Residents Renew Street Complaints
Mayor and council again last night heard from residents upset over the closing of a section of Poplar Street. The residents complained that they were never told about council vacating that portion of the street and giving it to the Budd Baer car dealership. The closing has prevented access to Murtland Avenue. The residents are also objecting to lights and noise from the dealership, flooding issues and what they feel is an encroachment on a residential area. Phyllis Waller and Fred Fleet addressed council during last night's meeting. City Councilman Ken Westcott agreed that, in the future, better communication between council and residents over something like this is needed. Dealership owner Mark Baer said he continues to be willing to work with those residents to address their concerns. In other action, the city approved preliminary site plans that will allow the City Mission to rebuild after their fire in June. Mayor Brenda Davis also announced that city clerk Christy Thomas worked with West Penn Power to get several street lights turned on in a section of the West End where there have been three recent shootings.
Kentucky Clerk Says She'll Appeal Contempt Order
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - An attorney for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis says she has a "clean conscience" as she sits in jail for contempt because she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, said Friday that the licenses that were handed out Friday are void and "not worth paper that they are written on." At least three gay couples received licenses in Rowan County from her deputies on Friday. Staver says Davis will appeal the contempt order. He says he met with Davis in jail and she is in very good spirits. He says he doesn't know how long she will be jailed, but she has no intention of resigning and she will not violate her conscience.. (Photo: CNN)
Washington Motorcyclist Injured After Collision
A Washington man identified as 49 year old David Fonner of Maple Avenue was injured yesterday after attempting to pass the vehicle in front of him on a motorcycle. He then struck Joshua Shirey of Ridgway who was attempting to exit McDonald's restaurant. Fonner was taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling for injuries to his face, head, groin and hand.
More Road Work
PennDOT reports Route 40 will undergo repairs and resurfacing between Waynesburg Road (Route 19) in South Strabane Township to Chestnut Street in Washington. The work will begin next Wednesday, September 9th, and continue into December. There will be single-lane closures. Work in the area between Chestnut Street to Wade Street will be done between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Work from Wade Street to Waynesburg Road will be done between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. It's a $2.2 million project.
In another project, PennDOT says realignment of the "roundabout" on Route 519 in Eighty Four will continue next week. A section of Thomas Eighty Four Road will be closed at the intersection of Route 519, Brownlee Road and Thomas Eighty Four Road starting at 7 a.m. September 14. The work will continue until 6 p.m. September 29. It's a $5 million project tht will feature two roundabouts when completed this fall.
Teen Dies After Being Hit By School Bus
MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) - County homicide detectives are investigating after a 15-year-old high school student was fatally struck by a school bus while crossing a busy street outside of a crosswalk.
Parents say they've worked to no avail to get a crossing guard near where Deonte Cobbs was struck Thursday afternoon near McKeesport Area High School and Founders Hall Middle School. Both are on the school district campus in McKeesport.
A 14-year-old girl was killed by a dump truck in March 2014 while crossing the street near the same intersection.
McKeesport police didn't immediately return a call today, and haven't identified the school bus driver nor said whether a citation or charges may be filed.
Allegheny County detectives were called in because of the boy's death.
Cheese Recall Expands
NEW YORK (AP) - Kraft Heinz is expanding a recall of Kraft Singles cheese products. It says a problem with the packaging film affects 10 times as many cases as it first thought. The recall affects 335,000 cases. A thin strip of packaging film may stick to the slice after the wrapper has been taken off, creating a choking hazard.
Monongahela Woman Pleads Guilty
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The personal secretary for one of Pennsylvania's richest men is going to plead guilty to helping him evade more than $4 million in federal income taxes by allegedly using business funds to pay for his 18-bedroom mansion and other personal luxuries. The attorney for that man, 73-year-old Joseph Nocito Sr., of Sewickley, notes that his client hasn't been charged and says the matter is a "tax dispute" that he's working to resolve. But federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say the secretary, Ann E. Harris, of Monongahela, helped the businessman evade the taxes by using money from his businesses to pay for the mansion, a $260,000 Ferrari and other items. Harris' attorney tells The Associated Press that she'll plead guilty to helping the businessman evade those taxes between 2006 and 2013.
12 People Hurt When Transit Bus Is Rear-ended
WHITAKER, Pa. (AP) - A dump truck driver has been cited after rear-ending a Pittsburgh-area transit bus has near Kennywood Park, injuring the bus driver and 11 passengers. Port Authority of Allegheny County spokesman Jim Ritchie says William Lewis of Sid Mendlowitz Trucking has been cited for following too closely, careless driving and having an expired registration. A man who answered the Glassport trucking firm's phone refused comment on the citations. Ritchie says 17 passengers were on the bus when it was hit in Whitaker Borough near the Rankin Bridge about 10:15 a.m. Friday. Those injured were complaining of whiplash or similar injuries. Ritchie says, "There were no major injuries, so that's a good thing." Whitaker is about five miles east of Pittsburgh, along the Monongahela River. (Photo: WPXI)
Philadelphia Prosecutors Will Not Lose Jobs Over Pornographic Emails
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia's district attorney says three staff prosecutors will get sensitivity training but keep their jobs following disclosures that they sent or received pornographic emails with colleagues while working for the state attorney general's office. District Attorney Seth Williams said in a two-page statement yesterday that he believes Frank Fina, Marc Costanzo and Patrick Blessington have regret and remorse.
Gas Prices Still Coming Down
CHICAGO (AP) - For the first time in a decade, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.50 for the final summer getaway of the season.
Patrick DeHaan, who's a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, says the national average is $2.42 a gallon. That's 20 cents lower than a month ago and about a dollar less than a year ago.
DeHaan adds that gas prices could be under $2.00 a gallon by Christmas, with GasBuddy.com predicting a nationwide average of $1.98 a gallon.
Jobless Rate Falls To Seven-Year Low
WASHINGTON (AP) - The unemployment rate has dropped to a seven-year low, but jobs gains in August were the weakest in five months. The Labor Department says employers added a modest 173,000 jobs last months, while the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent. The report complicates the Federal Reserve's decision whether to raise rates when policymaker meet in two weeks. Steady hiring could encourage the Fed to raise rates, but turbulence in the stock market, a persistently low inflation rate and a sharp slowdown in China could weigh on officials.
Key Democrat Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal
WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, has announced he opposes the nuclear deal with Iran. The announcement is a blow to the White House and will make it harder for the administration to block a vote on a disapproval resolution in the Senate. In an opinion piece in the Washington Post Cardin says, "This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal." He says the agreement will end up leaving Iran closer to a nuclear capability. Cardin's position is critical because he is a top-ranking Jewish Democrat. Democrats still command enough support to sustain Obama's veto of the disapproval resolution, if necessary. They are three votes short of the number needed to block it from passing.
Student Killed At Sacramento Campus
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Officials say all three victims of a shooting at a Sacramento college campus were students.
Sacramento City College spokesman Rick Brewer tells the Sacramento Bee that the one dead and two injured men were students at the school where they were shot in a parking lot near a baseball field Thursday.
Police are still seeking a gunman they say fired on the men before fleeing on foot. It remains unclear whether he has any ties to the school, and police have not said anything about a motive for the shooting.
One victim was declared dead at the scene, another was at a hospital in unknown condition and the third suffered only a graze wound and did not need treatment.
Their names and ages have not been released.