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  1. A JCPenney love story: Couple who met, married while working at department store decades ago visit on final day Updated: 6:32 PM EDT Oct 26, 2020 Katelyn Sykes SHOW TRANSCRIPT WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — The end of an era. On Monday, JCPenney at Century III Mall in West Mifflin officially closed its doors. Dozens of people stopped by the store for last-minute clearances, but one couple who stopped by came all the way from Ohio. They didn't come for the sales but to see the place where they fell in love more than three decades ago. "The first time I saw him he was getting into a freight elevator and I thought, 'Wow! There's a nice, tall, good looking man! I wonder who he is,'" Laurel Walczyk said. Laurel Walczyk was a manager at the department store in 1983 when John Walczyk was transferred to her location to train as a manager. "We were on the same team, went to a meeting and it was just — I wouldn't say love at first sight, but it was definitely something that grew," he said. "(We) spent a lot of time together," Laurel Walczyk said. The pair had the same schedule, same days off and spent lunches together. It didn't take long for the two to fall in love. Six months later, they got engaged and, on Nov. 16, 1984, they got married. "We have a small family so we really had more people from Penney's at our wedding probably than family, and I had one in our wedding party," Laurel Walczyk said. The couple, who now live in Canton, Ohio, said they saw on Facebook that the store was closing so they made the two-hour drive on its final day. They took videos and pictures of the nearly empty store to relive — 35 years later — where their love story started. "We're pretty sentimental so it was really important to just see where it all began," Laurel Walczyk said. The Walczyks said it's also sad to see what happened to the mall, and that, 35 years ago, the parking lot would have been packed this time of the year. They said they are hopeful the area is developed into something useful for the community. SEE VIDEO REPORT ; https://www.wtae.com/article/a-jc-penny-love-story-couple-who-met-married-while-working-at-department-store-decades-ago-visit-on-final-day/34484296
  2. Leak contained-truck off road. All units returning - 7:06 AM.
  3. Food & Lifestyle These Pittsburgh restaurants and bars permanently closed during the coronavirus pandemic Em Enlarge These Pittsburgh restaurants permanently closed during Covid-19 crisis ERICH RAU / EYEEM By Nate Doughty – Digital Producer, Pittsburgh Business Times Oct 23, 2020, 11:50am EDT The hospitality industry has been rocked by the Covid-19 pandemic with restaurants and bars seeing some of the most drastic effects to date. It's an industry that's faced mandated shut down orders, customer capacity limits for indoor consumption of food and drink as well as other restrictions that have been imposed since March by local and state health officials to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus. As a result of the pandemic, employment in the food industry has taken a direct hit. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry found in its September employment report that the Pittsburgh metropolitan statistical area had 57,700 workers in the "food services and drinking places" subcategory of the leisure and hospitality sector, a decrease of 31,300 or 35% from the 89,000 workers who held these jobs during the same time period last year. The Pittsburgh region saw 739 businesses close their doors between March 1 and July 10 according to Yelp's Economic Average report for the second quarter of 2020. Restaurants made up the largest grouping of the reported businesses that closed permanently, Yelp found. These are just some of the notable Pittsburgh restaurants and bars that have closed throughout the region because of complications caused by the pandemic. Bloomfield Alexander’s Italian Bistro announced in a Facebook post on May 1 that it would be closing permanently after operating for more than 50 years on Liberty Avenue. Brillobox, a bar located in the 4100 block of Penn Avenue, announced on Aug. 3 that it would be shutting down after 15 