Tri County Report For October 25th, 2016

Two New Castle men are charged with burglary after police said they broke into a convenience store and stole cigarettes. Just after 4 a.m. on Monday, officers said they heard a loud bang followed by an alarm coming from the Sunoco gas station on Wilmington Road. According to a police report, 39-year-old Patrick Hicks and 48-year-old Shawn Currie threw a large rock through the front door, and took several packs of cigarettes. Both men fled the scene but were later arrested.  The two were later arraigned and place in the Lawrence County Jail.

State Police in Lawrence County report a similar burglary from early Friday moring in North Beaver Township.  Accroding to police two men used a large rock to break into the Tic-Toc convenience store front door about 2:43 a.m. Once inside the building, they put several packages of cigarettes, and a rack of disposable lighters into a garbage bag. Surveillance video showed the two men leaving the store, one wearing a clowns mask, fled on foot heading south toward Route 108.

Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane is going to prison.  Kane was sentenced to ten-to-23 months behind bars yesterday for leaking grand jury secrets and then lying about it.  She also got eight years of probation.  Kane was taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs but then posted 75-thousand dollars bail and was released a short time later.

A man is facing charges after police found a body under his bed in Hopewell Township.  Someone called officers to report human remains in Donald Teaford’s Mill Street apartment last week.  A search turned up a man’s body wrapped in garbage bags.  Police belief the victim, later identified as Justin Cogan, had been there for three weeks.

Vice President Joe Biden is speaking in Pittsburgh today.  Biden will be campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Chatham University’s athletic center at 11:30 this morning.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

A bill that would keep ride-sharing services operating in Pennsylvania is on the Governor’s desk.  The companies currently have temporary licenses that will expire early next year but the new bill would create permanent regulations and a licensing process.  Governor Wolf has previously said he will sign the bill.

Pennsylvania’s senate has voted to pass legislation that would, among other things, allow beer distributors to sell beer for off-site consumption in any amount, including six-packs and growlers. The bill, which the state senate passed on Monday, would permit manufacturers to ship up to 192 ounces of beer to consumers each month. The full state House of Representatives must still approve the bill. It would then go to Gov. Tom Wolf.

Students at 14 Pennsylvania state universities were back in class Monday. This comes after the union representing striking professors reached a tentative contract agreement on Friday and immediately ended a strike that was in its third day. The new contract provides raises for all employees but also requires them to pick up a greater share of their health care costs. It must now go to the full union membership for ratification.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is campaigning for Hillary Clinton.  She will be joined by Pennsylvania Senate hopeful Katie McGinty in Pittsburgh tomorrow. They will speak about Clinton’s view for America and the dangers of Donald Trump in office.  A location hasn’t been announced by Hillary’s campaign site.  Senator Warren will be in Raleigh today for a similar event.

The Lawrence County Commissioners will hold their weekly public meeting today at the Hickory Township Municipal Building located at 2375 Eastbrook Road, at Noon.  The public is invited to attend. Throughout this year,  the Commissioners  conduct one public meeting every month at eight of the County’s township buildings.