The Tri-County Report for July 30th 2014

Tri-County Report for July, 30th 2014

Two people were taken to Jameson Hospital after a car and city bus collided Tuesday on Kennedy Square. The New Castle News reports 83 year old John Zbiegien of New Castle was northbound on Jefferson Street when he failed to stop at a red light at the interesection of East Washington Street and struck the bus.  The driver of the bus, 67 year old John Pezzuti of New Castle, was carrying three passengers at the time of the crash.  Police said Zbiegien and a passenger were taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment.

Pennsylvania is being sued by the federal government.  The Justice Department filed the suit yesterday, saying fitness tests given to applicants for state trooper positions illegally discriminate against women.  The suit cites figures showing a much larger percentage of men than women pass the tests, and claims use of the tests to screen applicants amounts to discrimination.

Butler County Community College accepted its largest donation in its 50-year history yesterday. According to President Dr. Nick Neupauer, the $1 million gift from local real estate developer and longtime Butler resident Robert Heaton will be used to partially fund the renovation of the John A. Beck, Jr. Library, which will be renamed The Heaton Family Learning Commons. Library renovations will begin in the fall and cost $4.7 million in total. Half of that money is coming from the state.

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania dipped about four cents to 3.72 a gallon.  According to Triple-A's weekly fuel gauge survey the national average price for unleaded gas has dropped for 32 consectutive days.  The national average is now at 3.52 a gallon, that's five cents less than one week ago and 11 cents less than the same date last year. Prices in New Castle are averaging 3.64 a gallon.  In Sharon drivers are paying about 3.74 a gallon.

A Saxonburg man is facing up to 12 years in prison for setting fire to a seven-year-old boy.  Edward Myers pleaded no contest yesterday, just a day before he was set to stand trial for the 2013 incident.  Police say Myers was watching his girlfriend's son, when he poured a flammable liquid on him and then watched while his son set the liquid on fire.  The victim suffered third-degree burns on his chest, neck and face.

Gov. Tom Corbett is expected in Pittsburgh at a rally of coal industry supporters who oppose stricter Environmental Protection Agency regulations for coal-fired power plants. Today's rally at a minor-league soccer stadium comes a day before the EPA holds two days of public comment hearings in the city starting tomorrow. Business and labor officials say the regulations will drive up electricity prices and cost jobs in the coal and energy industries. That resonates in Pennsylvania, the nation's fourth-largest coal-producing state. Environmentalists say the rules will combat climate change and benefit the economy in the long run by producing jobs relating to more renewable, efficient energy sources.

A former Albert Gallatin High School bus driver is going to jail for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.  Michael Edgar entered a guilty plea yesterday in connection to the crime and will be in jail for one to two years.  Police say Edgar had sexual contact with the girl multiple times last October and November and one incident was even captured on video surveillance.  Edgar had been with the district for 25 years.

Chevron is putting on hold its plans for a large regional headquarters in Moon Township in Beaver County.  The company, based in San Ramon, California, paid more than $17 million to buy land for what was envisioned as a 61-acre project. Chevron is one of the region's largest producers of natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation, with holdings in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

The owner of IceoPlex at Southpointe in Washington County is facing federal charges for allegedly dodging payroll taxes.  Steven Lynch was indicted yesterday but denies all charges.  Officials say he avoided paying more than one-million dollars in payroll taxes between 2008 and 2011.  The Penguins train at the IceoPlex facility but are moving to a new location in Cranberry next year.