Tri County Report For August 30th, 2016

New Castle firemen were called to the scene of a house fire yesterday afternoon.  The fire broke out just after 12:30 at a home on West Sheridan Avenue. No injuires were reported and damage was listed at 18 thousand dollars.  Firemen were at the scene for about an hour.

An Allison Park women escaped injury followin a one car accident Sunday night.  State Police in Lawrence County report 20 year old Breann Schultz lost control of her car on Harlansburg Road in Plain Grove Township and struck a tree. The accident took place around 7:30. Shultz was cited for driving at an unsafe speed.

A woman is being treated for head injuries following a bicycle accident in Mercer County.Police said two women believed to be around 60-years-old crashed into each other while riding bikes at Bedford and Fetsko Road just before 9 a.m. Monday.One of the women, who police say was not wearing a helmet, was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment of injuries that police describe as severe. The other woman was not hurt.  No names were released.

Connellsville is under a state of emergency due to severe flooding.  The mayor made the announcement late Sunday after the area was pounded with rain.  In an emergency session yesterday, Connellsville Council imposed a curfew on city streets through 7:30 this morning to prevent looting.  Connellsville School District will be closed today and tomorrow for cleanup.

It took 12 fire departments to battle a blaze yesterday in Slippery Rock Township  The Ellwood City Ledger reports the fire broke out just after 10 o’clock at a home on Walnut Tree Lane.  The resident of the home, 73 year old Sarah Aiken susttained burns but declined medical attention. Two firefighters sustained injuries, one had a back injury while the other was attacked by bees that swarmed the fire scene. Neither was taken to the hospital. No damage estimate was given.

About 200 homes in Hermitage were without water late Monday night, as crews from Aqua Pennsylvania repaired at least five water main breaks.The first breaks occurred around 2 p.m. Monday when crews were assisting PennDot with a project in the Morefield Drive area near Route 18, between Route 62 and I-80.  When water was shut off to this area, the breaks began to occur on Rosemary Lane and Basil Drive. Then, more breaks were reported along Bonnie Lane and Christy Road.

Pittsburgh International Airport is getting some new destinations.  The “Tribune-Review” reports Allegiant Air will announce today two new stops to Austin, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The service will start in December.  Allegiant will also base a second plane in Pittsburgh, bringing in 30 new jobs.  The airport will now offer nonstop service to 63 destinations, which is the most since August 2007.

Operating revenue is up and operating income is down for UPMC.  The healthcare organization reported yesterday nearly 13-billion dollars in revenue for the 2016 fiscal year and 310-million in income.  The numbers are for the year that ended June 30th.  UPMC was at 12-billion and 384-million in 2015.  The release indicates the reason for the high operating income is due to a more than 230-million-dollar gain from the IPO of Evolent Health.

Kraft Heinz has a smaller head count in Pittsburgh.  The senior VP of corporate and government affairs told the “Business Times” yesterday cuts were made in Pittsburgh.  The exact amount was not mention, but they’re part of the company’s 200 cuts that have been made across the company.  The company is also co-headquartered in Chicago following the 2015 merger of Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods in Illinois.