Tri County Report for May 16th, 2018

Republican voters in Pennsylvania are choosing Scott Wagner to challenge Governor Tom Wolf in the fall.  The York County trash-hauler defeated Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth in Tuesday’s primary election, spending more than ten-million dollars in advertising in the process.  Wagner will be running alongside Berks County native Jeff Bartos, who won the GOP nod for Lieutenant Governor.

With more votes than his opponents combined, Ron DiNicola won a three-way race for the Democratic nomination Tuesday in Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District. The Sharon Herald reports He will face four-term Republican incumbent Mike Kelly in November, who ran unopposed in the primary. The 16th District is comprised of Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence counties and part of Butler County.

Lou Barletta will face Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey in the November general election.  The four-term congressman was chosen by GOP voters over state Representative Jim Christiana during the primary election.  Barletta was asked by President Trump to run against Casey and is expected to campaign for him.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack will not be campaigning alongside Governor Wolf to return to Harrisburg next year.  The embattled incumbent lost mightily to Braddock Mayor John Fetterman in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.  Stack finished fourth in a five-way race, making him the first incumbent in the office’s history to lose in the primary.  Last year, Governor Wolf ordered an investigation into the way Stack and his wife treated state employees and even stripped Stack of state police protection.

Police in Moon say they discovered a meth lab inside a room at a Super 8 Motel.  Investigators say they discovered the lab when a fire alarm was triggered inside the motel.  Police say they’ve identified the suspect and no one was hurt.

Officials say a large gas leak forced them to close part of Route 19 in Butler County Tuesday.  Crews say the leak forced the closure from Pleasant Hill Road to Merriman Drive in Harmony.  No injuries were reported from the leak.

Investigators in the death of a woman shot in her mother’s driveway in Aliquippa say they are considering it to be a crime of passion or jealousy.  Rachel DelTondo was reportedly shot and hit at least ten times at close range from a semi-automatic pistol Sunday night.  Police say DelTondo was getting out of her car in the family driveway when shots were fired.

Two Aliquippa teenagers will serve time in jail after they pleaded guilty in a 2017 shooting that injured a 65-year-old woman. According to the Beaver County Times 18 year old  Rico R. Rodgers Jr.,  pleaded guilty May 2 to one count of aggravated assault. He was sentenced to serve between one and two years in jail. 19 year old Omar Griffin Jr.,  pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and was sentenced to serve between six and 16 months in jail. The incident took place back on October 12th, of last year.

An arbitration date is on the books between the South Butler County School District teachers union and the school board.  The two sides are set to meet May 21st to discuss issues like salary, health care benefits, sick leave, contract terms and early retirement.  A teacher’s strike was held from March 15th through April 3rd.  At least two arbitrators on a panel must agree on a decision within 20 days, and then the union and board must vote on the contract within ten days.

A mailman is ok after being attacked by three dogs along his route in Beaver County Tuesday.  Officials say the mailman approached a home on 3rd Street in Beaver Falls when three pit bulls burst through the screen door and attacked him without warning.  The mailman was treated for minor injuries.  The Beaver Falls Postmaster says they will contact Animal Control Wednesday and let the agency handle the incident.

Officials say strong storms that blew through Western Pennsylvania Tuesday brought down powerlines that got tangled with a truck in Cranberry Township.  Crews say they had to close both the north and southbound lanes of Route 19 to untangle the truck that pulled down a second utility pole in the process.  No one was hurt.

Officials say a man was trapped in his truck after a giant tree fell onto it in Butler during Tuesday’s strong storms.  The man says he was doing landscaping work on Old Plank Road and took shelter in the truck when the tree came crashing down.  The man wasn’t hurt but told WPXI-TV he felt he was lucky to be alive.