The Tri-County Report for July 31st 2014

Tri-County Report for July, 31st 2014

State Police in Lawrence County report a two car accident in Slippery Rock Township.  Police said 84 year old Gabriel Boron of New Castle failed to stop at the intersection of Harmony Baptist Road and Ellwood Road and drove into the path of a car operated by 36 year old Jennifer Sankey of New Castle.  Both drivers were taken to Ellwood City Hospital for treatment.  Police said Boron was cited.

Five people are facing charges following a drug bust in Ambridge.  Police confiscated eight bricks of heroin worth more than ten-thousand dollars yesterday.  Officials say the bust is the result of an investigation in which undercover officers made drug purchases from the suspects.

One man is in custody and another is wounded following a shooting and police standoff in Mercer County early Wednesday morning. Police say 22-year-old Matt Sines was intoxicated when he shot his friend in the arm at an apartment in Jackson Center on Route 62  around 1 a.m. The victim fled, leaving Sines in the apartment with a woman and her child. A police SWAT team surrounded the apartment and evacuated nearby homes. During the standoff, five gunshots were heard inside, but no one else was hurt. Over four hours after the situation started, Sines surrendered to authorities. He was arraigned and is the Mercer County Jail on 250 thousand dollars bond.

A Washington County woman is facing charges for allegedly leaving heroin around her house in areas where her two teen children could have accessed it.  Police were called to Lesley Victoria's  home earlier this month for a report of an overdose.  At the scene, officers allegedly found heroin and learned that Victoria's 16-year-old son had placed the emergency call.  A few days later, officers were called back to the home when the children's caretaker allegedly found additional drugs and paraphernalia inside.  Victoria is being charged with endangering the welfare of children.

Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan is angry over a lawsuit that alleges his agency discriminates against women in its hiring practices.  The U.S. Justice Department filed the lawsuit Tuesday, claiming physical fitness tests used to select applicants for trooper positions are discriminatory.  Noonan says he is extremely disappointed by the suit and says he hopes the Department of Justice will withdraw it before both parties are forced to spend taxpayer money on resources.

More than two-thousand union workers and supporters of the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are rallying to oppose new pollution regulations.  The group gathered in Pittsburgh yesterday ahead of EPA hearings today and tomorrow on the proposed regulations, which are stricter.  Governor Tom Corbett told reporters that a clean environment is important, but also said if the regulations lead to the closure of too many power plants, there may not be enough electricity.

Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a Butler County home.  38 year old Dana Martin and 35 year old Ronald Piper are being charged with robbery, aggrevated and simple assult along with theft.  The two are accused of entering a home in Clay Township and assaulting a 59 year old man with a tire iron and robbing him.  The investigation is continuing.

A Marcellus shale industry workforce survey shows that 60 percent of new hires in 2013 came from Pennsylvania, professional positions were the most difficult to fill, and workers are predominantly white and male. The annual survey by the North Fayette Township-based Marcellus Shale Coalition also found that its members plan to hire 2,000 new employees this year, with the vast majority targeted for jobs in southwestern Pennsylvania. Those jobs, according to the survey, will be in engineering and construction, midstream and pipeline work, and operations and maintenance. In 2013, 26.5 percent of new hires were in engineering and construction, while 22.9 percent were in equipment operations and 15.2 percent in operations and maintenance.

The former head of Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in Grove City, which provides educational services to schools in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties, pleaded guilty today to stealing from the program. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports 56 year old Cecelia Yauger of Grove City was charged earlier this month in U.S.District Court with theft of federal funds.  Prosecutors said she use a credit card provided by the unit for non business spending and didn't keep any records.  The amount she stole was not given but was more that five thousand dollars.

An Ellwood City teen was taken to the hospital following a one car accident yesterday afternoon in Wayne Township.  According to State Police in Lawrence County 18 year old Brooke Cisco was southbound on route 288 when she lost control of her and struck a bridge.  She was taken to Ellwood City Hospital for treatment.