Tag: Penn Hills

Landscaping Pickup with Trailer Crashes into Dairy Queen

hw-logoBy HoopieWorld.com

Crews are on scene on Verona Rd in Penn Hills at the Dairy Queen attending to 4 injured people after a pickup truck with a landscaping trailer plowed into the building.

The truck caused a gas line rupture and the building quickly filled with gas.

Everyone inside was evacuated.

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Lincoln Park VFD seeks applicants for live-in program

221-lincoln-park-penn-hillsBy Patrick Varine – Tribune-Review

Fighting fires is a passion for the Snyder family of Penn Hills.

Lincoln Park No. 221 Chief Shawn Snyder is a second-generation Penn Hills firefighter, following in the footsteps of his uncle and father, who is currently a life member of Penn Hills VFD No. 224 in the Point Breeze neighborhood.

Snyder began at his father’s company when he was 16, and last week was recognized for a quarter-century of service, serving at No. 224 until 2004 as a lieutenant, assistant chief and chief, and currently at the Lincoln Park station, where he has served as both captain and now chief.

Snyder said the most important lesson he has learned in his 25 years is that there’s always another lesson to be learned.

“You want to know your training and continue to do it no matter what,” Snyder said. “Always and forever, because everything is always changing. New things come out, new techniques … products and materials change.”

Over the years, Lincoln Park firefighters have increased staffing as well as the local services they provide to the community, including the station’s live-in program, which is currently seeking applicants.

“Other departments in the areas surrounding Penn Hills had been doing it for years,” Snyder said.

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Ambulance fundraiser fliers sent beyond Verona borders

hw-logoBy Patrick Varine – Penn Hills Progress / Triblive.com


Penn Hills EMS Supervisor Diane Fitzhenry wants Penn Hills residents to know they already pay for an ambulance service with their taxes, and don’t need to contribute to a private company serving the adjacent town.

Fitzhenry sent out an email alert to residents on May 28 regarding solicitation for contributions by Guardian Angel Ambulance Services, a privately owned, for-profit service based in West Mifflin.

“They’re certainly entitled to do this,” Fitzhenry said. “It’s free enterprise. It’s just very misleading, because they’re soliciting people who already have a designated ambulance service.”

The municipality has funded equipment and costs for Penn Hills EMS for four decades, she said.

Guardian Angel does contract with Verona Borough for ambulance service, and its operations manager, Mark Capozzi, said the solicitation was a mistake related to the way post-office distribution takes place.

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Police: Man sets fire to house in Penn Hills after fight over sausage

011314-penn-hills-sausage-fireBy Bob Hazen – WTAE

PENN HILLS, Pa. —Investigators say a man set a Penn Hills house on fire after an argument with the home’s residents.

Mark Anthony Venson, 21, turned himself in to police Saturday to face charges for arson.  Investigators say he intentionally set fire to the house on Lime Hollow Road on Thursday after the home’s residents told him to leave.

According to a criminal complaint, Venson does not live in the house, but the couple that lives there had allowed him to sleep in the home from time to time because he had been homeless.  Last week, Venson allegedly started behaving strangely, including walking into the couple’s bedroom multiple times on Wednesday before finally being told to leave.

On Thursday night, the couple told police they were upstairs in their bedroom when the smelled something cooking.  They say Venson and a friend had let themselves into the house unannounced and cooked all of their sausage.

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Crews Battle Late-Night Fire At Penn Hills Home

011014-penn-hills-fireBy KDKA

PENN HILLS (KDKA) — A house fire sent emergency crews to a home in Penn Hills late Thursday night.

It happened in the 1600-block of Lime Hollow Road just after 10:30 p.m.

Initially, police were reportedly called to the home for a domestic dispute.

When they got there, the home was on fire.

However, there’s been no word yet on the cause of the blaze.

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Two-car crash ties up Rodi traffic

121013-penn-hills-rodi-accidentBy Patrick Varine – Penn Hills Progress

A two-car crash around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon snarled traffic on Rodi Road in Penn Hills.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Rodi Road and Morlow Drive.

At least one person was taken from the scene by ambulance. One of the two involved cars was flipped onto its roof with several windows broken.

The crash is under investigation.
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2-vehicle crash knocks out power, ties up traffic in Penn Hills

101813-pennhillsPhoto by Patrick Varine – Penn Hills Progress / Triblive.com

A two-vehicle crash in the 300 block of Rodi Road in Penn Hills at about 1 p.m. Friday caused several businesses to lose power and tied up traffic.

A Duquesne Light spokesman said there are downed wires, which crews are working to repair.

A detour is set up so motorists may avoid the accident spot.

Additional details about the crash were not available.

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