SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017

Two Fatal Crashes In Washington County
A 24-year-old McDonald man is dead after a one-vehicle crash in Chartiers Township. Washington County Coroner Tim Warco says Shawn Kroesen was the passenger of a 2002 Honda Civic when the driver lost control on Chartiers Run Road shortly after midnight Sunday. Kroesen was ejected from the vehicle, which struck an embankment, crossed into the opposite lane of traffic, and ended up in a field. Kroesen was taken to Canonsburg Hospital, where he was pronounced dead in the Emergency Room at 1:21 a.m. The driver and his condition were not listed in Warco's release. No other injuries or involved vehicles were reported.

Hours earlier, a two-vehicle crash in California killed one woman and sent six people to Pittsburgh Trauma facilities by helicopter. California Police said in a statement that two vehicles crashed just before 4 p.m. Saturday on Malden Drive at East Malden Drive. Allegheny General Hospital latter released a statement announcing that a 26-year-old woman involved in the crash had been pronounced dead. Names were initially withheld pending notification of next of kin. No other details on the crash or the conditions of the surviving victims were immediately available.

Connellsville Man 'Smoked Crack' Before I-70 Crash
Police say two people have been arrested after a driver intentionally struck several vehicles on Interstate 70 while high on drugs. Pennsylvania State Police say 44-year-old Sedrick Holman, of Connellsville, was paranoid after smoking crack-cocaine, and ultimately crashed his vehicle near the 20 mile marker in Somerset Township. Police also arrested Holman's passenger, 36-year-old Ashley Dills, also of Connellsville. Dills was allegedly found in possession of heroin and other drug paraphernalia. Holman faces charges of DUI, Reckless Endangerment, and Causing or Risking a Catastrophe. He remains in Washington County Jail on $50,000 bond, and faces an April 5 preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Curtis Thompson. A court docket for Dills was not available.

Former Penn State President Convicted
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A prosecutor says jurors who found former Penn State president Graham Spanier guilty of child endangerment "kept the focus successfully on children. Spanier was convicted Friday of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy and a second count of child endangerment. The trial centered on how Spanier and two other university leaders handled a report by graduate assistant Mike McQueary that he saw retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molesting a boy in a shower in 2001. The two other university leaders pleaded guilty last week to one misdemeanor count of child endangerment. The charge carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine. Spanier's lawyer said they will appeal. Prosecutor Laura Ditka says Spanier "was convicted for all the children who came to Penn State after what Mike McQueary saw that night."

GOP Health Care Bill Collapses
WASHINGTON (AP) - Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama's health care law will be around for the foreseeable future. The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama's statute. Ryan says pulling the bill was "a setback, no two ways about it." The speaker is chiding Republicans who refused to back the legislation for being too inflexible. He says lawmakers must be "willing to give a little to get something done." Many conservative and moderate Republicans opposed the legislation.

President Blames Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says his health care reform fell short because it lacked support from Democrats. Trump made his first comments about the failure of a signature legislative item Friday in the Oval Office a short time after a House vote on the bill was cancelled. Trump told reporters "we were very close" and tried to blame Democrats, through Republicans control both the House and the Senate. He also predicted the Affordable Care Act would soon implode, forcing Democrats to join the Republicans at the negotiating table. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says : "Quite frankly I thought they might have accomplished something in the first few months. They have absolutely no record of accomplishment."

Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Go Ahead From Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) - After a battle that has been waged for years between environmental groups and energy industry advocates, the Trump administration has cleared the way for completion of the Keystone XL pipeline. It will carry oil from tar sands in Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. The State Department is certifying that the project serves U.S. national interests. It's not clear what has changed since the department reached the opposite conclusion two years ago -- other than the election of a new president. Greenpeace is vowing to keep fighting the project. The environmental group has been one of the most vocal opponents of the pipeline, and says the approval sends a signal to the world that the U.S. is "moving backwards" on climate and energy. Pipeline developer TransCanada, which first applied for a presidential permit in 2008, calls the decision a "significant milestone."

Kraft Heinz Layoffs
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kraft Heinz Co. has laid off 200 white-collar workers in Canada and the United States.Michael Mullen, the company's senior vice president of corporate and government affairs,, says the company is realigning its administrative functions to be more efficient. The company didn't say where the layoffs occurred. Kraft Heinz is dually headquartered in Pittsburgh and Chicago since the Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group of Illinois merged two years ago. The company has about 41,000 employees worldwide. The workers being laid off have all been notified and Mullen says the company appreciates their contributions.

