TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 11TH, 2018

State Police in Lawrence County have filed charges against a New Wilmington man in connection with a fatal hit and run crash from Tuesday night. 39 year old Abram Weidenhamer was charged with accidents involving death or personal injury, aggravated assault by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and several other charges. Killed in the accident was 49 year old William Baer of New Wilmington. Baer was operating a motorcycle when it was stuck by a pick-up operated by Weidenhamer atRoute 18 and Johnson Road in Wilmington Township, trapping Baer under the truck when both vehicles caught fire. Weidenhamer was taken to the Lawrence County Jail on a ten thousand dollars bond.

A Beaver couple is facing child endangerment charges after one of them overdosed on drugs with an infant in the home.  Amanda Morris and Kody Miller are charged in the incident September 11th at their 400 block of Fourth Street apartment.  Police say Morris needed Narcan while Miller was visibly under the influence of a controlled substance when they arrived.  A five-month-old child was in the living room in a rocking chair at the time.  The couple reportedly used heroin before police arrived.

A state House committee is approving legislation reducing the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.  Under the measure, anyone with less than 30 grams of pot would only face a misdemeanor and receive essentially a traffic ticket with a maximum fine of 300-dollars on the first offense.  The fine and penalties increase for multiple offenses and if it happens on school grounds.  The bill now heads to the full House to await a vote.

Ambridge Police Chief James Mann is awaiting a trial date.  A Beaver County judge held several charges against Mann over for trial yesterday, including threats, witness intimidation and retaliation.  Prosecutors say Mann threatened to fire officers earlier this year while he was under investigation for possible insurance fraud.  Theft and fraud charges were dismissed.

A Chicora man was killed in a one vehicle accident in Clearfield Township. State Police in Butler County report 29 year old John Best was southbound on Clearfield Road when he traveled off the roadway, struck an embankment the rolled down a hillside. Police said Best was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two Westmoreland County men are accused of refusing to pay thousands of dollars in unpaid Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls.  The turnpike commission filed complaints this week against Andrew Betts of New Kensington and Christopher Visco of Irwin.  Officials say the pair owes a combined 12-thousand-dollars in tolls and fees and could face felony charges.

An alternative to the Keystone Exam may be on the horizon for students in the commonwealth.  The state House approved legislation that would give students an option alternative to the proficiency exam to graduate high school.  The bill suggests students could complete a work-based learning program or service-learning project, or even prove they’ve been offered full-time employment.  The bill is awaiting a vote in the state Senate.

President Donald Trump was in Erie, Pennsylvania rallying support for Congressman Mike Kelly Wednesday evening. The Erie insurance arena was filled to capacity. The President said We need the votes, referring to Republicans trying to hold on to the majority in the house of representatives. Kelly is being challenged by Democrat Ron DiNicola in the newly drawn 16th congressional district which includes all of Lawrence County. The president spoke to about 20,000 people at 7 pm.