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Woman Accused Of Stealing Wallet From 71-Year-Old Eating At Panera, Using Credit Card To Buy iPad – CBS Pittsburgh

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.

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.

(Photo Credit: Pennsylvania State Police Troop A)

Anyone with is asked to call Trooper Mitchell at 724-832-3288.

Source: Woman Accused Of Stealing Wallet From 71-Year-Old Eating At Panera, Using Credit Card To Buy iPad – CBS Pittsburgh

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Police say death of chiropractor found at his North Huntingdon office was homicide

The death of a North Huntingdon chiropractor , David Bailey, has been ruled a homicide, according to North Huntingdon police.

Source: Police say death of chiropractor found at his North Huntingdon office was homicide

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Business

Facility brings new life, jobs to previously abandoned section of Jeannette

Cryodynamic facility to open in 2021, bring more than 100 jobs

Source: Facility brings new life, jobs to previously abandoned section of Jeannette

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LIGONIER BURGLARIES: Trio arrested after week-long, drug-fueled crime spree in Westmoreland Co., police say | WPXI

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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Source: LIGONIER BURGLARIES: Trio arrested after week-long, drug-fueled crime spree in Westmoreland Co., police say | WPXI

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PennDOT needs more snow plow drivers in Westmoreland County | TribLIVE.com

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.

Source: PennDOT needs more snow plow drivers in Westmoreland County | TribLIVE.com

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Westmoreland commissioners grapple with 2020 county budget shortfall | TribLIVE.com

Westmoreland County commissioners have not ruled out a property tax increase for 2020.

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.

Source: Westmoreland commissioners grapple with 2020 county budget shortfall | TribLIVE.com

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JEANNETTE HEMP DRYING FACILITY: Hemp-drying facility in Jeannette back open on temporary basis | WPXI

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.

Source: JEANNETTE HEMP DRYING FACILITY: Hemp-drying facility in Jeannette back open on temporary basis | WPXI

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Thousands of hats, gloves distributed around Greensburg to help homeless, those in need | TribLIVE.com

The gear — affixed to telephone poles, fences and trees or left out in the open — won’t hang around long.

Source: Thousands of hats, gloves distributed around Greensburg to help homeless, those in need | TribLIVE.com

 

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Fire Devastates Old Glass Factory In Penn Township – CBS Pittsburgh

A fire engulfed the old Glass Factory last night in Renfrew.

Source: Fire Devastates Old Glass Factory In Penn Township – CBS Pittsburgh

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Casino groundbreaking event

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new gaming and entertainment destination groundbreaking ceremony

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.

Source: Live! Casino groundbreaking event

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Business Disasters

Hemp-Drying Facility In Jeannette Shut Down – CBS Pittsburgh

The troubled Jeannette hemp-drying facility has been shut down by the city.

Source: Hemp-Drying Facility In Jeannette Shut Down – CBS Pittsburgh

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Police: Greensburg man shot at neighbors’ homes through attic window | TribLIVE.com

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.

Source: Police: Greensburg man shot at neighbors’ homes through attic window | TribLIVE.com

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Tracks Reopen After Major Train Derailment In Hempfield Township – CBS Pittsburgh

The trains in Hempfield Township are once again moving after a collision caused three trains to derail along Georges Station Road.

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.

Source: Tracks Reopen After Major Train Derailment In Hempfield Township – CBS Pittsburgh

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GOATS ROUTE 30: WATCH: Goats take over Route 30 in Westmoreland County | WPXI

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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Source: GOATS ROUTE 30: WATCH: Goats take over Route 30 in Westmoreland County | WPXI

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Disasters News

LIVE VIDEO: Train derails in Hempfield Township

Several cars were derailed.

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.

This is a developing story. Stay with the WTAE mobile app for updates.

