Friday, January 11, 2013
More than 450 people were without power.
Fire and police crews responded to the scene of downed wires at the intersection of Route 19 and Route 228 in Cranberry at about 11 a.m. Friday. Traffic signals also were not functioning along Route 228, according to the township. Cranberry Patch readers reported heavy traffic in the area. A Penn Power outage map showed more than 450 people in Cranberry were briefly without power. Readers Kristin Burkhiser said on the Cranberry Patch Facebook page that there was no electricity from Target to the Lowe’s Home Improvement store on Route 228. Power was restored to the area around noon, according to Penn Power. Did you lose power? Were you stuck in the traffic? Leave your updates in the comment section below. Like Us on Facebook | Follow Us on …
Monday, October 29, 2012
After the numbers jumped from 350 to 650, Duquesne Light says less than 100 homes are in the dark. Penn Power reports electricity is completely restored in Cranberry, Adams and Pine townships.
UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Duquesne Light is reporting there are less than 100 customers remaining in the area without service. Power should be restored everyone by 11 p.m. tonight, according to the power company. Earlier Tuesday there were about 650 Duquesne Light customers without power as a result of the strong winds and rain from Superstorm Sandy that swept through western Pennsylvania Monday. The numbers dipped to 350 before jumping back up to 650 customers Tuesday morning. Duquesne Light crews spent the day restoring power by removing trees and repairing downed wires. Company spokesman Brian Knavish has said the outages are scattered throughout Allegheny and Beaver counties. Duquesne Light also warns that downed wires are a …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Fire chief says lightning hit at least two homes.
At least two homes in Cranberry were struck by lightning during Wednesday night’s heavy storms. Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company members also were called out for a telephone pole fire reported on Franklin Road. “We pretty much had trucks all over the township for a while,” said fire Chief Brian Kovac. Kovac said lightning struck a home on Strawberry Circle at about 8:20 p.m. Less than 15 minutes later, lightning struck a home on Azure Court in the Blueridge Estates neighborhood. Both homes are located off Powell Road. Kovac said neither home caught fire. The home on Azure Courts sustained minor damage when the strike knocked a few bricks from a chimney, he said. “We checked the houses thoroughly inside and out,” he said. As of 10…
Friday, April 13, 2012
It took help from police, public works, a utility company and more on Friday to guide a two-story transformer through Cranberry to the power station on Marshall Road.
Traffic was slowed Friday afternoon as an oversized load carrying a nearly two-story transformer made its painstakingly careful way through Cranberry Township. “It’s got about a million pounds on it, so it’s got to go pretty slow,” said Bob Howland, manager of streets and properties in Cranberry. Guiding the super load also required some super help. Cranberry and Adams Township police, state police, public works, the utility company and a rigging company joined forces to guide the 18ft-tall transformer down Peters Road and Rowan Road to the Penn Power-owned substation at the intersection of Marshall Road and North Boundary Road. Lt. Kevin Meyer, of Cranberry police, said the transformer was picked up from a rail cart in Callery before …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Dwayne Ellison is charged with stealing copper from a Cranberry substation last summer.
A third person involved a copper theft from a Cranberry utility substation last summer that caused a power outage in much of the community will be formally arraigned April 24. Dwayne D. Ellison, 37, of Township Road, Toronto, OH, is charged with criminal mischief, risking a catastrophe, conspiracy in risking a catastrophe, theft, receiving stolen property, defiant trespass and criminal use of a communication facility. On June 22, the thieves caused severe damage to the Penn Power-owned substation near Victory Church on Route 19 by cutting grounding cables that activate the equipment. This led to an explosion at the substation and the loss of power to about 4,000 customers in Cranberry and Zelienople. Penn Power estimated the value of …
Friday, March 9, 2012
The road was shut down completely from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Franklin Road reopened Friday evening after crews from Penn Power replaced a broken telephone pole. The road was shut down completely between Peters Road and Peace Street from about 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sgt. Chuck Mascellino, of Cranberry police, said the pole sustained minor damage after a car struck it on Tuesday. Friday’s high winds, however, were enough to crack the pole further, causing it to lean on the telephone wires above Franklin Road. “Apparently the winds started to move it around,” Mascellino said. “We closed the road to make sure the lines didn’t come down.”
Friday, August 5, 2011
Two Ohio residents are charged with stealing copper from a Cranberry power substation in June.
Cranberry Township police have arrested two suspects in the June copper theft at a Cranberry utility substation that caused a power outage in much of the community. Police on Thursday obtained warrants for David A. Heddleston, 36, of Toronto, OH, and Barbara Marie Ours, 30, of Salineville, OH. On June 22, thieves caused severe damage to the Penn Power-owned substation near Victory Church by cutting grounding cables that activate the equipment. This led to an explosion at the substation and the loss of power to about 4,000 customers in an area that included Cranberry and Zelienople. Police estimate the value of damage to the substation at roughly $61,000. Cranberry detectives received a break in the case after similar thefts were reported …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Recent incidents reported throughout the region.
In the past eight weeks, 100 feet of live electrical wire was stolen from a building on Vanadium Road in Scott Township, copper was stolen from homes and work sites in Cecil Township and Brookline, and theft at a First Energy substation in Cranberry caused 4,000 customers to lose power for most of a recent Wednesday. As the value of copper increases, so does crime throughout the region, according to local law enforcement officials. “It’s a problem, but it’s not just a local problem,” said Sgt. Kevin Gasiorowski, who leads the Pittsburgh Police Burglary Squad. The squad is based in Zone 6, which oversees Brookline and many communities throughout Pittsburgh’s south neighborhoods, and is responsible for handling all burglary cases in the city…
Monday, June 27, 2011
The utility company is working to restore power.
Penn Power is working to restore power after a utility pole fell into the parking lot of the CranMar shopping plaza on Route 19 Monday night, bringing power lines down with it. Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company President Bruce Hezlep said he did not know how many people lost power due tothe downed pole, which carried several transformers. He also did not know what caused the pole to fall into the plaza's parking lot, located north of Rochester Road on Route 19. He said the pole was not struck by a car and already was on the ground when firefighters arrived at the plaza around 9 p.m. Hezlep added it was lucky the pole fell in the direction of the empty lot rather than onto busy Route 19, where it could have blocked traffic. As of …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Brazen theft from Cranberry substation caused widespread power outages Wednesday.
The Cranberry Township Police Department and First Energy are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who caused a power outage Wednesday by stealing copper from a Cranberry substation. Police said the thieves entered the substation near Victory Church around 4 a.m by cutting the fence surrounding it. They also cut the grounding cables that activate the equipment. This led to a small explosion that left about 4,000 people across the Cranberry and Zelienople areas lose electricity for much of Wednesday. Power for most residents was restored around 2 p.m. Penn Power spokesman Doug Colafella said the thieves stole all the copper grounding wires from the station. This is the fourth copper theft …