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Local News

Three Shot At Kennywood Park

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (WPXI) —Police and EMS swarmed Kennywood Park in West Mifflin late Saturday night after multiple people were shot inside the park, police confirmed early Sunday morning. According to Allegheny County police, three people were shot inside the park in the “Lost Kennywood” section by the “Music Express” ride. This happened around 10:49 p.m. One 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg and is in stable condition at a hospital. A 39-year-old man was also shot in the leg and was treated and released. A second 15-year-old boy was grazed in his leg by a bullet and was later taken to a hospital by a family member. He was last listed in stable condition. Witnesses told police that two groups of juveniles were involved in an altercation and that was when shots were fired. One handgun was recovered on Kennywood property, police said. Several other people may have received minor injuries as a result of trampling as people were rushing to get out, though police did not have an exact number. Allegheny County police said the shooter was described as a Black male wearing a black hoodie and a dark-colored COVID face mask. Police said they need help identifying the suspect and need anyone with video or information to call them at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. A “mass casualty incident” was declared after shots rang out, which brought EMS resources from across Allegheny and Westmoreland counties to the park. Allegheny County police are handling the investigation in conjunction with West Mifflin Police. Pittsburgh police also said they are assisting with the Kennywood Park incident.Kennywood was celebrating the first night of its Phantom Fall Fest, scheduled to run through Oct. 16. The park’s website says the attraction will reopen on Friday, Sept. 30.

No Monkeypox At Washington Park Elementary

Officials with the Washington School District issued a statement on Friday, announcing that test results from four students at Washington Park Elementary School have come back and they were not positive for Monkeypox. Superintendent George Lammay says they now have medical documentation that the four students who were identified with concerning skin rashes do not have monkeypox. Lammay did not disclose exactly what medical condition the students have but said district officials spoke with parents to ensure proper treatment protocols were being followed and district nurses are monitoring the children as well. Lammay issued a letter to parents of students in the elementary school earlier this week notifying them of the potential for Monkeypox and saying the affected students had been removed from classes and all areas had been sanitized.

Hearing For Suspected Jollick Manor Shooter Continued

A Friday preliminary hearing scheduled for the suspect that is accused of killing 19-year-old Antonio Martinez of Tennessee in a July shooting in Jollick Manor was continued. Fifteen minutes before the hearing, the Washington County Jail informed attorneys that 23-year-old Jamil Carr, whose last known residence was Washington, would not be transported to the courthouse because of a five day mandatory lockdown due to Covid-19. Carr was available by video to participate in his hearing but just as he did in an earlier preliminary hearing, he complained that he was unable to hear the proceedings. The judge initially tried to conduct the hearing but Carr kept interrupting stating that he could not hear and wanted to discuss details of his defense directly with his attorney. The judge relented and continued the hearing for a later date. Details of the charges that Carr faces are under seal. A new hearing date has not been set.

World News

North Korea Test Fires Missile Into Sea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern seas, extending a provocative streak in weapons testing as a U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint military exercises in response to the North’s growing nuclear threat. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile launched Sunday from the western inland town of Taechon flew 370 miles cross-country on a maximum altitude of 37 miles before landing in waters off North Korea’s eastern coast. It’s possible that Sunday’s test could soon be followed with another ballistic launch as South Korean officials said Saturday that they detected signs that North Korea was preparing to test a missile designed to be fired from submarines.

U.S. Spy Satellite Launched Into Orbit

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket. The NROL-91 spy satellite lifted off at 3:25 p.m. Saturday from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California’s Santa Barbara County. It was the last launch of a Delta 4 from the West Coast. Additional launches are planned from Florida before the Deltas are replaced by ULA’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rockets. The Delta IV Heavy configuration first launched in December 2004. This was the 387th flight of a Delta rocket since 1960 and the 95th and final launch from Vandenberg.

Canadian Military Called In For Fiona Cleanup

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian troops are being sent to assist the recovery from the devastation of storm Fiona, which swept away houses, stripped off roofs and knocked out power across the country’s Atlantic provinces. After surging north from the Caribbean as a hurricane, Fiona came ashore before dawn Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone, battering Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Quebec with hurricane-strength winds, heavy rains and huge waves. Defense Minister Anita Anand says troops will help remove fallen trees and other debris, restore transportation links and do whatever else is required for as long as it takes. She hasn’t specified how many troops will be deployed. No fatalities or serious injuries have been confirmed, though police say a woman is listed as missing.

Winter On The Way For Ukraine And Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The onset of autumnal weather in Ukraine is making fields too muddy for tanks and beginning to cloud Ukrainian efforts to take back more Russian-held territory before winter freezes the battlefields. The clock is ticking for both sides. Russia is rushing to call up of hundreds of thousands of men to throw into the seven-month war, seeking to reverse its recent losses. The mobilization is sparking Russian protests, with fresh demonstrations Sunday. It is also opening splits in Europe about whether fighting-age Russian men fleeing in droves should be welcomed or turned away.

Florida Braces For Potential Hurricane

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities and residents in Florida are keeping a cautious eye on Tropical Storm Ian as it rumbles through the Caribbean, expected to continue gaining strength and become a major hurricane in the coming days on a forecast track toward the state. Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a statewide emergency, expanding an order from Friday that had covered two dozen counties. He is urging Floridians to prepare for a storm that could lash large swaths of the state. Some residents have begun stocking up on supplies such as water, plywood and generators. President Joe Biden has also declared an emergency for the state.