TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 13TH, 2019

Three men are facing drug charges after a raid on a Butler home this week.  Todd Dunmyre, Devon Hill, and Quadi Archer are each in Butler County Prison after the raid Monday on the 100-block of Third Avenue.  Officers found crack cocaine and heroin stamp bags along with drug paraphernalia.  Each is being held on 100-thousand-dollars bail.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating damage that took place last month at DelMar Golf Course in Wampum. According to police an unknown vehicle had driven on the course causing damage to portions of the course including minor damage to a tree. Police estimated the damage at three thousand dollars. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police.

Governor Tom Wolf is likely to veto a bill set to provide 100-million in taxpayer support to private and religious schools in P-A.  The bill passed through the state Senate along party lines and had only four Democrats vote for it in the House.  The measure would have nearly doubled the Educational Improvement Tax Credit to 210-million-dollars, allowing corporations direct tax dollars to their favorite private or religious schools.

A home in Mercer County is a total loss after a huge fire Wednesday afternoon. WKBN-TV is reporting It started just after 4:30 p.m. at the house on Gilmore Road in Wolf Creek Township. Firefighters from 15 departments came to help fight it. No injuries were reported and a cause remains under investigation.

A Chippewa Township man is facing drug charges after a raid on his home in April.  Investigators say they found marijuana, packaging materials, Xanax pills, a money counter and a gun during the April 12th raid on Brendan Latsko’s 900-block of Shenango Road home.  Latsko’s preliminary hearing is set for July 3rd.

A vigil is planned for today in Beaver to acknowledge and remember those who have died from drug addiction and overdose.  The event will be held at Irvine Park on Corporation Street this evening.  It will include training for those in attendance on how to administer Narcan to someone overdosing.

It took about six weeks, but Beaver County is now caught up on its I-R-S paperwork.  The chief county solicitor tells The Beaver County Times Wednesday all the missing payroll tax paperwork for last year has been submitted.  In April, the county was issued a 387-thousand-dollar lien by the I-R-S because of late paperwork dating back to 2016.  U-S Representative Conor Lamb is pushing to have the fines related to the late filing forgiven.

Western Pennsylvania drivers could face fewer vehicle emissions testing requirements.  The state Senate Transportation Committee voted yesterday to waive annual emissions inspections for vehicles that are less than nine-years-old.  Supporters say only two-percent of new cars and trucks fail the tests in their first eight years.

A freshman state Senator is asking Governor Tom Wolf to send Pennsylvania National Guard members to the U-S southern border.  State Senator Doug Mastriano says that’s how opioids are entering the country and Pennsylvania should do its part to prevent that from happening.  Mastriano was sworn in Monday after winning a special election for P-A’s 33rd Senate District.

Western Pennsylvania is in for a wet couple of days.  Forecasters expect a total of three storms to hit the area consecutively through tomorrow.  There are concerns the systems could bring heavy rain, high winds, and even hail before finally clearing out.