The Tri-County Report for December 5th, 2013....
Triple A says the price of gas in Western Pennsylvania fell less than a penny over the past week. The latest Weekly Fuel Gauge Survey shows prices on this side of the state averaging three-37. That is twenty-cent per gallon cheaper than it was at this time last year. Prices in New Castle were averaging three-32 a gallon while motorists in Sharon were paying around three-30. The highest average was in Altoona where stations were charging an average of three-41 a gallon.
A Conway woman is accused of stealing rent payments from tenants. Robin Morrow allegedly collected nearly 52-thousand dollars from tenants for Pittsburgh's Union Real Estate and kept the money. The criminal complaint says detectives talked to her at her current workplace where she allegedly told them, "if I were you, I would arrest me." She has a hearing next week.
A new jury is being picked in the homicide trial of three men accused of killing a Slippery Rock student. Officials say the trial for Devele Reid, Brandon Lind and Jon Lee got underway this week but ended abruptly when one of the jurors passed out after seeing blood in a crime scene photo. A short time later, another juror told the judge she knew a relative of one of the defendants, prompting the judge to dismiss the entire jury. The suspects are charged with killing Jordan Coyner at his parents' Kennedy home in June.
The union representing faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities is accusing seven schools in the state system of mismanaging budgets. Two of the universities facing that criticism: Slippery Rock and Clarion. The study was comissioned by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties. It comes as several schools in the state system are saying faculty layoffs are needed. But officials with the State System of Higher Education say the report is full of factual errors.
The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate the recent fire that destroyed a mobile home in Butler County's Clay Township. The fire took place along Mizener Lane and officials now say the damage has been estimated at 40-thousand dollars. No injuries were reported. State police say the property belonged to 67 year old Gary McDougall of Slippery Rock but it was being rented by 55 year old Bonnie Foster of Sliperry Rock.
Officials with the Seneca Valley School District say they are still trying to fill a vacancy on the school board. The vacancy was created when former boardmember Kelly Kopera resigned last month. District spokesperson Linda Andreassi says the board was planning to name a replacement at this week's reorganization meeting but two candidates for the position changed their minds and bowed out of the running.
Pennsylvania is going to begin looking at online gaming as an option for its residents. A Senate committee agreed Tuesday to conduct a study of gaming in Pennsylvania and will examine Internet gambling as a possibility. Officials say for now, it is only a study. Once the study is complete, the issue will move to the senate for a vote.
A New Castle man accused of running over another man in the parking lot of Shenango Elementary has waived the charges to court and will stand trial. 29 year old Michael Falba appear before District Judge Melissa Amodie and was released after posting a reduced bond of 50-thousand dollars. The charges against him include two counts of aggravated assault as well as counts of recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.
The Butler County Coroner's Office has officially identified the man whose body was found in Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park. As expected, the body was that of 62 year old Nicholas Sopel of Lyndora. Sopel had been missing since November 14th when his car was discovered parked along the Route 422 bridge that crosses the lake. Authorities say they were able to find Sopel's body with an underwater camera that had been donated to the park by Sopel's family. The cause and manner of death are still pending.
Beaver County residents will have an opportunity to gets answers to questions about the Affordable Care Act. That is because Primary Health Network is planning to hold an ACA enrollment event at the organization's behavioral health center in Beaver Falls. That is scheduled to take place tomorrow and runs from ten am through four pm. The center is located at 1302 Seventh Avenue. Walk-ins for the event are welcome but you can make an appointment by calling 1-855-456-5685.
Two more people are facing charges in connection to a beating outside the Blue Steel bar. Police arrested Tevin Tisdale and Lajon Henderson yesterday for participating in the Thanksgiving morning beating. Police identified the suspects in a cellphone video that showed the victim being punched, pushed to the ground and then repeatedly kicked in the head while unconscious. Four other suspects were arrested last weekend. The victim is expected to be fine.
The Tri-County Report for December 4th, 2013
The Tri-County Report for December 5th, 2013....