Tri County Report For July 14th, 2016

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has put an end to plans for a gambling facility in Lawrence County.The seven-member board voted unanimously Wednesday to abandon the application for Lawrence Downs Casino and Racing Resort in Mahoning Township.Endeka Entertainment had proposed the state’s only one-mile harness racing track and a full casino. County officials said they expected it to bring as many as 600 jobs.Several board members had expressed concerns about whether the project could be built for $205 million, which Endeka said included the licensing fee and construction costs.

A New Castle man pleaded gulity to statutory sexaul assault of a 14 year old female.  According to the New Castle News, 34 year old Steven Plum of Laurel Blvd., is accused of the alleged assualt that took place back on March 4th of this year at his home.  Plum faces up to nine years in prison and five years probation.  He aslo will be subject to Lifetime Megan’s Law requiring him to report his whereabouts to police.  No sentencing date has been set.

Pennsylvania lawmakers want college students to be allowed to serve as substitute teachers.  The General Assembly passed a bill to allow students who are studying education to serve as subs for a limited number of days every year.  Lawmakers are hoping it will help with the state’s substitute teacher shortage.  The bill now needs Governor Wolf’s signature to become law.

Cigarettes will soon cost at least a dollar more in Pennsylvania.  The General Assembly approved a one-dollar tax increase on cigarettes yesterday as part of their revenue package, which will pay for the 31-billion dollar budget that became law Monday night.  The revenue package also increases taxes on digital downloads, like movies, and lottery winnings.  Governor Wolf signed it last night.

A Mercer County couple is facing over 500 combined charged for a series of incidents involving a teenager back starting in 2001.Fifty-eight year old Michael Hamelly and fifty-four year old Charyn Hamelly, both of Jackson Center, are charged in connection to inappropriate contact with a teen. The incidents, according to the criminal complaint, occurred over a two-year period when the victim was between 14 and 15 years of age. Both suspects will be in  District Court for preliminary hearings on July 27th.

New Castle police continue to look  for a suspect after a man was shot. The shooting took place at a playground on the corner of West North and Lowry Streets. The victim was taken to UPMC Jameson hospital for treatment.  Anyone with information is asked to contact New Castle City police.

At least one person has been seriously injured as a result of a vehicle  crashed into a house Wednesday afternoon in Butler County.  The accident took place around 1:30 in the 2000 block of Kittanning Pike in Parker Township. According to Inside Butler County one person needed to be flown to a hospital for treatment. The cause of the crash and the damage are still under investigation.

Pittsburgh is reportedly one of the best cities in the U.S. to live.  According to a new study from WalletHub, the Steel City is the 22nd-best large city to live in.  The website used 31 factors to rank the 62 largest American cities on areas such as health and education system quality.  Pittsburgh was ranked 17th in education and 31st in health.