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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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Woman arrested after stabbing in Blairsville Borough

BLAIRSVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. — A woman was arrested after a stabbing in Blairsville early Sunday morning. According to a news release, Blairsville police responded to West Market Street for a stabbing. According to police, the victim was life flighted to UPMC Presbyterian for stab wounds to his abdomen. According...

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.

Be mindful of fireworks laws throughout the holiday weekend

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - If you're planning on grabbing your own fireworks for the weekend, there are some laws you need to keep in mind.Fireworks are fun - but not all of them are legal to use just in your backyard.There are some safety tips and laws police and sellers want you to know before shooting them off this weekend.Bottle rockets, sparklers, and missile rockets are some of the names of the most popular fireworks you'll hear this Fourth of July weekend.But just because they're popular doesn't mean they're all legal to use."Party poppers, snakes, all the stuff the kids like,...
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Blairsville man life-flighted to Pittsburgh after being stabbed

BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. (KDKA) - A man is in the hospital and a woman is facing charges after an early-morning stabbing in Blairsville. According to the Blairsville Borough Police Department, around 1:30 a.m., police were called to West Market Street for a stabbing. Once on the scene, they found 55-year-old Samuel...

Monroeville gas station offering deep gas discount on July 4

A Monroeville gas station will be the hottest spot in town on Monday, at least from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, when it lowers gas prices to $2.38 per gallon for regular unleaded. The Sunoco station along Haymaker Road will offer the deep discount through a program with the Americans for Prosperity in Pennsylvania (AFP-PA), according to Tribune-Review news partner WPXI.

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!

Saint Vincent Gristmill has been staple in Unity since 1854

In 1854, millers ground their first batch of flour at the Saint Vincent Gristmill, creating a facility that not only benefited the lay brothers but also surrounding farmers. Located along Beatty County Road in Unity, the mill has been used for centuries to store wheat and other grains grown on the Saint Vincent farm as well as by area farmers. Those farmers also were permitted to grind grains at the mill, making it a staple within the local community.

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.

Police say Blairsville man stable after stabbing

A 55-year-old Blairsville man was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment after being stabbed early Sunday. Samuel Skinner was reported in stable condition at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where he is being treated for a stab wound to his abdomen, according to police Chief Louis J. Sacco.

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.

Locals Flock To Lower Merion For Penn Wynne Civic Association’s 79th Annual Independence Day Celebration

LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — We’ve had a lot of Fourth of July festivities on Sunday. Our Wakisha Bailey talked to a local community about why they say their event is so special. “I like how colorful it is,” a young girl said. It’s the perfect time to bring out the red, white, and blue. And don’t forget the stars and stripes, it’s all you need to kick off the Fourth of July. Well, that and a parade. “We’re going to be heading around the community and ending it in Penn Wynne Park,” Alan Scher, the Grand Marshall, said. Rose and her father, Scher,...

Police arrest suspect for 2 armed robberies minutes apart

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (KDKA) - A suspect is in custody after two robberies took place within 30 minutes of one another.West Mifflin Police said the suspect held up the BP gas station on Buttermilk Hollow Road also robbed a BP station in Pleasant Hills 30 minutes earlier. The identity of the suspect has not been released. Stay with KDKA-TV and for updates to this developing story as they become available.  

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.

UPMC to close Somerset hospice facility; care shifting to homes, hospital

SOMERSET — Hospice care inside Somerset’s In Touch Hospice House will end this summer, driven by changing industry trends, UPMC officials said. With more patients able to receive end-of-life care at home, demand for the North Center Avenue location’s 10-bed unit has decreased in recent years, a UPMC spokesperson said in a statement Friday.