Mt. Pleasant fire chief warns residents of scammer | TribLIVE

Someone is trying to scam Mt. Pleasant residents by asking them to donate to the town’s volunteer fire department and send their money to the Midwest, the fire chief said Thursday.

“We did not send this letter. We do our fund drive in November,” and the return envelop is addressed to the fire department in Mt. Pleasant, said Mt. Pleasant Fire Chief Jerry Lucia.

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Mini casino expected to open at Westmoreland Mall | TribLIVE

A small-scale casino is expected to open at the site of the closing Bon-Ton store at Westmoreland Mall, the Tribune-Review has learned.

State Sen. Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, said Tuesday she was briefed by officials with Stadium Casino LLC, the Maryland-based company that in January purchased a $40.1 million license to open one of 10 mini casinos in Pennsylvania.

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Westmoreland Fair maintains dwindling ties between farmers, public

The county fair is quickly becoming one of the last points of contact that Americans have with farms and farmers, organizers of the Westmoreland Fair said.

“Less than 2 percent of the American population is in farming,” Craig Lash, fair president, said Monday. “We’ve ‘efficiencied’ ourselves out of business.”

Lash, who operates a dairy farm in Sewickley Township, said that fact of life makes county fairs in Westmoreland and elsewhere even more important.

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WESTMORELAND COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY HIT WITH RANSOMWARE ATTACK

The Tribune-Review reports that the authority issued a statement on Friday saying they were attacked by ransomware, and the ransom to have the computers restored was $6,500 bitcoin, approximately $40 million in US dollars.

Leaders with the Authority say they will not pay the ransom, and they are working with the FBI to get to the bottom of the case, and no personal data has been compromised.

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PNC glitch leaves some Westmoreland government workers, pensioners unpaid | TribLIVE

A computer error at PNC Bank left thousands of Westmoreland County government workers without paychecks Friday morning.

Bank officials notified county leaders of a software issue that resulted in delays of financial payments to other banks.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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Officials: Tornado touches down in Westmoreland County | TribLIVE

Matthew Orbin@orbination

@NWSPittsburgh This was a view of the tornado warned storm in Westmoreland Co. as rotation was near Norvelt. Photo taken by my mother in downtown Mount Pleasant.

He estimated the touchdown occurred between 8:07 and 8:12 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for south-central Westmoreland County and southwest Pennsylvania as a severe storm system began moving through around 8 p.m. That warning was lifted at 8:30 p.m.

Jon Mains@JMains16

Southeast shot from the Mt. View area of Unity Township. @Ray_WTAE

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