Monday, March 4, 2024

 

Local News

Greene County Man Killed In Pittsburgh Shooting

(WPXI) – A Greene County man was killed in a shooting late Friday night in Pittsburgh’s South Shore. Pittsburgh Public Safety says police officers were sent to the Hard Rock Cafe on West Station Square Drive around 11:20 p.m. First responders found a man shot in the pelvis. Officials say he was initially conscious and alert, but his condition deteriorated and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced deceased soon after arriving at the hospital. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man killed as 25-year-old David Anthony Utley-Ralph of Mount Morris. Police say they’re searching for a smaller U-Haul box truck that fled the area. They don’t have any suspect descriptions at this time. Homicide detectives are investigating this shooting. Anyone with information should call police at 412-323-7800.

State Police Investigate Brownsville Fire

BROWNSVILLE, Pa. — One person was taken to a hospital after a fire in Fayette County. Firefighters say they were called to Brashear Street in Brownsville at around 8:35 p.m. on Saturday.
Fire Chief Richard Black said one person was rescued from the building. They were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. State police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Body Found In Ohiopyle State Park

FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. — (WPXI) – A body was found in a state park in Fayette County Sunday afternoon. A Pennsylvania State Police spokesperson says a man’s body was found at Ohiopyle State Park. Fayette County dispatchers say police responded to the park just before 4 p.m. State police are investigating the man’s death.

Woman Sexually Assaulted Near Pitt Campus

PITTSBURGH — (WPXI) – University of Pittsburgh Police and Pittsburgh Police are investigating an early morning sexual assault near campus. In a crime alert issued Sunday morning, Pitt Police say a woman was sexually assaulted around 2:10 a.m. on Melwood Avenue between Centre Avenue and Bayard Street. Pittsburgh Police say the woman had just gotten off a PRT bus and was walking to her apartment while on the phone when a man came up behind her, said he had a weapon and told her to stop talking on the phone. He then assaulted her in an alley, threatened to kill her and punched her in the eye. The woman told police she saw a knife during the assault and that the man stole her phone. She was able to call 911 after he got “scared off” and ran. Both departments describe the suspect as a man who is approximately 30-40 years of age, has a thin build and stands about 5 feet, 6 inches tall or, 5 feet, 7 inches tall. The man was last seen wearing a long-sleeve black shirt, cargo pants and a ski mask. Anyone with information about this incident should call Pittsburgh Police’s Special Victims Unit at 412-323-7141, Pitt Police at 412-624-2121 and reference report #24-00770, or 911.

Clean-Up Underway After Pennsylvania Train Derailment

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Norfolk Southern crews and contractors are working on cleanup and track repair after a collision and derailment in eastern Pennsylvania over the weekend. The derailment involved three trains that left some railroad cars scattered along a riverbank and at least one partially in the river. Officials in Northampton County say the derailment happened at 7:15 a.m. Saturday in Lower Saucon Township along the Lehigh River. It caused no reported injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board says one train hit a stopped train and a third hit wreckage from that crash. Norfolk Southern says cars from two of the trains derailed. The safety board is still gathering information at the scene.  (Photo:  AP)

World News

Supreme Court Restores Trump To Primary Ballot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has restored Donald Trump to 2024 presidential primary ballots, rejecting state attempts to hold the Republican former president accountable for the Capitol riot. The justices ruled Monday that states, without action first from Congress, cannot invoke a post-Civil War constitutional provision to keep presidential candidates from appearing on ballots. The court’s move ends efforts in Colorado, Illinois, Maine and elsewhere to kick Trump off the ballot because of his attempts to undo his loss in the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden, culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. But some election observers warn that the issue could return to the court again after the election.

Poll; 63% Doubt Biden’s Mental Capability

WASHINGTON (AP) — A poll finds that a growing share of U.S. adults doubt that 81-year-old President Joe Biden has the memory and acuity for the job. That means Biden’s coming State of the Union address could be something of a real-time audition as he bids for a second term. According to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 63% of U.S. adults say they lack confidence in Biden’s mental capability to serve effectively as president. That’s a slight increase from January 2022, when half of those polled expressed similar concerns. Nearly 6 in 10 also think Republican frontrunner Donald Trump lacks the mental capability to serve.

Nikki Haley Gets First 2024 Victory

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikki Haley has won the District of Columbia’s Republican primary. It’s her first victory over Donald Trump in the GOP primary race. The Associated Press declared Haley the winner Sunday night after D.C. Republican Party officials released the vote totals. Her victory halts the former president’s sweep of the GOP voting contests at least temporarily, though Trump remains the race’s dominant front-runner. There are only about 23,000 registered Republicans in the nation’s capital, which is heavily Democratic.

VP Harris Meets With Israeli Cabinet Official

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris and other top White House officials hosted a member of Israel’s wartime Cabinet who is visiting Washington in defiance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Benny Gantz, a centrist political rival of Netanyahu, sat down with several senior Biden administration officials. Among them were Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser. President Joe Biden is at Camp David, the presidential retreat just outside Washington, until Tuesday. An official from Netanyahu’s nationalist Likud party said Gantz did not have approval from the prime minister for his meetings in Washington.

JetBlue And Spirity Ending Proposed Merger

(AP) – JetBlue and Spirit Airlines are ending their proposed $3.8 billion merger after a federal judge blocked the deal, ruling it would hurt competition. JetBlue said Monday that even though both companies still believe in the benefits of a combination, they felt they were unlikely to meet the required closing conditions before a July 24 deadline. The airlines say they are mutually agreeing that terminating the deal is the best decision for both. A merger would have eliminated Spirit, the nation’s biggest discount airline. The Justice Department sued to block the deal and won in court.