The Tri-County Report for December 11th, 2013...
State police in Butler County say a Butler Township man is facing charges for violating the state's Megan's Law requirements. 37 year old Louis Bennetti is listed as a Tier 1 sexual offender. Police say he was arrested and charged for failing to register two vehicles he has operated. That is something he is required to do under the commonwealth's Megan's Law. Authorities say he was arraigned and placed in the Butler County Jail.
Borough council in Ellwood City meets Monday...and there are reports that council will consider ordinances that would require inspections of properties prior to them being sold. Another ordinance council is expected to take a look at would create a registry of rental property owners. Both ordinances could see a vote next month. Advocates of the ordinances say they would help put a stop to blight in the borough.
A fire that destroyed a home in Butler County is being blamed on a faulty lamp in the home's laundry room. Authorities say no injuries were reported and the damage has been estimated at 50-thousand dollars. The fire took place at a home in the 500 block of Lardintown Road. Firefighters say they could see flames shooting out of the home when they arrived at the sene. The house was being rented by two people now receiving assistance from relatives.
A Farrell man is facing federal contempt charges after he failed to appear for prison in connection with a parole violation. 39 year old Robert Spruill of Spearman Avenue had been on probation after pleading guilty to drug and gun trafficking charges. In November of last year the U-S Probation Office asked a judge to revoke Spruill's bond because a urine sample he submitted tested positive for drugs. He was later sentenced to six months in prison but failed to report to to prison in January. Spruill was eventually caught and served that time but now he is facing contempt charges for not reporting to prison.
A lot of soldiers serving overseas will be getting Christmas cards thanks to a Butler County girl. 17-year old Marissa Matecka of Clearfield Township collected more than 12-thousand cards to send to troops. For the second year, Marissa asked classmates, friends, relatives, and strangers to purchase and write something in the cards. She far exceeded her goal of two-thousand cards. She says they will be mailed by the Red Cross through the orgnization's Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
If you were watching college football over the weekend you likely saw the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway contest that had college students throwing footballs into a giant bin designed to look like a can of soda. It ends up the student who won the contest at the ACC game between Duke and Florida State is from this area. CJ Blaney of Canfield, Ohio walked away with 100-thousand dollars to use for his college tuition. He is a cadet at Virginia Tech.
An Industry man is pleading no contest to avoid a possible life sentence in connection to his wife’s 1993 drowning. Jon Lang was charged with criminal homicide when a witness claimed he saw Lang holding his wife underwater with a pool skimmer. Lang maintains his innocence but says he was afraid to turn down the three-to six-year prison sentence offered by Beaver County prosecutors on Tuesday.
The state Department of Transportation says a section of Irishtown Road in Mercer County's Pine Township is closed because of issues with a bridge. The road is closed from Cranberry Road to state Route 58. A detour has been set up directing motorists to Cranberry Road, George Junior Road and Route 58. PennDOT says they closed that section of the road because of the closure of the bridge that carries traffic over the Canadian National Railroad tracks.
Legislation that would require drug tests for people applying for a job in Pennsylvania schools is on its way to the Senate. The bill, which would require prospective employees of public, private and vo-tech schools to submit to a pre-employment drug screening, passed the House of Representatives yesterday. Employees are currently required to pass pre-employment criminal record checks and child abuse clearances.
The Mega Millions jackpot is still growing and someone in our listening area could reap the rewards. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing is a whopping 400-million dollars, and even the cash option is 216-million. Pennsylvania Lottery revenue helps the state's older residents. It's the only state lottery that puts all of the proceeds into those programs.
Pittsburgh is getting red-light cameras at some area intersections. City Council voted in favor of the cameras yesterday and Mayor-elect Bill Peduto said he will approve the measure. The city will conduct a study to determine where to place the 20 cameras. Officials say the cameras will take pictures of cars that run red-lights and issue a ticket to the owner. The fine is expected to be one-hundred dollars.
The Tri-County Report for December 11th, 2013
The Tri-County Report for December 11th, 2013...