Category: Kittanning Borough

Local Police Departments Recognized for Community Outreach

Ford City Police Chief Michael Greenlee is congratulated by Mayor Jeff Cogley, Solicitor Anthony Vigilante and Borough Council after being recommended to be interim Borough Police Chief in September. Since, Chief Greenlee has also been designated as part-time borough manager to the riverside municipality. (KP File Photo)

Ford City Police Chief Michael Greenlee is congratulated by Mayor Jeff Cogley, Solicitor Anthony Vigilante and Borough Council after being recommended to be interim Borough Police Chief in September. Since, Chief Greenlee has also been designated as part-time borough manager to the riverside municipality. (KP File Photo)

by Jonathan Weaver

During the past few months, AAA has recognized dozens of local police departments for their community traffic safety efforts, and a handful of Armstrong County departments have routinely made the list.

Of the 50 highest-ranking awards given, Ford City Borough Police received a community safety award for the 13th consecutive year – and for the past few years, have always received Platinum awards as a “commendable leader” in their safety efforts and enforcement activities geared toward making communities safer.

During his most-recent police report, Ford City Borough Police Chief Michael Greenlee said officers responded to more than 250 calls in the month of November and made a total of more than 360 arrests.

Most of Ford City Police’s occurrences during the month of November were also found to be happening between 9AM and 3PM. Accidents and drug paraphernalia cases led the incident types.

In November, Ford City Borough received a $3,000 donation from the Ford City Eagles for new stun tasers.

Pennsylvania State Police’s Troop D – Butler barracks (which has a station in East Franklin Township) also was recognized with a Platinum award.

33 additional departments that excelled in making their communities safer were honored with Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards.

For another consecutive year, Kittanning Borough Police was recognized as a silver award winner.

As recommended by Kittanning Borough Mayor Kirk Atwood and Borough Police Chief Bruce Mathews, downtown Kittanning business district parking will be free during the rest of December and through the New Year's holiday.

As recommended by Kittanning Borough Mayor Kirk Atwood and Borough Police Chief Bruce Mathews, downtown Kittanning business district parking will be free during the rest of December and through the New Year’s holiday.

In November, Borough Police Chief Bruce Mathews said the full-time police force responded to more than 300 calls. One of the community-minded public safety initiatives includes free safety checks when homeowners are out of town.

Chief Mathews said residents “only have to answer a few simple questions”

Free local parking is also available in the downtown business district until Monday, Jan. 2 after a unanimous approval from Kittanning Borough Council.

“We are honored to recognize these local departments for their efforts in the Community Traffic Safety Program,” said J.J. Miller, AAA East Central Safety Advisor. “Each organization has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make their community a safer place for motorists and residents.”

The departments were among hundreds nationwide that participated in the Community Traffic Safety Program recognized by AAA East Central.

Nearly 20 police departments were also recognized in the state of West Virginia.

AAA East Central conducts a variety of free highway safety programs throughout Western Pennsylvania focusing on all age groups. The Club also partners with law enforcement and safety agencies on initiatives to improve the safety of the community and local highways.

Netflix Series Seeking Local Background Actors

 

by Jonathan Weaver

In just six weeks, the streets of Kittanning will be back in the spotlight for television’s newest drama, “Mindhunter.”

Assistant Location Manager Kevin Foster told Kittanning Borough Council members in November that Executive Producer David Fincher wants Kittanning to be re-made into the city of Altoona.

Assistant Location Manager Kevin Foster relays brainstorms for upcoming

Assistant Location Manager Kevin Foster relays brainstorms for upcoming “Mindhunter” filming in Kittanning for mid-January. (KP November file photo)

“(The television series) is based on true stories behind FBI agents in the 1970’s who pioneer behavioral profiling – how the FBI developed skills to capture serial killers, murders and solve crimes,” Foster said.

And developers need local help in the way of background actors during that weekend of January 20-21.

Interested applicants should send two recent photos, contact info, and sizes to mindhuntercasting@gmail.com.

Producers are also seeking Pre-1979 Cars, Flatbed Trucks, and Pickup Trucks. To consider your vehicle, send us a current photo and the make, year, and model of your vehicle to mindhuntervehicles@gmail.com.

Scenes will include the Armstrong County Courthouse, along Market Street and vehicles driving along the Kittanning Citizens Bridge. Producers also hope to make PJ Greco’s scrap yard into a garbage dump.

“We would love to work closely with (borough council), PennDOT and local businesses to ensure that it’s a positive film experience,” Foster concluded. “We’re here to do anything that needs to be done to make that happen.”