Tri County Report For November 16th, 2016

The man who police say shot a coworker inside the Hermitage Wal-Mart earlier this month was in court yesterday morning. An attorney for 22-year-old Zachary McClimans asked the judge to give him more time to prepare for the case. The judge agreed and set a preliminary hearing after Thanksgiving. WKBN-TV reports McClimans is charged with attempted murder after police say he shot Jayson Hall four times inside the store. McClimans said he felt threatened by Hall after he revealed he was transitioning gender.  Store officials have not commented on the case.

UPMC Jameson and Westminster College will now be partnering on a nursing program.  During an event yesterday in Pittsburgh officials from both the UPMC Jameson School of Nursing and the College announced a partnership that will allow students to earn both a diploma in nursing and a bacherlor’s degree through a four year program, that according to Lisa Lombardo director of public relations and marking for UPMC Jameson. The Jameson School of Nursing was established back in 1895.

Police are releasing more information about the man who fell from a three-story apartment in Butler.  Officials said yesterday that George Emerick Jr. was trying to repel down the side of the building Monday when he dropped 30 feet onto Brady Street.  Police say he hammered an extension cord into a window frame and was lowering himself with it when he fell.  Emerick suffered serious injuries.

A man is lucky to be alive after an accident in Butler Township.  Police say Ronald Loar was driving on South Duffy Road yesterday when a telephone pole came down on his vehicle.  He suffered a few minor injuries but did not need treatment.

Gas prices are down in Pennsylvania.  The average price for a gallon of unleaded in the Keystone State is two-dollars and 38-cents, which is two-cents less than last week. claims the national average is two-dollars and 15-cents a gallon.

The expanded Steamfitters Training Facility in Harmony is now open.  The state has put five-million dollars into the building, where workers are trained for the local construction and energy industries.  Governor Wolf was there yesterday to introduce the facility, saying it will allow for a better, more modern and dynamic environment through hands-on-training.  The facility graduated about 170 apprentices annually but the upgrades will lift that number to 270.

Pine-Richland is asking a judge to dismiss a transgender policy lawsuit.  Students filed the lawsuit last month, saying the high school won’t allow them to use the facilities that match their gender identity.  The school has ten unisex bathrooms.  The school board overturned a policy in September that had allowed transgender students to use the facilities of their choosing instead of the one that coincides with their biological sex.

Beer distributors in Pennsylvania will soon be allowed to sell six-packs.  Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill yesterday that will allow beer distributors to do just that.  Governor Wolf said “Pennsylvanians have waited decades to bring their beer and liquor systems into the 21st century. I’m proud to sign this bill, supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, to ensure that the commonwealth is more inviting for customers and businesses.”

Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects to a fallen Canonsburg police officer today.  The funeral for Officer Scott Bashioum will be held at noon at the Church of the Covenant in Washington.  The Slovan Volunteer Fire Department in Burgettstown will escort Bashioum’s casket to the Cemetery of the Alleghenies but officials also expect close to a thousand police, fire and other law enforcement vehicles from across the country.  Bashioum was killed last week in an ambush.  The suspect then shot and killed his pregnant wife and himself.