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Suspect identified and arrested in string of robberies

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (KDKA) - A suspect is in custody after two robberies took place within 30 minutes of one another. Allegheny County Police identified 29-year-old David Vankavelaar as the person responsible. On Friday night, county police were alerted to a robbery at the BP gas station and 7-Eleven convenience...
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Police say Clairton man jailed as suspect in 3 area robberies

A Clairton man is being held in the Allegheny County Jail on charges of robbing two area convenience stores and an attempted robbery of a third store late Friday. David Vankavelaar, 29, is charged by county police with robbery, terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person in connection to one armed robbery in Pleasant Hills.

DA shuts down 'nuisance bar' Sweeney's Steakhouse after double shooting

ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) - Sweeney's Steakhouse and Pub in Rostraver Township was shut down because it was a threat to public safety, Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli said Friday.Citing several recent violent incidents, including a double shooting on Sunday, Ziccarelli along with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board closed the restaurant, calling it a nuisance bar. It comes after owner Debra Hardy posted on Facebook earlier this week, saying doors were closed after nearly 26 years. "We would like to thank our loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years and will cherish the many wonderful and fun memories that were had," the post said. Ziccarelli, however, says her office was the one that closed the eatery down and it needed to be done. "It is my determination that this is the only way to abate the problems that have brought violence to this community and placed law enforcement officers in grave danger," Ziccarelli said.The restaurant is for sale and Ziccarelli made clear if new ownership is found, it will be allowed to resume operations.

Unity couple founds nonprofit to provide housing for veterans

Andrew and Shela Gornik always have made a point of thanking veterans for their service. They’ve taught their four children to do the same. “If our kids walked past a veteran, even when they were small, we would tell them, go right back there and say, ‘Thank you for your service.’ And we would say it too,” Shela Gornik said.

Homicide victim's mother tells Mt. Pleasant man: 'No more drugs'

Cathy Clawson had a simple message for the man who pleaded guilty Friday to causing her daughter’s death in 2020. “Just come out a better man. No more drugs,” Clawson told Robert Seth Barnhart after he was sentenced to serve 3-6 years in prison for his role in the crash that killed his longtime girlfriend, 44-year-old Susan Clawson of Uniontown.

KD Sunday Spotlight: InvovleMINT effecting change in the community

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In this week's KD Sunday Spotlight, InvovleMINT is addressing poverty and environmental problems at the same time. CEO Daniel Little said most of the positive change is happening in Hazelwood and Wilkinsburg at the moment but has plans to expand. Little said those who are involved in the program are called "Changemakers." They complete different environmental tasks in the community such as cleaning up trash or beautifying neighborhoods. They document those actions and receive community credits that act like money. These community credits can be used at participating stores, businesses, and even bakeries and grocery stores. Then these businesses can also put the credits toward other tasks such as waste aversion, which helps protect the environment. You can get involved and learn more on their website at this link!

Group pays it forward by buying families' groceries and gas

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. (KDKA) - How would you like to have your groceries paid for or your gas tank filled for free? Especially with high inflation, it'd be nice. Wharton Curtis LLC. is doing just that and hoping others will pay it forward.During a time of inflation, the group is footing the bill for groceries and gas for some lucky families."I was really shocked. Nobody has ever paid for my groceries," said Ana Coll.Founder Melissa Wharton said this all began when somebody paid for her food in line at Chick-fil-A and it made her question what more she could...

Floor-dropping water slide Bombs Away opens at Sandcastle

WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. (KDKA) - Sandcastle debuted its newest water slide Bombs Away Friday.Riders step into an enclosed capsule and the floor disappears, dropping them into a 300-foot-long tube spiraling six stories down."It's very nerve-wracking, especially when the countdown starts. Your heart starts to beat faster," said A.J. Yellin from Zelienople. The ride was supposed to open the in summer of 2020, but the pandemic slowed it down. Park leaders said they couldn't be happier to unveil the new centerpiece of the park for the big summer holiday. 

Courtney Poulich to transfer to Robert Morris

Former Liberty freshman Courtney Poulich announced today that she would move closer to home and join the Colonials softball team for the 2023 season. The Greensburg, Pa. native did not play much for the Flames in her freshman year, only having three at-bats and scoring five runs in 19 games for the eventual ASUN champions.

Man charged in Westmoreland County crime spree to stand trial

GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) -  A local man accused in a bizarre crime spree will stand trial. Alex Kerestesy allegedly destroyed a hotel lobby, stole a cart full of items from a drug store and walked off with it wearing only his underwear. Kerestesy said he didn't mean any harm and has mental health issues. But police say he admitted to using drugs before the incidents."I just want to say this whole thing was just a misunderstanding. That's all I can say for now," he said heading into his preliminary hearing on robbery and assault charges after his alleged crime spree...

Rostraver restaurant closed under deal with district attorney

A popular Rostraver restaurant and tavern that was the site of a double shooting early Sunday morning has been closed. Westmoreland County District Attorney Nicole Ziccarelli said Friday in Rostraver her office reached an agreement with owner Debra Hardy Maley to permanently close Sweeney’s Steakhouse at 1713 Rostraver Road, before the July 4 holiday.

School district sued over 'anti-racism' teaching ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district's ban on "anti-racism" instruction is itself racist and an unconstitutional free speech prohibition, according to a federal lawsuit seeking to have the ban overturned.At issue is a resolution to create "a culture of kindness" narrowly approved last week by the Forest Hills school board in suburban Cincinnati. The resolution prohibits "anti-racism" curriculum, education and training and also bans the academic theory known as critical race theory.Students are banned from classes or assignments that require them to consider their race, socioeconomic class, gender identity or other characteristics as "a deficiency or a label" to stereotype students as having certain biases or prejudices, under the resolution.By prohibiting education, curriculum, and training regarding "anti-racism," the resolution "instead promotes racism by its very definition," according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday by parents and teachers against Forest Hill school board members and the district. A message was left with the district seeking comment.Legislation pending in the General Assembly would ban schools statewide from requiring or compelling Ohio teachers to affirm a belief in the systemic nature of racism or "the multiplicity or fluidity of gender identities."

Fire forces dozens of senior citizens from North Braddock apartment building

NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa. (KDKA) - More than three dozen senior citizens living at Shady Park Place in North Braddock evacuated after a fire Friday. All residents, mostly in their 70s, 80s and 90s, will be displaced for the holiday weekend. The Red Cross is working to find a place for them to stay until authorities determine it's safe to go back inside. A fire broke out inside an apartment on the third floor. Donald Folks, who lives inside that unit, described it as an explosion inside his kitchen.  "It scared the heck out of me. So much it shook me," Folks said. Fire...