Tri County Report For November 11th, 2016

A former Neshannock Area School District board memeber has turned himself in for allegedly stealing money from his former employer. According to the New Castle News, 48 year old Jay Vitale of Greenfiled Road is accused of taking over 269 thousand dollars from the office of Dr.Daniel J.Callaghan Jr., while he was working as his office manager, in charge of the finances. Vitale faces charges of theft by deception, and theft by faliure to make required dispostion of funds. He worked in the office from 1996 until June of 2014.

The Aliquippa High School boys’ varsity basketball coach is facing child pornography charges. A dog-fighting investigation led to the charges, which were filed yesterday against Nicholas Lackovich. Police believe Lackovich was breeding dogs and holding fights in his Center home. When detectives seized his electronics for that investigation, they found the child pornography.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating a house fire in Mercer County.  The fire broke out Wednesday after at a home on North Stone Base Road in Lackawannock Township.  The home, owned by 56 year old Jay Seltzer was destroyed.  Damage was estimated at 180 thousand dollars.  No injuires were reported.

A Center police officer is facing charges for allegedly stealing drugs from the department’s evidence room. Officials filed a 100-count criminal complaint against Officer Jeffrey Stone yesterday. Other officers reportedly went to supervisors in October saying Stone often appeared to be under the influence while on duty, had slurred speech and was “not responding promptly and appropriately” to calls. A search of Stone’s desk found a white, powdery substance and pill fragments. He admitted to the thefts and resigned when confronted.

Officials are releasing more information about an ambush that killed one Canonsburg police officer and injured another. Police responded to a domestic violence report yesterday and were ambushed by Michael Cwiklinski [[ Kwik-LIN-ski ]].  Patrolman Scott Bashioum was killed and the other officer was flown to a trauma center in fair condition. Cwiklinski was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the home along with his wife, who had also been shot to death.

Governor Tom Wolf is congratulating Donald Trump.  Wolf made his first public appearance since the election yesterday.  Wolf said he hopes Trump will be a successful president and also wished all Pennsylvania’s new and incumbent winners well.

Pennsylvania now has a new tool for veterans.  Governor Tom Wolf announced the “PA Network of Care” website yesterday.  The site features resources for housing, employment and other support services and is searchable by county.  The program is specifically designed to help veterans, but will eventually have options for all Pennsylvanians.  Go to veterans.networkofcare.org for more information.

Today is Veterans Day.  All City, county, state and federal offices are closed.  There is no mail delivery.

One person is dead following a police standoff in Butler Township.  Initial reports indicate a man barricaded himself inside a home along Table Rock Road yesterday afternoon when officers tried to serve him with a mental health warrant.  When police entered, they found the man had committed suicide.  More information is expected today.

An Ellport man has been accused of home improvement fraud.  The Ellwood City Ledger reports 53 year old Robert Hegedus of Mahony Avenue was charged Monday with theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking and home improvement contractor fraud. Ellwood City police said Hegedus agreed in December of 2015 to purchase materials and perform work on the home of a family along the 200 block of Portersville Road in Ellport. The family gave Hegedus more than $3,000 for the project, which was never completed. The residents at first agreed to repayment, but later decieded to file charges.