36-year-old woman killed in two-vehicle crash in Westmoreland County

A 36-year-old woman died following a two-vehicle crash in Derry Township, Westmoreland County.

The crash happened shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Industrial Boulevard and Pandora Road.

State police said Jennifer Krinock, of Latrobe, was traveling west on Industrial Boulevard when a Toyota Camry turned off of Pandora Road in front of her vehicle.

Following the collision, Krinock was taken to the hospital, where she died of her injuries.

State police said she was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Source: 36-year-old woman killed in two-vehicle crash in Westmoreland County

County job fair slated at Westmoreland Mall | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County is hosting a job fair next month to fill between 50 and 75 open positions at the courthouse, nursing home, jail and other government entities.

The event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield.

“We’re going to have a variety of jobs for multiple departments within the county,” said Alexis Bevan, director of human resources.

Open positions include: correctional and telecommunication officers, dietary and food service workers at Westmoreland Manor, clerical positions within the courthouse, Children’s Bureau case workers and network administrators in the IT department. A nursing shortage has also created several open nursing and nursing aid jobs at Westmoreland Manor.

Source: County job fair slated at Westmoreland Mall | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County man accused of attacking three people over discarded meth

State police said a 50-year-old man attacked a woman and two children inside a home Saturday evening after he woke up and discovered his methamphetamine had been destroyed.

Jason Bingaman, 50, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault and one count of making terroristic threats.

According to police, Bingaman was asleep in the bathtub in his home along Evans Street in Sewickley Township.

When he woke up, police said he discovered a woman in the home had destroyed his stash of methamphetamine and became irate. Bingaman is accused of attacking the woman with a pair of scissors. She was able to escape the attack, police said.

Police said Bingaman then turned his attention to a 17-year-old girl in the home, striking her in the head and upper body area with a shovel.

Police said the victims were able to get outside and a man nearby helped stop the assault. According to the criminal complaint, Bingaman then went back into the home and grabbed a crossbow, firing it in the direction of the woman.

Source: Westmoreland County man accused of attacking three people over discarded meth

Drivers seeing red over flashing yellow signal at Route 30 intersection in Hempfield | TribLIVE.com

Some motorists are having a tough time getting used to a newly installed left-turn-yield traffic signal at North Greengate Road and Route 30, according to social media chatter.

The traffic signal is among 11 upgrades PennDOT has made since last spring along a 3-mile stretch of Route 30 between Jeannette and Hempfield. Bronder Technical Services was awarded a $2.4 million contract for the ongoing work.

As opposed to waiting on a steady green light and yielding to oncoming traffic before making the left turn from North Greengate onto Route 30 toward Greensburg, motorists are greeted by a flashing yellow signal that is designed to let them know it is OK to make a left turn — but to do so with caution and only after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

“It’s a mess. Went from bad to worse,” Dave Blas posted to the popular Across Westmoreland Facebook page.

Andrea Baer of Grapeville said many drivers are unfamiliar with the flashing signal, and she believes they are confused by the “blinking” yellow signal.

The flashing yield signal follows the traditional green turn signal, followed by a steady yellow light and then a brief red light. After a seconds-long pause at red, the flashing yellow begins and lasts about 15 seconds.

Source: Drivers seeing red over flashing yellow signal at Route 30 intersection in Hempfield | TribLIVE.com

Car carrier overturns on Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County

Crash happened early Thursday morning

A car carrier ended up on its side during a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County.

The crash happened around 1 a.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes near Irwin.

Crews were lifting each car out of the wreckage individually with a device similar to a crane.

It was initially unclear if there were any injuries.

Source: Car carrier overturns on Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County

Man charged with burglaries of Greensburg medical offices

Greensburg police arrested a Jeannette man Wednesday, accusing him of breaking into Excela Health offices last weekend to steal a laptop computer and several petty items, according to court documents. Travis A. Gibson, 37, kicked open the doors to three offices inside 562 Shearer St. late Saturday, according to patrolman

Source: Man charged with burglaries of Greensburg medical offices

Police in Westmoreland County to target DUI, aggressive drivers through New Year’s Day

Westmoreland County drivers can expect to see more police patrols focused on cracking down on aggressive and impaired drivers in the region through the New Year’s holiday.

“Whether it’s day or night, people can expect to see increased state police patrols targeting impaired drivers,” said Lt. Ryan Maher of Troop A in Greensburg.

