The Tri-County Report for April, 22nd 2014

Tri-County Report for April, 22nd 2014

A 37 year old Jackson Center man has been charged with indecent assault and corruption of minors following an incident earlier this month.  State Police in Mercer County report Michael Klingensmith is in the Mercer County Jail on 25 thousand dollars bond.  Police said the charges stem from an incident on April, 13th at a home in Sandy Lake.  The victim is a 15 year old female.   The investigation is continuing.

Governor Tom Corbett is pushing his education proposals in Pittsburgh.  Corbett toured the Carnegie Science Center yesterday and called for more science, technology, engineering and math or STEM training.  He wants a 341-million-dollar increase in education funding next fiscal year with school districts getting more leeway in how they spend the state money.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane is warning consumers to be alert for electricity-related scams. Kane says her office is receiving reports of calls from people pretending to be utility collection representatives. The scammers threaten the victim, saying the electricity will be shut off if the customer doesn't wire money or get a green-dot card, which is a re-loadable debit card that can be used to pay bills. Kane says consumers should not give out personal information to callers they do not know.

The Pennsylvania State Police are releasing information regarding traffic accidents in the state over the Easter weekend.  State police investigated 397 crashes between Friday and Sunday and say two people were killed and 128 injured. Officers issued more than 65-hundred speeding citations, charged 326 people with DUI, cited 600 motorists for not wearing seat belts, and 96 people for not properly securing their children.  Last year two people were killed and 160 injured in 455 crashes.

A Butler Township couple is facing charges for running a marijuana growing operation in their basement.  Police went to serve a warrant on Maria Rock at her Bessemer Avenue home last week and smelled a strong odor of marijuana.  Officers confiscated 92 plants, six grow lights, three firearms and 12 mason jars full of marijuana from the basement of the home where Rock lives with her husband, Joe.  Police also found a three and a five-year-old living in the house.

The National Transportation Safety Board is releasing its initial findings about a fatal plane crash at Washington County Airport.  Investigators said yesterday that Igor Novodran was performing touch-and-go practice landings in his experimental aircraft last month when it turned hard left and nose-dived into the ground near the runway.  The plane was reportedly flying much lower than other planes that normally practice on the runway.  The complete NTSB report will not be released for several months.

20 year old Charles Spaulding Jr., of North Shenango Street in Mercer faces 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography.  The Sharon Herald reports Spauling will undergo an evalution by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine whether he is a sexually violent predator.  Police said a search of Spaulding's cell phone turned up nude photos of girls 15 to 18 years of age.

One person was taken the the hospital following a two car accident yesterday morning in Coolspring Township.  State Police in Mercer County report 73 year old Howard Rohrer of Warren, Ohio was northbound on Perry Highway when he failed to stop and struck a car from behind operated by 42 year old Nacny Powell of Fredonia.  Rohrer was taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.  Powell suffered moderate injuries but was not taken to the hospital.  Police said Rohrer was citied form following too closely.

The money total to help the victims of the Franklin Regional High School stabbings and their families is growing.  Hoss's restaurant in Murrysville said yesterday that Friday sales and the sale of raffle tickets brought in 75-hundred dollars.  This past weekend a charity raffle at the Pirates home game reportedly raised nearly 15-thousand dollars for the "We Are FR fund."  The April 9th stabbings injured 21 students and a security guard.

One of the victims of the mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School is being upgraded to good condition.  Seventeen-year-old Jared Boger got the news yesterday following four surgeries since the April 9th attack. Doctors say the knife came within millimeters of Boger's heart.  Three other male students remain hospitalized, two in fair condition and a third still critical.  Twenty-one students and a security guard were stabbed during the attack.  Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal is being charged as an adult for the crimes.

A three-truck accident is being blamed for a diesel fuel spill in Chartiers Creek in Washington County.  Officials say two trucks carrying discharged fracking water were stopped at a red light on Route 18 in Canton early yesterday when a tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel slammed into them.  About 13-hundred gallons of diesel and 400 gallons of fracking water spilled and an unknown amount reached the creek. Hazmat workers and DEP officials were called to the scene to contain the spill and to begin cleaning.  "Triblive" reports a Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson says they don't see signs of a "negative environmental impact" on the creek.