years of business. Downtown Union Standard Restaurant said on June 4 that it would close its location in the Union Trust Building just three years after opening. NOLA on the Square in Market Square announced in the beginning of July that it would not be reopening, a decision its owner Bob Wolfinger said was months in the making. Pork & Beans, a Texas-style barbecue restaurant, posted to Instagram on Sept. 30 to announce that it had closed its doors for good. It first opened at 136 6th St. in the fall of 2016 and marked the fourth establishment to open downtown by the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group. East End Spoon, a popular restaurant along Center Avenue that shared a kitchen with a restaurant named BRBR, announced in a Facebook post on July 6 that it would close after 10 years of business. BRGR also closed its doors in East Liberty and at its downtown location, though it continues to operate at a location within the Galleria Mall in Mt. Lebanon and in State College. Larder of the East End Brewing Co. announced in an Aug. 19 Instagram post that it would be shutting down after a little over a year of business. Lawrenceville Hambone’s, a popular Pittsburgh bar on Butler Street, announced on social media that it has permanently closed following the death of owner Jeff Holt and an "insurmountable" amount of debt. The bar occupied the space for the past 35 years. Mt. Washington Shiloh Grill, located on Shiloh Street, made a Facebook post on July 25 and stated it would close a few days later on July 28. The restaurant was one of three Harris Grill locations and the remaining two, located in Shadyside and Downtown, would remain open. North Side Brugge on North said on June 27 that it would not be reopening at the City of Asylum complex. Had it reopened in April, the restaurant would have marked its three year anniversary this year. Its sibling restaurants, Point Brugge in Point Breeze and Park Bruges in Highland Park, continue to operate. Slice on Broadway announced on Twitter that it would close its PNC Park location on July 31 following the end of its lease and a fanless MLB season. It ran its location at the Pittsburgh Pirates home stadium for the past four seasons. Its three other locations in Beechview, Carnegie and East Liberty will continue to operate. Oakland The Original Hot Dog Shop, an iconic late night venue for students at the University of Pittsburgh which was commonly referred to at simply "the O," announced it closed for good in April after nearly 60 years of business. USA Today once named it one of America's ten best places to get a hot dog. South Hills The Fairline, located at 292 Beverly Rd. in Mt. Lebanon, said on an Aug. 19 Instagram post that it would be closing due to economic conditions brought on by the pandemic. Has your restaurant or bar closed amid the pandemic? Reach out to Business Times Digital Producer Nate Doughty at ndoughty@bizjournals.com with information on your business' name, location and closing date to be considered for this list. https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2020/10/23/pittsburgh-restaurant-bar-closings-during-covid.html?ana=wpxi
  4. Reported accident (coal truck-hydraulic fluid/oil) in area of 92 mm Westbound median on I-80. Time 6:31 AM. St.4 and ambulance to respond. Use caution the area.
  5. Home » Crime » Money stolen from safe at Penfield Fireman’s Club Money stolen from safe at Penfield Fireman’s Club Posted on October 26, 2020 by wcednews Huston Township, PA – Someone broke into the Penfield Fireman’s Club early Saturday morning, making off with money that had been in the safe. Because the person was able to disable the alarm, it is potentially someone familiar with the club. The person entered the fireman’s building on Bennetts Valley Highway through the front door just before 1 a.m. and was caught on camera disabling the alarm system. The person then went into another room and gained access to a safe. They then took an undetermined amount of money and walked out the front door. Although they do have security footage, State Police in DuBois are still encouraging you to call them if you know anything else about this theft. The phone number is 814-371-4652.
