4 people dead after shooting at Pennsylvania car wash

Published: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 8:55 AM
Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 2:35 PM

A shooting in Pennsylvania has left five people dead.
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A shooting in Pennsylvania has left five people dead.(WPXI.com)

Four people are dead after a shooting at a Pennsylvania car wash early Sunday morning, according to state police.

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Police said Timothy Smith, 28, shot and killed two men and two women just before 3 a.m. at Ed’s Car Wash on Indian Creek Valley Road in Melcroft, located about 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

The victims -- identified as William Porterfield, 27; Chelsie Cline, 25; Courtney Snyder, 23; and Seth Cline, 21 -- were pronounced dead at the scene.

“It’s hard to deal with,” said Jeff Cline, a cousin of Chelsie Cline and her half brother, Seth Cline. “They were good kids.”

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Smith was on life support following the shooting and is not expected to survive, police said. He sustained a gunshot wound to the head that authorities believe was self-inflicted.

Chelsie Cline’s sister, Sierra Kolarik, said Chelsie had briefly been involved with Smith and broke things off months ago. Kolarik told WPXI that Smith would still do things for her, such as bringing her flowers when she was sick.

“He would leave her stuff on her car,” Kolarik said. “She'd get done with work and she'd come out and there would be a case of beer on her hood or scratch-off tickets or anything. If he found out she was sick, he'd bring her flowers.”

Cortney Snyder was a mother to a 4-year-old boy. A friend said she would do anything for anyone and worked at Living Treasures Animal Park.

Investigators said Smith used a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun in the shooting.

According to police, Smith arrived at the scene earlier in a red Toyota Tacoma and parked on the side of the car wash. Police said Smith wore a body armor carrier and had several magazines of ammo.

Police said the victims arrived in two separate vehicles: Porterfield and Chelsie Cline in a silver Dodge, and Snyder and Seth Cline in a green pickup truck.

Porterfield and Chelsie Cline were killed inside their vehicle while near the side of the car wash, officials said. Snyder and Seth Cline were also shot and killed in their vehicle.

“That’s crazy. This happens in Pittsburgh, not here,” Dick Kalp, who lives behind a nearby convenience store and called police, said. “This is a quiet place usually.”

One woman took cover in the back seat of the pickup truck and avoided being shot, police said. She suffered minor injuries from broken glass.

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Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 6:16 AM

A 13-year-old boy was arrested after leading Houston deputies on a high-speed chase that lasted more than 20 miles in a stolen vehicle.

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It was not until the teenager crashed the vehicle that officials discovered he was only in the sixth grade, Houston-based television station KTRK reports.

The chase began after the teen was spotted going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. Refusing to stop, he jumped on and off several Houston highways reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour. He eventually made his way downtown, where he crashed.

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The chase took a turn when a pursuing deputy crashed into another vehicle. The deputy and driver of the other vehicle were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

The 13-year-old driver, who was not cooperative with detectives in telling them where he got the stolen car, was arrested and faces felony charges.

His name was not released because he is a juvenile.

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Air Pollution Advisory in effect today

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:29 AM

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An Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties for smog.

With temperatures expected in the upper 80s with abundant sunshine and light southerly winds, conditions will be conducive for the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog, and may lead to elevated air pollution levels, according to the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.

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Children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. Residents should contact their health care provider if any of these symptoms occur. The general public is not likely to be affected, according to the agency.

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To reduce smog, particularly on Air Pollution Advisory days: 

  • AVOID DRIVING IF POSSIBLE. Carpool or take the bus, or for short trips, walk or ride a bike. 
  • REFUEL YOUR VEHICLE AFTER 8 P.M., or if possible, don’t refuel at all when Air Pollution Advisory notices have been issued. Also, make sure your gas cap fits tightly. 
  • IF YOU MUST DRIVE, combine errands or delay them until the Air Pollution Advisory is lifted. 
  • DRIVE A CAR THAT IS WELL-TUNED. Avoid “jackrabbit” acceleration and excessive idling, especially at drive-through windows. 
  • AROUND THE HOME, limit use of small gasoline-powered equipment such as lawn mowers and trimmers. 
  • MOW YOUR LAWN AFTER 6 P.M. when the sunlight is not as strong and smog is less likely to form. 

For more information about air pollution, visit www.miamivalleyair.org for details and to register to receive “Air Pollution Advisories” via email.

In Butler and Warren counties, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors and reports air quality data as a public service.

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Man fights, pepper sprays Dayton police officer prompting ‘signal 99’ call

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 1:47 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:39 AM

A man got into a physical altercation with at least one Dayton police officer and pepper sprayed the official, prompting a ‘Signal 99’ officer assistance call early Friday morning. 

A police report states officials arrested Aaron Goings, 26, in the 100 block of N. Wright Avenue after being dispatched on a suspicious circumstance call around 1 a.m.

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Goings, who was reportedly injured as a result of the fight, was transported to Grandview Medical Center.

No word on his condition.

He is not currently listed on the Montgomery County Jail website at this time, but the report states his charges include assault, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, possession of drugs, and possessing a drug abuse instrument. 

Officials from several jurisdictions in Montgomery County responded to the assistance call. 

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SeaWorld, Busch Gardens: Free admission available for veterans now through July 4

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 5:43 AM

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From now through July 4, U.S. veterans and up to three guests can get free admission to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the U.S.

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SeaWorld said in a news release that this new offer joins the ongoing Waves of Honor program that offers complimentary admission to any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman once per year, for the military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.

Veterans must redeem their complimentary single-day ticket(s) online at www.WavesofHonor.com. The free tickets are available online only, not available at the front gate for each park.

In addition to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the free admission offer is available at SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Active military and veterans can always receive discounted admission tickets through MWR and ITT offices on U.S. military bases as well as www.WavesofHonor.com. These offers are available year-round. Each park may have various discounted admission products throughout the year that are also available online at www.WavesofHonor.com

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