Tri County Report For August 10th, 2016

A man was pulled from the water after he fell from the Quaker Falls waterfall in Mahoning Township in Lawrence County Tuesday afternoon. WKBN-TV reports The victim fell about ten feet from the waterfall, hit a tree trunk and hit his head on a rock. He was flown to St. Elizabeth Hospital. His name and condition are not known at this time.

An Aliquippa man is facing charges for allegedly molesting a child.  The six-year-old girl told police Keshmar Sims assaulted her while giving her a bath and showed her a pornographic video on his phone.  Detectives searched Sims’ home last week and found the phone as well as several pairs of girl’s underwear.

Pennsylvania’s attorney general has gone on trial in a perjury and obstruction case that prosecutors say stems from her drive for political revenge. They say Democrat Kathleen Kane was incensed about a news article that faulted her for not charging anyone in a statehouse bribery sting. Prosecutors say Kane leaked grand jury material to the media to embarrass the former staff lawyer she thought planted the story. The documents showed he had similarly dropped an investigation into an NAACP leader. The defense tells jurors in opening statements Tuesday that Kane wouldn’t have risked her career over a fued with Fina. The trial is expected to last a week.

State police in Mercer County arrested three people on drug, gun and other charges after raiding a home at 6 a.m. Thursday in Sharon. The Sharon Herald reports, Following an investigation, 31 year old Johnta Lincoln of Sharon along with 25 year old Lady Bell IV and 38 year old Jauwan Tate Sr. both from Youngstown were charged with with possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to deliver, possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a child and receiving stolen property. All three are in the Mercer County Prison after failing to post bond.

Repairs connected to a natural gas line explosion in Westmoreland County are expected to reach upwards of 100-million dollars.   A spokesman for Spectra Energy announced the estimate last week.  The line ruptured in April, scorching about 40 acres of land and severely burning one person.   The cause of the explosion has not been determined but officials say initial tests indicate tape coating on the weld joints of the pipeline might have failed.

Pennsylvania’s new car seat law goes into effect this week.  Drivers now have to use rear facing car seats for all children under the age of two.  The law will be enforced beginning Friday and violators could be fined 125 dollars, although police will issue warnings for the first year.

A one-story home in Butler County was badly damaged by flames Tuesday morning. The fire broke out around 8:15am on Roe Avenue in Meridian. The homeowner, an older woman, was inside when the fire started. She was able to safely escape but she won’t be able to return at this point. The cause is unkown.

Peters Township council is taking a vote to decide whether to use eminent domain to get the old Rolling Hills Country Club property.  A meeting will be held Monday to decide the matter.  Township Manager Mike Silvestri says they would prefer not to use eminent domain and are working with the property owner.  The school district would like to use some of the land for a new high school.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence continues to campaign for Donald Trump.  The Republican vice presidential nominee was without his running mate in Pittsburgh yesterday for a rally at the Senator John Heinz History Center.  He spoke to about 200 people on the fifth floor, and Pence discussed the current economy and how to improve it.  He was also in Lancaster County earlier in the day.

Pittsburgh International Airport is celebrating a busy month of June.  The Allegheny County Airport Authority announced yesterday there were more than 780-thousand travelers that went through the airport in June of this year.  That’s an increase of more than four and a half percent from June 2015. It’s the highest number of passengers in June in eight years.  Nearly four-million passengers have gone through Pittsburgh International Airport during the first half of 2016.