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Opinion Politics

2019 Election Results – CBS Pittsburgh

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 %

More Results:

County Races:
–Allegheny County
Elections Division

–Beaver County
Election Results

–Butler County
Bureau of Elections

–Fayette County
Election Bureau

–Greene County
General Election Info

–Lawrence County
General Election Info

–Mercer County

Election Information

–Washington County
Election Office

–Westmoreland County

Election Bureau

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Source: 2019 Election Results – CBS Pittsburgh

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James Albert defeats Jonathan Held in Westmoreland sheriff race | TribLIVE.com

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.”

Source: James Albert defeats Jonathan Held in Westmoreland sheriff race | TribLIVE.com

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Weather

PITTSBURGH SNOW: First snow of season: It’s coming this week to parts of area | WPXI

PITTSBURGH SNOW: First snow of season: It’s coming this week to parts of area

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.

Source: PITTSBURGH SNOW: First snow of season: It’s coming this week to parts of area | WPXI

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Autos Crash

76-year-old woman killed in Westmoreland County crash

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.

Source: 76-year-old woman killed in Westmoreland County crash

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Disasters Fires

Fire destroys home in Unity Township; crews battle flames for 4 hours

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.

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.

Source: Fire destroys home in Unity Township; crews battle flames for 4 hours

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Police: Man barricaded in house for hours in Rostraver taken for mental evaluation | TribLIVE.com

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.

Source: Police: Man barricaded in house for hours in Rostraver taken for mental evaluation | TribLIVE.com

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Autos Crash

Fatal crash on Route 51 in Rostraver leaves 1 dead

A crash along Route 51 in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland County has left one person dead, police confirmed.

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.

Source: Fatal crash on Route 51 in Rostraver leaves 1 dead

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Fires News

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP FIRE: Tankers needed to battle flames that engulfed home in Hempfield Township | WPXI

Flames engulfed a home Friday morning in Hempfield Township.

Source: HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP FIRE: Tankers needed to battle flames that engulfed home in Hempfield Township | WPXI

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crime police

DERRY TOWNSHIP SHOOTING: Coroner called to shooting in Westmoreland County | WPXI

DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A coroner was called Thursday night to the scene of a shooting in Derry Township, officials said.The shooting was reported just before 8 p.m. on West 4th Avenue.Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.

Source: DERRY TOWNSHIP SHOOTING: Coroner called to shooting in Westmoreland County | WPXI

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Heavy police presence, road shut down in Derry Township

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.

Stay with the WTAE mobile app for updates. Download the app now to stay connected with breaking news updates.

Source: Heavy police presence, road shut down in Derry Township

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Autos crime

KENDRIC BROWN: Wanted man in custody after leading police on chase in U-Haul truck | WPXI

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.

Source: KENDRIC BROWN: Wanted man in custody after leading police on chase in U-Haul truck | WPXI

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Westmoreland’s first hemp harvest is a bit rocky | TribLIVE.com

With Westmoreland County’s first industrial hemp harvest under way, the growing pains are evident.

Two harvester machines that had been made available to farmers for lease were sidelined last week during a harvest near West Newton. The hemp harvest had to continue by hand.

“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.

Source: Westmoreland’s first hemp harvest is a bit rocky | TribLIVE.com

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Autos Crash

Out-Of-Control Tractor Trailer Smashes Into Parked Cars, Garage In Westmoreland Co. – CBS Pittsburgh

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.

Source: Out-Of-Control Tractor Trailer Smashes Into Parked Cars, Garage In Westmoreland Co. – CBS Pittsburgh

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Water line breaks in West Newton | TribLIVE.com

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.

Source: Water line breaks in West Newton | TribLIVE.com

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Police Ask Public For Help Identifying Woman Accused Of Theft In Westmoreland Co. – CBS Pittsburgh

 

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.

(Photo Credit: Allegheny Township Police Department/Facebook)

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Patrolman Brant at 814-695-3333 or rbrant@alleghenytownship.us.

Source: Police Ask Public For Help Identifying Woman Accused Of Theft In Westmoreland Co. – CBS Pittsburgh