TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 9TH, 2019

New Castle City Police are warning residents of a recent phone scam. According to the Department’s Facebook page police say the caller states that he is a Sheriff’s Deputy with an active arrest warrant for the family member. The caller did know the name of the resident and did have a local number with a voicemail claiming to be from the County Sheriffs Office. The caller then demands payment for the warrant. City police say they never contact you by phone demanding payment for outstanding warrants, nor do they accept gift cards as payment for any fines or fees.

Officials say a new community health center is about to open in Ellwood City.  The Ellwood City Health Center is set to open next month behind the Ellwood City Medical Center in the Medical Arts building on the 300-block of Evans Drive.  The center will be run by Primary Health Network, who already have centers in Beaver Falls and New Castle.

A public hearing is planned for this evening in Darlington Township to discuss the potential closure of Northwestern Primary School in the Blackhawk School District.  Tonight’s hearing at the Blackhawk High School auditorium will continue the conversation on whether the district should permanently close the school, which was shuttered in 2016 for environmental concerns.  The board cannot decide to formally close the school for 90 days following the hearing.  There had been previous conversations to renovate the school over closing it.

Officials say a gas leak closed a road near Heinz Field yesterday morning.  P-N-G crews were called in to make the repair near Art Rooney Avenue and West General Robinson Street on the North Shore after a construction crew struck a medium-pressure gas line.  Crews were able to shut the gas off and no one was hurt.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas price report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is two cents cheaper this week at $2.92 per gallon. In New Castle prices average 2.81 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.85. The national average is up about ten cents to 2.75 a gallon. In addition to rising gasoline demand, 13 states this month have introduced new gas taxes that have contributed to the national average increase. A year ago drivers in Western Pennsylvania were paying 3.11 a gallon.

A New York state man is behind bars after a record fentanyl bust on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  State police say Juan Guzman was arrested yesterday after troopers seized nearly four pounds of the dangerous drug during a traffic stop in Mount Pleasant.  Guzman is facing several drug-related charges.

Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities have a year to develop online, anonymous reporting systems to receive complaints about sexual assault from students and employees. That’s a requirement of a new law signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, who with the law’s backers say is the first law of its kind in the nation. Tracey Vitchers of the It’s On Us campaign says ictims typically report their assault more quickly when they can report anonymously online, compared to when they report it in person.

New Brighton borough officials are considering a proposal to add an Arby’s on the last vacant lots along the Fifth Street corridor.  The fast-food restaurant would be located at the corner of Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue if approved.  Borough planning officials plan to make their recommendation for council’s consideration July 18th.