Dozens of people turned out at a Pittsburgh park yesterday to show solidarity with Paris in the wake of last week’s terror attacks in France. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the group marked a moment of silence before they released white balloons and sang the French national anthem.
Gov. Tom Wolf says his administration will continue working with the federal government to resettle Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania following the Paris terrorist atttacks. Wolf, a Democrat, said today that the federal government believes it can handle an additional 10,000 refugees that the White House said in September that it would accept from Syria. Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services says 14 Syrian refugees have arrived in the state since Oct. 1. Eight governors, all Republicans, say they’re opposing efforts to relocate Syrian refugees in their states or they’re demanding to know more about the federal government’s security procedures to screen Syrian refugees.
Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering that Pennsylvania and U.S. flags on state facilities be lowered to half-staff for the victims of Friday night’s terror attacks in Paris. Wolf also said today that the front facade of the Capitol building is being lit up at night with the red, white and blue tricolor stripes of France’s national flag. The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset Thursday. Wolf also says the Pennsylvania State Police are taking extra security measures, including at major sporting events.
Dr. Paul Caton was Mike Romigh’s guest speaker on today’s Teleforum. Dr. Caton owns and operates Caton Chiropractic at 628 Darlington Rd, Beaver Falls, PA 15010.
He can be contacted at (724) 847-2222.
High winds in the Pittsburgh region overnight brought down trees and power lines in some areas. Duquesne Light says it expects to fully restore power for its customers today for its customers, with roughly 12-hundred customers losing power at one point last night.
PennDOT has issued an alert about line painting in Beaver County this weekend. According to PennDOT, crews will be painting lines along Route 51 in the area of the Ambridge Aliquippa Bridge in the city of Aliquippa and Hopewell Township from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. In an effort to prevent paint from getting on vehicles, motorists are being asked to stay 250 feet behind the painting equipment. Motorists should also wait to pass the painting vehicles until instructed to do so by a member of the crew. PennDOT is not usually responsible for paint on vehicles.
The FBI and other agencies are searching a northeastern Ohio tract where the bodies of two teenage girls were found in 1984. The FBI is working with investigators from Portage County, Ohio and Beaver County during today’s search near the Berlin Lake Wildlife Area. The body of 17-year-old Kathern Menendez was found near the Berlin Reservoir on Aug. 25, 1994, four days after she was last seen near Alliance, Ohio. The remains of 14-year-old Sarah Rae Boehm were found about a half-mile away on Nov. 4, 1994, five months after she was reported missing from Rochester, about 50 miles away. The FBI is looking for DNA and other evidence to determine who killed the girls, and whether their deaths are related.
The Hopewell police department says it is investigating two recent robberies and is asking for assistance from the public. Police say a white man robbed the Gringo Road CoGo’s convenience store shortly before 2:30 a.m. October 29th. In the second robbery, police say a man robbed the Heights Road CVS Pharmacy after 4 p.m. Friday. Hopewell Township Police Chief Brian Uhrmacher tells Beaver County Radio that in both cases, the suspect demanded cash but did not display a weapon. And he tells us that they’re not sure if it’s the same suspect in both robberies. Anyone with information is asked to call Hopewell police at (724) 378-0555.
GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson has kept up a business relationship with a Pittsburgh dentist convicted of insurance fraud, even as Carson has called for harsh punishment for such crimes. Records show Alfonso Costa pleaded guilty to felony health care fraud after an FBI probe.
The debate over school property taxes is heating up in Harrisburg. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers are trying to balance the authority of school boards to increase taxes against a budget deal that would raise the state sales tax to finance reductions in school taxes.