Tri County Report For July 10th, 2018

Officials say an inmate who got a letter detailing the murder of an Aliquippa teacher has agreed to a plea deal.  The Beaver County District Attorney confirms the letter exists and says it is being analyzed in a lab for more clues.  Investigators say they believe the letter could be key in helping to figure out who killed Rachael DelTondo in her parents driveway in May.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting that a male construction worker was struck by a vehicle yesterday morning in Shenango Township. According to police the accident took place just before 10 o’clock on Savannah Road when Florence Reed of Wampum struck 48 year old Thomas Krol of Erie. Krol was working as a site flagger, and was taken to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment of his injuries. Police said charges are pending against Reed as the investigation into the accident is continuing.

A former accountant who helped the head of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School commit fraud will serve prison time. 62 year old Neal Prence of Koppel was sentenced yesterday in Pittsburgh Federal Count to a year in prison for after he pleaded guilty to one count of tax conspiracy. The money was supposed to go to educating kids, but the government showed that PA Cyber founder Dr.Nick Trombetta  funneled some $8 million in public money into bogus entities and then into his own pocket. Trombetta is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

Police are charging a couple who didn’t immediately seek care for a two-year-old who fell from a second-story window in Butler last week.  Investigators say Michael and Ruth Blontz were babysitting the toddler when he fell from the window at their West Jefferson Street home and landed on a concrete slab last Tuesday night.  Police say no one called 911 for help until the following afternoon.  The boy reportedly broke his pelvis in the fall.

The new state budget is allocating more money this year to fight Lyme disease and West Nile Virus.  This year’s spending plan has two-point-five million to add Heath Department staff to begin to implement 18 recommendations made by a Lyme disease task force.  The budget also includes a nearly 140-thousand-dollar increase in spending to support West Nile and Zika surveillance programs.

The remaining wreckage of Flight 93 is now buried near the memorial marking where it crashed on September 11th, 2001.  Officials said Monday four shipping containers holding the wreckage were buried in a private ceremony June 21st.  Representatives say the burial was in a restricted area only accessible by loved ones of the victims.

Two online programs at California University are being ranked among the nation’s best for education quality and value.  Great Value Colleges puts Cal U’s online master’s degree program in English as a second language as the ninth best nationwide.  It also lists the school’s RN-to-BSN nursing degree program at number 37 among all nursing programs in the country.

State police are warning residents of a mail scam purporting to offer a price from Publishers’ Clearing House.  Troopers in Armstrong County say a resident recently got a letter along with a check claiming they won a giveaway.  Troopers say they determined the letter and check were fakes.  Anyone who receives a similar letter should call state police in Kittanning.

PA residents who want to hunt antlerless deer this year can now apply for their license.  Monday, county treasurer offices began to accept applications.  Nonresidents can begin to submit their applications July 16th.