to buy an IPAD for $1059 @ Best Buy Hempfield Twp. The stolen card belonged to a 71 YOA female that had her purse stolen while she was eating at Panera Bread Hempfield Twp on 11/27. Anyone w/ info call Tpr Mitchell 724-832-3288 pic.twitter.com/9ToBmjKoOs
— Troop A Public Information Officers (@PSPTroopAPIO) December 5, 2019
The suspect then allegedly went to a Best Buy in Hempfield Township and bought an iPad for nearly $1,060. She’s accused of using the victim’s stolen credit card to make the purchase.
The suspect pictured in photos shared by state police is a white woman with medium-length light brown hair. At the time of the theft, she was wearing a black puffer coat with a furry hood and was carrying a silver crossbody purse.
Anyone with is asked to call Trooper Mitchell at 724-832-3288.
Two men and a woman are charged in connection with a burglary spree in Westmoreland County.
Investigators found out that thousands of dollars in gift cards were stolen from Heritage United Methodist Church. They were able to trace it back to the same suspects after they allegedly used them at the GetGo just a block away from the church.
But a third suspect was still on the run.
Police said Joseph Minno was essentially the ringleader, seen on surveillance video behind a handful of burglaries.
Officers found him within two days hiding inside a business on Main Street and surrounded by stolen goods and cash.
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PennDOT needs to hire another 25 seasonal snow plow operators in Westmoreland County, with early winter weather on the horizon. It currently has 13 on the roster.
About 100 seasonal plow drivers normally are hired to help treat and clear roads throughout District 12 — including Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, according to PennDOT officials. But, each of the counties has so far fallen short of its hiring target.
The state transportation agency competes with other employers to hire from a depleted pool of qualified workers who have a commercial driver’s license, said PennDOT Safety Press Officer Jay Ofsanik.
“Most people are working, so you don’t have an excess of unemployed personnel,” he said. “In Southwestern Pennsylvania, we’ve had an uptick in the gas and oil industry, and those industries typically use a lot of CDL drivers. For the most part, those jobs pay more per hour, so it’s tough competition.”
PennDOT pays drivers $16.72 an hour to start. Ofsanik noted seasonal work sometimes can lead to a permanent position.
Commissioners unveiled a preliminary budget that continues to spend more money than the county takes in from tax revenue, fees and state and federal allocations. As it stands, the county’s surplus fund would be nearly drained to balance the early spending plan.
“We have a lot of work to do over the next month,” Commissioner Charles Anderson said.
The proposed $339 million budget includes no tax increase, program reductions or personnel cuts but also carries a $9.3 million deficit that would be offset by use of a $12.8 million surplus fund that is expected to carry over into 2020. That would reduce the surplus account to $3.5 million.
County property taxes, expected to generate $83.3 million next year, have remained flat for more than a decade. The county’s current tax rate of 20.99 mills has been unchanged since 2005.
A hemp-drying facility in Jeannette is back open on a temporary basis after ventilation was added, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported.
GREENSBURG, Pa. —
The developers of Live! Casino Pittsburgh hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield Township, where it will locate a new gaming and entertainment facility.
When it opens in late 2020 the new $150 million casino will will bring 750 slots, 30 table games and 500 jobs. Local officials are thrilled.
“This is a great economic development, not only for Hempfield Township but for Westmoreland County,” Hempfield Township Supervisor Doug Weimer told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.
Joshua Aaron Dowell-Miller, 26, is charged with discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
Police were called to a Harrison Avenue apartment Friday morning after a resident reported three rounds had been fired into his home, according to court papers. Two rounds hit walls in the bedroom and kitchen and the third shattered the door of the oven.
Two bullet holes were found in the siding of another home. Police said no one was hurt.
HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Trains in Hempfield Township are once again moving after a collision caused three trains to derail along Georges Station Road.
According to authorities, the derailments happened Friday at approximately 2:30 p.m. in Luxor.
Workers restored service to the tracks on Sunday, completing the multi-day recovery effort.
Railroad personnel began running trains on one of the two mainline tracks late on Saturday night.
It’s a video you have to see to believe –dozens of goats took over Route 30 on Sunday in Westmoreland County.
Viewer Kimberly Ranalla, who posted the video on Facebook, said she was driving eastbound along the highway in Adamsburg when the goats came running from a dirt road.
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Firefighters and a hazmat team responded to the scene, though officials said there was no hazmat concern or risk to public safety.
Officials from Norfolk Southern are investigating the cause of the derailment. They said a Norfolk Southern train was heading west transporting empty crude oil tank cars from Altoona to Conway when it collided with the back of another Norfolk Southern train.
The two train locomotives pulling the crude oil cars were knocked off the track but remained upright. Three rail cars transporting 18 shipping containers derailed off the freight train.
Officials said some of the equipment that derailed hit a portion of another train that was traveling east on the adjacent mainline track, causing the derailment of eight rail cars transporting 32 containers.
Norfolk Southern officials said no hazardous materials are known to have spilled.
The derailment has blocked train traffic on both tracks.
Crews are working to clear the tracks and restore service, though cleanup could take days.