  6. Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice in partisan vote by LISA MASCARO | AP Congressional Correspondent Monday, October 26th 2020 25 VIEW ALL PHOTOS Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, meets with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. \ Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice in partisan vote (CNN Newsource) Trump's choice to fill the vacancy of the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg potentially opens a new era of rulings on abortion, the Affordable Care Act and even his own election. Democrats were unable to stop the outcome, Trump's third justice on the court, as Republicans race to reshape the judiciary. Volum Justice Clarence Thomas swears in Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court Justice. (CNN Newsource) Barrett is 48, and her lifetime appointment as the 115th justice will solidify the court's rightward tilt. Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to Barrett before a crowd of about 200. She will be able to participate in the court Tuesday after taking the judicial oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony at the court. President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Barrett told those gathered that she learned through the “rigorous confirmation” that “it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences.” She vowed, “I will do my job without any fear or favor.” Monday's vote was the closest high court confirmation ever to a presidential election, and the first in modern times with no support from the minority party. The spiking COVID-19 crisis has hung over the proceedings. Vice President Mike Pence's office said Monday he would not preside at the Senate session unless his tie-breaking vote was needed after Democrats asked him to stay away when his aides tested positive for COVID-19. The vote was 52-48, and Pence's vote was not necessary. Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court (Photo: SBG) Pence's presence presiding for the vote would have been expected, showcasing the Republican priority. But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and his leadership team said it would not only violate virus guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “it would also be a violation of common decency and courtesy.” Underscoring the political divide during the pandemic, the Republican senators, most wearing masks, sat in their seats as is tradition for landmark votes, and applauded the outcome, with fist-bumps. Democratic senators were not present, heeding Schumer’s advice not to linger in the chamber. Some GOP senators tested positive for the coronavirus following a Rose Garden event with Trump to announce Barrett’s nomination last month, but have since returned from quarantine. President Donald Trump speaks before Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed to be a Supreme Court justice by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Democrats argued for weeks that the vote was being improperly rushed and insisted during an all-night Sunday session it should be up to the winner of the Nov. 3 election to name the nominee. However, Barrett, a federal appeals court judge from Indiana, is expected to be seated swiftly, and begin hearing cases. Speaking near midnight Sunday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called the vote “illegitimate” and “the last gasp of a desperate party.” Several matters are awaiting decision just a week before Election Day, and Barrett could be a decisive vote in Republican appeals of orders extending the deadlines for absentee ballots in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The justices also are weighing Trump’s emergency plea for the court to prevent the Manhattan District Attorney from acquiring his tax returns. And on Nov. 10, the court is expected to hear the Trump-backed challenge to the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. Just before the Senate vote began, the court sided with Republicans in refusing to extend the deadline for absentee ballots in Wisconsin. President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed to be a Supreme Court justice by the Senate earlier in the evening. Holding the Bible is Barrett's husband, Jesse Barrett. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Trump has said he wanted to swiftly install a ninth justice to resolve election disputes and is hopeful the justices will end the health law known as “Obamacare.” During several days of public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett was careful not to disclose how she would rule on any such cases. She presented herself as a neutral arbiter and suggested, “It’s not the law of Amy.” But her writings against abortion and a ruling on “Obamacare” show a deeply conservative thinker. Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, arrives for closed meetings with senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, praised the mother of seven as a role model for conservative women. “This is historic,” Graham said. Republicans focused on her Catholic faith, criticizing earlier Democratic questions about her beliefs. Graham called Barrett “unabashedly pro-life.” At the start of Trump’s presidency, McConnell engineered a Senate rules change to allow confirmation by a majority of the 100 senators, rather than the 60-vote threshold traditionally needed to advance high court nominees over objections. That was an escalation of a rules change Democrats put in place to advance other court and administrative nominees under President Barack Obama. People pray to Jesus at the door of the Supreme Court in support of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, outside the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Republicans are taking a political plunge days from the Nov. 3 election with the presidency and their Senate majority at stake. Only one Republican — Sen. Susan Collins, who is in a tight reelection fight in Maine — voted against the nominee, not over any direct assessment of Barrett. Rather, Collins said, “I do not think it is fair nor consistent to have a Senate confirmation vote prior to the election.” Trump and his Republican allies had hoped for a campaign boost, in much the way Trump generated excitement among conservatives and evangelical Christians in 2016 over a court vacancy. That year, McConnell refused to allow the Senate to consider then-President Barack Obama's choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, arguing the new president should decide. