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Thursday, March 20, 2014, 1:11 a.m.


Riverview schools go into lockdown

Riverview School District placed all three of its schools on lockdown Wednesday afternoon because of an undisclosed incident outside Tenth Street Elementary School on Pennsylvania Avenue, school district officials said.

District administration called 911 and police had the person in custody shortly after the situation was reported.

Schools were locked down for about 20 minutes, Superintendent Margaret DiNinno said.

A letter was sent home with students to make parents aware of the situation, but it did not include information on the reason for the lockdown.

Oakmont police did not return calls seeking comment. Oakmont police Chief David DiSanti, speaking through the mayor, would not provide details Wednesday evening.

New Kensington

Route 56 closed because of landslide

Route 56 in New Kensington was closed briefly on Wednesday evening because of a landslide.

Both lanes heading into Lower Burrell were closed between Memorial Park and Craigdell Road just before 10 p.m. while PennDOT and city road crews removed rocks that had fallen from the steep hillside.

The road reopened within an hour. No injuries were reported.


Freeport Road traffic restrictions planned

PennDOT announced lane restrictions on Freeport Road will begin today as crews remove debris between Powers Run Road and Woodland Avenue.

The southbound lanes heading toward Blawnox will be closed; southbound traffic will use one of the northbound lanes. Both directions will be limited to one lane and traffic may be stopped periodically.

The restrictions are expected to continue through 5 p.m. Saturday.


3rd-party shutoff fees increase 400%

Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County board members on Wednesday increased a service fee by 400 percent.

But most of the authority's 125,000 water and sewer customers won't be affected by the change.

The board members increased the fee from $10 to $50 to shut off water service to third-party customers who are delinquent paying their sewer bills to municipal utilities.

Officials said the county municipal authority is required to shut off water when asked to do so by a local sewer utility.

The shut-off fees are collected by the sewer companies and repaid to the water authority.

Today's meetings

Armstrong County Planning Commission, 4 p.m., Planning and Development Building, 402 Market St., Kittanning.

Buffalo Township Municipal Authority, 7 p.m., 707 S. Pike Road, Route 356.

Harmar Supervisors, 7 p.m., municipal building forum, 701 Freeport Road.

Harrison Commissioners, agenda meeting, 7:30 p.m., municipal building, Municipal Drive.

Lenape Technical School Joint Operating Committee, budget and regular meetings, 6:30 p.m., conference room, 2215 Chaplin St., Manor Township.

Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Committee, 7 p.m., Stevenson Blvd., New Kensington.

Springdale Township Commissioners, 7 p.m., township building, 100 Plate Drive.

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