The Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan have created a neighborhood watch group to report criminal activity in Fairview Township, Pa.
KKK members are passing out fliers that state, "You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake" (video below).
Over the past two months there have been nine reported vehicle break-ins at a local FedEx facility, noted PennLive.com.
“It’s just like any neighborhood watch program," national KKK Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona told PennLive.com.
"It’s not targeting any specific ethnicity," added Ancona. "We would report anything we see to law enforcement. We don’t hate people. We are an organization who looks out for our race. We believe in racial separation. God created each species after its kind and saw that it was good.”
Alcona refused to identify any local KKK members, but stated, "Members could be the guy who is delivering your pizza. It could be law enforcement from the local sheriff’s office. It could be the nurse taking care of you in the emergency room."
However, some residents fear the Klan may take the law into their own hands, which could be lethal, thanks Pennsylvania's 2013 "Stand Your Ground" law.
According to CBS Pittsburgh, the law states that a person outside his home has “no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his ground and use force, including deadly force if... (he) believes it is immediately necessary to do so to protect himself against death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, or sexual intercourse by force or threat.”
A Pennsylvania woman suspected of selling heroin out of her ICU hospital room could be charged as early as Tuesday, police said.
The 38-year-old Youngwood woman, who was not immediately identified, was a patient at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg for an unrelated medical issue.
Hospital staff reported that they saw a lot of people coming and going from the woman’s room in ICU. Some of her visitors didn’t even know her last name, which made staff more suspicious.
"What they noticed last week was an exorbitant amount of foot traffic happening to a patient's room. Not patients coming to stay two hours, but patients coming to stay two minutes. They thought that was really odd so they contacted security at Excela Westmoreland Hospital," Excela Vice President of Marketing Jennifer Miele told WTAE.
The woman had several cell phones in her room, which would ring at all hours, according to Greensburg Police Capt. Chad Zucco.
Greensburg police set up surveillance on the room and then sent in an informant to make a buy.
"The confidential informant was able to purchase approximately 30 bags of heroin from her," Zucco said. "In a subsequent search of her person and her room, they were able to confiscate 380 bags of heroin, approximately $3,800 street value," Zucco said.
Police seized $1,420 in cash from the room and found heroin stashed in hospital drawers.
Investigators say the woman even put heroin in her own IV drip.
"Definitely is one of the more unique cases, to be selling narcotics out of an intensive care unit where obviously people are trying to get help," Zucco said.
"Not only do we have this incident, but day after day we have patients being treated in all three of our emergency room facilities,” Miele said. “People who are overdosing. It's very disturbing.”
A 65-year-old Pennsylvania man survived getting T-boned by a deer during a group bike ride, sustaining a cracked vertebra, broken ribs and a concussion.
“You just don't think of a deer running over you,” Allen Kinkead told KDKA-TV.
Kinkead was about 20 miles into the bike ride in Penn Township April 13, when a stag bounded across the road and trampled him.
"When I woke up on the pavement, somebody was standing over me and said, 'You were T-boned by a deer,'" he told the station.
He says he doesn’t remember the collision.
Covered in road burn, he was flown to Allegheny General Hospital and fitted for a neck brace. He was released last week.
"I'm not able to do much of anything," he said. "I can walk, I can talk, I can stand … I'm not allowed to lift anything heavy."
Kinkead owns a bike shop, which was started by his grandfather in 1912. He says he’ll fix the wrecked bike. When he’s well again, he plans to get back out there on a bike again.
A Pennsylvania family was devastated when their adopted Beagle Flash escaped from their yard last Tuesday after a contractor left a door ajar.
Flash is microchipped, but when he was found he was returned to Main Line Animal Rescue, the organization where the family adopted him from two years ago.
Main Line refuses to return their dog, claiming the family violated their adoption contract “by not calling us when you discovered he was gone.”
“MLAR will retain ownership of the dog and find him another home,” MLAR owner Bill Smith wrote in an email to the family Friday.
The family called Plymouth Township police and the ASPCA when Flash ran away. Both took the family's name and number.
“They then asked if he had been chipped, and I said yes,” Alexis Krekstein told NBC10. “And they said ‘Then don’t worry, you’ll get a call back if they find your dog.’”
“I thought I was doing the smartest thing by getting the information out around here where he would be found,” Alex Krekstein said. “It never occurred to me the chip would show up Main Line Animal Rescue and they would not return the dog back to me.”
Rob Krekstein said the email was “infuriating,” claiming the shelter suggested they “were not taking care of the dog” and “didn’t want the dog.”
“It’s a member of my family,” he said. “You treat a dog like a child. For two years he’s been here.”
The Krestein’s own another Beagle named Rosco.
“I don’t consider my dog a contract,” Rob Krekstein said tearfully. “I didn’t rent the dog. The dog lives in my home. It’s a member of my family.”
Smith told NBC10 that the family was aware of the contract they signed with the shelter, two years ago.
The website for the shelter says, “MLAR celebrates the special bond between companion animals and the people who love them - through rescue, adoption, education and community outreach.”
Flash does not appear to be listed on the site’s adoption page.
A $1.25 million lottery prize went unclaimed last month after the Pennsylvania man with the winning numbers accidentally threw his tickets away.
The man generally plays 20 to 25 Quinto tickets every day with the same set of five numbers. When the numbers finally won on March 13, the man misread the numbers and trashed his tickets, which were valued at $50,000 a piece.
