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Lisa Sturiale fought back tears as she stood feet away from firefighters fighting a fire at her family's business property in Avonmore on Friday morning. Around 2 a.m. Friday, Guy's Tavern on Westmoreland Avenue burst into flames.

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Last updated: Sep 14, 2021 | Sep 10, 2021

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Fire Destroys Guy's Tavern Building In Avonmore

Lisa Sturiale fought back tears as she stood feet away from firefighters fighting a fire at her family's business property in Avonmore on Friday morning. Around 2 a.m. Friday, Guy's Tavern on Westmoreland Avenue burst into flames.

The building, which was initially held by her late grandfather, Charlie Sturiale, and subsequently by her father, Guy, has been in the Sturiale family since the 1940s, according to Sturiale of Pittsburgh's North Side.

Lisa Sturiale said, "That's my father's heritage. "I stood there and saw it all go up in flames." The structure was characterized as "demolished" by Sturiale, who refused to disclose whether the property was insured.

The two floors have fallen, and the basement and whole structure have been devastated by fire and water, according to her. Sturiale, who was on the scene on behalf of her 87-year-old mother, said, "I suppose it will need to be taken down because it is not going to be safe."

"I'm glad no one was hurt." There were no injuries reported, and the bar was closed when the fire began, according to Avonmore VFD Assistant Chief and Police Chief Jim Shaffer.

The huge structure, once known as Roma Restaurant, contained numerous flats, Guy's Tavern, and the old Charlie's Dance Land. According to Sturiale, the structure was chosen as a shooting site for Matt Damon's feature film "Promised Land."

The cause of the fire, according to Shaffer, is unclear and is still being investigated by Westmoreland County fire marshals, who were on the site Friday morning.

VFD personnel arrived at 4 a.m., according to Gilpin Township Supervisor Charlie Stull, but only sent a tanker due to water problems at the site. Coal Run was among the other fire companies who assisted.

Officials informed Sturiale that the fire began at the back of the structure, according to her. Because of the fire, Westmoreland Avenue is closed. As an alternative, Indiana Avenue may be utilized.

Lower Burrell Man Sentenced To At Least 2 1/2 Years In Prison For Guns Theft From City Home

For stealing firearms from a city house, a Lower Burrell man was sentenced to at least 212 years in jail. Jordan Bradley Keibler, 27, pled guilty to numerous theft charges and other crimes in connection with events that happened in June, according to Lower Burrell police.

A Lower Burrell couple reported eight firearms and six boxes of ammo missing from their house, and Keibler was named as a suspect, according to court documents.

Keibler subsequently confessed to using a clothes hanger to unlock the master bedroom window, a hammer from a dresser, and prying open a metal cabinet containing the weapons and ammo, according to police. Keibler was also accused of taking a credit card and checks from the same house on another occasion.

Keibler allegedly faked checks for himself and used the stolen credit card to make transactions at a nearby convenience shop, according to court documents. Keibler admitted to authorities that he sold the stolen firearms to a guy in New Kensington in order to pay off a drug debt.

Keibler pled guilty to several charges of stealing and receiving stolen goods in court on Wednesday. As part of the plea deal, the charges of burglary and unlawful possession of weapons were dropped. Keibler was sentenced to 212 to 7 years in prison.

Harmar Food Pantry Still Helping Hundreds Of Families A Week

Although many individuals who returned to work during the epidemic have reduced their dependence on food pantries, and Alle-Kiski Valley food distribution coordinator says there is still a considerable demand for food from pantries.

Michelle Bock, who handles distribution operations for Feeding the Flock Ministries on Nixon Road in Harmar, stated, "During the epidemic, we were helping approximately 350 families each week. "Our numbers are down, but we still have 200 to 250 people coming in for food every week, so the need is still there."

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and other contributions provide the food that the nonprofit organization distributes. Volunteers sift, pack, and load the food onto trucks for the organization.

Strange Smell Permeating The Air In Several Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

Allegheny County officials told KDKA that the source of the odor was the Neville Chemical Company, which is located on Neville Island.

When KDKA initially contacted the facility, the security at the front gate responded by saying that they were looking into the problem.

According to an update given by the Allegheny County Health Department, the stench seemed to be the consequence of a weather inversion, which they believe is to blame.

Throughout the morning, people wrote and phoned the KDKA newsroom to report the odd odor they were experiencing. Officials said 22 individuals contacted 911, most of them were from McKees Rocks and the surrounding area.

It smelt like burning rubber, according to one viewer, and the stench was so intense that it crept into their house, causing them to have a headache. "It was stinging and scorching my eyes. It had a sulfurous scent to it.

Denise Mongelli of Mt. Washington claimed she posted on Facebook that she could smell the devil approaches. They were forced to shut their windows because of the stench, which made their eyes wet, according to one of them.

According to KDKA, officials have determined that there is no evidence of any kind of explosive risk or respiratory threat as of Thursday morning. It's nothing more than an annoyance.

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Deer Lakes School District Reports 12 Covid-19 Cases, 123 People In Quarantine

Since the start of the school year on August 25, the Deer Lakes School District has reported a total of 12 cases of covid-19 and 123 individuals under quarantine. The district is keeping track of instances on its website, which includes a tracker that shows where each case is located across the various buildings. 

The tracker indicates that ten instances were recorded in August, with two cases being reported on the first day of September. There are 11 instances involving students and one case involving a member of staff. According to district spokesperson Shawn Annarelli, the tracker will be updated on a regular basis.

The following is a breakdown of the cases:

  • Curtisville Primary Center: two cases, five of which were quarantined.
  • There was one case at the East Union Intermediate Center, and nine others were confined.
  • Middle school: three instances, with 47 students confined;
  • High school: 5 instances, with a total of 62 being quarantined;
  • One case was reported by staff members, with zero cases being quarantined

A Q & A letter was sent out to families on August 20 by Superintendent Janell Logue-Belden, advising them of the new procedures in place at the schools. In order to assist students and staff in understanding what to do if they come into close contact with someone who has covid, a quarantine advice flow chart was created. If a person tests positive for covid, the district says they must be quarantined for 10 days in accordance with the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's covid recommendations.

It is possible that the quarantine will be lifted after 10 days if no symptoms are detected. While in quarantine, students may complete virtual assignments. During the school year, students were given the choice of attending classes in person or via distance learning.

Students were advised to keep as much space between themselves and the instructor as possible if they were attending in person. According to Annabelle, 40 out of 1,800 students opted for distance study. Masks were suggested, although they were not mandatory.

The district's mask policy, on the other hand, will be modified since Gov. Tom Wolf announced a mask requirement for students, teachers, and staff in K-12 schools on Tuesday.

The requirement will go into force on Tuesday, September 7, 2018. "We will adhere to all applicable local, state, and federal regulations and strive to provide kids with the finest education possible on a daily basis," Logue-Belden said.

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Slide Repair Closes Stretch Of Burtner Road In Harrison

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) said Wednesday that a section of Burtner Road in Harrison has been blocked so that workers may repair a slide in the region.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Burtner Road between Buchanan Street and Karns Road will be blocked from all traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week until late October.

PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said the work was scheduled and had nothing to do with the rain and flooding the region saw on Wednesday as a result of the leftovers of Hurricane Ida.

Motorists will be directed around the closure by signs that will be placed. The diversion will take place on Freeport Road, Oak Manor Drive, and Karns Road, according to the signs.

The cost of the upgrades is anticipated to be somewhat less than $1 million. Paving, drainage improvements, and the building of a retaining wall are among the other projects planned for the area. Plum Contracting crews are responsible for the construction.

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