UPDATED: 6:50am — FRI – 02-16-2018
Trump Postpone Pittsburgh Area Visit
(Ambridge, PA) — President Trump is postponing a campaign rally scheduled in Ambridge next week. Organizers say they’re postponing the visit out of respect for the victims in Parkland, Florida. The event was meant to be a rally for Republican Congressional hopeful Rick Saccone, who has a slight advantage over Conor Lamb with less than a month until the election.
Pittsburgh Teachers Are One Vote Closer to a Strike
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Union officials say teachers in the Pittsburgh Public School District have authorized a strike. Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers union President Nina Esposito-Visgitis claims, despite comments from the school superintendent to the contrary, the two sides are far apart on some major issues. If a strike were to occur, the walkout could happen as early as Tuesday, affecting over 25-thousand students.
Troopers Identify Man in Churchill Standoff
(Churchill, PA) — State troopers have identified the Churchill man who was shot during a standoff with police. Investigators say they were called to a domestic disturbance on Wednesday and were told that 50-year-old Robert Cascella allegedly struck a woman in the head and knocked her down. That’s when Cascella holed up inside for hours until a SWAT team shot him in the torso and arm. Cascella was last listed in stable condition.
Bald Eagle Lays Another Egg
(Hays, PA) — A female bald eagle is in the heart of nesting season after laying her second egg of the season. The bald eagle is nesting on the same hillside above the Monongahela River for the sixth consecutive year. Some experts think the eagle will lay one more egg this week.
A State of Emergency Declared for Connellsville
(Connellsville, PA) — Officials say the heavy storms that hit our area left plenty of damage, and at least one municipality in a state of emergency. Connellsville Mayor Greg Lincoln announced last night that the city was evacuated, and a senior center was also opened to shelter the evacuees.
Women Stole TVs from Man Jailed in Drug Bust
(Charleroi, PA) — State police say two women tried to take advantage of someone one else’s time behind bars in Charleroi. Troopers say Rebecca Hill and Virginia Richie went to the home of Herbert Green, who was busted this week in a drug bust, and stole two expensive TVs. Neighbors saw the two women in action and called police. The two allegedly told troopers there were taking the TVs to a pawn shop.
CMU Student Arrested for “Credible Threat” Against the University
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Investigators say a Carnegie Mellon student is facing multiple charges after making what police are calling a credible threat against the university. Police say 18-year-old Derek Li posted a message in a course’s anonymous student feedback section saying he wished he could go onto a roof with a sniper rifle. A faculty member saw the message and alerted the university. Li was charged with disorderly conduct.
Prosecutors Want to Seek the Death Penalty in Pitt Student’s Death
(Pittsburgh, PA) — The Allegheny County district attorney says they will seek the death penalty for a man who is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend. Investigators say Matthew Darby killed Alina Sheykhet inside her Oakland home last October. Police say Darby was served with a PFA two days before she was killed. Darby was eventually captured in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
State Supreme Court Reviewing Proposed Congressional Maps for PA
(Harrisburg, PA) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court could review as many as five proposed maps trying to redraw the congressional districts in Pennsylvania. At this point, the court has received one from house democrats and senate democrats, as well as one from a group of republicans who’d been trying to intervene. There are at least two more, including one from Governor Tom Wolf himself, expected. The court will review and consult with Stanford Law processor Nathan Persily on the proposals. Persily has previously worked with judges on redrawing districts in Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and New York.
Smashing Pumpkins Reunites, Playing Pittsburgh
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Grunge icons Smashing Pumpkins are reuniting for their first tour in nearly 20 years. Founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha will be on stage together at PPG Paints Arena August 4th. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday February 23rd at 10 a.m.
Armstrong County Man Accused of Having Sexual Contact with A Child
(Templeton, PA) — Investigators say an Armstrong County man is in jail after having sexual contact with a child. Police say Brent Nulph of Templeton of the 300 block of River Hill Road, assaulted the victim several times since May 2016. Troopers say the two met on an internet dating site and the victim told Nulph his age. Nulph is in Armstrong County Jail in lieu of 100-thousand-dollars bail.
Peaceful End to Washington Township Standoff
(Washington Twp., PA) — Police say a brief standoff in Washington Township ended peacefully Thursday morning. Investigators say 56-year-old Lee Muller called 911 dispatch and told them it would get ugly if police arrived at his house on the 47-hundred block of Route 66. When police arrived, they used a bullhorn to coax him outside and Muller came out with no incident. Muller is in Fayette County Prison in lieu of 50-thousand-dollars pail.
UPDATED: 6:55am — FRI – 02-16-2018
Penguins Dethrone Kings
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Zach Aston-Reese scored the go-ahead goal on a power play 5:24 into the third period as the Penguins beat the Kings 3-1 in Pittsburgh. Ryan Reaves scored in the second period and Evgeni Malkin added an empty-netter with 25 seconds left for the other Pittsburgh goals. Matt Murray stopped 34-of-35 shots as the Penguins are 8-1-and-1 in their past 10 games.
Penguins Host Maple Leafs Tomorrow
(Pittsburgh, PA) — The Penguins are back on the ice tomorrow when they welcome the MAple Leafs to town. The Pens are second in the Metropolitan Division with 70 points. The Leafs are third in the Atlantic with 75 and have won five in a row. The Pens lost the first of the three matchups between the clubs 4-3 in December. They will meet again in March.
Spring Training Continues
(Bradenton, FL) — Pitchers and catchers for the Pittsburgh Pirates are in Bradenton, Florida for Spring Training. They have been in town since reporting to camp on Monday. The rest of the team will report on Sunday and the first full-squad practice is the following day. The Pirates’ first spring training game is on February 23rd against the Rays.
Penn State Clobbers Number-Nine Ohio State
(State College, PA) — Tony Carr poured in 30 points to help Penn State cruise past number-nine Ohio State 79-56 at the Bryce Jordan Center. Shep Garner pitched in with 13 points and Mike Watkins scored 11 and pulled down 10 rebounds in the winning effort. The Nittany Lions swept the season series with the OSU and improved to 19-and-9 including a 9-and-6 mark in Big Ten play. C.J. Jackson and Keita Bates-Diop were the only two Buckeyes in double-figures with 13 and 10 points respectively. Ohio State shot 38.9-percent from the field as it fell to 22-and-6 and 13-and-2.
College Hoops Roundup
(Undated) — Elsewhere in college hoops action last night, Robert Morris clobbered Bryant 83-60 at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The Colonials improved to 15-and-13 with a 9-and-6 conference record. The local teams are off today. Tomorrow, West Virginia visits Kansas for a top-25 showdown, Robert Morris hosts Central Connecticut, and Duquesne is at Saint Joe’s.
Team USA Picks Up First Win In Men’s Hockey
(PyeongChang, South Korea) — Team USA has its first win in the men’s hockey tournament at the Winter Games in PyeongChang. The Americans bounced back from their opening loss to clip Slovakia 2-1 at the Gangneung [[ GANG-young ]] Hockey Centre. Ryan Donato scored both goals for the U.S. including the game-winner with less than three-minutes left in regulation. Team USA sits atop Group B with four points after two-games in the preliminary round. Next up they take on the Olympic Athletes from Russia this weekend.
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