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Cindy Griffin, Chief Clerk County of Washington 702 Courthouse Square 100 West Beau Street Washington, PA 15301
Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
http://www.health.pa.gov/MyRecords/Certificates/Pages/11596.aspx or by telephone: 724-656-3100 or toll-free 844-228-3516
Another reason the Coroner may be involved is that the identity of the deceased or next-of-kin is unknown, or the individual is unclaimed by family.
A record is made on the findings of the autopsy, including microscopic and toxicology laboratory tests. These laboratory tests are conducted before the release of the body to the next-of-kin and for burial.
There's no charge to the next-of-kin for an autopsy when a case is determined to fall under the Coroner's jurisdiction, nor for any other test that may be conducted by the Coroner.
In other cases where the possibility of legal proceedings may arise as a result of a homicide, accident, suicide, etc, an autopsy may be performed.
In these cases, both positive and negative information ordinarily is found, which substantiates the ruling and the cause of death as signed by the Coroner.
When there is insufficient information available to complete the death certificate, a “pending” death certificate is issued. This death certificate enables the funeral services and burial to take place while additional chemical, microscopic, slide preparation and examination, and the investigation continues.
At the culmination of these tests and investigation, the ruling is made based on all available information. A supplemental death certificate is then issued with the cause of death and the ruling which supersedes the “pending” death certificate.
If microscopic and chemical tests are performed, this time period can lengthen. The Coroner, along with the pathologist, work very hard to determine and complete the cause of death in a timely manner.
There are some circumstances that arise where more time is needed to determine the cause and manner of death.
In cases of homicide, suicides, or vehicular deaths, the clothing may be held by the Coroner or the investigating law enforcement agency for use as evidence.
The next-of-kin of the deceased person should notify a funeral director who in turn will arrange transportation for the deceased to the funeral home.
The great majority of these deaths are certified by the attending physicians and would not otherwise fall under the jurisdiction of the coroner. This additional workload justifies a specific fee to be paid by the users of the specific service, rather than the taxpayers in general.
Approximately 1,000 cremations are authorized each year in this county.
Families are still responsible for the cost of a funeral or cremation.
We will provide you with phone numbers for such a service upon your request.
When an investigation is ongoing, in conjunction with law enforcement, we may restrict the detail of any information that is released. Any information that may jeopardize the outcome of an investigation will not be released until the investigation has concluded.
A photograph of the decedent will be viewed by the next-of-kin for positive identification when necessary.
To prevent a false notification, the Coroner’s Office wants to be absolutely sure of the identify of the victim before notification. Please remember that although the victim may have been separated from his/her spouse, without a legally recognized separation or divorce decree, the spouse is still the legal next-of-kin and is usually the one who will be notified.
Sometimes this may present a difficulty to other family members who believe they should be the ones notified. Locating next-of-kin, especially if out of state or country, make take some time.
The Coroner and/or a deputy along with a uniformed police officer usually makes death notification for the Washington County Coroner’s Office.
The charges are:Autopsy Report: $100.00Toxicology Report: $ 50.00Coroner's Report: $ 50.00
B. Always use the inmate's committed name and Pod housed in if known. Address the envelope as follows: Inmate's last name, first name-Pod Washington County Correctional Facility 100 West Cherry Ave. Washington, Pa. 15301 Example: Smith, John - 4-West Washington County Correctional Facility 100 West Cherry Ave. Washington, Pa. 15301
C. All routine mail sent to an inmate is opened, examined, and may be read by designated staff.
D. Inmates will be permitted to receive only the following types of materials through routine mail: 1. Written correspondence (no limit as to number of pages). Correspondence may be written on greeting cards, but cards containing electronic or other non-paper parts, cards which are constructed in such a way as to permit concealment of contraband, or which are larger than 8"x10" will not be permitted. Each page can be no larger than 8 1/2 x 14 inches in size; material can be on both sides of a page. Individual newspaper or magazine articles or clippings or clippings from other publications are permissible, up to a 5 page limit. No item can be glued, taped, stapled, or otherwise affixed to a page.