Maher was among the local and state police officers and PennDOT officials who Thursday at the Latrobe Municipal Building announced the launch of the annual Operation Safe Holiday Campaign.

The patrols in Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties with Troop A will not only be focusing on impaired drivers, “but aggressive drivers and speeders,” Maher said.

During 2020, between Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, Troop A investigated six traffic fatalities and 96 additional wrecks that resulted in injuries. Maher said 27 of those “holiday” accidents involved impaired drivers.

“Our goal is to attempt to reduce that number this year,” Maher said.

Source: Police in Westmoreland County to target DUI, aggressive drivers through New Year’s Day

Woman injured in road rage shooting on PA Turnpike

A woman was injured in a road rage shooting on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Westmoreland County on Sunday afternoon.

State police said the 38-year-old woman accidentally drifted into another lane of travel which resulted in another motorist being cut-off.

That other driver, identified by police as Andrew Skinner, 30, allegedly accelerated to the left side of the victim’s vehicle while traveling eastbound.

Police said Skinner then brandished a handgun and fired a single shot from his vehicle.

Skinner was later apprehended. State police say he’s expected to face several charges including attempted homicide.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 is working to get an update on the victim’s condition.

Source: Woman injured in road rage shooting on PA Turnpike

Ward announces $2M for infrastructure projects in Westmoreland County

Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, on Friday announced nearly $2 million in Commonwealth Financing Authority grants for five local projects in Westmoreland County.

The projects in Hempfield, Mt. Pleasant and Unity townships as well as Delmont and Jeannette were among 266 projects statewide totaling $94.4 million that the CFA approved. The grant allocations include $84 million for 166 transportation infrastructure projects in 54 counties and $10.4 million for 100 environmental and infrastructure projects in 38 counties.

“Strong communities help build strong economies,” Ward said. “The funding … will advance local infrastructure projects that are important to helping our community be a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Local projects approved for funding are:

  • Donohoe Road upgrades in Hempfield, $924,952;
  • Sixth Street bridge repairs in Jeannette, $639,368;
  • Delmont sediment and pollutant mitigation project, $225,000;
  • culvert replacement in Mt. Pleasant Township, $112,000; and
  • playground improvements at Unity Township Park, $75,000.

The grant programs are underwritten with money assessed through the state’s impact fee, which is paid by unconventional natural gas producers.

Source: Ward announces $2M for infrastructure projects in Westmoreland County

More new stores coming to Westmoreland Mall, with 2 set to reopen

A slew of new stores are set to open at Westmoreland Mall, including two that previously shuttered at the Hempfield site.

Charlotte Russe and Christopher & Banks, which previously occupied storefronts at the mall, will be joined by locally owned Neecs Sneaks and Rock Bottom jewelry store.

The announcements come after the mall for several years lost tenants, with 10 empty storefronts in 2019. The decline was part of a national trend that continued through the covid-19 pandemic, leading to the closure of thousands of stores — including Charlotte Russe and Christopher & Banks.

During the pandemic in 2020, more than 12,000 stores closed nationwide, according to CoStar Group, which tracks data for the real estate industry.

Now, some of those stores are making a comeback.

Charlotte Russe in March 2019 announced the closure of all of its stores, including five in the Pittsburgh region. That same month, the company was purchased by YM Inc., a Toronto-based clothing manufacturer. By April 2019, officials announced 100 Charlotte Russe stores would reopen.

At Westmoreland Mall, Charlotte Russe is expected to open next spring, said Stacey Keating, spokeswoman for CBL Properties, which owns Westmoreland and Monroeville malls. The store will reopen in its previous storefront on the upper level of the former Sears wing.

Millers’ Prom and Formal Wear, which opened in mid-January after moving from its location in Greensburg, currently occupies the space. Store officials said they are moving to first floor of the Macy’s wing where Dressbarn was located.

Christopher & Banks filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February and began closing more than 400 stores nationally, including the Westmoreland Mall and Pittsburgh Mills locations. The store is slated to reopen in its former storefront at Westmoreland Mall, according to a sign posted outside the location.

Keating said the store will open in early December.

The storefront is occupied by Knockerball Run, which will move to the second floor of the former Sears wing in a storefront previously occupied by Flix Up, a selfie studio.