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber after a procedural vote to advance the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Most other Republicans facing tough races embraced the nominee who clerked for the late Scalia to bolster their standing with conservatives. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said in a speech Monday that Barrett will “go down in history as one of the great justices.” But it's not clear the extraordinary effort to install the new justice over such opposition in a heated election year will pay political rewards to the GOP. Demonstrations for and against the nominee have been more muted at the Capitol under coronavirus restrictions. A protester opposed to the Senate's race to confirm Amy Coney Barrett is removed by police after chaining themselves to a railing and holding a sign while sitting atop the statue Contemplation of Justice, at the Supreme Court building in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Democrats were unified against Barrett. While two Democratic senators voted to confirm Barrett in 2017 after Trump nominated the Notre Dame Law School professor to the appellate court, none voted to confirm her to the high court. In a display of party priorities, California Sen. Kamala Harris, the vice presidential nominee, returned to Washington from the campaign trail to join colleagues with a no vote. No other Supreme Court justice has been confirmed on a recorded vote with no support from the minority party in at least 150 years, according to information provided by the Senate Historical Office. SEE VIDEOS, PICTURES, TWEETS ; https://wjactv.com/news/nation-world/senate-set-to-confirm-amy-coney-barrett-to-supreme-court-1
  7. St. Marys man charged after allegedly assaulting 4-year-old NEWS by: Kelsey Rogers Posted: Oct 26, 2020 / 02:33 PM EDT / Updated: Oct 26, 2020 / 07:05 PM EDT ELK COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A St. Marys man was arraigned on Monday after he allegedly assaulted a four-year-old child. Ryan R. Roidt, 28, is facing felony charges of aggravated assault of a victim less than six-years-old, strangulation and endangering the welfare of children. He also faces a misdemeanor count of simple assault. Police said they received a Children and Youth Services report on May 31 of a juvenile female that was allegedly choked and kicked. The report was made after the girl was brought into Penn Highlands DuBois for injuries. When police spoke to the victim’s mother, she said her daughter was at Roidt’s residence in St. Marys. Roidt’s girlfriend brought the child home and another adult resident was present for the exchange, according to the report. When the victim’s mother returned home, she said she noticed some marks on her daughter’s neck and lower back. When she asked her daughter what had happened, the victim said that Roidt grabbed her neck because he was mad. The victim also said that she ate some of Roidt’s cookies. As a result, Roidt shoved the cookies in her mouth, causing an abrasion. Roidt allegedly grabbed her by the throat, spanked her and kicked her in the bank, according to the report. Police said the victim was taken to the emergency room at Penn Highlands DuBois where a doctor did a physical exam and took photos of the injuries. An interview with the victim and the Children’s Advocacy Center happened on June 1. During the interview, the victim recalled Roidt grabbing her face and squeezing it, along with grabbing her by the neck and pushing her against the floor until her nose bled and she threw up. The victim said that Roidt then hit her in the back while yelling that she was never coming to his house again, according to the report. Police interviewed Roidt on June 9, where he said that on the night of the alleged incident the victim did not sleep well. Roidt said she had taken money and candy and was hiding it in her room, and that he yelled at her and talked to her about stealing and hiding things. Roidt told police that he had the victim sit against a wall and think about what she had done. Police said they found indicators that Roidt was not being fully truthful. Police received a fax on June 23 with the medical records from the incident from Elk County CYS. According to the records, the victim had bruising in her neck area where the jaw bone meets the cheekbone. The victim also had documented bruising on the back, according to the report. On July 10, police received the photos of the victim that were taken at Penn Highlands DuBois. According to police, the photos showed that the victim had yellow bruising in both cheeks with what appear to be pink finger marks. Photos also showed bruising in the front of her neck and left side of her back, according to police. Police interviewed Roidt again on Aug. 1, where he again denied hurting the victim after being shown the photos from the hospital. Police also interviewed Roidt’s girlfriend, who said she saw no bruising when she changed her before returning her home or at the time of dropping her off. Police performed a polygraph test on Roidt on Aug. 12. During a post-test interview, Roidt told police that he did do the acts reported by the victim. Police said Roidt then provided a written statement, saying that he did squeeze the victim’s mouth while a cookie was in it and then may have blacked out. Police asked Roidt if what the victim reported was true and accurate and Roidt wrote “Yes, I didn’t grab her by the throat at all,” according to the report. Roidt has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 3. SEE VIDEO REPORT ; https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/st-marys-man-charged-after-allegedly-assaulting-4-year-old/
  8. All units returning - 4:08 PM.
  9. Reported accident (2 vehicles) on Rt.219 south of Brockway near plant 19 - Snyder Twp. - Brockway Area. Time 3:34 PM. St.1 and ambulance to respond . Use caution in the area.
