TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 15TH, 2019

Both the Shenango and Wilmington School Districts have introduced their budgets for next school year and neither includes a tax increase. According to the New Castle News the budget in Wilmington totals 20.2 million dollars while Shenango Township the budget is at 18.8 million. Shenango is facing a deficit of a little over 323 thousand dollars. Superintendant Dr.Michael Shreck says the district saw a 160 thousand dollar increase in retirement costs, but does expect additional money for the state. Both budgets are on display.

The state of Pennsylvania has charged 178 people so far in 2019 with welfare fraud, totaling $886,000. The Office of State Inspector General says five of those cases are in Lawrence and Mercer counties, which amount to just over $25,000. Kaycee Messmer, and Caitlin Gardner, both of New Castle have been accused of fraud. Michael Riggens, of Sharon, Jessica Riser of Buckhannon, and Rebecca Fry of Jamestown have also been charged.  The state investigates about 30,000 cases of alleged welfare fraud each year. Around 8,000 come from tips.

An Aliquippa man is accused of assaulting a woman at his home earlier this month.  William Haywood is accused of striking the woman with a glass ashtray at his apartment on the first block of Project Road May 5th.  Haywood’s preliminary hearing is set for June 3rd in Beaver County Court.

The search for a missing Beaver County teenager is taking a new turn.  Pennsylvania State Police say Decklin Oshop’s girlfriend was found Monday night in Kentucky, about 24 hours after he left his family’s Darlington Township home.  Oshop remains on the run in a silver 2008 Honda Civic that now has Ohio license plates.

Officials say another loaded handgun has been confiscated from a carry-on at Pittsburgh International Airport.  For the 13th time this year, a weapon was found as a traveler was trying to pass through a T-S-A checkpoint early Sunday morning.  The loaded 25-caliber handgun was found in a Crawford County man’s carry-on.  Last year, officers found 34 guns at Pittsburgh International.

A man is dead after jumping from the Rochester-Monaca Bridge over the weekend.  The man was seen jumping Sunday morning and found shortly afterward.  Police aren’t identifying the man but do implore anyone considering suicide to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help.

The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the total amount spent to prepare for the Michael Rosefeld trial.  Sheriff William Mullen says the office spent nearly half-a-million-dollars.  He says the office spent 250-thousand-dollars on new equipment including gas masks, shields and helmets in preparation of possible riots, and another 250-thousand-dollars on overtime and training for deputies.  The Pittsburgh Police Department spent more than one-million-dollars for officer training, but haven’t yet released its costs.

A Chippewa Township man is facing charges from two separate arrests on the same night earlier this month.  Kristian Johnson is accused of drunken driving and spitting on a state trooper in South Beaver Township on May 4th.  Just a few hours later, a South Beaver Township police officer was taking the 21-year-old home when Johnson slammed the door of the cruiser on the officer’s chest and right hand.  Johnson’s preliminary hearing on the drunken driving charges is set for June 6th.  That comes after a hearing Thursday on the assault charges.

A man from Butler County was killed in an overnight crash on Pittsburgh’s North Side, near Heinz Field. According to Inside Butler County the crash happened about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fort Duquesne Bridge. Police say the vehicle went out of control on the bridge’s on-ramp. 30 year old Joshua Wine of Zelienople  died at the scene. A woman in the car was taken to the hospital. No other details were released