Van Driver Facing DUI Charges
WASHINGTON, Pa. - A school van driver has been allegedly caught drinking on the job in the city of Washington. Police say John Mcumar, 69, was found behind the wheel of a school van at the Clark School in the city. Mcumar had a blood alcohol content double the legal limit according to authorities. Mcumar allegedly tried entering the school and yelled at the school's resource officer who smelled the alcohol and contacted police. Officers found a whisky bottle in the van. The company who owns the transport vehicle, Jake G. Schneider says no children were on board at the time of the incident and that Mcumar has been fired from the company.
Safety Zone Set Up For Loose Barges
-RANKIN, Pa. - (WPXI) - A river safety zone is in place on the Monongahela River where two of 15 barges that broke loose sunk Thursday, officials said. There is no timetable on how long the safety zone will be in place. Crews are going down the river surveying the damage. Officials said they are waiting on a salvage plan from the company that owns the barges on how to remove them from the water. Vessels are not allowed to travel through the area without permission from the U.S. Coast Guard, which will decide when to reopen the waterway. The Department of Environmental Protection is monitoring the coal spill in the river, but says it does not pose an imminent threat to water intakes or aquatic life. The barges have been secured to tugboats by owner Gulf Materials of Braddock. Approximately 15 barges loaded with coal broke loose along the Monongahela River near the Rankin Bridge around 4 p.m. Thursday. Two of the barges sunk, three struck the Rankin Bridge and four are still moving down the river toward the Homestead Grays Bridge, officials said. (Photo: WPXI)
Area Man Sentenced For Fondling Woman
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to fondling a sleeping woman during a flight from Las Vegas has been sentenced to live three months in a halfway house. Wei-Ming Shi, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced Friday in federal court. The 59-year-old Shi also was sentenced to one year of supervised release and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for the simple assault on an aircraft. Prosecutors say a female passenger sitting next to Shi on a flight in August 2016 woke up to the man putting his hands under her dress on her inner thigh, upper buttocks and lower back. She notified a flight attendant and had her seat moved. A federal judge says the behavior was "repulsive and cannot be tolerated." Shi pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in October.
Zoo Welcomes New Gorilla
PITTSBURGH (WPXI) - The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium welcomed in a new animal Friday morning when one of its gorillas gave birth. 'Moka,' a 22-year-old Western lowland gorilla, gave birth to her third baby Friday morning. 'Ivan' is Moka's 5-year-old child as well. Visitors witnessed the birth in the outside gorilla yard, according to a release from the zoo. The zoo's veterinary team said Moka and the baby are doing very well. The release said keepers will continue to monitor the baby and her mother through the weekend. Visitors may or may not see Moka with her baby in the upcoming days, zoo officials said. Moka’s baby joins the other gorillas as an ambassador for their cousins in Congo Basin. Western lowland gorillas are endangered due to a loss of habitat, poaching, and disease.
W.Va. Mine Issued Violation Notice After Fatalilty
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - A state report says a mine in West Virginia has been issued three violation notices over the death of a man who was driving a bulldozer that slipped and fell 100 feet (30 meters). The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the death of 34-year-old Thurman Watts was discussed by the state's Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety at a meeting Wednesday in Beckley. Watts was operating the bulldozer Dec. 29 at the mine in Fayette County, and had driven onto uneven ground when it slipped. The state report says Watts drove too close to a high wall's edge and the ground underneath appeared to have given way. The state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training issued the violation notices to Revelation Energy LLC, the company that owns S7 Surface Mine.
Pit Bull Kills Six-Year-Old
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a pit bull has attacked and killed a 6-year-old boy in Pennsylvania. The Blair County coroner says the child died of blunt-force trauma from the dog attack that occurred just before 6 p.m. Thursday in Lakemont. Family friend Rick Vaughan, tells The Altoona Mirror the boy's father heard the mother screaming and found the dog on top of the boy. The father pulled the dog away, but the child succumbed to his injuries. Authorities say the dog that killed the boy is now dead, but they haven't disclosed further details about its death. The family also asked police to take a second dog from the home for an undisclosed reason. The boy's name has not been released.
S. Korea Relieved About Peace Talks
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea says it feels relieved about the revived talks for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the future of Kim's nuclear weapons program. The statement by Seoul's presidential office on Saturday came hours after Trump welcomed North Korea's conciliatory response to his Thursday letter withdrawing from the summit with Kim and said that the meeting might be getting back on track. Trump later on Saturday tweeted that the summit, if it does happen, will likely take place on June 12 in Singapore as originally planned. Seoul's Blue House says it's "carefully" watching the developments between Washington and Pyongyang.
Two Shot At Indiana Middle School
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say the suspect in a shooting at a suburban Indianapolis middle school is a male student and the victims are a teacher and another student. Noblesville police Chief Kevin Jowitt says the student suspected in Friday morning's shooting at Noblesville West Middle School is in custody and is believed to have acted alone. The teacher and student who were wounded in the attack were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis. The severity of their injuries is unknown. After the attack, students at the 1,300-pupil middle school were bused to the nearby high school so that their families could retrieve them. Noblesville, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis, is home to about 50,000 people.
Giuliani Calls For Briefing On Russian Meddling
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's legal team wants a briefing on the classified information shared with lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. And they may take it to the Justice Department as part of an effort to scuttle the ongoing special counsel probe. Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's attorneys, told The Associated Press on Friday that the White House hopes to get a readout of the information next week, particularly about the use of a longtime government informant who approached members of Trump's campaign in a possible bid to glean intelligence on Russian efforts to sway the election. Trump has made unproven claims of FBI misconduct and political bias and has denounced the asset as "a spy."
Weinstein Free On $1 Million Bond
NEW YORK (AP) - Harvey Weinstein was in and out of custody so quickly in his rape case, he probably didn't have time to read the books he brought with him. The film mogul carried three books under his arm as he surrendered at a New York City police station Friday. One was "Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution," by Todd Purdum. A second was Richard Schickel's biography of filmmaker Elia Kazan. The identity of the third book wasn't immediately apparent. Weinstein handed off the books at the police station, where he was booked quickly and released one one-millon-dollars bond. An associate was carrying them when he left court a few hours later. The film producer denies charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex.
Fiat Chrysler Recalling Millions Of Vehicles
DETROIT (AP) - Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until the cars, SUVs and trucks can be fixed with a software update. The recall includes 15 Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram models from six model years. Models in other countries also are affected. Fiat Chrysler says the condition can occur if the cruise control accelerates at the same time an electrical short-circuit happens. But the brakes are designed to overpower the engine and the vehicles could still be stopped. Shifting into park would cancel the cruise. The problem was found in testing. FCA says it has no reports of crashes or injuries.
15 Injured In Canadian Restaurant Explosion
TORONTO (AP) - Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically. Peel region police said the explosion was caused by an "improvised explosive device" that was set off by two people who then fled the scene in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga. Paramedic Joe Korstanje said three people suffered critical injuries while others were lightly hurt. The explosion happened just after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, and the plaza where the restaurant is located was still sealed off on Friday.