Tri County Report For September 22nd 2016

A New Castle man injured in a climbing accident has died. According to the New Castle News, 19 year old Ryan Glasser was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh after falling 40 feet back on September 5th in a climbing area at McConnell’s Mill State Park.  Glasser died on Tuesday. Glasser was with his family at the Breakneck Bridge climbing area at the time of the accident.

An offer is on the table for faculty at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities.  The State System of Higher Education made an offer yesterday that includes an almost 12-percent raise over the life of the deal.  The two sides will meet again next month.  The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties says it will strike no later than October 30th if a new deal is not in place.

A Mercer County,convicted sex offender is charged with failing to register and update his residency. State Police say 51 year old Richard Carroll,  was found to be living at the Bible Baptist church on McMillian Road in Findley Township. According to state police, Carroll provided false addresses on the sex offender registry.  Carroll was designated as a tier two sex offender after being convicted of sexual exploitation of minors. He was arrested and taken to the Mercer County Prison.

State officials are hoping they put a dent in the Beaver County area drug supply with over 75 recent arrests. WKBN-TV reports The Attorney General’s Mobile Street Crimes Unit arrested them for dealing drugs in the county. The unit spent the past six months working undercover at a cost of close to a million dollars. They started making the arrests Tuesday around 3 a.m. Police confiscated various quantities of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and prescription pills, among other drugs.

Officials are investigating after a five-year-old was left with a stranger half-a-mile from her home in Beaver County.  The child’s grandfather says the little girl’s Baden Academy bus driver did not know where she lived, and stopped a woman walking along the road to see if she could help.  The woman did not know the child but the driver left her there anyway.  Baden Academy’s chief executive officer, Lauren Bensink, says the safety of the students is of the utmost importance and promises to work closely with their bus companies to ensure safe transportation.

Four people are recovering following a school bus accident in Summit Township.  Three Summit Township Elementary students and the bus driver were taken to the hospital yesterday after a collision on Bonniebrook Road.  About 20 students were on the bus at the time.  None of the injuries is thought to be life-threatening.

Streets are closing in downtown Pittsburgh to handle the visit from Donald Trump.  The Republican presidential nominee is speaking today at the convention center for the Shale Insight conference.  Tenth Street will be blocked off underneath the convention center.  Pedestrians and vehicles will not be allowed through.  The city is working with county, state and federal officials to have the morning run smoothly after a small uproar when Trump was in town in April.  Three people were charged with aggravated assault and four officers were injured.

Plum School District officials will hear from a law firm soon about its independent report on current and former employees.  Levin Legal Group investigated the district to see whether officials acted correctly during incidents of sexual abuse on students by teachers.  Levin Legal will present the findings Tuesday during a board meeting.  The superintendent and high school principal were placed on leave pending the results of the report.

Patrick McDonnell is Governor Wolf’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.  Wolf made the announcement yesterday.  McDonnell has been the acting secretary since May when John Quigley resigned.  He now needs approval from two-thirds of the state Senate.