UPDATED: 8:15am — WED 05-24-2017
Amwell Fire Death Ruled Suicide
(Washington County, PA) — The death of a man in an Amwell Township house fire is being ruled a suicide. John Stopka was found in the rubble of the Ten Mile Road home Saturday night. Police said yesterday that evidence at the scene shows he deliberately set the fire in order to kill himself.
Vulakovich Wants To Add Rail Service
Harrisburg, PA) — Senator Randy Vulakovich is trying to improve rail service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Vulakovich is sponsoring a study to see if it would be feasible to add a pair of passenger trains between the cities. He says the study will determine what infrastructure improvements are needed to make additional passenger service compatible with existing freight service. Vulakovich wants to have the study done by next year.
Allegheny County Considers Lead Testing
(Allegheny County, PA) — Allegheny County is pondering legislation that would require all children be screened for lead. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald introduced the measure to council yesterday. The bill would require kids to be tested between nine-and-12-months of age and then again at two years.
Children Injured In Speers Accident
(Washington County, PA) — Two children are in the hospital after an accident in Speers. Police say a couple’s car stalled yesterday on Grandview Way and they got out to push it, leaving their two young children inside. The car got away and slammed into the porch of a home. Both children were flown from the scene but are expected to recover.
Woman Accused Of Raping Foster Child
(Westmoreland County, PA) — A Greensburg woman is being investigated for allegedly raping her foster child. Joelle Barozzini was charged yesterday and is accused of molesting the boy hundreds of times while he lived with her between 2009 and 2013. Police say a former Greene County Children & Youth Services caseworker reported suspicions about Barozzini in 2012 but was told it was gossip and removed from the case. No report was made to ChildLine and children continued to be placed in the home. Detectives are now trying to locate other children who were fostered by Barozzini.
Actors Wanted For Casting Call
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Aspiring actors are needed in the area. Nancy Mosser Casting is holding an open call tomorrow for a new “Lifetime” movie with Toni Braxton. The call will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the 31st Street Studios. Organizers say they need adults and children of ethnically diverse backgrounds. The movie will start filming on June 8th and is called “Prepared for a Purpose.” Get more information at MosserCasting.com.
Cosby’s Lawyers Accuse Prosecutors Of Keeping Blacks Off Jury
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Bill Cosby’s defense team is accusing prosecutors of systematically keeping blacks off the jury in his sexual assault case. The claim came yesterday after prosecutors used their strikes to send two black women home. Prosecutors pointed to one of the women being a former Pittsburgh detective who sued the city following her arrest in a public scandal. They say it raised questions about her credibility.
Suspicious Death Investigated, Victim’s Car Sought
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Pittsburgh Police Department’s Violent Crime Unit is investigating the suspicious death of a 25-year-old woman. Police and paramedics were sent to North Atlantic Court near Cornwall Street around 8 o’clock last night after the woman’s body was found on a hillside. Authorities are looking for the victim’s 2004 light green Nissan Altima with Pennsylvania plate number KHN-6110.
Woman In Critical Condition Following Shooting In Wilkinsburg
(Wilkinsburg, PA) — A woman is in critical condition after being shot in the stomach around 7:00 last night in Wilkinsburg. Police say the woman was in front of a house on Elm Street when she was shot. Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating. The 41-year-old woman hasn’t been identified.
Security Changes Coming To PPG Paints Arena Following Deadly Manchester Blast
(Pittsburgh, PA) — When the Penguins host Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final tomorrow fans may notice some security changes at PPG Paints Arena. The changes are being made following a deadly suicide bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday night. Officials say they’ll increase their surveillance of the arena and there will be more security outside the arena. Security experts say they’re mostly concerned about the crowd entering and exiting since the deadly blast happened after the concert.
Winning Cash 5 Lottery Ticket Sold In Washington County
(Pittsburgh, PA) — If you bought a Cash 5 lottery ticket in Washington County for Monday’s drawing you may be a winner. It’s one of seven winners around the state. They’ll split the one-million-dollar jackpot. That works out to nearly 143-thousand dollars apiece. The Washington County ticket was sold at McDonald Pharmacy on West Barr Street in McDonald.
UPDATED: 8:20am — WED 05-24-2017
Sens Edge Pens To Force Game Seven
(Ottawa, Ontario) — There will be a Game Seven in the Eastern Conference Final. Mike Hoffman’s goal 1:34 into the third periodgave the Senators a 2-1 win over the Penguins in Game Six in Ottawa. Evgeni Malkin scored and Matt Murray made 28 saves in defeat. The defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins host the decisive game tomorrow night.
Braves Outlast Pirates
(Cumberland, GA) — The Braves scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 6-5 win over the Pirates in Atlanta. Atlanta rallied after Jordy Mercer’s two-run single in the top of the ninth gave Pittsburgh a 5-4 lead. Tony Watson blew the save and took his first loss. The game was delayed for over three hours due to rain in the seventh.
Pirates Battle Braves Again Tonight
(Cumberland, GA) — The Pirates battle the Braves again tonight in Atlanta. It’s the second of their three-game series at SunTrust Park. Trevor Williams toes the rubber for Atlanta, while Trevor Williams toes the rubber for Pittsburgh. The Bucs are last in the NL Central at 20-and-26.
Steelers’ OTA’s Underway
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Organized Team Activities are underway for the Steelers. They held the first of 10 OTA sessions yesterday and will hit the field both today and tomorrow. OTA’s wrap up on June 8th. The Steelers will then conduct a mandatory, three-day minicamp for all players that begins on June 13th.
NFL Owners Approve Shorter Overtime
(Chicago, IL) — NFL owners are approving several rule changes. Overtime will be shortened from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. Teams will also be able to bring back two players from injured reserve instead of just one. Commissioner Roger Goodell says there will also be less restrictions on touchdown celebrations.
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