Police were called to Ohio River Boulevard in Edgeworth this morning for reports of a man with a gun who was shooting at parked cars. The shots were fired in a parking lot that was being used by construction crews in the area. The scene is about a mile away from Sewickley Academy. A construction foreman was taken into custody. Police say 37-year-old Alan Smith Jr. was working on a project at the school. According to investigators, Smith was going to take some of his crew members over to the school at around 7 a-m when he became irritated with them. Police say Smith shot his work truck and another car. No one was hurt. Once police arrived, Smith surrendered peacefully.
Three mayors walk into an elevator – but what happened next was no joke, though the officials managed to amuse themselves until they could be rescued about 40 minutes later. Leetsdale Mayor Pete Poninski got stuck in the Westin Hotel elevator last night along with the mayors of Pittsburgh (Bill Peduto) and Millvale. They had been attending a meeting of the Allegheny League of Municipalities. Poninski tells Beaver County Radio newsman Pat Septak that none of the mayors could get cellphone service but luckily, one of the stranded passengers worked at the hotel and was able to summon maintenance crews and first responders using a walkie-talkie. Poninski says that while the mayors couldn’t call for help, they did manage to use their phones to take a selfie.
The 16th annual CCBC Foundation Golf Outing is set for Friday at Blackhawk Golf Course. CCBC Executive Director of Marketing Leslie Tennant tells Beaver County Radio newsman Pat Septak that as part of CCBC’s 50th anniversary celebration, all 2016 golf outing supporters will receive additional recognition at a special gala event taking place at the end of the yearlong celebration. The CCBC Foundation is a charitable organization. If you’d like to participate in the golf outing or if you’d like to become an outing sponsor this year, call (724) 480-3561.
Democratic Gov. Tom wolf is rejecting a bill that would have limited the use of seniority when school districts have to layoff teachers. The bill passed the GOP-controlled House and Senate without any support from Democratic lawmakers.
State Rep. Jaret Gibbons (D-Franklin Township) has introduced a bill that calls for school districts and social service agencies to receive funding if the Legislature does not pass a budget by its annual July 1st deadline. Gibbons tells Beaver County Radio newsman Pat Septak that last year’s budget impasse was a disappointing failure that should never happen again.
The American Red Cross is assisting residents who were displaced by a house fire in Rochester yesterday afternoon. The blaze broke out around 2:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Ohio Avenue. No one was injured but the fire displaced 10 young people who lived there, all between the ages of 19 and 26. Officials say the fire broke out on the back porch of the home and spread to the kitchen…causing about 30-thousand dollars in damage. The home is expected to be repaired within days.
A Superior Court panel will rule later on the appeal of a boy who was 11 when he was charged with killing his father’s pregnant fiancee and her unborn child in Lawrence County. A Lawrence County judge last year turned down Jordan Brown’s request to dismiss the charges or grant a new juvenile court trial. The three-judge Superior Court panel heard arguments from the defense Tuesday. Brown was charged as a juvenile and adjudicated delinquent in the February 2009 shotgun slaying of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk, who was eight months pregnant. Authorities say none of the evidence points to anyone but Brown, who is now 18. The defense contends police rushed to judgment and appealed on the grounds that the evidence was insufficient.
Pennsylvania State Police have identified the body found in the Ohio River in the Haysville/ Glenfield area. The discovery was made around 11:30 Monday morning. Investigators have identified the man as 31-year-old Yusef Ahmed, who was reported missing last week. No further details have been released.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court is set to hear the appeal of a judge’s refusal to grant a new juvenile court trial for a boy who was 11 when he allegedly killed his father’s pregnant fiancee and her unborn child in 2009. The court previously sided with Jordan Brown. But when a Lawrence County judge last year refused to dismiss the charges or grant a new trial, the Wampum teen appealed again.
Center Township Road chairman Richard George said that catch basins will be part of the road department’s upgrade of 10-15 roads in the township. Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano reports that the engineering firm of Lennon, Smith, and Souleret went over the bids, and $1.3 million is budgeted for the roads.