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NBC10's Vai Sikahema Dances With Fire at Charity Luau NBC10 anchor Vai Sikahema and his wife hosted a Luau in October fudraiser at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Vai Sikahema Foundation highlights issues that affect youth, including adoption, prematurity and financial literacy.

Secret Service, Bomb Squad Investigate Suspicious Bag Found Under Warhol Bridge PITTSBURGH - The Secret Service and bomb squad are investigating a suspicious bag found lying under the Andy Warhol Bridge this morning. The small black bag was spotted lying on the 10th Street Bypass directly under the bridge around 7:15 a.m. Pittsburgh Police are asking people to move away from and avoid the area.

Hiker's Watch Helps Save 2 Lives After Fall From NJ Cliff James Prudenciano says he and his date fell off a cliff while hiking in New Jersey and credited his Apple Watch for saving their lives by calling for help.

Large Power Outage Shuts Down 2 Schools In South Hills Area JEFFERSON HILLS - A power outage still has thousands in the dark this morning in Jefferson Hills, prompting school closures for students in the area. Officials say South Park Elementary Center is closed today due to the outage. However, South Park Middle School and High School will both be in session, operating on regular schedules.

Urania B. "Rainy" Linn "Rainy" Linn, 85, a well-known resident of Franklin passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. Born in Washington, PA on January 9, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd D. and Mary Hamilton Linn.

John Charles Haubrich, III John Charles Haubrich, III, of Saegertown, passed away Monday, October 21, 2019, from complications of pneumonia. He was surrounded by his loving family. John was born September 14, 1959, in Oil City to John and Dorothy Haubrich, Jr., who survive.

Man Pleads Guilty To Gun And Drug Charges In West Virginia - Authorities say a West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine and illegally possessing a stockpile of firearms. Attorney Mike Stuart announced Tuesday that 24-year-old Deshaun Thaxton faces up to life in prison after admitting to the gun and drug charges.

Local Teen's Battle With Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Leads to Annual Toy Drive - One local teen has turned his energy from his own health battle to helping others. 15-year-old Gary Matus of the Clarion area was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the tender age of two. According to his mother, Rachel, it all began when Gary was just a toddler and didn't hit some of his milestones on time.

Local Man Accused of Shoving Woman, Throwing Object at Her Head Waives Hearing - A local man who allegedly shoved a woman into a wall and threw a blunt object at her head waived his hearing in court on Tuesday. Court documents indicate the following charges against 61-year-old Michael Blaha, of Corsica, were waived for court on Tuesday, October 22:.

Camp Holiday Hope Set for November 16 - Camp Holiday Hope, a fun, free, grief workshop for kids ages five to 17 years old who have experienced the death of a loved one, will be held on Saturday, November 16. Camp Holiday Hope will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Clarion Forest VNA Office in Clarion.

Gigliotti Hat Trick Paces Punsxy Trip to D9 Class 2A Boys' Soccer Title Game - Vincent Gigliotti scored two of his three goals after halftime to help break a 1-all tie at the break, as Punxsutawney topped Port Allegany, 4-1, in the District 9 Class 2A semifinals Tuesday at Varischetti Field in Brockway.

C-L's Siegel Finishes Tied for 25th at PIAA Golf Championships - Four District 9 golfers finished their seasons at the PIAA Championships Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pa. finished tied for 25th at the PIAA Class 2A golf championship).

Johnson, Hergert Lead Brookville VB to Five-Set Win Over DCC; DuBois Beats Brockway - Morgan Johnson and Lauren Hergert each had 12 kills to lead Brookville to a 3-2 win at DuBois Central Catholic. Bella Mangiantini led DCC with 16 kills and seven blocks with Jordy Koso adding nine kills and Hanna Holdren five kills. Maia Cogley ran the Lady Cardinals offense with 28 set assists.

Ielase Leads A-C Valley to Win in Playoff Tune-up; Redbank Valley Also Wins - Meah Ielase had 10 kills and three aces to help visiting A-C Valley to a 3-0 win over Moniteau. Mia Sherman added eight kills for the Lady Falcons with Andrea Meals chipping in six kills and Tarra Stefanacci five kills while also recording a team-high 14 set assists.

Rondinelli Scores Six Times to Lead Karns City Boys' Soccer into D9 2A Finals - Nate Rondinelli scored six times and added a pair of assists to lead Karns City to an 11-2 win over Kane in the District 9 Class 2A boys' semifinals Tuesday at Varischetti Field in Brockway. Dakota King added a pair of goals for the Gremlins including his 100th career goal, while Owen Collwell scored once and assisted on three other goals.

Oct. 22, 2019 Allegheny Grille of Foxburg District 9 Football Rankings Released - The top three remain the same and one new team enters the Top 10 in the Oct. 22 edition of the Allegheny Grille of Foxburg Rankings. Coudersport is No. 1, Ridgway is No. 2 and Clarion is No. 3 just as they were a week ago. Clearfield moves up one spot to No.

Soto, Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in World Series opener HOUSTON - Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals quickly derailed the Cole Express. A 20-year-old prodigy with a passion for the big moment, Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the Nationals tagged Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros 5-4 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

Say What?!: Participants in Toronto Marathon Break 14 Guinness World Records TORONTO, Canada - Fourteen individual records were broken during a recent marathon in Toronto, according to Guinness World Records officials. The successful records include everything from people running dressed as a vegetable, a supervillain, and a tennis player, to people running with a sibling and skipping without a rope.

Philly Gets Closer to Plastic Bag Ban Philadelphia is one step closer to a ban on single-use plastic bags after a council committee voted Tuesday in favor of a bill that would prevent retailers from providing them to customers. NBC10’s Keith Jones gets reactions from local residents.

ClayToonz: Phony Constitution 22, 2019 Allegheny Grille of Foxburg District 9 Football Rankings Released BREAKING NEWS: Bill to Halt Polk Closure Passes House Committee St. Marys Girls' Tennis Moves into PIAA Quarterfinals With Win Over Beaver Karns City, Punxsutawney Advance to D9 2A Boys' Soccer Title Game Oct.

Pink Megabus Raises Awareness For Breast Cancer Research, Makes Stop In Pittsburgh This is the fourth year that Megabus has partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Megabus says they will donate a dollar to the foundation for every ticket purchased on Wednesday.

Police: Man Steals Nintendo Games, Gaming Console From Home In Marshall-Shadeland PITTSBURGH - Police arrested a man accused of burglarizing a home in Marshall-Shadeland. A woman on Eckert Street reported that a man was in her home. Police identified the man as David Murray. Officials say Murray ran when he saw police lights and dropped a backpack as he ran.

Mullery supports Sunday hunting proposal WILKES-BARRE - State Rep. Gerald Mullery on Tuesday said the positive economic impact of allowing Sunday hunting led to his vote for the legislation in the House Game and Fisheries Committee.

Smoke causes temporary evacuation at two Greater Nanticoke Area schools NANTICOKE - The fire alarm went off shortly before 10 a.m. at the Kennedy Early Childhood Center, and students filed out from it and the adjacent Elementary Center, waiting nearby for arrival of firefighters. In less than 30 minutes children reentered the Kennedy building, but those from the Elementary Center headed into the nearby high school.

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