Winter weather makes cameo appearance in Alle-Kiski Valley
Fall recently began, but the Alle-Kiski Valley got an early taste of winter this week when temperatures took a nose-dive from normal — cold enough that there was talk of snowflakes in and around the region.
The forecast calls for rising temperatures this week, with Halloween on Thursday.
• Armstrong County Commissioners approved an agreement with McMurray-based LJS Development Corp. to lease vacant county properties and rooftops to install cellphone towers. The county would receive 30 percent of all revenue from towers installed on vacant land, and 70 percent of revenue from towers installed on county-owned rooftops, according to the county 911 coordinator, Ronald Baustert. The towers pose no cost to the county. “This is pure revenue for the county, with absolutely no overhead cost,” Baustert said.
• Allegheny County police on Sunday arrested Robert R. Leaf, 47, of Pittsburgh, who is suspected of hitting a pedestrian with his car in Harmar on Friday morning and fleeing the scene.
• After more than half a century of doing business, Furniture World Carpet One, a local furniture and flooring store is selling all its inventory as it readies to close up shop by the end of the year. Andrea Solomon-Eller, owner of Furniture World Carpet One, announced the impending closure of her two stores — at 13584 Route 422 in Manor and 2420 Philadelphia St. in Indiana — citing economic pressures from the recession as one of the leading factors for closing down.
• Police say a road rage incident on Monday afternoon involving a gun began on Route 28 and ended in New Kensington with nobody hurt. State police filed charges against the man with the gun, Michael Waugaman, 42, of New Kensington.
• A New Jersey man, Joseph M. Thomas, 27, of Millville, is accused of forcing a teenage girl to have sex with him inside houses in the Alle-Kiski Valley and his home state. Thomas is in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. Allegheny County police allege Thomas assaulted the girl multiple times several years ago when she was 13 and 14 years old.
• Khaki pants and polo shirts could replace baggy jeans and hoodies next school year in New Kensington-Arnold School District. A committee of New Kensington-Arnold school board members, administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students are considering strengthening the dress code — possibly to the point of requiring all students to wear fitted khaki pants and plain, collared shirts.
• A 41-year-old West Deer man, Frank Robert Thompson, is accused of telling police he used a torch to burn his neighbor's surveillance camera and part of a garage. Thompson is charged with arson-endangering property and two related charges. West Deer police said the neighbor was not at home and didn't know anything about the damage until police told the neighbor.
• Springdale council President David Finley said an “agreement in principle” has been reached for borough police Officer David E. Walton to resign. Walton has been suspended since accusations were made that he was seen having sex with a woman in an unmarked borough police car while on duty.
• Following in the path of the brown marmorated stink bug, another smelly pest, the kudzu bug, is said to be making its way to Pennsylvania. In addition to a distinctive odor, it feeds on legumes, particularly soybeans, and — unlike the stink bug — it bites people.
• About 50,000 customers of the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, many in the Alle-Kiski Valley, were cautioned to boil water before drinking it. A “deficiency of the filtration barrier” at the George R. Sweeney Treatment Plant in Bell Township was blamed. The Apollo-Ridge, Kiski Area and Leechburg Area school districts cancelled classes Friday as a result.
• Good Samaritans chased a man who robbed the Marathon gas station in Tarentum at gunpoint on Thursday night. Witnesses later identified the suspect's car, which had been found by police in West Tarentum. The suspect was later identified as Justin Lamb, 27, of West Ninth Avenue.
• A Pittsburgh man in state prison was charged with the homicide of a New Kensington man. Police said Shane Lenell McCrommon, 38, beat Jeffrey Edwards, 54, unconscious over a debt of money in June 2012. Edwards died five months after the attack.
• The Allegheny Township Municipal Authority is moving forward with a project to provide public sewer lines to about 125 homes off Bagdad and Indian Hill roads. Homes were found in the area with failing septic systems or “wildcat sewers” that do not properly treat waste. Homes in the project area will be charged a tap-in fee of about $4,800, with other costs expected to add about another $5,000. Work is not expected to start until fall 2014.