The Tri-County Report for September, 15th 2014

Tri-County Report for September, 15th 2014

 A 50-thousand dollar reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of a state police officer in Blooming Grove, about 35 miles east of Scranton.  Two troopers were ambushed late Friday night in the parking lot of the barracks. Corporal Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was injured and is in critical but stable condition.  The shooter has not been caught.  Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan called the attack "cowardly."  Anyone with information is asked to call 800-4PA-TIPS.

A junior ROTC instructor cited for a drunken argument with the Ambridge school board president is now facing additional charges.  Officials say Carl Curtis drove a junior ROTC student to the school last Sunday morning for a field trip while intoxicated, and is being charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  Curtis is on paid leave from the school and the Marine Corps rescinded his Instructor Certification until the district's investigation is complete.  Curtis had been cited earlier that morning for public drunkenness when he got into an argument with School Board President Mary Jo Kehoe, at the Ambridge American Legion.   Curtis' wife, Kathleen, was also arrested for allegedly hitting him in the head with a beer mug.

An investigation is underway in a stabbing near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus.  It happened early yesterday evening near a brake shop and a pizza business in the 13-hundred block of Oakland Avenue.  The victim was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital.  Indiana police and State Police were conducting the investigation.

A former vo-tech school assistant business manager accused of embezzling funds is facing more felony charges. The New Castle News reports 38year old Chastity Yvett Booker Williams of West State Street, now face 104 felony counts and 34 misdemanor charges, all related to theft and receiving stolen property.  She is accused of stealing more than 92 thousand from the Lawrence County Career and Techincal Center.  Arraignment is scheduled for tommorrow morning before district justice Jerry Cartwright.

A Latrobe woman is facing charges allegedly for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.  Jesse Kuhns was charged last week for having a physical relationship with the boy while he was staying in her home in March.  The victim told officers Kuhns threatened him to keep him from telling anyone.  Officials say Kuhns also coached the boy to say he had a toothache so he could get her pain killers.

Nearly 200 homes would be eliminated from Cranberry's flood hazard area under possible changes to federal flood plain maps.  It would mean thousands of dollars saved in insurance premiums by those who live in the homes.  Comments on the maps are being taken through November 8th by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Butler County's planning director says updated maps will be more accurate showing who's at risk of flooding.

A new pilot program in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is focusing on addicts and their loved ones.  A spokesperson for the diocese says the Substance Abuse Ministry doesn't duplicate intervention or treatment programs but helps people "use their faith as a resource."  "Triblive" reports some parishes have the program and the diocese is setting it up in a dozen parishes to increase awareness and provide support and referrals.  The first Addiction 101 presentation will be October 6th at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton and is free.

State police in Butler were called to the scene of a two car collision Friday afternoon. According to the police report, 81-year-old Howard Connell made a left turn onto route 19 directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle driven by 48-year-old Mark Bedillon of Millvale, PA. Bedillon was thrown from the motorcycle and was taken by ambulance to Allegheny General Hospital to treat moderate injuries.

The Powerball big prize is even larger this week and it could go to someone in the area.  The estimated jackpot for Wednesday is 171-million dollars and even the lump sum cash option is 102 million.

People in Pittsburgh are coming together to call attention to suicide.  The eleventh annual Pittsburgh Out of the Darkness Community Walk this weekend was a way to raise money and create awareness of the problem.  It included an estimated one-thousand people Sunday at Highmark Stadium near Station Square.  The three and one-half-mile walk along the Monongahela riverfront was put on by the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.