The Pennsylvania Lottery attempted to find the winner in February by asking players to “check the drawer by the sink, under the couch and in the glove box.”
Lottery spokesperson Lauren Bottaro said she sympathized with the winner, but that the unclaimed prize has returned to the lottery fund and can no longer be redeemed.
“We do what we can,” Bottaro said. “But sometimes, it’s just not enough.”
An employee of the Zhou Grocery that the man frequents said he was so mad after learning of the expired tickets that he played $400 in lottery that day.
A military drone crashed near a Lebanon County, Penn. elementary school last week, raising concerns over the increased use of the unmanned vehicles within the United States.
The drone was a 400-pound, 11-foot-long RQ-7 Shadow, most likely operating out of Fort Indiantown Gap, a nearby Army post. Major Ed Shank, public affairs officer for the Pennsylvania National Guard, explained that the drone was being used as part of a training exercise.
“Here at Fort Indiantown Gap, that’s the first time something like this has happened,” said Shank. "When it does happen, we investigate it very thoroughly to figure out what happened and then let the public know and let our own aviators know so that it doesn’t happen again."
No one was injured in the crash, although the $150,000 drone was completely destroyed after suffering a “hard landing” on the ground and being run over by a civilian vehicle, RT reports. According to Fox News, there were no students present near the school at the time of the crash. The incident is currently under investigation.
Pennsylvania sewage and water officials are cracking down on accepting change after a woman paid her $200 utility bill with a shoebox of coins.
The woman brought the shoebox to the Millcreek Township Municipal building, paying a small amount in cash and the bulk of the bill in coins.
Officials said it took four township employees one hour to count all the change and roll it up for deposit.
"They had never encountered a similar situation," Millcreek sewer and water executive director David Sterrett told the Erie Times-News.
That same day the water authority passed a resolution limiting how many coins they will accept as payment. Sterrett calls it the “loose coin policy.”
They will accept up to $10 in unrolled change or $20 in rolled coins. Customers who pay with rolled coins, have to write their name and telephone number on each roll.
If there are bank fees for depositing the coins, the water authority will pass the expense on to the customer.
Pennsylvania man James Valentine was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital after a chainsaw blade was embedded in his neck on Monday afternoon.
Valentine, a professional tree trimmer, was trimming a tree in Ross Township when the accident happened. His coworkers quickly helped him down from the tree and made sure the blade remained in place to prevent profuse bleeding.
A doctor arrived on the scene to stabilize Valentine, who was then helped into an ambulance.
The 21-year-old was then taken to Allegheny General Hospital where an x-ray was taken of his neck; the x-ray showed that the blade had missed major arteries and had only cut through muscle.
Adler Tree Service owner and Valentine’s employer Dominic Migliozzi called the rescue “amazing”.
Valentine has since been released from surgery.
An elderly Pennsylvania woman received a bill for $1,200 from a contractor whom she hired to shovel and sweep snow for her one time.
The contractor said that he can’t run his business on minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour. Instead, he appears to charge $400 an hour.
The 88-year-old, who told WJAC-TV she wished to remain anonymous, said she saw an ad in a newspaper for Tri-County Chimney Service. She called Tri-County to remove snow from her five window awnings and the top of her carport.
"With a senior citizen, I thought, well surely he wouldn't … If he would've said $500, I wouldn't have thought so much about it, but $1,200 really is hitting the bottom of the barrel,” she said.
She said she was so shocked that she didn’t want to argue with the man and wrote him a check for $1,200.
When WJAC-TV contacted the owner of Tri-County Chimney Service, Mike Robson, he claimed the figure was fair.
Robson said he worked on her house for two to three hours. He called the woman’s home a high-risk job that comes with insurance and liability.
Another local business, Milkie’s Landscaping, told WJAC-TV it only charges $40 an hour for the same service.
Another snow shower is forecasted for Johnstown Thursday, but the woman will think twice before hiring anyone to remove snow again.
"I was careful, but he caught me off guard," she said. "I think when you're 88 years old, surely in the name of God, somebody's not going to pull stuff like that on you."
Pennsylvania citizens reported sky-high electric bills this winter – some of them three times the normal amount.
"These spikes in the price of electricity are alarming and have put many consumers, especially the poor and elderly, in a dire situation," Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said in February.
Pennsylvania State Police released an excerpt from a 911 call placed by a 28-year-old man when an angry driver followed him for 15 miles and shot him dead
Timothy Davison called 911 on Jan. 4 to report being shot at.
Just after crossing into Pennsylvania, police believe his car was rammed by a pickup truck onto a grassy median, where the other driver shot Davison dead.
There is no evidence that Davison instigated the incident or provoked the shooter, Pennsylvania State Police Capt. Steven Junkin said in January.
Davison had called 911 in Maryland, but the call was cut off. When he called the second time he was on Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Pa. This time he said the driver was shooting at him.
Operator: “OK. Were you the one that called about the Ford Ranger, right?”
Davison: “Yeah, yeah, yeah. The one that just hit me.”
Operator: “What do you mean -- they hit you? Hit your with a car or ...?”
Davison: “Yeah, smashed me with the car. Pushed me across the median.”
Ten minutes later, Davison was found dead in his SUV, which hit a snowbank near Antrim Township.
Police are still looking for a 1993-1997 dark lapis blue Ford Ranger pickup truck.
Davison was returning to Poland, Maine, after visiting family in Orlando, Fla., during the holidays.