UPDATED: 7:05am — WED – 01-17-2018
Suspect Dead in Seven-Hour Youngwood Standoff
(Youngwood, PA) — Police say a seven hour standoff in Youngwood ended Tuesday afternoon with the gunman killing himself. Investigators say David Havranek left his brother’s 400 block of South Fourth Street home Tuesday morning and started shooting. They say he shot twelve rounds into a nearby snow plow, then barricaded himself back inside the home. About seven-hours later, a SWAT team entered the home and found Havranek dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Pittsburgh Mayor: City Must Do A Better Job With Snow Removal
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Pittsburgh’s mayor says his city needs to do a better job with snow removal. In a statement, Bill Peduto says that he feels the city’s workers did their best with limited resources. Peduto added that he wants to invest more in road salt and liquid chloride, work with DPW to increase staffing on nights, weekends, and holidays, and redesign the city’s plow routes to increase effectiveness.
Penn Hills Couple Pleads Guilty to Third Degree Murder
(Penn Hills, PA) — A Penn Hills husband and wife say they are guilty of neglecting a disabled man in their care, leading to his death. Prosecutors say 54-year-old David Fuhrman lost nearly half of his body weight, from 140-pounds down to 76-pounds at the time of his death. Investigators say 59-year-old Pamela McNeill and 49-year-old Adam Haynes had cared for Fuhrman for more than 15 years. When paramedics found Fuhrman, he was wearing three adult diapers with several clearly infected bedsores. The couple will be sentenced on April 4th on third degree murder charges.
Former Music Instructor Pleads Guilty To Sexting Teen
(Castle Shannon, PA) — A former instructor at Castle Shannon’s School of Rock is pleading guilty to sending sexually explicit photos to a 14-year-old. Prosecutors add that 46-year-old Nicholas Cantanese tried to solicit sex acts from the girl as well. Cantanese reportedly met the girl on Instagram. Cantanese will now spend the next five years on probation, and must register as a Megan’s Law offender for 25 years.
Testimony Begins in Deadly Mt. Pleasant DUI Trial
(Mt. Pleasant Twp., PA) — A Westmoreland County jury is hearing what led to a deadly crash in Mt. Pleasant Township five years ago. Prosecutors say 28-year-old Scott Leighliter drank between five and 15 beers on March 9th, 2013 and then got behind the wheel. Leighliter crashed the car in the front yard of a home on School Street, killing 27-year-old Corey Moximchalk. A friend who was also in the car testified Tuesday that Leighliter was driving about 100-miles-per-hour when the wreck occurred.
Deer Lakes Teachers And District Strike a Deal
(Deer Lake, PA) — Teachers in the Deer Lake say they have reached an agreement with the school district on a new five-year-contract. Educators will see a just over four-percent increase in salary per year with the deal. The school board passed the contract by a 5-3 margin Tuesday night.
Coraopolis Readies for President Trump
(Coraopolis, PA) — President Trump is on the stump Thursday at an industrial equipment company in Coraopolis. The President will speak at H-And-K Equipment around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Trump is expected to discuss the recently passed tax bill and lend his support to Rick Saccone, who is running for Tim Murphy’s vacated 18th congressional district seat.
Body of Missing Pittsburgh Man Found on WV Trail
(Beckley, WV) — National Park Service officials say they found the body of George Gross Tuesday morning at New River Gorge National River in West Virginia. They say the body of the 56-year-old was found near the Diamond Point area of the park around 9:45 a.m. Gross told his family Friday he was going for a hike in the park.
Controller Employee Back At Work After Harassment Allegation
(Brookline, PA) — An analyst at the Allegheny County Controllers office is back on the job after being charged with harassment and stalking. Police say 30-year-old James Sheppard admitted to investigators that he hacked an ex-boyfriend’s email and social media and made several anonymous complaints about him. Sheppard was suspended five days without pay by the office last week. A preliminary hearing for Sheppard is set for March 1st.
Derry Township Fire Leaves One Hurt
(Derry Twp., PA) — Firefighters say one person suffered minor smoke inhalation trying to escape a Derry Township fire Tuesday. The blaze began just before 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of PMI Drive and Route 22. In all, nine fire companies arrived on the scene to battle the fire. The house did sustain major damage.
Diebold Remains Suspended With Health Insurance
(Leechburg, PA) — Leechburg Borough Council says they will continue to pay disgraced Police Chief Mike Diebold’s health insurance premiums, covering Diebold, his wife, and two children. Council President Tom Foster said they want to give Diebold’s wife adequate time to find affordable insurance for their family. Diebold is accused of soliciting sex from who he thought was a 14-year-old girl and remains suspended without pay.
Justin Timberlake To Play Pittsburgh in 2018
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Pittsburgh will get a taste of the Super Bowl in 2018 after all. Grammy award winning musician Justin Timberlake announced Tuesday that his upcoming “Man of the Woods” tour will stop at PPG Paints Arena Friday June 1st. Timberlake will perform in Minnesota at Super Bowl 52 on February 4th. Tickets for Timberlake’s Pittsburgh show go on sale Monday January 29th.
UPDATED: 7:10am — WED – 01-17-2018
Penguins Open Road Trip Tonight
(Anaheim, CA) — The Penguins are in California to open a three-game road swing in Anaheim. The Pens visit the Ducks for a 10 p.m. faceoff before heading to L.A. and San Jose to close out the swing. Pittsburgh currently holds the one of the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference with 51 points.
Steelers Heyward Heading To Pro Bowl
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward is heading to the Pro Bowl. He will replace the injured Khalil Mack on the AFC roster. Heyward had 45 tackles and 12 sacks this season. The 2018 Pro Bowl will take place in Orlando on January 28th.
Steelers Make Roster Moves
(Pittsburgh, PA) — The Steelers season is in the rear view so they are looking ahead and building the roster for next year. The team signed starting slot corner Mike Hilton to a one-year contract. Hilton was one of the more effective blitzers off the edge recording four sacks this season. The Steelers also signed tight end Xavier Grimble and long snapper Kameron Canaday to new deals this week.
Two Steelers Named To PFWA’s All-Rookie Team
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Steelers’ linebacker T.J. Watt and wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster have been named to the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie team. Watt played in 15 games this season after being selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. He recorded 54 tackles with seven sacks during his rookie campaign. Smith-Schuster had 58 catches for 917 yards with seven touchdowns after being taken in the second round out of USC.
Josh Harrison Wants To Contend
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Pirates second-baseman Josh Harrison has no interest in being a part of a rebuild. In a statement issued to “The Athletic”, Harrison suggested that if the team does not expect to contend in 2018 or 2019, it would be better if they were to trade him as well. Harrison’s remarks come in the wake of moves that dealt starter Gerrit Cole to Houston and center fielder Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco. He joins some of his teammates, including Felipe Rivero, Francisco Cervelli, and Sean Rodriguez, who at least expressed befuddlement in reaction to the recent fire sale.
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In college hoops action last night, Parker Stewart dropped 23 points but it wasn’t enough as Pitt fell at Syracuse 59-45. The Panthers are winless through six-games to open the ACC slate and are 8-and-11 overall. Duquesne is at Saint Louis tonight. The Dukes are 4-and-1 in the Atlantic 10 with a 13-and-5 overall mark. Pitt, Duquesne, Penn State, and West Virginia are all in action on Saturday.
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