23 Dead In West Virginia Flooding
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Teams were rescuing people from second-story windows, the hoods of cars and the tops of trees as floodwaters drenched southeastern West Virginia and killed at least 23. The death toll was still rising into the weekend as officials continued to search for stranded people. Crews were going door to door to check on residents, a painstaking task that could stretch into the weekend. The governor has declared a state of emergency in 44 of 54 counties and authorized up to 500 soldiers to assist. The roaring water uprooted trees, tore down bridges, washed away roads and knocked out power and phone service to thousands of homes. Families were left with nothing but the clothes on their backs. More than 100 homes were destroyed, some torn from their foundations and carried away. (Photo: CNN)
Vehicle Accident In City
A vehicle accident was reported in Washington at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Chestnut Street just after 9:30 Saturday morning. It reportedly involved a few cars and a pickup truck – and it left the intersection temporarily blocked. No update on a cause or the condition of any injured.
Motorcycle Crash In Nottingham
A vehicle vs. motorcycle crash was reported in Nottingham Township Saturday morning just before 9:00. According to 911 dispatchers, the crash happened in the area of 95 Mingo Church Road. No word on any injuries or a cause.
Westmoreland County Man Dies In Crash
A man was killed Friday when a vehicle went over a hillside in Murrysville. According to dispatchers, the accident happened around 3:10 p.m. in the 3000 block of Meadowbrook Road. By the time police arrived, the driver was dead, dispatchers said. Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth A. Bacha identified the victim as Robert E. Hand, 59, of Murrysville. Bacha said Hand was the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle. He said for an unknown reason, the vehicle crossed the center line into oncoming traffic on Meadowbrook Road and hit a utility pole and a tree before coming to a rest in a wooded area. According to the investigation, there was no evidence that speed or cellphone use were factors in the incident. The coroner said the vehicle’s airbags were deployed, but Hand was not wearing a seat belt. An autopsy is set to be performed over the weekend. A cause and manner of death are pending on the autopsy and toxicology results, which will not be available for several weeks. The Murrysville Police Department continues to investigate. (photo and story: WPXI)
No Charges Expected In Fatal Shooting
PERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man was shot and killed Thursday in Perry Township, Greene County, by a driver whose vehicle he jumped in front of and began damaging, Pennsylvania State Police in Waynesburg said. Dustin Miller, 33, and his mother were driving to the West Virginia area to have his mental health evaluated, according to police. At one point he became irate, put the vehicle he was in with his mother in park and got out on Locust Street. Police said Miller then jumped in front of the vehicle of a passerby, Cam Lemley, who got out of his vehicle with a gun after Miller began to damage it. The two got into an argument and Lemley, 66, of Core, West Virginia, fatally shot Miller. Police said Friday in a release that the shooting appeared to be justifiable. The district attorney’s office was consulted and Lemley was released. The investigation, however, is ongoing.
Uniontown Shooting Victims Identified
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The coroner has released the names of two men found dead after shots were fired at a western Pennsylvania home, but police aren't sure whether a third person was involved in the incident. Uniontown Police Lt. Tom Kolencik says the men were found dead when police responded about 7:15 p.m. Thursday. The Fayette County coroner on Friday identified the victims as 37-year-old Corey Johnson and 25-year-old Meshach Punter. But Kolencik says until police receive formal autopsy results they "cannot confirm or deny whether the two deceased were the only ones involved." The shooting remained under investigation.
Gov. Signs Bill Killing Tough Drilling Regulations
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Legislation signed by Gov. Tom Wolf is killing tougher regulations over Pennsylvania's traditional shallow oil and gas drilling industry approved in April by an independent regulatory board. The bill he signed Thursday was part of an agreement with lawmakers. It settles a drawn-out fight over the regulations written by Wolf's Department of Environmental Protection. The agreement ends an effort by lawmakers to overturn the entire slate of regulations, which also apply to the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. The Democratic governor says his administration will start work to redraft new regulations for the traditional, shallow industry. The regulations require drillers to identify schools or playgrounds near wells, and if water supplies are damaged drillers will have to fix them or replace them with alternatives that meet federal standards.
Joel Makes Special Appearance
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) - Fans watching a Billy Joel tribute band were treated to a surprise appearance by the Piano Man himself. Joel was in the audience Friday night with his wife, Alexis Roderick, at a show in Huntington, New York, when he decided to join the band Big Shot for a three-song set. Newsday reports Joel jammed on covers of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," done Joe Cocker-style, and the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women." Joel wrapped up with one of his biggest hits, "You May Be Right," which Big Shot bandleader Michael DelGuidice blended with Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll." The native Long Islander told the crowd he lives "down the road" from the Paramount Theater, in Huntington, Long Island.
Verdict: Not Guilty
A Washington County Court jury deliberated just a few hours on Friday, before returning a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Jefferson Township man who is charged with fatally shooting his brother three years ago. Authorities claimed forty-eight-year-old Robert Bauduin shot his 47-year-old brother, Richard Jr., after a day of drinking alcohol and arguing. Bauduin's attorney claimed self-defense, but the prosecution called the shooting pre-meditated and were seeking a first-degree murder conviction which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The judge had also instructed the jury to consider the charges of third-degree murder (malicious killing) and voluntary manslaughter (killing without lawful justification). The jury found Bauduin not guilty on all three counts, and he was released.
