Tri County Report For Thursday May 9th, 2019

A fire in Sharon yesterday afternoon destroyed a vacant house. Crews from three departments went to the fire on Lafayette Avenue around 5:30 p.m. WKBN-TV reports A man was inside, fixing up the hundred-year-old home when the fire started. Investigators think an electrical problem started it. No injuries were reported.

A former Beaver County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of production and distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. 25 year old Randolph Guy Gum, formerly from Rochester pled guilty to three counts in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. The alleged incident took place in 2014. Sentencing has been set for August 29th.

The Ellwood City Area School District will have two armed school police officers at its buildings starting next school year. According to the Ellwood City Ledger Superintendent Joseph Mancini said Monday the district has been awarded a $156,400 grant from the School Safety and Security Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency that will be paid over the next two years to cover the officers. Mancini said one officer will be stationed at Lincoln High School and the other will float between Hartman, North Side and Perry elementary schools.

Beaver County Commissioners say they won’t stand in the way of the Beaver County Sheriff’s effort to add a K-9 officer.  The three came to that decision Wednesday.  In March, Sheriff Tony Guy received a ten-thousand-dollar grant from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s foundation to add K-9 Ruke to the force.  One commissioner, Sandie Egley, said she felt K-9 cops were best used at the municipal level.

Pennsylvania State Police are naming the suspect shot by officers Tuesday.  Yesterday afternoon authorities said Chase Kenney was shot during an undercover drug bust.  It happened in a parking lot at the Kenmawr Plaza in Kennedy Township.  Officers opened fire after Kenney reportedly used his SUV to ram an officer’s car twice.  Kenney was shot twice in the arm and suffered facial and head injuries from bullet fragments.  No officers were seriously injured.  Several agencies were involved including the FBI, Allegheny County Police, and Kennedy Township Police.

Republican-sponsored bills passed by the state Senate would provide tax credits to farmers who lease or sell their land to beginning farmers, establish the Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission, support agritourism and exempt milk haulers from weather-related travel bans. Senator Wayne Langerholc says its important to support Pennsylvania’s number one industry. The Senate also approved a bill which would update the state’s Vehicle Code to expand the allowable width of farm vehicles on the road.

The company that owns Three Mile Island says it is moving forward with its planned shutdown of the nuclear power plant by September 30th.  Exelon Generation officials say with only three legislative session days remaining this month and no action taken so far to prevent closure, it is clear there’s no financial rescue coming from the state Legislature.  The plant needed a plan before the June 1st fuel purchasing deadline for T-M-I.

General Motors is in talks with a potential buyer for its shuttered Lordstown Assembly Plant.  The automaker confirmed yesterday that Cincinnati-based Workhorse wants to buy the facility to produce a line of electric trucks.  State and local officials say, however, it’s not a done deal, because it’s dependent on a vehicle order from the U.S. Postal Service and lawsuit by the United Auto Workers.

An Aliquippa man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to tax evasion in January, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Prosecutors said William Rains did not file individual income tax returns for 1997, 1999 and 2003 through 2006, and filed false returns for 2000 and 2001 for which he reported no income. The Beaver County Times reports The IRS said Rains owed more than $200,000 in taxes for those years and 2008.