The Tri-County Report for August, 19th 2014

Tri-County report for August, 19th 2014

 Republican Governor Tom Corbett's re-election campaign is seeking to distance itself from Rick Perry's legal troubles. The campaign removed a video endorsement by the Texas governor of Corbett from its website shortly after a grand jury indicted Perry on Friday on two felony counts of abuse of power.

Knoch High School is trying out a new class this year.  Melissa Grantz was one of only 32 teachers nationwide who went to Washington, D.C. for a food science training program this summer.  She now plans to implement her studies into the school's family consumer science class this year where she will be blending science concepts with food preparation.  Officials say the "Science and Our Food Supply" curriculum is designed to educate students about food safety, food-borne illnesses and the process of getting foods from farm to table.

The man accused of shooting a Pittsburgh police officer in Homewood is going to jail for at least 58 years.  A jury found James Hill guilty on all counts yesterday.  Prosecutors say Hill shot Officer Morgan Jenkins in April of 2012, paralyzing him from the waist down.  Hill denies firing the weapon and claims the bullet that paralyzed Jenkins was switched by police to protect another officer, who actually fired the gun. 

The Red Cross placed a family in a hotel after a fire early Sunday morning in their Farrell home. Farrell fire Chief Joseph Santell said two people were in the Emerson Avenue house when a fire started in the cellar. According to the Sharon Herald The fire was reported at 5:10 a.m. and firefighters cleared the scene less than two hours later, at 6:39 a.m. No injuries were reported.

One person has died following an early morning crash yesterday in Butler Township. According to Butler Township Police, 67-year-old Sylvia Kuhn died at the scene after her vehicle was struck by a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Danielle Ziegler. Ziegler was treated and released from Butler Memorial Hospital. The crash took place near the intersection of  Evans City Road and  South Eberhart Road.  The investigation into the crash is continuing.

Fire has spread to a second trailer in a Beaver County blaze that has called fire crews to the homes in Independence Township, according to county emergency officials. The Post-Gazette is reporting The fire, which began at a trailer on Backbone Road at Eaton Road, started at approximately 10:30 p.m. and jumped to at least one other trailer about a half-hour later, emergency officials said. No injuries have been reported.

Accusations over Governor Corbett's special advisor being a "ghost employee" are now tuning into calls for the Secretary of Education to step down.  Ron Tomalis has resigned effective August 26th following accusations that he did very little work to earn his salary.  Now, many are asking how much the current Education Secretary, Carolyn Dumaresq, knew about the arrangement.  Others are demanding that Tomalis' pension to be adjusted to only cover the work he actually did.

 The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office says the statute of limitations would have kept it from acting against a former Pittsburgh area priest, even if the Diocese of Pittsburgh had told parishioners in 2003 about the allegation against him.  That's when the diocese says it learned from the Boston archdiocese about a sexual abuse of a minor allegation against Reverend John P. Carroll.  The claim against Carroll goes back to 1962 and 1963 when he was at St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth.

Officials are investigating a website that shipped illegal prescription drugs from India.  At least six people from Cranberry, Greensburg, Verona, Rankin and Pittsburgh unknowingly used the site to buy prescriptions over the last few months.  Federal prosecutors are charging Javed and Zuned Sunesra, their mother, Bismilla Sunesra, and their cousin, Taimur Khan for allegedly selling the drugs online.  The defendants claim the drugs were approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but an undercover investigation found the drugs were allegedly made in unauthorized factories in India.

The August 26th meeting of the Lawrence County Commissioners will take place in SNPJ Borough.  The meeting is set for noon in the SNPJ recreation Center on Martin Road.  Throughout 2014 the commissioners once a month plan to meet at each of the 10 borough buildings in Lawrence County.