The Tri-County Report for September, 2nd 2014

Tri-County report for September, 2nd 2014

Organizers of Pittsburgh's annual Labor Day parade are blaming politics for their decision not to invite the governor to host yesterday's festivities.  Organizers said Tom Corbett doesn't support issues important to the Allegheny County Labor Council, and instead invited Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, who is the labor-endorsed candidate.  Union representatives say Wolf embodies the parade's theme, which is fair wages for all workers.

The founder of a Beaver County charter school is getting a hearing over his claims that criminal charges against him should be dropped.  Nicholas Trombetta, the founder of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, is facing eleven counts of mail fraud, bribery and tax conspiracy charges.   Prosecutors claim Trombetta funneled a million-dollars in tax money from the school to himself and his family. Trombetta says the charges should be dismissed because prosecutors knowingly violated his attorney-client privilege to gather evidence against him. The hearing will take place on September 30th.

 A cooking accident is being blamed for a fire alarm at a Monongahela high-rise.  The incident started in the kitchen of a fourth floor apartment when a rag was left too close to a burner Sunday afternoon.  Firefighters from Monongahela and Carroll Township responded to the West Main Street building but say there were no actual flames, just smoke.  The apartment was evacuated briefly, but the occupants were allowed back in once the smoke was cleared.

Motorists in the city of Butler are now able to pay for parking with their smartphones.  A new app, called Pango, is being tested at the Butler Tier Parking Garage on West Cunningham Street and the deck parking lot on South McKean Street. If all goes well, officials say the app could be adopted on all metered streets in the city. Go to: for more information.

The Steelers are honoring former head coach Chuck Noll with a new helmet decal.  The team unveiled the decals yesterday and will debut them in their season opener against the Browns on Sunday, which has also been declared Chuck Noll Day.  The decals are black with Noll's initials, CHN, in gold.  Noll, who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Steelers, died at his home in June.

The Internal Revenue Service is asking taxpayers to be aware of possible scams involving people claiming to represent the IRS. Callers may demand money or try to get personal information but the IRS will never call without first mailing an official notice or threaten to have people arrested by law enforcement. The Internal Revenue Service does not use e-mail, text messages, or social media to discuss personal tax matters.

Hopefully Mark Andrew Williams' marriage goes smoother than his wedding day.  Williams, his brother David and a bridal party member are facing charges after an incident yesterday that started at the wedding reception.  It was being held on the Gateway Clipper when groom Mark Williams from Crafton allegedly harassed a server and when the boat came into the dock, she told her boyfriend.  David Williams from Plum was off duty as a State Police trooper.  Mark and David Williams and Brian Alvin Taylor of McKees Rocks were arraigned in Night Court and posted bond.

A Butler County task force is trying to raise awareness about suicide.  Its campaign this month is focusing on the group it says is the most at risk in the county, middle aged white males.  Amy Peters with Butler County Human Services says suicide takes about 20 lives on average every year in Butler County.  The group is planning events September 8th through the 13th to tie in with National Suicide Awareness Week.

The Powerball jackpot is back into six figures and that could be great news for someone in the area.  The estimated jackpot for tomorrow's drawing is 100-million dollars with a lump sum cash option of nearly 62-million.

Today was supposed to be the start of classes in the East Allegheny School District, but it's not happening.  There's no agreement between the district and the teachers and the district says "it is the understanding of the East Allegheny School Board that the teachers will strike on Tuesday."  The district has more than three-thousand students.