The Tri-County Report for December 10th, 2013...
- East Liverpool Schools: Opening 2 hours late
- Lisbon Exempted Village Schools: Opening 2 hours late
- Robert Bycroft School/Workshop: Opening 1 hour late
- Southern Local Schools: Opening 2 hours late
- St. Aloysius School: Opening 2 hours late
- Wellsville Schools: Opening 2 hours late
State police in Butler County are investigating a case of possible animal cruelty. A Clearfield Township woman called police say somebody shot a quarter horse she owned. The animal died. State police are not sure if the shooting was intentional or part of a hunting accident, noting that the victim's property borders state game lands along Carbon Center Road. Anybody with information is asked to contact the state police barracks in Butler.
A Mercer woman is recovering from injuries sustained in a one vehicle accident. It happened as 19 year old Jessica Miller was traveling on Route 58 in Jefferson Township. Police say Miller lost control of her vehicle and went off the road. Her vehicle struck a tree. Investigators say they aren't sure what caused Miller to lose control of the car. She suffered moderate injuries.
A state lawmaker from Westmoreland County has unveiled legislation that would allow lottery winners in Pennsylvania to remain anonymous when claiming their prizes. State Representative Ted Harhai says the legislation is needed because some previous lottery winners have had to deal with everything from attempted thefts and scams to alleged murder attempts. The lottery used to list the names of winners and their city on the lottery website but now they show only the first letter of the winners' last names.
Another cold case is going to trial in Beaver County. 55 year old Jon Lang's trial is starting this week. He is facing homicide charges in the 1993 death of 34 year old Debbie Lang. Authorities claim he used a long-handled pool skimmer to hold her head underwater at the couple's home in Patterson Township. Police had a break in the case when a witness came forward after nearly twenty years. Opening statements are expected to get underway today.
Some good news for local people coping with asthma. Jameson Health System is announcing a new specialty care clinic that will focus on the the diagnosis, treatment and control of asthma. Jameson Asthma Care is located within the Lung Center at the hospital in Wilmington Road in New Castle. Officials say the center will be offering several new treatments and procedures for the condition.
A preliminary land development plan for a proposed sports medicine complex in Cranberry has been approved by township supervisors. The facility will be owned and operated by UPMC and will be located near the intersection of state Route 228 and Interstate 79. The 90-acre site will also include a training facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins. UPMC is hoping to open it by the middle of 2015.
Authorities in Mercer County have identfied two bodies found in separate locations. Police received a call yesterday afternoon from a man claiming he had shot somebody in self-defense. The caller said he was going to St. Mary's Cemetery in Hermitage and could be found there. They went to the South Pymatuning Township home from which the call originated and found 53 year old Michael DeLong dead from a gunshot wound in the back. The caller, 50 year old Sandy Hoffman, was later found dead at the cemetery. He was dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. The two men were roommates and police say that investigation is ongoing.
The Lawrence County Treasurer's Office is reminding property owners that people paying their property taxes will not be able to pay with a personal check after December 15th. Treasurer Richard Rapone says property owners failing to pay their taxes by the date will have to pay using cash, money order, cashier's check or credit card. Any property taxes not paid by December 31st will be turned over to the Tax Claim Bureau.
State police in Beaver County are releasing statistics from a recent sobriety checkpoint that was conducted in New Brighton. The checkpoint took place on December 7th and several people were involved, including New Brighton Police, state police, the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement and the state probation office. Three people were arrested for driving under the influence. Four motorists were caught driving on a suspended license.
A former Big Beaver Falls Elementary School student is being awarded 75-thousand dollars in a harassment-related settlement. Officials released information on the settlement yesterday, which centered around an autistic student whose family claims he was harassed and involved in a fight on a school bus. The student’s family says the school was reluctant to provide special services for the boy and says his rights were violated.