Children Found Dead In North Carolina
RADFORD, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina sheriff says a newborn and the baby's 2-year-old sister have been found stabbed to death. Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin tells WRAL the bodies of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman were found Saturday near an intersection close to the city of Raeford. Before they were found, their 30-year-old father Tillman Freeman was arrested and charged with two counts of child abuse and child endangerment. Authorities said the father refused to cooperate with the investigation into the children's whereabouts. They have not said who they think killed the children, who were reported missing following a domestic dispute. Freeman's wife was in a local hospital when the children disappeared. Details about the domestic dispute were not immediately released. It's not clear whether Freeman has an attorney.

Police: 1 Shooter In Deadly Club Attack
CINCINNATI (AP) - Police are now saying only one shooter was responsible for the deadly Cincinnati nightclub assault. Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate says in a tweet there was only one reported shooter but police are still investigating. Police earlier had said "at least a couple of shooters" opened fire inside the Cameo club early Sunday, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others. The motive for the shooting remains unclear, and Neudigate says there is no indication the attack is terrorism related. The shooting occurred on a busy night. Capt. Kim Williams says the crowd there is often very young on Saturday nights and they have had trouble in the past, but "this is the worst by far." A coroner removed a body from the scene shortly after 6 a.m. (Photo: AP)

Officials: 1 Dead, 1 Critical, 2 Also Hurt In Shootings
INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in western Pennsylvania say one person was killed and three others injured, one critically, in a pair of unrelated shootings near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. Two suspects were arrested. Police in Indiana borough said a shooting during a confrontation early Saturday between two groups of men injured two people. Twenty-one-year-old Thomas Stanko, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangering. In the second shooting blocks away, authorities said 21-year-old Carlos Recaldecampos was targeted over a previous dispute and died hours later. A 20-year-old woman described as a bystander was critically injured. Twenty-year-old Matthew McNevin of Indiana, Pennsylvania, was charged with homicide and attempted homicide. Court documents don't list attorneys and phone numbers for the defendants couldn't be found Saturday. (Photo of Suspects Courtesy WPXI)

Chartiers Valley Student Will Face Trial
Standout high school athlete Ross Wilkerson, 18, will stand trial on rape allegations. At a preliminary hearing held Friday, his alleged victim provided testimony. She accused Wilkerson of taking her into a closet and sexually assaulting her in his pool house. Wilkerson's attorney says she is not portraying the incident accurately. Wilkerson was charged March 7 and has been free on bond. He'll be back in court for arraignment in May.

Police Searching For Missing Fayette County Man
Pennsylvania State Police say they're searching for a man who's been missing since Wednesday. According to a Saturday press release, police say Travis Wayne Wingrove was last seen at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. He told his mother by phone that he left to get a coffee, then about an hour later, he texted her to say he was on his way home. Police say he is "believed to be in the Perryopolis/Belle Vernon area" but hasn't been seen or heard from since that last text message was sent. hasn't been seen or heard from since that time. Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper Joseph Ross at the Uniontown barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police, at 724-439-7111. (Photo: WPXI)

Two Cited As Trump Supporters, Opponents Face Off
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police said a man and a youth were cited for disorderly conduct but no arrests were reported as supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump faced off in Philadelphia. Scores of people taking part in a Make America Great Again demonstration, part of a nationwide event, gathered near Independence Hall at midday Saturday. They were opposed by anti-Trump protesters, many clad in black, but police kept the two groups apart. Demonstrators supporting the president had planned to march down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Deputy Commissioner Joseph Sullivan said they were advised to stop around City Hall because of "concerns for their safety and for innocent people." Both groups dispersed shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday.


Lawmakers Meet With Community Action Southwest
Friday was the annual Legislative Breakfast with Washington and Greene County lawmakers and the workers with Community Action Southwest. CEO Darlene Bigler said the organization has just completed a five-year strategic plan, and is now working on a new one, as it continues to help community members who need childcare, education, housing, and meal assistance. Bigler said CAS improved the lives of nearly 20,000 people last year, in addition to more than 44,000 Home Delivered Meals served in Greene County. Officials pointed out that the program would be one of several to lose funding under proposed changes in the Federal budget, noting that seniors often rely on CAS volunteers to perform welfare checks during meal deliveries.

Harrison Ford's Flying Mishap Explained
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Harrison Ford told an air traffic controller he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft when he mistakenly landed his small plane on a taxiway at a California airport last month. An audio recording of Ford's conversation about the Feb. 13 incident was released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration. The 74-year-old actor was supposed to land on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, but he mistakenly landed on a taxiway. As he descended, Ford's single-engine plane flew low over an airline with 116 people aboard that was taking off. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. Ford's publicist didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

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