The Tri-County Report for April, 17th 2014

Tri-County Report for April, 17th 2014

The driver of the car that killed Shenango Township police officer Jerry McCarthy is going to prison. The New Castle News is reporting 26 year old Kylee Barletto pled guilty to mulitiple charges and was sentenced to five to ten years in prison.  Barletto was also ordered to pay 925 dollars in fines.  Barletto was the driver of a car that led New Castle City police on a chase when she failed to stop at an intersection and struck a Shenango Township Police car killing McCarthy who was a passanger.  The crash took place on May 3rd of last year.

A Husband and Wife from Boardman, Ohio face theft charges for allegedly stealing over 75 thousand dollars from a Slippery Rock Company.  State Police in Lawrence County report tht 30 year old Jonathan Honthy and 28 year old Morghan Honthy were both arrested on seven  felony theft/access device fraud charges. According to police, Jonathan Honthy was the former Chief Financial Officer for Natural Sand Company in Slippery Rock. A forensic audit showed that a corporate credit card was used to embezzle a total of $76,760.  Both were arraigned before District Justice David Rishel and bond was set at five thousand dollars.

Was person was taken to the hospital following a two car accident yesterday morning in Muddy Creek Township.  State Police in Butler County report 44 year old Thomas Keener of Portersville, pulled from Miller Road onto Portersville road into the path of a car operated by 31 year old Jamie Blando of Ellwood City.  Keener was taken to Butler Memorial for treatment.  Blando was not hurt.  Police said Keener was cited.

Despite social media posts and rumors, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld says they have found no evidence that Alex Hribal was a victim of bullying.  The 16-year-old faces numerous charges for a stabbing rampage last week at Franklin Regional High School.  Investigators have not been able yet to come up with a possible motive for the attack that resulted in 21 students and a security guard being stabbed.  Hribal is due in court April 30th for a preliminary hearing.

There is still no decision yet from Royal Dutch Shell on whether or not the oil company will move on plans for a new ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.  The company's general manager for new business development, Dan Carlson, spoke yesterday in Aliquippa at the first of two information sessions on the project.  He says they are being deliberate in evaluating whether or not it will work, and adds a final decision is still a few years away.

It was an emotional return to class for students at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Wednesday.  Therapy dogs and counselors were on hand for the first day back after sophomore Alex Hribal allegedly went on a stabbing rampage last week and injured nearly two dozen people.  School officials say attendance yesterday was over 90-percent, and students and staff members were dealing with a wide range of emotions.  A student-led prayer service on the football field started the day.

The Mercer County Coroner is investigating the death of a Sharon man found in his burning home Tuesday night. The blaze broke out just after 9pm at a home on Griswold Street.  Inside the bedroom, firefighters found the body of the homeowner 84 year old Robert Carson.  Fire officals say the fire started in the back of the home and spread to several rooms.  The invesitation into a cause is continuing.

The Republican Party is trying to disqualify Governor Tom Corbett's lone challenger in the primary election.  Lawyers filed an appeal yesterday to a previous court ruling that allowed Bob Guzzardi to remain on the ballot.  The judge ruled Guzzardi met the petition requirements and was not to blame for failing to file certain paperwork by the deadline.  The Guzzardi campaign says it will "vigorously defend" the decision.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are touting job training programs.  Speaking at the Community College of Allegheny County, the President said more people need to be trained for better jobs.  He unveiled plans to provide 600-million dollars for job training programs. with 100-million of the total devoted to apprenticeship programs.  Community colleges will be urged to partner with local businesses and compete for 500-million dollars in federal grant money.

State police in Mercer County are investigating the death of a 41 year old Sharpsville man.  Police said they responded to a call to check on the welfare of Heath Bechtel of Charleston Road in Jefferson Township.  Troopers found Bechtel unresponsive in the bathroom of the home.  Becthtel was taken to Sharon Regional Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.  The investigation indicates that the death was due to a drug overdose.  Final determination will be made following toxicology results.

PennDOT is asking for the public's feedback.  Pennsylvania residents are being asked to share opinions on transportation priorities and investments as part of efforts to update the state's Long Range Transportation Plan.  The survey, which is available until May 30th, is looking to identify top transportation priorities.  Go to: to take the survey.

 A Beaver County man is being indicted for crossing state lines to have sex with a minor.  Officials announced the charges yesterday, saying Donald Starkey took the 15-year-old girl to North Carolina in June 2012 to have sex with her.  He is also charged with possession of child pornography.