Tri County Report For November 17th, 2016

New Castle City Firemen were called to the scene of a fire on North Liberty Street on Tuesday.  Fire officials say the cause is under investigation. No injuires were reported. Damage was listed at 30 thousand dollars.

A former Lackawannock Township supervisor convicted three times of public indecency has been accused of the same crime again. The Sharon Herald is reporting that 75 year old Willis Swartz exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl Oct. 20 on Garrett Road near Route 158, in Wilmington Township. Police charged Swartz with indecent exposure, open lewdness and disorderly conduct. Swartz was sentenced in January 2014 to 15 months’ probation with 3 months’ house arrest after having pleaded no contest to a charge of indecent exposure stemming from an incident in May 2013 in Sharon and pled guilty to similar charges back in 2006.

Canonsburg Police Officer Scott Bashioum is at his final resting spot.  Hundreds of community members and police attended yesterday’s service at the Church of the Covenant in Washington.  Bashioum was killed on duty last week while responding to a domestic disturbance.  The suspect also shot and killed his wife and himself.

A Pulaksi woman who is barred from owning pets has been charged again with animal abuse.  46 year old Christine Cunningham of Marr Road was charged on Monday with failing to provide clean and sanitary shelter for two dogs and a cat.  The New Castle News reports Cunningham has been on probation since October of last year when on charges of cruelty to animals, after a horse in her care starved to death, and two others were found emaciated. A preliminary hearing has been set for December 14th.

Governor Tom Wolf says workers are going to be laid off and unemployment compensation call centers are going to close.  The Senate adjourned yesterday without voting on legislation to put more than 57-million dollars into the system next year.  Wolf called the inaction “incredibly disappointing and frustrating.”

An Ellwood City woman was charged with 17 counts of theft stemming from accusations that she stole jewelry from a home where her boyfriend was performing carpentry work. According to the Ellwood City Ledger, 35 year old Brooke Colao was charged for receiving stolen property in addition to the theft charges. Ellwood City police said records at Greek’s House of Gold and Barkan’s Pawn Shop in New Castle indicated that she had sold the stolen jewelry between October of 2015 and March of 2016. Her boyfriend, 53 year old Robert Hegedus was charged earlier by police with failing to provide work at the home which he had been paid to do.  The investigation is continuing.

The Butler County Salary Board is giving roughly 150 nonunion employees a one-time payment to make up for the raise that they did not receive at the start of this year. The one-time stipend will amount to 2 percent of the full and part-time employees’ annual salary. It will cost the county about $140,000. Inside Butler County reports In the past, nonunion employees typically received what the county had called a cost-of-living adjustment. They last received a COLA in 2015.

A man is in custody after allegedly exposing himself to a teenage girl in Greene County.  The victim told police Lawrence Plavi asked her if she wanted to smoke crack cocaine near Roosevelt Avenue yesterday while she waited for her bus.  He then allegedly exposed and began touching himself.  He’s also accused of asking her to perform sex acts on him.

A man is in custody in connection to multiple scrap metal thefts in Butler and Venango counties.  Zachary Atwell was arrested last weekend and is accused of stealing more than 30-thousand dollars-worth of scrap and then trying to sell it.  He was also in possession of a stolen gun when police found him.