Escapee From Allegheny County Prison At Large

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On Nov.18, 2015, Donald Robert Mainier, 30, of Washington, failed to return to the Riverside Community Corrections Center from his authorized work release at Ten Penny Restaurant, Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. Mainier is currently serving time for theft. He is a multiple state offender, to include Florida and Virginia. He is described as 5’4″, 165 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Both his ears are pierced and he has tattoos on his neck, left arm, and stomach. PSP Pittsburgh has a warrant for escape for Mainier. Anyone with information regarding his location should contact PSP Pittsburgh at (412) 299-1607. Refer to incident number B03-2150378.

Penn DOT Prepares For Winter Weather

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TPR Reed joined PEMA Director Rick Flinn and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards to address various aspects of safe driving during the holidays and winter season. PennDOT also had a plow truck to demonstrate safety when encountering one on the roads, an emergency preparedness winter travel kit, and a winter car maintenance demonstration.


Regardless of whether there’s snow on the ground, you can take steps to prepare yourself for winter and all that it brings. Feel free to use the information below as you prepare yourself for winter travel.

Preparation is key to successfully navigating winter roads. Winter weather can bring unexpected conditions, so make sure that your vehicle is ready for ice and snow.

For the majority of Pennsylvania, all-season radial tires that are mud and snow rated are appropriate for winter driving. In areas of the state that experience more snow, motorists may choose to install dedicated winter tires or carry a set of tire chains or cables.

In addition to preparing your vehicle, carrying an emergency kit in your car is an easy but important way to make sure you’re ready for the season.

Aside from travel preparations, there are ways that you can ensure that your mailbox is ready for winter.


PennDOT allows property owners to place mailboxes within the limits of the legal right-of-way, out of respect for the U.S. Postal Service’s need to deliver, and mail customers’ convenience of delivery. But because those boxes are within the right-of-way, damages are the responsibility of the property owner.

Be sure your mailbox has a strong support. You may also wish to use reflective tape or other material to make it easier to see during storms or during dark hours.

Check your box and support often, clearing snow from it and depositing the snow properly and in a manner to allow you and motorists proper sight distances (and never on the roadway).

Homeowners who have followed these tips in the past and have still experienced damaged mailboxes may wish to consider installing a cantilevered mailbox support that will swing a mailbox out of harm’s way.


To help keep your driveway from being “plowed in,” PennDOT offers these tips.


PennDOT’s Winter Driving Guide (also available in black and white) is another resource you can use to get ready for winter driving.

Remember, if winter weather is forecasted, eliminate all unnecessary travel. This will keep you and your family safe and allow PennDOT to more easily perform our winter duties. Our Winter Storm Tactics Fact Sheet explains how we prepare for storms as well as how we handle different storms on different roadway types.


PennDOT maintains nearly 40,000 miles of roads and 25,000 bridges statewide which translates into nearly 96,000 snow-lane miles – enough to circle the globe nearly four times! To tackle this task, PennDOT uses 2,200 trucks, plows and salt spreaders, operated by 4,800 licensed department operators. The department also rents about 270 trucks and their operators to assist with snow removal operations. During last year’s winter, PennDOT used 858,000 tons of anti-skid and 1.1 million tons of salt to keep Pennsylvania drivers moving.

If winter does strike, PennDOT will have crews treating roadways around the clock but the department’s aim is to keep roads passible, not completely free of ice and snow. However, PennDOT will continue to treat roadways throughout the storm until precipitation stops and roads are clear.


Great American Smokeout – Free Quit Kits Available

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West Chester, PA – Smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States, and another 8.6 million people live with serious illnesses caused by smoking. The American Cancer Society and Chester County Health Department encourage smokers to take part in the Great American Smokeout event on Thursday, November 19th by making a plan to quit, or to planning in advance to stop smoking that day. By quitting, even for one day, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing their cancer risk. Research shows that smokers are most successful in quitting tobacco when they have support, including telephone smoking-cessation hotlines, local cessation classes, counseling and nicotine replacement products.

In observance of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 19th, the Chester County Tobacco-free Coalition will be distributing nearly 1,000 free “quit kits” throughout the County. Quit kits are gallon-sized bags containing free tobacco cessation resources and small items to ease cravings and promote a healthy first day going nicotine-free. Quit kits are useful for those that currently smoke, vape or chew and are ready to go nicotine-free.

Quit kits will be available at the following locations for the remainder of the month:

  • Avon Grove Library, West Grove
  • Caron Treatment Centers, PA/DE/NJ
  • ChesPenn Health Services, Coatesville
  • Chester County Drug & Alcohol Services, West Chester
  • Chester County Health Department, West Chester
  • Chester County Hospital, West Chester
  • Chester County Library & District Center, Exton
  • Chester County Youth Center, West Chester
  • City of Coatesville Police Department, Coatesville
  • Delaware County Community College, Downingtown/Exton/Jennersville
  • Easttown Library, Berwyn
  • Henrietta Hankin Branch Library, Chester Springs
  • Holcomb Behavioral Health Services, Exton
  • Honey Brook Community Library, Honey Brook
  • Oxford Public Library, Oxford
  • Paoli Memorial Hospital, Paoli
  • Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville
  • Phoenixville Library, Phoenixville
  • Spring City Free Library, Spring City

For more information on how to quit tobacco, or to pick up a quit kit, call Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition Chair, Lindsay Smith, 610.344.5209


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​Aqua Pennsylvania will restrict travel on Paoli Pike and Devon Road in Willstrown Township, Chester County, for water main installation, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced.

The work schedule is:
• On Friday, November 13, Monday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 17, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, crews will restrict travel on Paoli Pike at Grubb Road; and
• On Friday, November 13, Monday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 17, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, crews will restrict travel on Devon Road at Grubb Road.
Aqua Pennsylvania will complete the work under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.