Shakeup In The U.K.
LONDON (AP) - The United Kingdom's stunning vote to depart the European Union has raised the specter of the breakup of the U.K. itself and some are even suggesting the capital city should go its own way. While 52 percent of British electors voted to leave the European Union, a majority of voters in London wished to remain. After the result, Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a statement telling the 1 million EU citizens in London "you are very welcome here." Some Londoners urged the mayor to declare independence, rallying on social media under the hashtag (hash)londependence. While majorities of voters in England and Wales backed the campaign to leave, the U.K.'s two other regions of Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay. Hot on the heels of Friday's results, nationalist leaders in both countries vowed to leave the U.K. if that is the required price to keep their homelands fully connected to Europe.
Diplomats To Meet In Berlin
BERLIN (AP) - Top diplomats from the European Union's original six founding nations are meeting in Berlin for hastily arranged talks following Britain's stunning vote to leave the bloc. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says it is critical to see the vote as a wakeup call. He was heading into meetings Saturday with his counterparts from France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg. Steinmeier says EU politicians must listen "to the expectations of the European governments but also to the expectations of the people." He cautioned against rash decisions, saying that "it's totally clear that in times like these one should neither be hysterical nor fall into paralysis." Steinmeier's office says the meeting is one of many conversations now taking place, and shouldn't be seen as "an exclusive format."
Homicide Charges Filed
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man accused of having slammed his fiancee's 8-year-old son onto the floor for not cleaning his room has been charged with homicide in the boy's death. Thirty-eight-year-old Orlando Williams was charged earlier in Allegheny County with aggravated assault and child endangerment in the death of JonMarquis Stepich of North Braddock. Authorities allege that he had been drinking and tripped over a laundry basket in the boy's room Sunday night, then angrily tried to slam him onto the edge of his bed but missed and the boy fell to the floor. The boy was taken to UPMC McKeesport early Monday and pronounced dead Thursday afternoon. An autopsy Friday ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head. Court documents don't list an attorney for Williams.
Two Dead In California Wildfire
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say two people who died in a central California wildfire were trying to flee when they were killed. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a news conference Friday that the two were outside of their house and overcome with smoke when they died in the massive blaze in the Lake Isabella area. He released no further details on the two dead. Youngblood said his department hasn't been able to search very extensively and would be looking through burned homes with cadaver dogs seeking more possible victims. County fire officials say the blaze has grown to nearly 47 square miles since breaking out Thursday and is still burning out of control. It has destroyed 80 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 more.
Murray Energy & UMW Reach Tentative Agreement
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - America's largest coal-mining company says it's reached a tentative labor agreement with unionized miners. Murray American Energy announced Friday a 5-year pact struck between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, representing mine operators in Ohio and West Virginia. The union plans a membership vote next week on the contract, which would run from June 30 through 2021. Robert Murray, CEO of Murray American and chairman of the association, said the agreement "will go a long way" in ensuring union employees are able to continue working "even in this very depressed coal marketplace." UMWA President Cecil Roberts said the "rapidly deteriorating status" of the U.S. coal industry required locking in the best terms and conditions six months before the current contract expires.
Sanders Will Vote For Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernie Sanders says he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president.
While stopping short of a full endorsement, Sanders says he's "pretty good at arithmetic." The Vermont senator says he understands that Clinton has more pledged delegates than he does. Sanders says, "I will do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump" because he says Trump's campaign is built on bigotry and denying climate change.
Sanders tells MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that his job now is to "fight for the strongest possible platform" at the convention. Sanders says that includes a higher minimum wage.
Tentative Contract Between United & Flight Attendants
CHICAGO (AP) - United Airlines has tentatively negotiated a new contract for its 25,000 flight attendants, who will hold a ratification vote. If approved, the agreement between United and the Association of Flight Attendants would let the airline mix cabin crews from United and Continental Airlines, which merged in 2010. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. United Continental Holdings Inc. and the union said Friday that negotiators were still working to finish contract language. The airline industry is heavily unionized. About 80 percent of United's employees are represented by unions, according to the company's latest annual report. Shares of United Continental were down $2.56, or 5.7 percent, to $42.61 in midday trading. Airline stocks fell over uncertainty about how they will be affected when the United Kingdom exits the European Union.
Big Weekend For Amateur Radio
If you've ever considered amateur radio as a hobby--or a public service--you can check it out this weekend at the North Strabane Township park. From Saturday at 2 p.m. until Sunday at 2 p.m., an Open House will be held. Bill Steffey, Pressident of the Washington Amateur Communications club, says it's an annual event that gives the public a chance to see how "ham" radio operates. Steffey encourages the public to stop by to learn about free classes and see how ham radio "serves the country." (Photo: Washington Amateur Communications Club)