Neecs Sneaks, which opened in Greensburg last year, will move into the former GNC storefront on the second level of the Macy’s wing.

Source: More new stores coming to Westmoreland Mall, with 2 set to reopen

22-year-old man dead, seven injured following wrong way crash in Washington Township

One person is dead and seven people are injured following a multi-vehicle crash in Washington Township, Westmoreland County, Sunday evening.

Police say Zeth Reber, 22, of Washington Township, was pronounced dead on scene after a head-on-type collision at Route 380 east of Route 780 around 4:37 p.m.

Police say Reber was traveling in a Honda Civic in the eastbound lane of Route 380 and another driver named Abigail Jones, 23, of Carlisle, was traveling the wrong way in a Dodge Caravan — west — also in the eastbound lane.

Police say Jones’ car struck Reber’s car in a head-on type collision.

Seven occupants of the Dodge Caravan including the driver was transported to Forbes Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The road was closed both ways on Route 380 between Route 780 and Route 66 as state police CARS unit conducted an accident reconstruction of the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

Source: 22-year-old man dead, seven injured following wrong way crash in Washington Township

One person hurt when tractor-trailer goes off of I-70 in Westmoreland County

One person was taken to the hospital after a tractor-trailer went off of Interstate 70 in Rostraver, Westmoreland County.

The Rostraver Central Fire Department said the crash happened Thursday night between mile-markers 43 and 44.

There was no initial word on the cause of the crash.

Crash happened on Thursday night

Source: One person hurt when tractor-trailer goes off of I-70 in Westmoreland County

Carson defeats Bacha in Westmoreland coroner’s race, as GOP sweeps county row offices | TribLIVE.com

Scottdale’s Tim Carson on Tuesday went from caterer to coroner and ended the political dynasty that has the Westmoreland County office for nearly a half century.

With 100% of the vote counted, the Republican appeared to defeat five-term incumbent Democrat Ken Bacha. The owner of Carson’s Premier Catering in Scottdale had more 51% of the vote and led Bacha by about 2,400 votes.

Bacha moved out to an early lead based totals from mail-in votes. That lead was gone by 11:30 p.m.

Results are unofficial until verified by the county election bureau.

Source: Carson defeats Bacha in Westmoreland coroner’s race, as GOP sweeps county row offices | TribLIVE.com

2021 Municipal Election Results – CBS Pittsburgh

KDKA-TV has a full result breakdown of local, county and statewide election races people in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania need to know about.

A number of important state and locally elected officials were on the ballot and determined by voters.

We have a full breakdown of local and statewide race you need to know about.

Last updated: 3:45 a.m., Wednesday

 

CITY AND COUNTY ELECTIONS

PITTSBURGH MAYORAL RACE

Edward C. Gainey (Democrat) — 48,430
Tony Moreno (Republican) — 19,552

ALLEGHENY COUNTY SHERIFF

Kevin Kraus — 218,862
Write-In — 7,764

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

Jack Betkowski (Democrat) — 12,092
Joe Wise (Republican) — 11,490

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3

Anita Prizio (Democrat) — 14,917
Meredith Dolan (Republican) — 12,604

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4

Patrick Catena Jr. (Democrat) — 15,651
Jennie Brown (Republican) — Did not make the ballot

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis (Democrat) — 12,132
Eric Casteel (Republican) — 7,795

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 9

Bob Macey (Democrat) — 11,929
Write-In — 405

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 12

Robert Palmosina (Democrat) — 15,555
Write-In — 394

PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

Theresa Kail Smith (Democrat) — 6,003
Write-In — 243

PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4

Anthony Coghill (Democrat) — 5,228
Connor Mulvaney (Green Party) — 2,362
Write-In — 81

PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6

Robert Daniel Lavelle (Democrat) — 4,206
Write-In — 92

PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8

Erika Strassburger (Democrat) — 6,663
Write-In — 164

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 1

Sylvia C. Wilson (incumbent) — 4,213

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 3

Sala Udin (incumbent) — 5,728

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 5

Terry Kennedy (incumbent) — 2,075
Tracey Reed (challenger) — 5,142

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 7

Jamie Piotrowski — 4,537

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD: DISTRICT 9

Veronica M. Edwards (incumbent) — 2,487
Gene Walker (challenger) — 5,218

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS:

