2 toddlers found in dog crate + Dinner in the Dark returns

Hello Hello! It’s me, Rachel Tasker, and I’m here to give you some updates on the most important events for today, Wednesday, September 21, at Pittsburgh. Today we cover:

  • Two toddlers found in a dog crate in a home in the Jeannette area.
  • Steelers recap and upcoming game in Cleveland.
  • Kennywood’s popular Phantom Fall Fest is back.

Ready? Let’s go!

A gusty storm is heading in that direction in the evening. High: 86 Low: 63.

Here are today’s top stories in Pittsburgh:

1) Pittsburgh police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Cassandra Diegelman, 28, was last seen in downtown Pittsburgh on September 19 around 8 p.m. She was walking her two dogs along Fort Duquesne Boulevard. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds, has blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink and white tie-dye shirt, black shorts and pink sandals. Anyone with whereabouts information is asked to call detectives at 412-323-7141.

(WPXI Pittsburgh)

2) Police report that they recently found two toddlers locked in a dog crate playing with feces in a “dirty” house in the Jeannette area. Authorities said when they were called to North Fourth Street to two dogs hit by a vehicle on Saturday, they found Brian Brabant, 26, the owner, on the street next to one of the dogs. According to the criminal complaint, police helped Brabant, who appeared “very drunk,” to get home on North Carolina Way. Police said a witness went inside to check on the dogs and saw two children inside a dog crate with a cat. Brabant is currently facing multiple charges.

(CBS Pittsburgh)

3) Following a loss to the Patriots at home last Sunday, the Steelers are anticipating Thursday’s game in Cleveland. For the second week in a row, the offense struggled to make plays against the team’s opponent. Even without star outside linebacker TJ Watt, the defense held firm at times — but that wasn’t enough to put a stop to the Patriot’s efforts, ending in a final score of 17-14. “Aside from the particular plays you may have identified, I just thought we weren’t a rising group at the end of the game, put the exclamation mark on our work,” Tomlin said Monday. “And we have to be that.”

(CBS Pittsburgh)

4) Dining in the Dark, a blindfold dining experience, returns to Pittsburgh at a new location in Bellevue. The event takes place on September 29 and October 20 as a 21+ experience including a 90-minute two-course meal with a cocktail. With every diner wearing a blindfold, the focus is on taste, smell, mouthfeel and sound. Headbands also discourage distractions — like checking your phone — while eating. Revival On Lincoln in Bellevue will host this year’s event, based on the event’s ambiance and menu, which remain under wraps until after dinner. Tickets are available in advance for $85 online.


5) Kennywood will kick off their popular Phantom Fall Fest this weekend. Friday will be an exclusive evening for pass holders and the grand opening for the general public will take place on Saturday. Participants can expect something new this year – a maze, Alice in Wonderland. According to Kennywood officials, the maze takes guests down one of two paths where the evil denizens of Wonderland will greet them. Additionally, there will be four scare zones, including the new Dead Light District, and the park’s tunnel, filled with fog and scaremakers eager to deliver the first or last scare of each night.

(Pittsburgh crest)

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Today in Pittsburgh:

  • Book Babies — Public Library of Mount Lebanon. (9:30 a.m.)
  • Knitting and crochet group — Public Library of Mount Lebanon. (10h)
  • Music and Movement – Penn Hills Public Library. (10:30 a.m.)
  • Baby Talk – CC Mellor Memorial Library. (10:30 a.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Pittsburgh Police Department: “Reminder: Market Square Cops Chess Finals will be next week, Tuesday, September 27. ♟️ Market Square ♟️ 12pm ♟️ Weather permitting. All welcome!” (Pittsburgh Police Department via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Science Center: “Even our littlest Steelers fans are excited for 18+ Night: Black and Gold Science! Do you have your tickets yet? https://carnegiesciencecenter.org/programs/science-after-hours/” (Carnegie Science Center via Facebook )
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools: “Today is National Voter Registration Day – A great day to register to vote! Visit https://www.pavoterservices.pa… to complete your voter registration application #NationalVoterRegistrationDay” (Pittsburgh Public Schools via Facebook)
  • Pittsburgh Police Department: “This Friday is the deadline to apply for the Fall 2022 Citizen Police Academy and Student Police Academy! Only a few spots are available. Learn more and easily apply online ➡️ https:// pittsburghpa.gov/publicsafety/cpa-spa” (Pittsburgh Police Department via Facebook)
  • Carnegie Science Center: “This September, show your Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield card and receive $2 off general admission to the Science Center for up to four people. Visit our website for more: https://carnegiesciencecenter.org/ visit/special-offers-a…” (Carnegie Science Center via Facebook)
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy: “Join us for PR Day on October 2! In honor of beautiful Riverview Park, this community day is all about raising awareness and funds for the park! We hope you can stop by for family activities, entertainers and food !” (Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy via Facebook)

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You are now in the loop and ready to start this Wednesday on the right foot. See you soon!

Rachel Tasker

About me: Rachel is originally from Pennsylvania and stopped at Erie and State College before moving to Pittsburgh in 2020. She has a background in a bit of everything…from newsroom work from media and public health to the 2016 presidential election in Washington, DC and the 2019 Super Bowl where (surprise!) Tom Brady won… AGAIN. She loves good coffee, bad reality TV, attending local events and trying new dishes in the 412. She resides in the South Hills.

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