PITTSBURGH (AP) — Western Pennsylvania’s largest 911 dispatch center has its own emergency: It’s infested with bedbugs.
Allegheny County Emergency Services officials announced the infestation Friday at the agency’s call center in Pittsburgh. Emergency Services Chief Alvin Henderson said several states have seen an uptick in bedbugs.
The discovery doesn’t mean workers are sleeping on the job. On the contrary, Henderson said the bugs tend to be carried into workplaces from infested homes, hitching rides in backpacks, clothing and even books.
That’s why employees have been given information on how to combat and deal with the bugs at home. The irritating bugs don’t carry diseases, but can cause anxiety, itchiness and insomnia.
The building’s management has contacted a pest controller.
3 ARRESTED AFTER SEARCHING SEWER SYSTEM FOR VALUABLES
NEW YORK (AP) — Police said three men hoping to find discarded valuables in New York City’s hot and putrid sewer system have been arrested — after coming out empty-handed.
Two of them were nabbed after emerging from a manhole in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush neighborhood Thursday.
Police said the third suspect, a part-time employee with the city Department of Environmental Protection, was accused of uncovering the manhole to let the two inside.
Police said Marquise Evans told authorities he let David Hannibal and Damion Nieves, both of Brooklyn, into the sewers to search for discarded merchandise like jewelry.
All three were charged with criminal trespassing. Evans was suspended and faces additional charges of criminal facilitation and reckless endangerment.
BREWERY TO RELEASE POPE FRANCIS-INSPIRED BEER
CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey brewery is releasing a limited edition beer to commemorate Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia next month.
Cape May Brewing Co. co-owner Ryan Krill said his company is brewing 500 gallons of YOPO, or “You Only Pope Once.” The pope-inspired beer is a hoppy pale ale with 5.5 percent alcohol content and will only be available on draft.
Sales representative Justin Vitti said the beer pairs well with a nice cut of Argentinean beef — calling to mind Francis’ home country.
Krill said the beer will get a laugh from pop culture enthusiasts, but it’s also a tasty brew in its own right.
The beer will be available at the brewery’s tasting room in the Jersey shore town along with watering holes throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey beginning Sept. 21.