The Tri-County Report for August, 21st 2014

Tri-County Report for August, 21 st 2014

Police in New Castle say a burglary suspect who jumped into a creek to escape authorities did not drown. The New Castle News is reporting that  Christopher Vau Jackson has contacted his mother since early Tuesday, when police say Jackson and Devin Sims ran from Greek's House of Gold on East Washington Street, where the two were caught allegedly stealing jewelry. Police captured Sims, but they say Jackson jumped fence, and into the Neshannock Creek.  Police say they found evidence that Jackson then entered the Shenango River. A search of the river that lasted all Tuesday morning turned up no sign of Jackson. Jackson's mother tells police she was contacted by her son to tell her that he was in good condition. The search for Jackson continues.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Slippery Rock Township.  According to police 18 year old Joseph Anderson of Harmony was traveling west on Grant City Road when he lost control of his vehicle struck and embankment, causing the vehicle to become airbone, then struck a tree.  Anderson was flown to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.  Two passengers, 18 year old Calvin Delperte and 18 year old Adam Baehr both of Evans City were taken to Allegheny General.  Police said Anderson was cited by Driving at an unsafe speed.

Police report the woman who died Monday following a two-car crash in Butler Township ran a red light .Butler Township Police concluded their investigation  after talking with several witnesses. According to police, 67-year-old Sylvia Kuhn's car was northbound on Eberhart Road when it failed to stop for a red light, coming into the path of a car driven by 19-year-old Danielle Ziegler who was eastbound on Route 68. Police say there is no evidence Ziegler did anything wrong. She has not been charged. She has been treated and released from the hospital. Kuhn was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma.

Geneva College is laying off 14 employees and cutting spending by 5 percent. The school says the cutbacks are part of an ongoing effort to keep education affordable. President Ken Smith says the Christian college is making the moves with "deep regret."

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania continue to fall.  According to Triple-A's weekly fuel gauge survey prices dpped for the seventh straight week down to 3.57 a gallon, that's a nearly five cent drop over the last week.  In New Castle prices are averaging 3.49 a gallon, in Sharon drivers are paying an average of 3.61 a gallon.  The national average is at 3.46 a gallon.

Governor Tom Corbett says he's kept his 2010 campaign pledge not to raise taxes or fees. However, the Republican tells a panel of Associated Press editors and reporters that he won't be renewing that sweeping vow in his current bid for a second term. Corbett is being challenged by Democrat Tom Wolf. The election is November 4th.

Jury selection is expected to get underway today in federal court in Pittsburgh in the trial of a man accused of dragging a police officer with his vehicle in 2012 before the suspect was shot and paralyzed. An Allegheny County judge has issued a gag order after learning that the suspect, Leon Ford, participated in a rally with supporters that blocked traffic briefly in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.

Westinghouse Electric is being sourced to provide its new reactors to a proposed nuclear power plant in Utah.  The Cranberry-based company announced yesterday it is partnering with Blue Castle Holdings to develop a plan to bring two new reactors online at the site over the next decade.  Westinghouse currently has eight reactors under construction in China, Georgia and South Carolina.  The reactors are priced at about five-billion- dollars each.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is taking on a project that will extinguish a fire in a coal waste pile near Pittsburgh International Airport.  The work will begin next month and is expected to cost almost one-and-a-half-million dollars.  Officials say if left unattended, the fire could threaten operations at the airport, an airport radar facility and an underground gas pipeline.  The DEP says workers will dig out the fire and use water and firefighting foam to extinguish the flames.  The project will take about a year.


One person was injured and taken to the hospital Wednesday night when a vehicle overturned along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Beaver County. According to state troopers the crash occurred at 11:03 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the turnpike, about one-tenth of a mile before the Beaver Valley exit.  A second person in the vehicle apparently was not injured.