UPDATED: 7:40am — TUE 07-25-2017
Retired Priest Charged With Sexual Abuse
(Westmoreland County, PA) — A retired Westmoreland County priest is facing sexual abuse charges. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro made the announcement yesterday naming Reverend John Thomas Sweeney as the suspect. Sweeney is accused of forcing a ten-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him at St. Margaret Mary Elementary School in Lower Burrell in 1991. Sweeney’s parish assignments also included Holy Family in Latrobe, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Saint Hedwig in Smock, Saint Mary in Freeport, Saint James in Apollo and Holy Family in West Newton.
Men Charged For Money Laundering
(Undated) — Two men from Ghana are facing charges in connection to a complex theft and money laundering scheme in Beaver and Allegheny counties. Federal agents raided two homes and a business Friday following a year-long investigation and arrested Nathanael Nyamekye, who owns Remy Tire Mart, and Ismail Shitu. Both are accused of creating a fraudulent real estate deal and cheating a Maryland couple out of more than 400-thousand dollars.
Man Charged For Speeding Incident
(Butler County, PA) — A Sarver man is facing charges following an incident in Butler Township. Joshua Crider was charged last week after police clocked him going 105 miles-an-hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone on Route 422. Officers pulled him over near Benbrook Road Bridge and then discovered he had two children under the age of ten unrestrained in the vehicle.
Police Investigate Youngwood Arson
(Westmoreland County, PA) — Police are investigating an arson in Youngwood. The blaze was set early Monday at a vacant home on South Third Street. Officers say it is the second arson this month at the property. Detectives are reviewing area surveillance to try to identify a suspect.
Korns Running For State House Seat
(Westmoreland County, PA) — The chairman of the Westmoreland County Republican Committee is running for a state House seat. Michael Korns made the announcement yesterday. The seat is currently occupied by four-term incumbent Eli Evankovich, who announced last year that he is not seeking reelection. The District includes parts of Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.
Local Universities Named In Money Magazine
(Undated) — Multiple local universities are on Money magazine’s list of best colleges for the price. The publication released the annual rankings this month after evaluating 711 schools nationwide based on cost, graduation rate, alumni success and educational quality. Waynesburg, Slippery Rock, University of Pitt’s main campus, Washington and Jefferson, Robert Morris, California University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and La Roche were all on the list. See the whole thing at Time.com/Money.
Wanted Registered Sex Offender Caught In Wilkinsburg
(Pittsburgh, PA) — A wanted registered sex offender is sitting in the Allegheny County jail after being arrested for allegedly violating his parole for a 1983 rape conviction. Police had been looking for 57-year-old Anthony Wallace since June 13th when it was discovered he was no longer living at his registered address. He was arrested yesterday when a sheriff’s deputy who knew of Wallace’s case thought he saw him on Penn Ave in Wilkinsburg. Wallace is now awaiting new Megan’s Law Violation charges.
Fire Rips Through Vacant Jeannette Building
(Jeannette, PA) — Fire officials are investigating a late-night Westmoreland County fire. A two-alarm fire ripped through the old Jeannette Brewery last night. Officials say water main break made it difficult for firefighters to get enough water on the fire. It took hours for crews to gain control of the fire in the vacant Penn Ave building.
Westmoreland Co. Blacksmith Competes On National Show
(Westmoreland Co., PA) — A West Newton blacksmith is set to compete on a national TV show. Andrew Takach will appear on the History Channel’s reality competition show “Forged in Fire.” It features blacksmiths competing against each other by trying to create iconic blades to become the “Forged in Fire” champion. We’ll find out if Takach’s blade will kill during the tonight’s episode.
Steeler Report For Training Camp Just Days Away
(Westmoreland Co., PA) — St. Vincent College is making final preparations for Steelers training camp. The Steelers report the Unity campus on Thursday, with the first public practice to beheld the following day. For the second-straight year, ESPN will be in Latrobe to do a live broadcast from the team’s annual night practice. That practice is set for August 4th at Latrobe Memorial Stadium and is open to the public.
Westmoreland Co. Football Programs To Take Advantage Of PIAA Rule
(Westmoreland Co., PA) — Some Westmoreland County high school football programs are planning to take advantage of a rule the PIAA instituted last year. The Week Zero rule gives teams the option to play a second scrimmage or an opening game a week prior to the traditional start of the season. At least three popular rivalries will be played on August 25th. Greensburg Salem will play at Hempfield, Norwin will host Penn-Trafford and Latrobe will be at Derry.
UPDATED: 7:45am — TUE 07-25-2017
Pirates Pound Giants Behind McCutchen, Mercer
(San Francisco, CA) — Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in four to help the Pirates pound the Giants 10-3 in San Francisco. Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer for Pittsburgh, which snapped a two-game skid. Gerrit Cole pitched six innings of two-run ball for his eighth win. The Bucs are 50-and-50, just two-and-a-half games back in the NL Central.
Bucs Continue Series In San Francisco
(San Francisco, CA) — The Pirates and Giants continue their three-game series tonight in San Francisco. Jameson Taillon will be on the bump for the Bucs. He is 6-and-3 with a 3.08 ERA. The Giants will counter with lefty Madison Bumgarner, who is 0-and-4 with a 3.57 ERA.
Penguins Sign Dumoulin To Six-Year Deal
(Pittsburgh, PA) — The Penguins are avoiding arbitration with defenseman Brian Dumoulin [[ DOO-muh-lin ]]. The Pens have signed Dumoulin to a six-year contract that has an average annual value of 4.1-million-dollars. Dumoulin tallied one goal and 14 assists in 70 games last season. The 25-year-old has two goals and 31 helpers over 163 career games, all with the Pens.
Steelers Kickoff Training Camp This Week
(Latrobe, PA) — Training camp for the Steelers is set to kick off. Camp officially begins on Thursday, with rookies and veterans reporting to Chuck Noll Field at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. The team will hold the first full day of practice on Friday. Pittsburgh opens preseason action on August 11th against the Giants in New York.
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