  10. Oct.25 - 18 new cases, now at 180. 4,065 negatives. New Statewide Positive Cases Last Seven Days 10/26/20 – 1,407 10/25/20 – 1,666 10/24/20 – 2,043 10/23/20 – 2,219 10/22/20 – 2,063 10/21/20 – 1,425 10/20/20 – 1,557
  11. I believe heard it was taken off because it could hurt some ones feelings or offend some.
  12. Reported accident on Knox Dale Road area of Hunters Grove Rd.- Knox Dale Twp.- Knox Dale Area. Time 1:47 PM. St.13, 10 and ambulance to respond. Use caution in the area. ----- UPDATE - Holding to St.13 units only - 1:59 PM.
  13. Florida police dog gets dressed up for ID badge photo by ALEXX ALTMAN-DEVILBISS, WPDE Sunday, October 25th 2020 AA K-9 Chico posed for his new ID badge Oct. 22, 2020 (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office) ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WPDE) – On picture day you usually want to dress up and look your best. Deputies at the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Florida made no exception for K-9 Chico's new badge photo. K-9 Chico posed for his new photo and even wore a tie with his uniform. The adorable photo of him has garnered more than 5,000 likes on Facebook. The good boy often makes appearances on the Orange County Sheriff's Office's social media feeds. K-9 Chico has worked with his handler, Corporal Robert Lees, for 4 1/2 years, but this is the first time he’s donned a human's police uniform, a spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Bailey Myers told Today.com. Myers also said Lees wanted Chico to feel extra special during the department’s routine photo shoot. SEE FACEBOOK POSTS ; https://wjactv.com/news/offbeat/florida-police-dog-gets-dressed-up-for-id-badge-photo
  14. 3 Charged in Clearfield Robbery Incident by Jessica Shirey Monday, October 26, 2020 in Crime, Local News, Top Stories 0 0 Share on FacebookShare on Twitter CLEARFIELD – Three area males have been named suspects in an alleged robbery following an incident at the Walmart Supercenter, Clearfield, on Friday. Lawrence Township police have identified the suspects as Ronald Pinto, 18, of Wallaceton, Jonathan Pennington Jr., 20, of Madera and Michael Young, 19, of Morrisdale Police say at approximately 3:15 p.m. Friday, a report was received about a store employee being threatened with a knife. His phone and wallet had also been stolen, the caller said. Upon further investigation, it was found the employee was off work but at the store being forced to withdraw money from his paycheck early. Pinto, Pennington and Young had picked up the victim in Curwensville and transported him to Clearfield to acquire money from his bank accounts. During the incident, they took his wallet and beat him up, according to police. They allegedly strangled the victim with a rope, burned him with cigarettes and threatened to “chop” him up with a hatchet. Pinto, Pennington and Young fled the scene prior to police arrival and have been charged with robbery, assault, terroristic threats and related offenses. https://gantdaily.com/2020/10/26/3-charged-in-clearfield-robbery-incident/
  15. Area Man Suffers Serious Injuries in Crash That Shut Down Route 66 October 26, 2020 12:32 am· Author: Aly Delp PAINT TWP., Pa. (EYT) – State police have released the details on a crash on State Route 66 that seriously injured a Summerville man. According to Clarion-based State Police, the accident happened around 6:07 p.m. on October 20 on State Route 66, in Paint Township, Clarion County. Police say 20-year-old Tristian L. Doshak, of Summerville, was operating a 2007 Jeep Liberty traveling north on State Route 66 just north of Zacherl Lane, when he crossed over the center lines into the southbound lane and struck a 2021 Peterbilt truck, operated by 52-year-old Eric B. Bowman, of Grove City, head-on. Both vehicles then traveled south for approximately 74 feet before crossing the northbound lane. Doshak’s vehicle then became dislodged from Bowman’s vehicle after striking a tree. Bowman’s vehicle continued south another 22 feet and struck the northwest corner of a residence. Doshak suffered suspected serious injuries and was transported to Clarion Hospital by Shippenville-Elk Volunteer Ambulance Service. Bowman was not injured. Both drivers were using seat belts. Doshak was charged with a traffic violation. RELATED: UPDATE: Route 66 Reopens After Tractor Trailer vs. Passenger Vehicle Accident
  16. Man wins $2M after mistakenly buying extra lottery ticket by The Associated Press Friday, October 23rd 2020 AA In what most people would consider a lucrative mistake, a Detroit-area man who accidentally bought an extra lottery ticket has won two $1 million jackpots. (WWMT/File) DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — In what most people would consider a lucrative mistake, a Detroit-area man who accidentally bought an extra lottery ticket has won two $1 million jackpots. Samir Mazahem, 56, of Dearborn Heights said he was saving numbers on a lottery app after buying a $2 ticket for the June 9 Mega Millions game. He then realized that he had purchased a second ticket with the same numbers. "I was a little bummed but didn't think much about it," Mazahem said. Until he recently logged onto the app and found he had two $1 million winners. "I couldn't believe it was real," Mazahem said. "It took several days for the reality to set in that my mistake had paid off to the tune of $2 million!" He recently claimed his prize and plans to buy a new house and save the rest.
