The Tri-County Report for December 9th, 2013...
Leetonia Schools: Opening 2 hours late
Southern Local Schools: Opening 2 hours late
Commodore Perry Schools: Opening 2 hours late
Jamestown Schools: Opening 2 hours late
Lakeview-PA Schools: Opening 2 hours late
Slippery Rock Program Center: Opening 1 hour late
Girard City Schools: Opening 2 hours late
Liberty Schools: Opening 2 hours late
St. Rose School: Opening 2 hours late
Victory Christian School: Opening 2 hours late
The Salvation Army says donations to its annual Red Kettle drive are compared to where they were at this time last year. In fact donations in the 28-county region are down by more than 300-thousand dollars. Officials say part of the reason is because Thanksgiving was late this year which is resulting in a shortened collection season. That money is used to support Salvation Army programs that offer shelter, meals, and other forms of assistance to people in need.
Two people continue to recover after an accident in Ellwood City that shut down Second Street for more than an hour. It happened when the vehicle operated by 22 year old Ashley Park collided with a tractor trailer driven by 37 year old Robert Patterson. Two passengers in Park's vehicle, Tracy Lee Corradetti of New Castle and a three year old boy were transported to Ellwood City Hospital. The hospital says Corradetti was treated and released but it had no record of the boy's treatment.
Two people have been arrested in connection with a home invasion in Slippery Rock Township. State police in Butler identified the suspects as 18 year old Nyasia Middleton and 22 year old Monir Hall Junior. Both are residents of Pittsburgh and police say they were armed when they forced their way into a man's home in November. Both are being held in the Butler County Prison and are awaiting arraignment.
Not a lot of details but police are investigating after three people were shot in Beaver County. It happened yesterday morning at the Colonial Grill on Merchant Street in Ambridge. Police say a fourth person was injured while trying to flee the fight. Investigators found nearly twenty shell casings from a 40-caliber pistol. The victims were two men and one woman. All three were taken to Pittsburgh hospitals for treatment. At last word police were still searching for the shooter.
The Mercer County District Court Office in Farrell is moving to the Farrell City Building today. That is because mold was discovered at the office on Idaho Street. This is actually the second time in six years that this has happened. That change is expected to last about two months. County officials say they are still determining exactly how bad the mold is and have not ruled out leaving the building for good. The court's telephone number will remain the same.
A New Castle man is free on five-thousand dollars bond after he allegedly threatened to harm a woman last week. 34 year old John Adamo of East Leasure Avenue is facing charges of making terroristic threats, harassment, and criminal trespass. He is accused of trying to kick in the door of a home Wednesday night. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing set for Thursday.
The New Castle News says a man charged with drunken driving after being pulled over in New Wilmington was the driver in a double-fatal accident in 2009 that also involved alcohol. 20 year old Austin Ewers was arrested in New Wilmington late last month. Police discovered his criminal record included homicide by vehicle due to the previous accident in Chester County. Police say the woman who owns the vehicle Ewers was driving in New Wilmington will face charges because she allegedly knew Ewers was intoxicated and didn't have a license.
Embattled Beaver County Sheriff George David is in the hot seat once again. County Commissioners are asking a judge in Beaver County to hold the sheriff in contempt. That is because they claim David is ignoring a previous order to stop hiring out uniformed deputies for private security work. A judge had already issued a preliminary injunction against the sheriff but commissioners say he is still hiring out the deputies for that work.
A federal judge has been asked to toss out a lawsuit filed by a former borough secretary claiming she was wrongly fired. That lawsuit against the borough of Greenville was filed by former employee Nancy Little. The suit claims the borough violated her employment contract, free-speech and due-process rights. She says the borough also made misrepresentations to her. The borough wants the suit thrown out claiming Little was an at-will employee fired for cause.
There's a chance for some Pittsburgh area resident to start the new year with a very large Powerball jackpot. Wednesday's drawing will be for an estimated 122-million dollars with a lump sum cash option of nearly 68-million. Pennsylvania Lottery revenue helps older residents of the state.