• Police charge 53-year-old in attempted luring of 16-year-old in McCandless


    Police charged a man Thursday in an attempted luring of a North Allegheny Intermediate High School student.

    According to police, a female student was approached Thursday morning by a white male who appeared to be in his 30s and was driving a silver car.

    The girl told police that the man driving offered her a ride, and she declined. The man then drove away.

    North Allegheny School District sent a letter to parents alerting them of the situation.

    “This is a message for all parents from the North Allegheny School District.  This is not an emergency or crisis notification and all students and staff are safe,” the letter said.

    Police said just a few hours after that letter was sent out to parents, they arrested 53-year-old Ralph Blosat with the crime.

    According to police, Blosat admitted he offered a 16-year-old girl a ride Thursday morning, but claimed it was an innocent gesture.

    A woman who has known Blosat for years told Channel 11 that he is harmless.

    However, during their investigation, police in McCandless said it was revealed that two years ago, Blosat offered a seventh-grader a ride and also invited her into his home on Cromwell Drive.

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