Democratic Candidates
Elliot Howsie — 147,911
Thomas P. Caulfield — 144,435
Jessel Costa — 137,933
Nicola Henry-Taylor — 150,113
Tiffany Sizemore — 148,044
Chelsa Wagner — 145,314
Wrenna Watson — 146,824

Republican Candidates
Joesph Patrick Murphy — 101,341
Bruce Beemer — 139,459
William Caye II — 97,598
Anthony DeLuca — 108,650
Daniel J. Konieczka Jr. — 95,794
Chuck Porter — 93,776
Sabrina Korbel — 144,605
Mark Patrick Flaherty — 100,827
Rick Hosking — 83,768
Lisa Middleman — 144,610

Green Party Candidates
Richard Weiss — 41,028

WESTMORELAND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

John Peck (I) (Democrat) — 36,581
Nicole Ziccarelli (C) (Republican) — 49,776

PA SUPREME COURT

Maria McLaughlin (Democrat) — 1,218,406
Kevin Brobson (Republican) — 1,353,039

PA SUPERIOR COURT

Timika Lane (Democrat) — 1,130,612
Megan Sullivan (Republican) — 1,429,265

PA COMMONWEALTH COURT

David Lee Spurgeon (Democrat) — 1,038,515
Lori A. Dumas (Democrat) — 1,147,885
Drew Crompton (Republican) — 1,232,994
Stacy Marie Wallace (Republican) — 1,309,940

Source: 2021 Municipal Election Results – CBS Pittsburgh

Nicole Ziccarelli Unseats John Peck As Westmoreland County District Attorney – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – Nicole Ziccarelli has won the race for Westmoreland County district attorney.

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Ziccarelli won the race with 57.61% of the vote, receiving 49,776 votes.

This year’s municipal election gave incumbent Democrat John Peck his first serious challenge in years in Republican Nicole Ziccarelli.

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Democrat Peck is a familiar figure in the courthouse, a seasoned prosecutor who has been the county’s district attorney since 1994. Last year, Peck got the death penalty for the convicted killer of New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw.

Ziccarelli, 30 years younger than Peck, said she could bring new vitality to the office, something Peck said he hasn’t lost. Ziccarelli lost a very close election last year to Pennsylvania Sen. Jim Brewster.

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While Peck prosecutes criminal cases himself, Ziccarelli, primarily a family lawyer, told KDKA’s Jon Delano she wanted to be like a managing partner in a law firm.

Source: Nicole Ziccarelli Unseats John Peck As Westmoreland County District Attorney – CBS Pittsburgh

Youngwood man accused of taking $50K worth of guns, other items from 2 abandoned houses

By Renatta Signorini

You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@triblive.com or via Twitter .

A Youngwood man was charged Thursday after state police said he took $50,000 worth of guns, tools, coins and military collectibles from two abandoned houses, according to court papers.

George Raymond Weightman III, 43, told investigators he broke into the houses in Adamsburg and Hempfield to fund a drug addiction. He was jailed without bail on numerous counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and weapons violations.

He was being held at the Westmoreland County Prison.

State police arrested him Monday on two counts of receiving stolen property in connection with two guns reported stolen from the Adamsburg home.

Source: Youngwood man accused of taking $50K worth of guns, other items from 2 abandoned houses

Westmoreland Commissioner Chew pledges to cover lost drug court grant for weekend testing | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland Commissioner Doug Chew said he will pay for weekend drug tests of participants in the county’s drug court program until a permanent funding source is secured.

In an email sent to county judges over the weekend, the first-term Republican from Hempfield pledged to help identify future funding sources for the testing program and that he would pay to keep it running when a state grant runs out at the end of September.

“This may not be solved overnight, but until I can either get another grant approved or another funding source, I’ll cover the weekend program costs,” Chew wrote in an email to the two drug court judges and other county officials on Sunday.

Chew did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.

County officials learned late last week that a state grant to pay for the drug testing program, which expires at the end of September, will not be renewed. They estimated the drug testing program costs about $750 each weekend.

Common Pleas Court Judges Christopher Feliciani and Megan Bilik-DeFazio on Friday emailed all three county commissioners and asked for funding help to cover drug court’s lost grant and a specific request to use money from the county’s budget until another permanent funding source can be found.

