Tri County Report For October 27th, 2016

A Sharpsville woman was not hurt following a one car accident in Pulaski Township.  According to State Police 26 year old Maya Brooks was eastbound on Interstate 376 when she swirved to miss a deer, causing her to lose control of her car.  The vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment. No injuries were reported.

Pennsylvania State Police say they know the identity of a man who allegedly exposed himself to a thirteen year old girl waiting for a school bus in Wilmington Township. According to a police report, the man driving a red or burgundy pickup truck drove close enough to the girl, and was positioned in such a way as to reveal that he was not wearing pants or underwear. Police say the incident occurred last Thursday morning near the end of driveway on Garrett Road near State Route 158. The truck has been seen in the vicinity of several Amish schools.

A New Castle woman is in the Lawrence County Jail following a drug raid in the Sheep Hill area.  The New Castle News reports 22 year old Rashelle Reitnaurer of Hanna Street is facing several charges including delivery and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at 25 thousand dollars.  The Lawrence County District Attorney’s office filed the charges following the raid early Wednesday morning. A preliminary hearing is set for November 2nd.

Another state pension reform bill is dead in the water.  Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman announced last night that there weren’t enough Republican votes for the bill to pass the House, even though he was confident it had the votes to pass the Senate.  Corman said, “Obviously we’re extremely disappointed.  We think this was an opportunity for Pennsylvania to take the lead in pension reform.”

Hillary Clinton continues to pour resources into the battleground state of Pennsylvania.  Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts spoke on behalf of Clinton and U.S. Senate hopeful Katie McGinty yesterday in Pittsburgh.  Warren discussed Clinton’s plans of raising the minimum wage and creating new jobs.  She also made sure everyone will vote on November 8th.

Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Beaver County.  Clinton will be campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Friday at the Franklin Center in Aliquippa.  The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and doors open at 8:30 a.m.  Get more information at HillaryClinton.com.

A convicted sex offender is in the Mercer County Jail after his arrest by Pennsylvania State Police. Authorities say that Raymond Burton Ortiz was taken into custody on Friday in Delaware Township for failing to update his sex offender registry. The Pennsylvania Megan’s Law website says Ortiz is under a court order to register as at tier 3 sex offender after being convicted of rape and aggravated indecent assault in 2010. Ortiz appeared before a district magistrate who set his bond at $10,000.

Liquor sales across Pennsylvania are up.  The Liquor Control Board announced yesterday a more than four-percent increase this year to over two-point-four-billion-dollars.  Allegheny County topped the list of all 67 counties with more than 291-million-dollars in sales.  Westmoreland County was ninth at nearly 61-million-dollars.  Butler County ranked 18th with Washington and Beaver counties not far behind at 20th and 22nd respectively.

State election officials are asking people not to take selfies in polling places.  In some states, it’s illegal, but in  Pennsylvania, the rules are fuzzy.  The state Election Code does not address the matter and the Department of State recommends each county make its own rules.   Officials encourage people to wait until they leave the polling property to snap their selfies.

A proposal that would allow beer distributors to sell six-packs is on Governor Wolf’s desk.  The bill was passed by lawmakers late last night.  Supporters say the legislation will help Pennsylvanians purchase alcohol more conveniently.  It’s not clear if Wolf will sign the bill.

Pennsylvania has a new bill to help protect domestic violence victims.  The legislation will categorize strangulation as a form of assault.  The move follows a study that found ten percent of violent deaths in the U.S. are linked to strangulation.  Governor Wolf signed the legislation yesterday saying he hopes it will prevent acts of non-lethal strangulation from later becoming domestic violence homicides.