  17. 2020 Halloween Guide for Jefferson County and Surrounding Areas October 23, 2020 12:45 am· Author: Joanne Bauer A look at this year’s Halloween festivities and trick-or-treat schedules for Jefferson County and surrounding areas. Dating back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween is an ancient tradition associated with images of witches, ghosts, and vampires. Today, Halloween has evolved into a celebration characterized by child-friendly activities like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, and dressing in costumes. However, along with fun holiday activities, the scare season also brings some dangers that can create harmful situations for families and their property. Please consider these Halloween Safety Tips courtesy of Nationwide Insurance. Provide adult supervision Trick or treat is safer – not to mention more fun – in groups, and adult supervision is essential. So get together with other adults and make an evening of it. Bring cell phones for quick pictures and emergencies, but leave them in your pockets to avoid getting distracted. Stay on the sidewalks The thrill of the holiday often factors into accidents as excited kids rush from door to door. Keep children on the sidewalks, and shepherd them carefully when they need to cross the road. In areas without sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road, facing traffic. Carefully check candy Check candy for choking hazards like gum and hard candies. Throw away any candy that is not sealed with a wrapper and avoid homemade treats received from strangers. Costume safety tips Choose bright, visible costumes When selecting a costume, opt for the bright-colored outfits and add a touch of reflective tape to the material. Stick some reflective tape on their trick-or-treat bags as well so they can be easily spotted by motorists. Lastly, don’t forget to make sure they’re equipped with a flashlight or glow stick – must-have accessories for any costume. Make sure costumes are well-fitted and safe Being visible isn’t the only safety consideration for a costume. The right fit is just as important. Here’s some advice on keeping your child’s ensemble safe and secure: • Prevent accidental tripping or entanglement by making sure costumes aren’t too big or long • Avoid masks that block vision, but if your child wears one – it should have large eye, nose and mouth openings. You can also op for makeup or face paint as an alternative • Costumes, wigs, and accessories should contain a label indicating they are flame resistant • Make sure accessories such as swords, canes, or sticks are not sharp or too long Makeup safety If makeup is a part of your child’s Halloween costume plans, make sure it is non-toxic and test it on a small area first. Before your child goes to bed, make sure to remove all makeup. Home Safety Tips Jack-o-lantern safety Young children can paint or color their pumpkins instead of carving. Or have them draw a face with markers and an adult can do the carving. Use colorful glow sticks inside your Jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent burns. Home decoration safety If you’re turning your home into a haunted house, keep safety in mind: make sure steps, sidewalks, porches, and paths are well-lit and free of decorations and holiday props. Keep decorations away from fireplaces and candles. Take precaution against pranks and vandalism Unfortunately, vandalism often increases during Halloween. That’s why taking these precautions is a good idea: • If you’re going away during Halloween, make it seem like you’re still home by turning down the volume of your answering machine and phone, covering your garage windows, and leaving your curtains in normal positions with valuables out of sight. • Install outdoor lighting (activated by a photocell or movement) to illuminate the area around your home during Halloween. • Consider purchasing a security system that directly alerts police to intruders. • Trim shrubs and large trees before Halloween so trespassers have fewer hiding spots. • Make sure your homeowners’ insurance policy is up-to-date. Car and driving safety tips Use extra caution while driving Drivers need to take particular care on this chaotic night. Keep your car parked if you can, but if you have to drive through a neighborhood, take it much slower than normal. Watch for kids who may dart between cars and into the road without looking. Read our Halloween Driving Safety Guide for more useful tips. Protect your car Cars are another common target of vandalism on Halloween. Here are some ways you can help secure your car: • Park inside if you can on Halloween. Your garage is your best bet. If you do not have a garage you may want to consider investing in some outdoor lighting for your driveway and yard. • Make sure your car is locked on Halloween. Oftentimes, vandals complete their missions with ease when doors are unlocked and windows are down/cracked. • Consider a car alarm. • Hide your valuables on Halloween. Don’t give thieves any extra incentive to break into your car. TRICK-OR-TREAT SCHEDULES Additional events and information will be provided as soon as they become available. To submit an event, email news@exploreJeffersonPA.com. JEFFERSON COUNTY Brockway Borough When: October 31, 2020 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. Brookville Borough When: October 31, 2020 Time TBA Corsica Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. Punxsutawney Borough When: October 31, 2020, following parade. Parade time TBA. