The Tri-County Report for August, 27th 2014

Tri-County Report for August, 27th 2014

Officials are confirming that a kindergarten student brought a gun to Aliquippa Elementary School.  School administrators called police yesterday to report that a student told a teacher there was a weapon in another child's backpack.  Administrators secured the loaded firearm and turned it over to police. The school sent a letter home to parents stressing that students were never in any danger.

 A Saxonburg man is going to jail for up to 12 years for his part in the attack of a seven-year-old boy.  Edward Myers was sentenced yesterday after pleading no contest to assault charges a day before his trial was supposed to start last month.  Police say Myers poured a flammable liquid on the boy and then watched as his own son set the liquid on fire. The victim suffered second and third-degree burns.

Officials say they are not going to be able to pinpoint the exact cause of a house explosion that killed a South Beaver couple.  A state fire marshal announced yesterday that the cause of the blast will remain undetermined. Investigators think a kitchen stove ignited propane gas that had leaked into the Louthan Road house but could not identify the exact source of the leak. Ray and Janet Trautvetter died of blunt force trauma in the July 15th explosion.

Western Pennsylvania gas prices dipped for the eighth straight week to about $3.50 a gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Fuel Gauge report. This represents a more than six cent drop over last week. Triple-A  East Central surveys more than 513 Western Pennsylvania gas stations on a weekly basis. It says the cheapest unleaded regular gas was $3.36 in DuBois and the most expensive was $3.63 in Jeannette. In New Castle drivers are paying an average of 3.46 a gallon, in Sharon prices average 3.55 a gallon. The national average is at 3.43 a gallon, that's the cheapest since late February.

A Pennsylvania couple has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through Craigslist. Authorities say Miranda and Elytte Barbour both pleaded guilty yesterday in Northumberland County Court in Sunbury. Elytte Barbour had told police that they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together.

Governor Tom Corbett is speaking out about the elimination of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's Combat Team in Scranton.  Yesterday, Corbett released a copy of a letter he wrote to Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, opposing the move.  Corbett called the plan irresponsible and said it will leave gaps in our national defense capabilities and delay response to disaster relief.  Corbett cited titles in the U.S. Code that require the consent of a state's governor for any force structure changes, and says he does not consent.  More information is available at:

A Denton Texas man is being charged following a one vehicle accident in Bessemer.  According to State Police in Lawrence County 41 year old Craig Daniels fell asleep at wheel of his pick-up traveling on Main Street, struck a utility pole, a building then came to rest in a ditch.  Police charged Daniels with driving under the influence.

Classes resumed late Tuesday morning at Grove City College after authorities imposed a lockdown on campus earlier in the day.  State Police in Mercer County said Shortly before 7:00 a.m., campus security became aware of a suspected armed robbery approximately two miles northwest of the college.  An unarmed suspect was arrested on campus, but college security officers were told that an additional suspect may be armed and in the area. The campus was locked down and members of the college community were made aware of the situation. After consulting with local law enforcement officials, the lockdown was lifted at 9:45 a.m., and classes resumed at 11:30 a.m.

The labor market report on the Pittsburgh metropolitan area released by the Department of Labor and Industry on Tuesday showed that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent in July, the same rate it had been in June. The seven-county metropolitan statistical area is made up of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

An Apollo gas well driller admitted Tuesday to falsifying his production records and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in U.S. District Court. According to Assistant Michael Comber 57 year old David L. Hilty, owner of C&D Gas, defrauded Dominion Gas to the tune of $950,000. Hilty, drilled and operated scores of wells from 1999 through 2010, and sold the gas to Dominion. He ordered employees to manually change the meter readings on the wells, and change pressure and volume measures. He then billed Dominion based on the inflated production figures. He'll be sentenced January, 7th