Tri County Report For September 29th, 2016

Endeka Entertainment has ended its bid to bring a racetrack and casino to Lawrence County.  The New Castle News reports that the company will not appeal the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Boards decision to deny a casino license to the group.  However Lawrence County and Mahoning Township officals have decided to appeal the board’s denial of the license. John O’Riordan, attorney representing Endeka said there has never been a successful appeal to a gaming board’s decision.

Two men are facing charges following a fight at a youth football game in Rochester Township.  Police were called to the Rochester Area High School football field earlier this month for a report of an altercation between a parent and a coach.  Witnesses say Jared Wright, who appeared to be drunk, shoved and threatened the Little Rams coach.  Another parent then allegedly got involved and threatened Wright with a gun.

Police in Shenango Township have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. The New Castle News reports 18 year old Dontae BlacKshear is wanted in connection with the September 22nd assault.  Police say Blackshear allegeldy assaulted his ex-grilfriend as she was entering her East Washington Street workplace, casuing injuries to her face, neck and arm.  He’s charged with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment.

Governor Wolf is urging lawmakers to act on the state’s opioid and heroin crisis.  In a joint address to the House and Senate yesterday Wolf said, “In the past year alone, we lost over 35-hundred Pennsylvanians – a thousand more lives taken than the year before.”  The governor is pushing for more checks on pain pill prescribers and wants to limit prescriptions of opioids for minors.  He also wants to add funding for more drug education.

Officials are investigating the discovery of a newborn in a trash can in Westmoreland County.  Paramedics treating a woman at the BP gas station off Interstate 70 over the weekend found the infant in the bathroom, where it appears to have been born.  The baby was not injured.

A Beaver County 911 dispatcher is facing charges after overdosing in her home while her children were there.  Brittany Trainer was found passed out in her Pulaski Township residence earlier this month.  She’s facing child endangerment charges but because of the overdose immunity law she will not be charged for the drugs.  She has also been suspended without pay.

More information is being released about the public memorial service for Arnold Palmer.  The event will be held on Tuesday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe and attendees are being asked to enter the campus from Brouwers Road.  The service will start at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning and there will be a limited number of seats.  Overflow seating will be available with a live feed of the ceremony.

The Worsley’s building in Butler is being torn down.  The store has been a Main Street staple for 87 years, but was condemned in March after a fire.  Mayor Tom Donaldson says it would have cost millions to rehab the building.  Demolition will begin in the next few weeks.

A two-month-old girl in Allegheny County is fighting for her life after her father allegedly shook her for a whole minute.  Brandon Leer is accused of shaking the baby because she was crying, but called police when the girl became unresponsive  Leer was arrested and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the child’s medical bills.