Tri-County Report for March, 12th 2014
A bill that would make volunteer firefighters exempt from certain healthcare mandates is on its way to the U.S. Senate. The legislation, penned by Pennsylvania Representative Lou Barletta, passed unanimously in the House last night. Barletta says the current law designates volunteer firefighters as full-time employees and most fire departments can't afford mandated health care coverage.
One person was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh following a one car accident in Slippery Rock Township. State police report 37 year old Tracy Goudas of Ellwood City was east on the ice covered Frew Mill Road Sunday morning when she lost control and struck a guardrail. Police said she was taken to AGH for treatment.
State Police in Butler County report a two car accident from last night in Jefferson Township. According to police, 20 year old Forrest Bronder was westbound on Great Belt Road, when he drove through a stop sign at the intersection of route 356 and struck a car drvine by Jason Doymayer of Allison Park. Police said Dymayer had to be flown by helicopter to a Pittsburgh Hospital. Bronder was not injuried. The investigation into the crash continues.
New Castle Jr/Sr High had to be evacuted yesterday afternoon due to a report of a small fire. The New Castle News reports the call came in at around 1:30 p.m. at the school on Lincoln Avenue and members of the New Castle Fire Department responded. All students were reported outside the school. No other details were available.
An adult volunteer died after falling from some scaffolding while helping out with Pine-Richland High School's spring musical. Authorities say 64-year-old Bradley Oberg fell while inside the school auditorium Monday night. Oberg was reportedly taken to an Allegheny County hospital where he later died.
Because of increased road maintenance costs stemming from snow and low temperatures this winter, the Lawrence County Commissioners will expedite their disbursement of liquid-fuels funds for this year. The Ellwood City Ledger reports Commissioner Dan Vogler said the county expects to receive approximately $150,000 in liquid-fuels funds this year. Liquid-fuels money comes from the state’s gasoline tax and is distributed to municipalities and Pennsylvania’s 67 counties based on population and number of road miles to maintain.
A Point Marion man is heading to sentencing after being found guilty of fatally beating his girlfriend’s four-year-old son. Jurors deliberated for 90 minutes yesterday before returning the verdict against Patrick Haney, who now faces the death penalty for Trenton St. Clair’s 2011 death. Jurors will meet today to hear evidence from both sides and to determine if Haney should be sentenced to death or life in prison.
The Mars Area School Board is rejecting a proposal that would have conducted horizontal drilling for oil and gas underneath district property. The board made the decision last night, turning down more than a million dollars from Rex Energy for a five year lease of the property. Rex Energy officials say they are disappointed, but respect the decision.
Lawrence County Commissioner Dan Vogler says the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has, on its website, officially announced that the public hearing on Endeka Entertainment's application for a casino will take place on Thursday, May 8 at 10:00 AM at the Mahoning Twp. Community Center on Route 224. Individuals interested in presenting testimony can register by visiting the website at: gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. Endeka along with Penn National Gaming wants to builid a racetrack/casino along route 422 in Mahoning Township.
A Harrisville man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Liberty Township. According to police 21year old Devon Herbert was traveling east on Amsterdam Road when he lost control of his car and struck a boulder, then struck a tree. Herbert was transported to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.
According to Triple-A's weekly fuel gauge servery gas prices remain unchagned this week in Western Pennyslvania. The average price sits at 3.66 a gallon, that's eleven cents lower than a year ago. This week's national average is 3.49 per gallon. Locally, in New Castle the average is 3.58, in Sharon the average is at 3.47 a gallon. The highest average is in Mercer at 3.71 a gallon.
The New Castle High Boys Basketball team looks to advance to the quarter-finals of the PIAA, Quad-A state basketball playoffs tonight, when the Canes take on North Allegheny. New Castle has beaten North Allegheny twice this season, by scores of 63-41, and 64-48. Tonight's game will tip-off at 7:00 from Ambridge High School and can be heard on NewsRadio 1200 WKST.
Two Pennsylvania lawmakers are proposing legislation that would allow state-owned universities to opt out of the State System of Higher Education. Senators Andy Dinniman and Tommy Tomlinson announced the bill earlier this week, saying many universities are struggling financially due to declining in enrollment. The Senators say allowing the schools to become "state-related" rather than "state owned" will give them more flexibility meeting enrollment needs. Universities would need more than seven-thousand students to leave the system and would also be required to compensate the state for the property.
The Tri-County Report for March, 12th 2014