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. Sigel When: October 31, 2020 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Falls Creek Borough When: October 31, 2020 Halloween parade at 5:30 p.m., followed by trick-or-treating until 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: Parade starts at the Memorial Park on Main Street. CLARION COUNTY Clarion Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. There will be no Halloween Parade this year. East Brady Borough When: October 31, 2020 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. There will be no party after Trick or Treat this year. Farmington Township When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Foxburg Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Knox Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Knox Township When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: Participants should leave a porch light on. New Bethlehem and South New Bethlehem Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. There is no parade this year. Paint Township When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. Rimersburg Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: The Lions Club Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. There will be no judging of costumes this year. Salem Township When: October 31, 2020 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Shippenville Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: Participants should leave their porch light on. Sligo Borough When: October 31, 2020 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Additional Information: Participants should leave their porch light on. St. Petersburg Borough When: TBA Strattanville When: TBA Washington Township When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. FOREST COUNTY Marienville/Jenks Township When: October 31, 2020 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tionesta Borough When: October 31, 2020 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. VENANGO COUNTY Clintonville Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. Cooperstown Borough When: TBA Cornplanter Township When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cranberry Township When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. Emlenton Borough When: October 31, 2020 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Additional Information: Masks and social distancing guidelines should be followed. Franklin When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. Irwin Township When: TBA Oakland Township When: TBA Oil City When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pinegrove Township When: TBA Pleasantville Borough When: October 29, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Additional Information: Participants should turn their porch light on. Polk Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. President Township When: TBA Richland Township When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Rouseville Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sandycreek Township When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sugarcreek Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional Information: To participate, turn your porch light on. Utica Borough When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALLOWEEN EVENTS JEFFERSON COUNTY OCTOBER 31 Trunk or Treat Harvest Festival Where: Brookville Church of God, 201 Freedom Lane, Brookville When: October 31, 2020 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phil’s Trick or Trot Where: Gobbler’s Knob, 1548 Woodland Ave, Punxsutawney When: October 31, 2020 9:00 a.m. Additional Info: All Participants must start with a face covering. Any time the participant is within 6 feet of another racer, a face covering must be worn. OCTOBER 25 Trunk or Treat Where: Sykesville Borough When: October 25, 2020 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional Info: At Stahl Park. South Park and West Liberty to South London will be closed. COVID safety measures are encouraged. Anyone interested in hosting a trunk should message the park Facebook page or text 591-3958. OCTOBER 24 Kids’ Halloween Party Where: Loyal Order of Moose-Punxsutawney #954, 656 S Main Street Ext, Punxsutawney When: October 24, 2020 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CLARION COUNTY OCTOBER, 31 Tri-County Animal Rescue Fall/Halloween Pet Picture Contest Where: Online When: Submit picture(s) of pets until 24th. Voting