“In light of this recent development, our participants will be at an increased risk of relapse in the absence of weekend drug testing. Continued funding of expanded drug testing is not only critical for the (drug court) participants, but also their families, employers and all who are dependent upon them remaining clean and sober,” the judges wrote.

Chew said over the weekend that he did not know about the terminated grant when he responded Friday to the Tribune-Review about his reasons for diverting promised donations to drug court.

During his 2019 campaign for county commissioner, Chew pledged to donate 60% of his $81,000 annual salary to drug court. That pledge amounts to $48,600 each year.

This summer, amid criticism from Controller Jeff Balzer during a public meeting, Chew admitted he has yet to make any donations to drug court. He said he donated to other social service agencies and charities in lieu of his drug court pledge and claimed his money was not needed since no plans were in place to increase the number of participants enrolled. Drug court has been capped at 60 participants for the last several years.

Emails and text messages obtained by the Tribune-Review under the state’s Right-to-Know law revealed there were no communications between Chew and the judges in which his initial promise to donate to drug court was rejected.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, rcholodofsky@triblive.com or via Twitter .

Source: Westmoreland Commissioner Chew pledges to cover lost drug court grant for weekend testing | TribLIVE.com

$3.74 million winning lottery ticket sold at Sheetz in Westmoreland County

Someone who played the Pennsylvania Lottery at a Sheetz store is holding a winning ticket worth over $3 million.

Lottery officials said a winning ticket from Sunday’s Match 6 Lotto drawing was sold at Sheetz on Ronda Court, just off Route 30 in North Huntingdon.

Source: $3.74 million winning lottery ticket sold at Sheetz in Westmoreland County

Man arrested after Ligonier Township police chase | TribLIVE.com

Ligonier Valley police say a 27-year-old man who resisted arrest and led officers on a 3 mile chase in a stolen car along Route 30 was arrested and jailed on $200,000 bond.

Jesse Vaughn Lawson of New Alexandria is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, driving on a suspended license, fleeing and eluding, receiving stolen property, reckless driving, resisting arrest and simple assault.

Source: Man arrested after Ligonier Township police chase | TribLIVE.com

Detectives arrest Hempfield man after seizing heroin, Xanax, firearms, $11K from home | TribLIVE.com

Acting on tips, the Westmoreland County Drug Task Forced served a warrant at a Hempfield home this week and seized 61 bricks of heroin, Xanax pills, three handguns, a rifle, two Tasers and about $11,000, according to court documents.

After the search, county detectives charged the homeowner, Chad J. Gilbert, 51, with multiple counts of manufacture, delivery and possession of a controlled substance, possession of prohibited offensive weapons and drug paraphernalia.

He was ordered held in the county prison after failing to post $250,000 bond.

Source: Detectives arrest Hempfield man after seizing heroin, Xanax, firearms, $11K from home | TribLIVE.com

2 flown from Hempfield crash | TribLIVE.com

Two people were flown by medical helicopter Thursday morning to a hospital after a one-vehicle crash in Hempfield, according to a Westmoreland 911 dispatcher.

The crash was reported just before 11 a.m. on Route 130 in the area of Slate Run Road and West Point Drive. The vehicle went over an embankment, the dispatcher said. The helicopter landed at a West Point ballfield.

The road was closed for a time.

One person had to be rescued from the vehicle. A second person involved in the crash was able to get out of the vehicle on their own.

Source: 2 flown from Hempfield crash | TribLIVE.com

Protests continue in Westmoreland County over state’s mask mandate in schools

Protests continued at multiple school districts in Westmoreland County Wednesday as dozens of students and parents voiced their frustrations over the state’s mask mandate in schools.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke with the Derry Area School District about how the district is handling frustrated families.

“I understand that frustration,” Derry Area Assistant Superintendent Greg Ferencak said. “We started off with a masks optional, but highly recommended and now we have to switch and there’s some confusion.”

Ferencak said the district’s original health and safety plan called for a change in policy in the event of a state or federal mandate. A small group of students and parents protested the decision to mandate masks in Derry each of the last two days.

“We are trying to let the voices of the students be heard and trying to be reasonable with them,” Ferencak said.

Ferencak said a failure to comply with the mandate could come with consequences for the district, including a loss of funding.

“We could be held liable for not following them through various complaints, willful neglect of duty, you name it,” Ferencak said.

Source: Protests continue in Westmoreland County over state’s mask mandate in schools

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