Tri County Report For August 15th, 2016

The 63rd annual Lawrence County Fair kicks off with Family Day today with half-priced tickets and free events for kids. Family Day will have buy one ticket for $10 and get the second for $5, Marks said. One ticket includes parking, rides and grandstands. The Lawrence County Fair is from today thru Saturday at the fairgrounds on route 108 just east of New Castle. Fair gates open at 8 a.m. and rides are open at 1 p.m. All grandstand events begin at 7 p.m.

A Union Township man has been arrested on charges of possessing and viewing child pornography.  According to the New Castle News 40 year old Kenneth Moore of Hillside Way was charged by the State Attorney Generals Office with three counts of disseminating photos/film of child sex acts, 28 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of  communications facility. He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 150 thousand dollars bond. His preliminary hearing is set for August 18th.

The FBI and the Chippewa Township Police Department are asking for help finding the person responsible for robbing a Beaver Falls bank. The robbery took place at the Citizens Bank just before 3:00 last Thursday.  The man indicated that he had a bomb while holding a black umbrella and demanded money from the tellers. The tellers gave the robber an undisclosed amount of money and he left through the front door.  No injuries were reported.  A reward will be offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone who knows anything about this robbery is asked to contact the Pittsburgh Field Office of the FBI at 412-432-4000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Officials are releasing more details about an accident at Idlewild & Soak Zone in Ligonier.  Police say three-year-old Declan McClain was riding the Rollo Coaster with his seven-year-old brother Thursday when he fell about ten feet.  Park officials have not said why the child was allowed to ride without an adult, as is required.  At last check, McClain was in critical condition.

Donald Trump is watching Pennsylvania for voter fraud.  The Republican presidential nominee held a rally in Altoona Friday and said the only way he can lose the state is if cheating goes on.  Trump claims he has to “call up law enforcement” and “have the sheriffs and the police chiefs and everybody watching.”  Recent Pennsylvania polls show Clinton leading Trump 52- to-42-percent.

Jerry Sandusky is insisting he did not sexually abuse young boys.  The former assistant Penn State football coach took the stand at his appeal hearing Friday and said, “The idea is disgusting and dirty to me.  I never did that with anybody.”  Sandusky is trying to have his conviction overturned, claiming his former lawyers didn’t adequately represent him during his 2012 trial.  He is serving 30-to-60 years behind bars for sexually abusing ten boys.

Several of the region’s Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores are part of the changes to liquor sales in Pennsylvania.  Yesterday began flexible store hours and pricing at more than 600 stores statewide.  It includes 19 stores in Allegheny County, two stores in Westmoreland County and one each in Fayette and Greene counties.  The stores either now have expanded Sunday hours or sales on Sundays for the first time.

A Chicora woman faces charges following an accident yesterday morning in Butler County.  According to state police 33 year old Amanda Rusch lost control of her vehicle on Kittaninning Pike road and struck an embankment. Polices said Rusch who suffered a minor injury was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested. The investiation into the accident is continuing.