Cooling Centers Open In Washington County

June 18, 2024 2:08 am

A dangerous and prolonged heat wave is expected to blanket the area this week, with temperatures reaching into the low to mid-90s. The unseasonably high temperatures may stay with us into the start of the weekend as well.  The National Weather Center has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for our area through Friday.  Heat index values may reach 100 degrees or hotter and heat-related illnesses can increase significantly in the extreme heat. Health officials say to make sure to be prepared and find ways to keep you and your family cool. Stay out of the sun, stay in air-conditioning, keep hydrated, and keep pets out of the heat.  Due to the extreme heat, cooling centers are opening around the county and Washington County’s Public Safety Director Gerry Coleman has released a list.  These will be updated as changes occur:

Municipality Location 
Bentleyville/931 Main Street  (724) 239-5887
Bentleyville Fire Dept/900 Main Street
Beth Center Area/316 Station Street  (724) 377-0000
Burgettstown Borough/200 Senior Way  (724) 947-9524
California Senior Center 130 Woodland Court – Brownsville  (724) 938-3554
California Borough/225 3rd Street  (724) 938-8878
Canonsburg Borough/30 East Pike Street  (724) 745-5443
Carroll Twp Social Center Baird St.  (724) 825-2109
Charleroi Fire Dept/328 Fallowfield Ave.  (724) 483-7311
Claysville Borough/105 Green St.  (724) 663-4202
Cross Creek Township/28 Clark Avenue, Avella  (724) 587-5755
Denbo Vesta Six VFD/415 Low Hill Rd/Brownsville  (724) 785-9460
Donora Borough/683 Meldon Ave,  (724) 379-6446
Dunlevy/4 Walnut St.  (724) 483-3672
Marianna Borough/(10am-5pm)/1 Procasky Road  (919) 231-4780
McDonald – Cecil 3599 Miller’s Run Road  (724) 743-1827
Monongahela City/102 West Main St.  (724) 258-9511
Riverside (Charleroi)/303 Chamber Plaza  (724) 483-5800
S. Strabane Fire Dept/172 Oak Spring Road  (724) 222-3885
Thomas Campbell /(Washington) 850 Beech St.  (724) 225-2290/(724) 228-2855
Washington City/69 West Maiden St.  (724) 222-8566
West Alex United Methodist Church/58 N. Liberty Road

Charleroi Borough Building Closed

June 18, 2024 2:19 am

Due to a planned power outage by West Penn Power on Tuesday June 18th, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Charleroi Borough Council President Kristen Hopkins-Calcek has made the decision to close borough offices that day. “With temperatures reaching into the 90’s, I viewed this as a safety issue regarding our staff,” Hopkins-Calcek said. “With no power, no lights or internet the staff would be extremely limited as to what services they could perform for the public so it seemed the only logical thing to do was to close the building for the day.”  Borough offices will be closed Wednesday as well in observance of Juneteenth, which is now a federal holiday.

Strong Storms Knock Out Power

June 18, 2024 5:00 am

A line of severe thunderstorms rolled across Western Pennsylvania early Monday evening, spurring tens of thousands of power outages and exacerbating concerns over how residents can stay cool amid what’s forecast to be at least six consecutive days of temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s. Areas north of Pittsburgh appeared to be hardest hit. Tens of thousands of Duquesne Light customers around the region had lost power Monday evening. In a news release received at about 10:40 p.m., Duquesne Light said more than 48,000 customers were without power. More than 11,000 West Penn Power customers were without power as of about 11:50 p.m.

Police Searching For Church Thief

June 18, 2024 2:51 am

Washington City Police are searching for a woman who stole a purse from a pew at Immaculate Conception Church on Sunday, June 16th.  Police say that during communion, the woman took the opportunity to steal the unattended purse which contained credit cards, cash, and a handgun. She then fled the church on foot.  Police say any tips are appreciated and they can be given by private messaging or by calling 724-223-4226.  (Photo:  City of Washington Police Department)

Tens Of Millions Under Dangerous Heat Warnings

June 18, 2024 5:06 am

PHOENIX (AP) — Extreme heat alerts remain in effect for tens of millions of people in the United States as cities including Chicago break heat records. States in the Midwest started to bake Monday in the dangerous heat wave that was expected to stretch from Iowa to Maine into at least Friday. The mid-Atlantic and New England are likely to see highs in the 90s as the week progresses. Excessive humidity will make it feel even more oppressive. The U.S. last year saw the most heat waves since 1936. Officials are warning people to take precautions, such as drinking plenty of water and staying indoors.

Half A Million Immigrants Could Eventually Get Citizenship

June 18, 2024 5:08 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is taking an expansive, election-year step to offer relief to potentially hundreds of thousands of immigrants without legal status in the U.S. It comes after his own aggressive crackdown at the border earlier this month that enraged advocates and many Democratic lawmakers. The White House says the administration will allow certain spouses of U.S. citizens without legal status to apply for permanent residency and eventually, citizenship. The move could affect upwards of half a million immigrants, according to senior administration officials. Biden will speak about his plans at a Tuesday afternoon event at the White House.

Majority Of Americans Favor Forgiving Medical Debt

June 18, 2024 5:09 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Majorities of Americans favor forgiving all or some of an individual’s medical debt if the person is facing hardships. That’s according to a new poll from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey found that about half of Americans say it’s extremely or very important for the U.S. government to provide debt relief for those who have yet to pay off medical treatments. Although reducing student loan debt has been a focus for President Joe Biden, the poll found that Americans are more likely to say medical debt relief should be a government priority.

Netanyahu Dissolves His War Cabinet

June 18, 2024 5:09 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disbanded his war Cabinet, consolidating his influence over the Israel-Hamas war and likely diminishing the odds of a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip anytime soon. Netanyahu announced the step days after his chief political rival, Benny Gantz, withdrew from the three-member war Cabinet. Gantz, a retired general and member of parliament, was widely seen as a voice of moderation. Major wartime policies will now be solely decided by Netanyahu’s security Cabinet — a larger body that is dominated by hard-liners who oppose the U.S.-backed cease-fire proposal and want to press ahead with the war.

South Korean Soldiers Fire Warning Shots

June 18, 2024 5:05 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military says soldiers fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the rivals’ land border for the second time this month. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said around 20 to 30 North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the military demarcation line Tuesday morning. It said the North Korean soldiers retreated after the South broadcasted warnings and fired warning shots. The South’s military has observed increased North Korean construction activities along their heavily armed border to install suspected anti-tank barriers, reinforce roads and plant land mines. The South says the work has continued despite several explosions caused by mines that killed or injured an unspecified number of North Korean soldiers.

Justin Timberlake Arrested For DUI

June 18, 2024 1:42 pm

SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) — Pop star Justin Timberlake has been charged with driving while intoxicated in a village in New York’s Hamptons. Police in Sag Harbor said he ran a stop sign and veered out of his lane early Tuesday while driving a 2025 BMW in Sag Harbor. The boy band singer-turned-solo star and actor was released without bond after his arraignment. The Suffolk County district attorney’s office says he was charged with a DWI misdemeanor. His next court date was scheduled for July 26. Timberlake’s lawyer and representatives did not immediately return requests for comment from The Associated Press.  (Photo:  AP)