Here is a look at the latest results:
Allegheny County District Attorney:
Stephen Zappala Jr. 57.08 %
Lisa Middleman 42.76 %
Allegheny County Executive:
Rich Fitzgerald 68.01 %
Matt Drozd 31.54 %
Allegheny County Controller:
Chelsa Wagner 63.17 %
Brooke D. Nadonley 36.67 %
Pittsburgh Parks Referendum
No 48.16 %
Yes 51.84 %
Superior Court (Vote for 2)
Amanda Green-Hawkins 24.94 %
Daniel D. McCaffery 25.72 %
Megan McCarthy King 25.55 %
Christylee Peck 23.79 %
Beaver County Sheriff
Wayne Kress 45.49 %
Tony Guy 53.05 %
Westmoreland County Sheriff
James Albert 52.91 %
Jonathan Held 46.90 %
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KDKA’s Politics Section:
Democrat James Albert, a retired Greensburg district judge, defeated the Republican incumbent to bring an end to a tenure marred by a dozen discrimination lawsuits and pending criminal public corruption charges.
With all 305 precincts reporting, Albert had 53% of the vote compared to 47% for Held, according to unofficial results. More than 81,000 votes had been counted in the race. They were separated by 5,500 votes.
“It’s kind of obvious the voters were not happy with the sheriff’s office,” Albert said late Tuesday. “I credit the people who helped me. I came out of retirement because of the bad state, the tarnished nature of the sheriff’s office.”
he first snow of the season will be flying in the air Thursday … in the mountains.
A strong autumn cold front will send in the chilliest air so far this season Thursday. Most of the area will have on and off rain showers, 20 to 25 mph wind gusts and temperatures stuck in the 40s through the day.
The mountains of Garrett, Somerset and Preston counties will have the first snow of the year for a few hours Thursday.
DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
A 76-year-old woman was killed in a crash in Derry Township on Monday afternoon.
The crash happened shortly after 1:20 p.m. along State Route 217.
The Westmoreland County coroner said Cleo Free, of Burrell Township, Indiana County, was driving a 2013 Ford Fiesta in the southbound lanes when she failed to negotiate a slight left turn in the road, went off the road, through a fence and hit a tree.
Free was taken to the hospital where she died of her injuries.
The coroner has ruled the death as accidental.
After battling a fire at the Greensburg public works building early Friday morning, firefighters from the Lloydsville Fire Department battled a house fire in Unity Township, Westmoreland County, for nearly four hours.
The fire broke out around 4 a.m. and extended through an entire house in the East High Acres II neighborhood.Officials said one person was home at the time and they made it out safely, along with their dog.
No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters thanked fast-acting neighbors who alerted the person who was home of the fire.
A man who barricaded himself inside a home in Rostraver for hours Thursday was taken to Pittsburgh for a mental health evaluation, police said.
Rostraver police did not identify the person who was taken from the house by ambulance.
A Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher said the incident began around 2:20 p.m. Thursday along the 500 block of West Spring Grove Boulevard.
No injuries were reported.
The coroner identified the victim as Anna May Selembo, 86, of Belle Vernon.
Selembo tried to cross over Route 51 from Gallatin Road when she was struck by a dump truck carrying limestone, police said.
Police said the truck is owned by Fleming Truck Company, in Charleroi, and their owners were on the scene, expressing their sadness about the fatal accident.
There is a heavy police presence and a road is shut down following an incident in Derry Township Thursday evening.
W. 4th Avenue (Route 217) is closed due to the incident. Police have not released information on the incident they are responding to.Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 is heading to the scene to learn more.
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UNIONTOWN, Pa. – A police chase in Uniontown involving a U-Haul truck ended with a crash into another vehicle and a home on Tuesday.
Police said they received information from dispatchers that a wanted man, Kendric Brown, was in the area of Dunlap Street and Pershing Court driving a U-Haul truck.
With Westmoreland County’s first industrial hemp harvest under way, the growing pains are evident.
“It’s new to everybody and they’re learning — learning how to plant it, learning how to harvest it,” said Greg Phillips, CEO of the Westmoreland Conservation District.
YOUNGWOOD, Pa. (KDKA) – Multiple first responders were on the scene in Westmoreland County after a tractor trailer tore through Youngwood, leaving a trail of damage in its wake.
According to the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department, the incident happened on Third Street in Youngwood, Westmoreland County shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The fire department says a tractor trailer smashed into parked cars. Witnesses tell KDKA the truck was swerving before it hit another car with a woman and children inside.
The truck then tore down a traffic signal pole, bringing live wires onto the road, before it rammed into a woman’s garage.
State Police are trying to figure out what caused the crash.
A waterline broke in West Newton Monday night, disrupting service to some customers in the borough.
The waterline break was reported at 7:10 p.m. on Vine Street, according to a Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety supervisor.
eff Grasmeder, who lives near the waterline break on Vine Street, said late Monday night that there still was water leaking from underneath the road and into the storm sewer drains.
ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – Police in Westmoreland County are asking the public for help identifying a woman accused of theft.
The Allegheny Township Police Department posted a photo of the suspect on Monday.
They say the woman wanted for theft was caught on security footage on Sept. 21.
Police would not say what was stolen or where it was stolen from, but the photo shows Walmart advertisements in the background.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Patrolman Brant at 814-695-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.