Tri County Report For November 10th, 2016

Fire officals in Mercer County report a home was destroyed by fire yesterday morning.  The blaze broke out at a home on Henderson Road in Jackson center around 5:30.  No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The Ellwood City Area School Distric is authorizing it’s business manager to prepare a preliminary budget for the 2017-18 school year that may include a tax increase.  According to the Ellwood City Ledger Adopting a preliminary budget in January would enable the school board to increase property taxes beyond the rate of inflation, either by seeking exceptions from the referendum provision or by subjecting the school budget to voter approval.  Pennsylvania’s index inflation rate of 3.6 percent would allow the district to increase taxes by approximately $289,500, and it could file for about an additional $100,000 in exceptions.

Officials are investigating reports of “vote flipping” at some Western Pennsylvania polls.  Butler County GOP chairman Ed Natali said yesterday that he has been notified of a possible lawsuit because of the issues.  Initial reports indicate some of the problems occurred in Clinton Township and several areas in Allegheny County.

Department of State officials are pleased with Election Day in Pennsylvania. Secretary of State Pedro Cortes said yesterday that although there were some calibration issues with voting machines early in the day, the problems were solved before the votes were cast.  Cortes claims 25 machines were affected, but all were either replaced or fixed.

Hundreds of University of Pittsburgh students are peacefully protesting the country’s president-elect.  The group gathered early yesterday morning to march on campus, and chants of “Not my president” could be heard echoing through the streets.  Police gathered to block roads but no problems or arrests were reported.

Officials are investigating an inmate death at the Butler County Prison.  Charles Petredis was found unresponsive in his cell Monday morning.  Staff used the AED and gave him CPR but he was pronounced dead a short time later.  The cause of death is pending autopsy results.

A former Fayette County police officer is facing prison after being found guilty of having sex with an underage, confidential informant.  Ryan Reese was cleared of the most serious charge against him yesterday but was convicted of corruption of a minor.  The victim claims she agreed to have sex with Reese in exchange for him dropping drugs and weapons charges against her and her boyfriend.  Reese is also facing charges of abusing power in several other cases.

Hundreds of northeast Ohio autoworkers will soon find themselves without a job.  General Motors says it’s cutting the third shift at its Lordstown Assembly Plant because of slow car sales.  More than 12-hundred people work overnights at the suburban Youngstown factory, building the Chevrolet Cruze compact car.

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, all City, county, state and federal offices will be closed.  There is no mail delivery.