Shooting Locks Down Kennywood
As Kennywood was preparing to close after its Fourth of July fireworks, shots were fired outside of the park, prompting a lockdown while police searched for an active shooter. According to police, a 26-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after an alleged drive-by shooting on Kennywood Boulevard in West Mifflin just before 10:30 p.m. Friday. First responders lined the street outside the Grand Prix as police searched for an active shooter in the area. A Kennywood spokesperson said most of the guests had already left the park at the time of the incident. The park posted on Facebook Sunday that Allegheny County Sherriff's Detectives believe the victim was accidentally hit by "a stray bullet that was discharged into the air... possibly as part of July 4th celebration [sic]." No arrests had been made as of Sunday morning, and the victim's name and condition were not made available. (photo: WPXI)
Wolf Defends State Store System
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is rejecting a Republican-backed bill to privatize the state-controlled sales of wine and liquor amid a budget standoff. Wolf said Thursday that selling off the liquor system isn't a good business decision and warned the plan would have led to higher prices. The decision comes two days after the Democrat also vetoed the primary budget bill. Wolf also vetoed a budget-related public schools bill that contained a new formula to distribute state aid to districts. The governor says it didn't reversed deep cuts in school funding. He also vetoed another key budget-related bill that guided how money is spent. The governor hasn't announced whether he'll sign a bill that would make major changes to the two large public-sector pension plans, for teachers and state workers.
Pushak Waives Right To Jury Trial
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A police chief who resigned after nearly 40 years as an officer in a southwestern Pennsylvania township faces an October non-jury trial on charges he blew $10,000 from a federal Drug Enforcement Administration fund at a casino. Former Cecil Township chief John Pushak waived his right to be tried by a jury at a pretrial conference Thursday in Washington County, where he's now scheduled to stand trial starting Oct. 1. Pushak resigned in 2013 and was charged months later with using the money to gamble at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and others. By the time he resigned, Pushak had repaid the money which was only supposed to be used for drug investigations and police equipment. Prosecutors and Pushak's attorney have been trying to work out a plea deal. (Photo: WPXI-TV)
SCENERY HILL, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say emergency responders used a hoist to rescue a retired racehorse from a sinkhole on a western Pennsylvania farm. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Washington County Animal Response Team was called after Chautauqua Worms fell into the 6-foot hole on the Scenery Hill farm. Firefighter Ed Childers of the North Strabane fire department said rescuers lifted the 1,000-pound horse from the hole at about 9:30 a.m. Friday with the help of an A-frame hoist borrowed from the county. Veterinarian Leah Mitchell said the horse had a few cuts but wasn't badly hurt. She said the situation could have been life-threatening, and Chautauqua Worms "was a lucky horse." Mitchell said the sinkhole was created by erosion from an underwater stream following recent rains. (Photo: WPXI-TV)
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - First they took the bras. Now they've come back for the panties. Police say 140 pairs of underwear have been stolen from a northeast Pennsylvania store that's been struck by four bra heists since February. Police say the manager of the Victoria's Secret store reported the Thursday afternoon theft but couldn't provide a description of the suspect or surveillance video.