Tri County For October 20th, 2016

Police are continuing to investigate a sexual assault case in Beaver County.  Ralph Ruprecht was arrested in August for allegedly raping two teenage girls, but police now think there could be more victims.  Ruprecht is accused of meeting the teens on the Internet, taking them to an apartment in the Strip District and forcing himself on them.  Detectives also believe several other men were involved.

State Police in Mercer County have released the name of a man killed in a traffic accident in East Lackawannock Township. According to a police, 57 year old Lance Davis, of Mercer, was thrown from his vehicle when it rolled over on Route 62 on Monday. Davis was taken to Grove City Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say they did not know what caused the vehicle to go off the road.

A Farrell man was sentenced Friday to the minimum prison term of 5 years for a federal drug charge. The Sharon Herald reports 34 year old Ayodele Johnson also will serve 4 years’ supervised release on the charge of possession with intent to distribute 1 ounce or more of crack cocaine. He was arrested at his home back on October 3rd of last year by the Mercer County Drug Task force and a number of other police agencies. Police found  2 ounces of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $4,060. He pleaded guilty in July.

Employees at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities are on the picket line.  Talks broke down Tuesday night and professors and coaches officially went on strike at 5:00 a.m. yesterday.  More than 100-thousand students are affected and some joined the staff on the picket line yesterday.  Governor Tom Wolf says he is disappointed both sides could not reach an agreement and called the strike “detrimental to the system.”

A woman is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Butler County.  Jessica Winchman was charged this week for the incident, which occurred when she was pulled over for a DUI earlier this month.  Police say Winchman sideswiped another vehicle on Powell Road in Cranberry Township and appeared to be intoxicated.  Officers claim she became violent when they got her to the hospital, and kicked one of them in the chest.

The House and Senate are in agreement about making ride-sharing services permanent in Pennsylvania. Uber and its competitors are currently under temporary licenses, which expire early next year.  A new measure, which was passed this week, will create a permanent licensing process for the companies.

Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Pittsburgh.  Biden will visit the area next week to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  More details about the Tuesday visit will be released this week at  Clinton and running mate, Tim Kaine, will also be in Pittsburgh this Saturday but the location has not been announced.

Marcellus Shale impact fee money has been awarded to help with housing in Butler County. A grant of $275,000 will be provided to the Butler County Acquisition/Rehab Program by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. According to Inside Butler County This program will use the money to purchase properties throughout the county and rehabilitate them to provide affordable rental housing. Proceeds from those rental payments will then be used to cover property expenses as well as acquire and fix additional rental housing properties.

KeyBank is taking over the naming rights of the venue previously known as First Niagara Pavilion.  The Burgettstown amphitheater will now be known as KeyBank Pavilion.  Market President Todd Moules released a statement this week saying, “While KeyBank is a new name to our market, it is not new to keeping its commitments to the communities it serves, including right here in Western Pennsylvania.”  KeyBank’s parent company, KeyCorp is the nation’s 13th largest commercial bank.