begins October 25 and ends October 31. The categories are “cat,” “dog,” and “other.” Additional Info: You must submit the picture via email with minimum $5 donation (more is encouraged to support their cats and dogs); payment can be via PayPal or paid in person at the rescue. Only pictures with a donation of $5 or more will be eligible for the contest. You must include your first and last name and the name of your pet(s) with each entry and with your donation, so they can be matched up. Pumpkin Chunkin’ Where: Redbank Valley Municipal Park When: October 31 at the Horse Rink Rimersburg Lion’s Halloween Parade Where: Heeter Lumber When: October 31, 2020 Participants should line up at 5:15 p.m. There will be no costume contest. Halloween Trunk or Treat Where: Huston Street, Knox, Pennsylvania 16232 When: October 31, 2020 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Halloween Dance and Costume Party Where: Sligo Rec Center When: October 31, 8:00 p.m. to midnight Cathedral by Candlelight Where: Forest Cathedral in Cook Forest, 113 River Road, Cooksburg, PA 16217-0120 When: October 31, 2020 7:00 p.m. Additional Info: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all park programs are limited to 25 participants (unless otherwise stated), mask must be on person, social distancing in effect. All participants must register at the Park Office at (814)744-8407 or cookforestsp@pa.gov. Program starting location given upon successful registration. OCTOBER 25 Family Halloween Festival Where: Sligo Ball Field on Madison Street When: October 25, 2020 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Kids Halloween Parade starts at 1:00 p.m.) VENANGO COUNTY OCTOBER 31 Skarekrow 2nd Annual Spooky Gig Where: National Transit Building, 206 Seneca Street, Oil City, PA When: October 31, 2020 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Additional Info: All ages music event with various bands. Clintonville Lion’s Club Event Where: Union Presbyterian Church, 409 Emlenton St, Clintonville, PA When: October 31, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. OCTOBER 25 Trunk or Treat Where: Second Presbyterian Church Oil City, Rear parking lot on the corner of West First and Reed Street, Oil City. When: October 25, 2020 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Additional Info: Due to the Coronavirus, treat bags will be available to all children age 2 to 5th grade. Door prizes will be randomly distributed. No registration needed for this event. Social distancing and face-masking is expected. OCTOBER 23 Black and White Ball Where: Graffiti Gallery Oil City, 210 Seneca Street, Oil City When: October 23, 2020 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Additional Info: All guests are required to wear black & white attire – whether costumes, or not. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. OCTOBER 17 & 16 Fertigs Haunted Hayride Where: Fertigs Community Center, 4887 Camp Coffman Road, Venus, PA, 16364 When: October 16 & 17 2020 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Additional Info: Non-scary rides from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission is free and face painting, a pumpkin patch, food, and live music will be provided. Disclaimer: exploreJeffersonPA.com is providing this guide as a community service and is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information. It is suggested that discretion is used when choosing which events are suitable for children. Additional events and information will be provided as soon as they become available. To submit an event, email news@exploreJeffersonPA.com.
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  19. Reported accident (3vehicles, tractor-trailer) in area of 83.6 mm Eastbound past the Sulgar Overpass on I-i80. Time 3:22 PM. St.10 and ambulance to respond. Use caution in the area.
  20. PSP investigating string of arsons along Route 555 in Gibson Twp, Cameron Co. by WJAC staff Saturday, October 24th 2020 AA Fire (Getty Images) CAMERON CO, Pa (WJAC) — State police in Cameron County are investigating a string of arsons that have occurred along Route 555 in Gibson Township. Troopers say the first two incidents occurred on July 5 and July 26 near Moser Lane. The most recent incident, troopers say, occurred on Oct. 11, around 9 p.m., near Cash Dollar Road. Investigators say all three fires were caused by someone using emergency road flares to ignite fallen leaves and outside debris. A state police fire marshal, the Sinnamahoning Fire Department and authorities with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is investigating, according to the report. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Emporium at 814-486-3321.
  21. Reported gas leak on Shaffer Road - DuBois Mall - Sandy Twp. Time 5:24 PM. St.37 and ambulance to respond. Use caution in the area.
  22. This morning was accident (Oct.24) around 5:02 AM. assisted St.5 at the 113 Eastbound on I-80
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