Morning Roundup: Police say fired car dealership worker threatened extortion – TribLIVE

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Here are some of the latest news items from this morning, Monday, May 13:


Police say fired car dealership worker threatened extortion

A former car dealership employee in Indiana County, who had been fired from his job, allegedly threatened to release customer data if the dealership didn’t give him more than a year’s worth of pay, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police on Monday released information regarding the incident, which they said took place Wednesday at Tristar Auto Dealership in Burrell Township.

Police said the suspect is a 40-year-old man from Brownsville, but did not reveal a name.

The suspect was scheduled to meet with Tristar officials after being fired from a job there. During the meeting, police said, he tried to extort the dealership for 13 months’ worth of paychecks — totaling more than $58,000 — by threatening to otherwise distribute a flash drive containing about 1,000 repair orders with sensitive customer information.

The suspect said he had removed the thumb drive from the Tristar dealership in Connellsville, according to police.

An investigation is ongoing.


Baldwin residents asked to help rename park

Baldwin Borough is asking residents for help in finding a new name for its riverfront park.

Currently dubbed Baldwin Riverfront Park, the 3.8-acre property is located along the Monongahela River.

The borough, along with Friends of the Riverfront, launched a contest for residents to find a “fitting and inspiring name for our park that embodies the natural character of the property and its connection to the Monongahela River.”

People can submit name suggestions online for a chance to win $200 in gift cards to local businesses.

The contest concludes at the end of the month.


Single-lane closure to start on McKnight Road

A single-lane closure will start Monday on McKnight Road in each direction between Braunlich Drive and Seibert Road.

The closure will begin at 9 a.m. and continue around-the-clock through late May, according to PennDOT.

Crews will be conducting concrete repairs and improving drainage.

Drivers will have access to the businesses along that stretch of McKnight despite the closures.

This is part of a $26.99 million improvement project on the road, which will include bridge and culvert preservation, milling and paving, drainage upgrades and repairs, pipe cleaning, waterline replacement and improvements to guide rails, signals and ADA ramps.

Julia Felton is a TribLive reporter covering Pittsburgh City Hall and other news in and around Pittsburgh. A La Roche University graduate, she joined the Trib in 2020. She can be reached at [email protected].

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