The Tri-County Report for August, 1st 2014

Tri-County Report for August, 1st 2014


A Scott Township man has been sentenced to serve seven to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a teenager. The New Castle News reports 41 year old Ivan Schafer of Perry Highway pled guilty to statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, dissemination of sexually explicit materials to a minor, and possession of child pornography. All are felony charges. Schaefer will also be requried to register with State Police four times a year.  The sentenced was handed down by Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge J.Craig Cox.

Two people had to be flown to Pittsburgh Hospitals following a two car accident last night in Butler County.  According to State Police in Butler, 24 year old Cassie Woods of Butler was southbound on Bonniebrook Road, when she crossed the center line and struck a car operated by 23 year old Ryan Pettit also of Butler.  The investigation into the crash is continuing.  Police did not report the condition of the two drivers.

PPL Corporation wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725-mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily populated eastern seaboard. The Allentown, Pennsylvania-based utility says the 500-kilovolt line would span Pennsylvania and reach New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

 A Pennsylvania state senator is talking about his Colorado experience.  Senator Daylin Leach wrote an editorial this week about his weekend trip to the state to see first-hand how it deals with the marijuana industry. Leach called it a high-tech, high-paid industry and says it is not a state full of "stoners."  Leach and Senator Mike Folmer have co-sponsored a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

One person was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital early Thursday morning following a motorcycle crash in North Washington, in Butler County. The accident was reported just before 7 a.m. in the 600-block of North Washington Road in Washington Township near Cannel Coal Road. The motorcyclist was reportedly not wearing a helmet when he was ejected from his bike. No other vehicles were involved. The biker was taken by ambulance to Butler Memorial Hospital, where he was then flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital. No word on his condition.

 The Pennsylvania House is not going to be meeting next week to act on legislation authorizing a cigarette sales tax to help the Philadelphia schools.  Speaker Sam Smith and Majority Leader Mike Turzai released a statement yesterday saying House members failed to reach a consensus and will not address the matter until September.  City officials have previously said they will be forced to send layoff notices if the tax is not approved by August 15th.  The tax is expected to pump more than 80-million dollars a year into the district.

Two rallies are speaking out in Pittsburgh over carbon emission regulations.  Dozens of buses from a number of states brought union miners, electrical workers and boilermakers to a rally yesterday.  They urged the EPA "don't take our jobs away."  Environmentalists yelled "no planet, no jobs."  The EPA was meeting nearby taking public input on rules for carbon emissions.  The "Post Gazette" reports Mayor Bill Peduto is talking about a "new energy economy" with good jobs and production "that won't poison our air and water.

A Green County man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly dragging two Labrador retrievers from the back of his truck.  Police say William Wilkinson tied the dogs to the hitch of the vehicle last Friday evening and began pulling them.  Witnesses called 911, stopped Wilkinson and tried to help the dogs while they waited for police. Wilkinson refused to take the dogs to a veterinarian, even though one had stopped breathing and both sustained cuts and bruises during the incident. "

A Petrolia man faces charges following a one car accident in Summit Township.  State Police in Butler County report 21 year old Morgan Scott lost control of his car on Hinchberger road, went through seeral large pines trees and struck a gezebo.  Police said Scott then fled the scene of the crash.  The investigation is continuing.

Greene County is celebrating the dedication of the Sergeant Michael Todd May Interchange at Mt. Morris.  Law enforcement officers gathered Wednesday for the ceremony and Senator Tim Solobay, who sponsored the legislation to rename the road, said the Interstate 79 interchange will forever honor May.  May, a deputy with the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, was killed in 2012 when his police cruiser was hit by a pickup truck driven by Jerod Green.  Green was convicted of homicide by vehicle while DUI and is serving a 25 to 50 year prison sentence