E. The following items are not permissible in or as an attachment to mail addressed to an inmate: 1. Non-paper items; 2. Items of a non-communicative nature such as lottery tickets or matchbooks; 3. Stickers or stamps (other than postage stamps, postal service attachments, and address labels affixed to the outside of the envelope); 4. Address labels (other than those affixed to the outside of the envelope); 5. Laminated cards or other laminated materials. 6. Nude photographs or photographs that reveal genitalia, buttocks, or the female breast will not be permitted. 7. Polaroid photographs will not be permitted.
F. Incoming mail shall be disapproved for mailing or delivery to an inmate if any part of it: 1. Depicts or describes procedures for the construction of or use of weapons, ammunitions, bombs, chemical agents, or incendiary devices; 2. Depicts, encourages, or describes methods of escape from correctional facilities or contains blueprints, drawings or similar descriptions of department of corrections, facilities or institutions, or includes road maps that can facilitate escape from correctional facilities; 3. Depicts or describes procedures for the brewing of alcoholic beverages, or the manufacture of drugs or other intoxicants; 4. Is written in code; 5. Depicts, describes, or encourages activities which may lead to the use of physical violence or group disruption; 6. Encourages or instructs in the commission of criminal activity; 7. Is dangerously inflammatory in that it advocates or encourages riot, insurrection, disruption of the institution, violation of Facility rules, the violation of which would present a serious threat to the security, order or rehabilitative objectives of the institution or the safety of any person; 8. Threatens physical harm, blackmail or extortion; 9. Pictorially depicts sexual conduct such as actual or simulated sexual intercourse; sexual bestiality; masturbation; sadomasochistic abuse; actual contact with a person's unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or, if such person is a female, breast; any act or conduct which constitutes sexual battery or simulates that sexual battery is being or will be committed. 10. Presents nudity or a lewd exhibition of the genitals in such a way as to create the appearance that sexual conduct is imminent, i.e., display of contact or intended contact with genitals, pubic area, buttocks or female breasts orally, digitally or by foreign object, or display of sexual organs in an aroused state. 11. Contains criminal history, offender registration, or other personal information about another inmate or offender, which in the hands of an inmate, presents a threat to the security, order or rehabilitative objectives of the correctional system or to the safety of any person; 12. Contains or appears to contain unknown or unidentifiable substances; or 13. Otherwise presents a threat to the security, order, or rehabilitative objectives of the correctional system, or to the safety of any person.
G. When an inmate is transferred or released, mail addressed to the inmate at his old institution shall be treated as follows: 1. After the transfer or release, all first-class and second-class mail will be returned to the U.S. Postal Service for its disposition.
H. Inmates may not send mail to any person who has advised the warden that he does not wish to receive mail from the inmate. 1. The parents or legal guardians of a person under the age of 18 may advise that mail is not to be sent to such person. 2. Upon receipt of such advisement, the warden will cause to be prepared an acknowledgment specifying that the inmate will not be permitted to send mail to the person requesting the correspondence restriction and that such person should return any further mail received from the inmate and notify the warden of the attempt to correspond. 3. After the inmate is notified of the correspondence restriction, any further attempt to correspond will be considered a violation of rules and issued a misconduct.
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The Planning Commission conducts and prepares numerous studies regarding environmental, economic, and general issues that impact county development and natural resources of the county. The commission also coordinates the development and preparation of various public affairs, information, and educational programs concerning county government. The Bridge Department, Department of Parks and Recreation, and flood control projects all fall under the Planning Commission's jurisdiction. Washington County Planning Commission Home Page
Data collectors will check items such as:· Number of bedrooms and bathrooms· Types of heating and cooling systems· Year house was built· General construction, materials and physical condition of the interior and exterior
Personal items such as furniture or décor do not influence the value of a house; they will not be noted. All information collected will be handled professionally and according to local project procedures.
Barns or sheds
Good maintenance will help retain the market value of your property. Generally your assessed value will not increase for minor repairs. The following list is some of the repairs that will NOT increase your assessment.
Driveway paving or repairing
Replacing gutters and downspouts
Replacing a roof
Adding an open deck