The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued the following winter weather advisory for our area tomorrow, Thursday November 14, 2018
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 7 PM EST
* WHAT...Wintry mix expected. Expect total wet snow accumulation
of up to 2 inches and ice accumulation up to one-tenth inch.
* WHERE...western Pennsylvania, east-central Ohio and northern
West Virginia, including the northern panhandle.
* WHEN...Snow will begin after 3 am and will peak between 5-8 am
before changing to sleet and freezing rain during the morning.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...There remains considerable uncertainty in
the expected precipitation type. If warm air is not as strong as
expected, precipitation could remain as snow with much higher
amounts. Ice and wet snow will result in difficult travel
Stay tune to Beaver County Radio for weather updates and any closings
Indians send INF Gonzalez to Pirates in 5-player swap
By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians traded versatile infielder Erik Gonzalez to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a five-player swap.
Cleveland sent Gonzalez, who appeared in 81 games for the AL Central champions last season, and right-handers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to the Pirates for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.
Gonzalez batted .265 with one homer and 16 RBIs last season for Cleveland, which signed the Dominican native in 2009. Gonzalez filled a utility role for the Indians, but was not going to be able to get into the starting lineup behind All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez.
The 25-year-old Luplow brings needed depth to Cleveland’s outfield, which was decimated by injuries last season. He appeared in 64 games over the past two seasons with the Pirates, who named him their top minor league player in 2017.
Moroff has split the last three seasons between Triple-A Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, appearing in 26 games for the Pirates in 2018.
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Hearing reveals chilling details of fatal Southwest flight
By DAVID KOENIG and CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press
There was a loud bang, and suddenly the Southwest Airlines jet rolled 41 degrees to the left. Smoke began to fill the cabin, and flight attendants rushed row by row to make sure all passengers could get oxygen from their masks.
When flight attendant Rachel Fernheimer got to row 14, she saw a woman still restrained by her lap belt but with her head, torso and arm hanging out a window.
Fernheimer grabbed one of the woman’s legs while flight attendant Seanique Mallory grabbed her lower body. They described being unable to bring the woman back in the plane until two male passengers stepped in to help.
The harrowing details from the April fatal flight were released for the first time as the National Transportation Safety Board began a hearing Wednesday into the engine failure on Southwest Flight 1380, which carried 144 passengers and five crew members.
After several failed attempts to reach the pilots by intercom because of the rush of air and noise, Mallory was finally able to relay the situation to Tammie Jo Shults and Darren Ellisor, who had already planned an emergency landing of the crippled Boeing 737-700 in Philadelphia.
“We got (unintelligible words) a window open and somebody – is out the window,” Mallory said. According to a transcript, she adds a little later, “Yeah everyone still in their seats, we have people have been helpin’ her get in I don’t know what her condition is, but the window is completely out.”
The flight attendants told investigators at least one of the male passengers put his arm out of the window and wrapped it around the woman’s shoulder to help pull her back in. Fernheimer said when she looked out the window, she could see that one of the plane’s engines was shattered, and there was blood on the outside of the aircraft.
The passenger in the window seat, Jennifer Riordan, was fatally injured — the first death on a U.S. airline flight since 2009. Eight other passengers including at least one of the men who helped pull Riordan back in the window, suffered minor injuries.
One of the men, an EMT in Texas, and a retired school nurse began CPR on Riordan, but according to interviews with investigators, they said her injuries seemed too severe. Emergency personnel took over once the plane landed, and passengers gathered her belongings to send with them.
The accident was triggered by an engine fan blade that broke off. A piece of engine cover struck and shattered the window next to Riordan, a 43-year-old mother of two from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Wednesday’s hearing in Washington focused on design and inspection of fan blades on the engine, made by CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric and France’s Safran S.A.
A spokeswoman for CFM said in an emailed statement Wednesday that the company could not comment on an active investigation, but noted that it had “responded aggressively” to complete blade inspections after the fatal flight before an Aug. 31 deadline.
The blade that broke had made about 32,000 flights. An examination indicated that it probably was beginning to suffer cracks from metal fatigue when it was last inspected in 2012, said Mark Habedank, an engineering official at CFM. But the crack was smaller than could be detected by the test used at the time, which used fluorescent dye.
After the fatal accident, CFM recommended the use of more sophisticated tests using ultrasound or electrical currents. The company also recommended much more frequent inspections and lubrication of the blades.
A broken fan blade had triggered a similar engine failure with shrapnel on another Southwest flight, in August 2016 over Florida.
An FAA expert on engines, Christopher Spinney, said the agency considered the Florida incident “very unexpected.”
“We determined early that we would require some corrective action in that it was an unsafe condition,” Spinney said, “but we also determined we had some time.”
Rather than issue an emergency order for fan blade inspections after the 2016 incident, the FAA began a normal process for new regulations, which includes a chance for the public to comment and takes longer. That process was still underway when the fatal accident occurred.
Fan blades have been thought to have no real lifetime limit. CFM and FAA officials said they were now considering whether blades must be replaced at some point even if they don’t show wear.
Representatives from CFM, Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration were also expected to be questioned about design of the engine housing, which is supposed to prevent pieces from breaking loose.
According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down by a nickel this week at $2.94 per gallon. November continues to bring gas price averages under $3 for every state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region. The national gas price average is $2.70. That price is six cents less than last week, 21-cents less than last month and just 14-cents more than last year.
Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) issued the following statement after the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded Beaver County the Youth and Family TREE grant. This grant will provide Beaver County’s comprehensive system of care $541,350 per year for five years to enhance and expand prevention and treatment services for those suffering from substance use disorders, co-occurring substance abuse, and mental health disorders. The Congressman wrote a letter in support of Beaver County’s application:
“Like most of Western Pennsylvania, Beaver County has been devastated by the opioid epidemic with one of the highest rates of opioid-related overdoses in the country,” said Congressman Rothfus. “This critical grant funding from SAMHSA will provide the necessary prevention and treatment resources to help families and individuals improve their quality of life and achieve brighter futures.”
AMBRIDGE BOROUGH COUNCIL HAS VOTED TO HOLD THE LINE ON TAXES FOR THE 14TH YEAR…AND TO EXTEND THE BOROUGH’S CURFEW BY AN HOUR. BEAVER COUNTY RADIO NEWS CORRESPONDENT SANDY GIORDANO HAS DETAILS. Click on ‘play’ to hear Sandy’s report…
STATE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED AN ALIQUPPA MAN ON FIREARM AND DRUG CHARGES. BEAVER COUNTY RADIO NEWS CORRESPONDENT SANDY GIORDANO HAS DETAILS. Click on ‘play’ to hear Sandy’s report…
Volunteer firefighters across Pennsylvania are getting a share of more than 55-million dollars for new equipment, training, and member’s insurance. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Tuesday more than 25-hundred municipalities will get part of the fire relief association funding. Beaver County volunteer firefighters relief associations will receive about 720-thousand dollars in funding. The money is generated from a two-percent tax on fire insurance premiums purchased by state residents from out-of-state companies.
A Beaver Falls man is found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman for more than a decade. The judge announced the verdict against 49-year-old Richard Holewski Tuesday and sent him to the Beaver County Jail to await sentencing in February. Holewski is accused of assaulting a girl starting when she was seven-years-old, continuing into her 20s.
WEATHER FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14TH, 2018
TODAY – PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH – 36.
TONIGHT – CLOUDY SKIES OVERNIGHT. LOW – 28.
THURSDAY – LIGHT FREEZING RAIN IN THE MORNING
CHANGING TO RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.
HIGH – 35.