The Tri-County Report for July 24th 2014


Tri-County Report for July, 24th 2014

Another arrest has been made in connection with a fatal shooting in Ellwood City.  State Police in Lawrence County say 22 year old D'Marco Hoskins of Highland Park, Michigan has been charged with lying to police.  During the investigation police said Hoskins provided a false name and identiy.  Hoskins was also wanted by police in Michigan on misdemeanor charges.  Police charged Hoskins with unsworn falsification to authorities and false identifcation to authorities. He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County jail on 100 thousand dollars bond.  Police said the investigation into the shooting which claimed the life of 43 year old Thomas Lee Paris in continuing and more arrests are pending.

More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border. State officials confirm the federal government told them that 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading. The rest are staying with "sponsors" that include relatives, religious groups and others.

Two truckers were injured in a fiery crash Wednesday night along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Butler County.TribLive is reporting both drivers were taken to area hospitals following the crash that occurred at 9:15 p.m. in the westbound lanes about a mile west of the Cranberry exit. The injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.   Troopers said one of the rigs had pulled off the roadway and into a wide area where it stopped. The second rig left the roadway for some unknown reason and plowed into the rear of the parked rig, igniting the flames that engulfed the stationary truck.

- A Pennsylvania racetrack employee has acknowledged reporting false workout times for horses in exchange for cash. Danny Robertson pleaded guilty in federal court in Harrisburg this week to wire fraud. Bettors often consult workout data to make wagers. Prosecutors say Robertson gave inaccurate or completely fabricated times for horses at Hollywood Casino and Racetrack in Grantville.

Officials are investigating a partial house collapse in Aliquippa.  Crews were called to the Fifth Avenue residence Tuesday afternoon after the rear porch came down. Neighbors say the house has been unstable since Memorial Day.  The elderly homeowner was not injured.

The Public Utility Commission is getting a recommendation to give emergency operating licenses to two ride sharing companies in Allegheny County.  The recommendation on the PUC agenda today is from the PUC's Bureau of Technical Utility Services.  Lyft and Uber have been doing business in Pittsburgh since the winter but the PUC has cited the companies' drivers and the companies have been threatened with daily fines.  Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is among the officials asking for PUC approval of Lyft and Uber.

Butler County will pay just over $1 million to renovate Alameda Pool in Butler Township. The Butler County commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday morning to award Specialty Pool Contractors of Pittsburgh for the work. Renovations will begin September 1 and include $732,000 of necessary fix-ups and another $345,000 of added amenities, including some new slides and a splash pad. Funding is coming from a $400,000 state grant, $300,000 from timbering and $377,000 from natural gas drilling impact fees.

The Schwebel Baking Company said that an independent, certified lab has confirmed that the species of Listeria found in the Schwebel bakery in Youngstown is not the species that poses a risk to public health. The statement says that the test results found that the Listeria discovered in the bakery poses no health threat to bakery workers or consumers. As a precaution, Giant Eagle  pulled the store brand bread products that were made by Schwebel in the Youngstown bakery.

State lawmakers are looking into allegations that police aren't fingerprinting thousands of suspects who are arrested each year.  Testimony presented yesterday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing shows the lack of prints means some offenders do not show up in criminal background checks.  Officials say 13 percent of offenders who were prosecuted in court, did not have fingerprints on file last year.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is settling three additional claims involving the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.  Court documents were filed yesterday in cases connected to the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak at the healthcare system facilities was from February, 2011 to November, 2012.  At least six people died and at least 22 became ill.