Tri-County Report for March, 10th 2014
A public hearing has been scheduled for a proposed race track and casino in Lawrence County. The Mahoning Township supervisors announced that a hearing is set for May 8th at the Township Municipal Building. Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato said he is optimistic about the project’s prospects this time around, nearly 10 years after a racetrack-casino was first proposed at the site, partly because Penn National, which will operate the casino if it is approved, is an established entity in the gambling industry. Following the May 8th hearing, another hearing must be held in Harrisburg. The state gaming control board has begun investigations of the principals for Endeka Entertainment, the planned managing entity for the Lawrence County project.
The head of the SEIU Healthcare PA says the effort to unionize at UPMC will have a national effect. Neal Bisno says the region has an economy based on education and medicine and UPMC is the "dominant institution in that economy." The "Post Gazette" reports Bisno says UPMC workers "are leading the movement nationally," adding "when UPMC workers succeed it will spark workers across the country." UPMC says "the SEIU has failed to organize our employees despite their attempts for more than two years." Spokesperson Paul Wood says UPMC employees "know that they do not need the SEIU to take their money in the form of dues or to come between them and the work they are committed to do."
Top Democrats in Allegheny County are endorsing Tom Wolf for governor. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle, state Senator Jim Ferlo and others gathered Saturday to make the announcement, with Peduto saying Wolf is the man to change the state. Wolf is the chief executive officer of the largest supplier of kitchen cabinets in the U.S. and was the head of the Revenue Department under Governor Ed Rendell’s administration.
A man is dead after a house fire in Butler. Crews were called to the First Street home early Saturday morning and had a difficult time entering the structure because of heavy flames and heat. Witnesses say Paul Jarvis Jr. made it out of the home, but went back in to rescue his pets. Firefighters found his body in a second-story bedroom. His father and another resident were not home when the flames broke out. The house was destroyed in the fire, which investigators think started in the kitchen.
State Police in Mercer County report a one vehicle accident in Otter Creek Township. Police said 25 year old Shawn Clayton of Greenville was westbound on Hadley Road, when he lost control of his car and struck a tree. Police said Clayton was taken to UMPC Horizon in Greenville for treatment.
Fowl play is not suspected in the death of a Fredonia woman. According to Mercer County State Police the body of 52 year old Christine Black was found Friday afternoon on Liberty Street in Fredonia. Police said after a preliminary investigation Black's death is believed to be related to a combination of alcohol and prescription medication. The investigation is ongoing.
Fire officals in Butler County continue to investigate the cause of a blaze that destroyed a home in Center Township. According to officals the fire broke out Thursday night at a home owned by 33 year old Matthew Farr. The home was destroyed. Damage listed at 115 thousand dollars. No injuires were reported.
A man from Portersville, PA rolled his vehicle Friday in Lawrence County. State police say 24-year-old Ethan Rensel was traveling south on Breakneck Bridge Road and was moving too fast for conditions. He lost control of the vehicle while going down a hill which caused it to drive up an embankment, roll the vehicle over and come to rest on its roof. Rensel was not injured and was charged with a speeding violation.
Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing and tomorrow it could be in the hands of someone in the Pittsburgh area. The estimated jackpot for tomorrow's drawing is 309-million dollars with a cash option of 169-million.
The jury is in place and the Fayette County murder case against Patrick Ray Haney is expected to start today. Four-year-old Trenton Lewis St. Clair was beaten to death in 2011. The boy's mother is taking a plea bargain to testify against Haney. Heather Louise Forsythe of New Salem is expected to receive up to five years for child endangerment.
The Tri-County Report for March, 10th 2014