Tri County Report For November 18th, 2016

A New Galilee man was taken to the hospital following an ATV accident yesterday morning in New Beaver Boro. State Police in Lawrence County report 63 year old Robert McCready was attemping to cross Route 168 when he was struck by a vehicle operated by 43 year old Doris Dinger, also of New Galilee. McCready, who was not wearing an helmet, was thrown from the ATV. He was taken to the Medical Center Beaver for treatment. Dinger was not hurt.

Pennsylvania is borrowing from a line of credit to help close its budget shortfall.   Officials said yesterday the state will take 600-million dollars from the Treasury Department line.  The deficit is currently about 500-million dollars but is expected to grow to three-billion by the year 2020.  Treasury officials say there’s only about three million dollars left in the line of credit, which must last until June.

A woman is facing charges for allegedly threatening a fire police officer with a gun.  Dana Schesventer was arrested Saturday on Route 19 in Cranberry Township.  Police say she got into an argument with the officer, who was directing traffic at the scene of an accident.  Schesventer got out of her truck and approached him while holding a loaded pistol.  No injuries were reported.

Police in Ellwood City report a New Brighton man was flown to Allegheny General Hospital after being cut by a knife during a fight at a bar in Ellwood City.  According to the Ellwood City Ledger, police said the 28-year-old man was recovering from the injury. According to police, the man said he was in a fight at Weisz’s Hazel Manor, on North St. The victim was treated initially at Ellwood City Hospital before being transported to Allegheny General Hospital by medical helicopter. The investigation is continuing.

Table game revenue is up in Pennsylvania casinos.  Officials said yesterday that gross revenue from table games was more than five-percent higher this October than last year.  The Meadows Casino in Washington County had a 40-percent increase in table game revenue over last year and the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh had an eleven-percent gain.  When combined with slot machine revenue, both casinos experienced overall drops from last year.

Officials are investigating a minor school bus crash in Butler City.  Witnesses say the bus was turning onto Morton Avenue yesterday when it collided with a car.  The bus had 14 students from St. Luke Lutheran School on it but all were checked by paramedics and then re-checked by the school nurse.  None had serious injuries.

Pennsylvania is implementing a plan to fight bullying in schools.  On the heels of several racial incidents at schools across the state, officials announced the Safe School Response Plan yesterday.  The plan directs districts to contact the office of state schools if there is a suspected racial incident.  The state will then decide if resources need to be sent in to help.

Students at the University of Pittsburgh want to make the campus a safe space for illegal immigrants.  About 50-students gathered in front of the Cathedral of Learning yesterday afternoon.  The students called on the university to refuse to give into requests to deport students who are illegal immigrants.

The New Castle High School Football team will be playing for the WPIAL Class 4A Championship game this afternoon at Heinz Field. The ‘Canes will take the Jaguars of Thomas Jefferson. Kickoff is set for 5 o’clock. The winner moves onto the quarterfinal round of the  PIAA  state playoffs.