Tri County Report For September 28th, 2016

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident yesterday morning in Scott Township.  According to police 47year old Carlee Lewis of New Castle was operating a semi truck and was  making a right turn onto route 19 from route 956, when the trailor became detached.  A car operated by Michael Collins of Portersville struck the trailor head on.  Collins was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.  The investigation into the crash is continuing.

Gov. Tom Wolf will address a joint session of the state House and Senate today as he presses for action on a package of legislation designed to combat opioid and heroin addiction. Wolf’s address comes as lawmakers’ fall voting session winds down. He says lawmakers can’t afford to stall with 10 people a day dying from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania. Wolf is seeking passage of bills to require prescribers to check a prescription drug monitoring database every time they prescribe opioids and limit the opioid quantities that emergency room doctors can prescribe to seven days

A Wampum man who was arrested on drug charges last month has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.  The New Castle News Reports 25 yearold Michael Puntureri of Halltown Road is faced with one count of possession with intent to deliver and possession.  The charges stem from Punturreri’s arrest back on August 31 following a traffic stop. A further investigation led police to finding over 550 grams of marijuana in the trunk of his car.  Puntereri remains free on bond.

A part-time McKeesport police officer is out of a job after a racist social media post.  The female officer reportedly posted a picture of herself in uniform yesterday with the caption, “I’m the law today.”  The post ended with a racial slur and was shared hundreds of times.  McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko addressed the post on Facebook saying, “This post displays a degree of conduct and character that is far different from what I would expect from an officer in this city.”  The officer was wearing a Pitcairn police uniform in the photo but the department says she’s a former employee.

Students in Pennsylvania could be forced to take a citizenship test in order to get their high school diploma.  TribLIVE reports a proposal was debated yesterday in Harrisburg, that would require students to pass a U.S. citizenship exam in order to graduate from high school.  The news outlet reports nearly 15 states have already adopted the civics test requirement.

Timothy Glasspool is back as the superintendent of Plum schools.  The Plum school board reinstated Glasspool yesterday.  Levin Legal Group released its findings yesterday after a grand jury criticized how administrators handled sexual abuse allegations on students by teachers.  Levin Legal found no reason to fire Glasspool.  Plum Senior High School principal Ryan Kociela remains suspended following the investigation.

Legislation that would change the 40-percent wholesale tax on vapor products is on its way to the House for consideration. The House Finance Committee passed the measure yesterday.  The bill would replace the current tax with a five-cent-per-milliliter tax on vapor liquid only.  Supporters say the bill would help more than 350 small businesses in Pennsylvania.

A local company is investing more than $1 million to expand its production capacity and create 12 jobs. According to the Ellwood City Ledger Creekside Springs, which  bottles, packages and labels water, has sites in Ambridge and Ohio. Its planned expansion includes acquiring and installing new equipment and storage capacity at a warehouse off Blockhouse Run Road in Pulaski Township. The expansion will help the company retain 30 existing employees while creating a dozen new jobs within three years.

Michelle Obama will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.  The event will be at the Fitzgerald Field House on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland at 3:30.  Doors open at 1. The First Lady will speak in Philadelphia tomorrow at noon.