TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 12TH, 2019

A new proposal out of Harrisburg could bring some big changes for high school sports in Pennsylvania. 10th district State Representative Aaron Bernstine announced legislation yesterday that would have separate state playoffs for public and private schools. The bill would also eliminate the transfer rule making a student-athlete eligible immediately. The PIAA voiced its opposition to the bill saying they believe creating segregated public/private classifications and/or tournaments is not the answer.

A man is facing charges after being found unconscious hanging out of the window of a car at an A-T-M in Chippewa Township a few months ago.  Jeffrey Smith was discovered at the drive-up A-T-M at the F-N-B branch on the 26-hundred block of Darlington Road with the vehicle still running April 25th.  Smith told police he had taken suboxone, and cops found two bottles of clonazolam in his pocket.  Smith’s preliminary hearing is set for July 11th.

State Police in Lawerence County arrested a 68 year old New Castle man on charges of terroristic threats. The alleged incident took place on New Butler Road in Shenango Township. Police said the man pointed a firearm out of the window of his vehicle in the direction of a 38 year old man from New Castle. Police did not release the names of the two men. The investigation is continuing.

The Sharon Herald is reporting that testimony will continue today in the trial of a Farrell man accused of the 2018 shooting death of Trivoune Craig. 25 year old Sean Jose Rain is charged with murder in the first degree stemming from the homicide of Craig in a residential area of South Myers Avenue in Sharon. Police said Rain shot Craig after an argument. Opening arguments got underway yesterday.

Governor Tom Wolf says he’s in favor of a fee for municipalities that rely solely on local police coverage from the Pennsylvania State Police.  In a statement Tuesday, Wolf said some municipalities aren’t paying their fair share for safety.  Bills in both the state House and Senate, if passed, would raise around 104-million for the P-S-P in their first year.  Troopers are the only police in around 13-hundred of the state’s more than 25-hundred municipalities.

State Game Commission officials say they’re searching for a young black bear seen wandering around parts of Westmoreland and Washington counties over the weekend.  The animal was spotted in Monessen Saturday and South Strabane Township Sunday.  Warden Adam Traynor tells the Herald Standard the bear was likely kicked out of his family in Fayette county and traveled toward Washington.

A state House committee is advancing legislation intended to prohibit drivers from having cell phones in their hands while operating a vehicle.  House Bill 37 means to require the use of hands-free technology.  The measure is now awaiting a full vote in the House.

The Commonwealth is announcing the wait is over as hunting and fur-taking licenses for the 2019-2020 season are going on sale next week.  The state Game Commission is reporting the licenses go on sale next Monday, on June 17th.  General hunting licenses and fur-taker licenses still cost about 21 bucks for residents, and around 102 dollars for nonresidents.

A Blair County jury will be asked to decide whether the statute of limitations has expired on a priest-sex abuse case.  The Pennsylvania Superior Court revived a woman’s lawsuit against the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown yesterday, ruling that it’s not up to a judge to decide if a plaintiff took too long to file.  Renee Rice’s lawsuit claims the diocese conspired to cover up for a priest she says assaulted her in the 1970s and 80s.