Tri County Report for November 22nd 2016

UPMC Jameson will be closings it’s inpatient behavioral health unit for good.  According to the New Castle News jameson announced yesterday it would close the unit  at the hospital’s South Side campus on January 20th following a decline in patient volume. Lisa Lombardo, director of public relations and marketing for Jameson said the closure will effect 24 employees who will be giving the opportunity to be placed in similar positions within the UPMC system.

A man accused of stabbing multiple people at a high school  was in court yesterday.  Alex Hribal is charged with stabbing 20-students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School in 2014. A decision to allow a Hribal to plead guilty but mentally ill for the attempted murder of 20 fellow students and a security guard  could come early next year. Hribal has been in jail since his arrest.

A bill that would have prevented the release of names of officers who use deadly force is going back to the drawing board.  Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the measure yesterday saying, while he is deeply concerned about police safety, he cannot endorse a policy that will “enshrine” the withholding of information.  The legislation would have kept officers’ names shielded for at least 30 days following a deadly force incident unless the officer was charged.

A Butler man is recovering after an accidental shooting.  Andrew Semuskie was riding a ATV in Concord Township Sunday when he accidently discharged his pistol into his thigh.  His injury was not life-threatening and no one else was hurt.

Officials are going to be conducting DUI checkpoints around Western Pennsylvania this week.  Police and the DUI Task Force will be doing both roving and stationary patrols in various locations in Lawrence, Mercer, Beaver, and Butler counties.  The crackdown will last through Sunday.

Police are investigating a large copper theft from a business in Muddy Creek Township.  Officials say someone took almost ten thousand dollars-worth of insulated copper wire from Nabors Drilling late last month.   Police are reviewing area surveillance video in an attempt to identify a suspect but are asking anyone with information to come forward.

The state attorney general’s office is expected to release a report on Pennsylvania’s porn-gate scandal today.  Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane commissioned an outside law firm to compile the report last year after offensive emails were exchanged on state computers.  The scandal led to the retirements of two Supreme Court justices.

More than 500 Pennsylvania state employees are being laid-off.  Notices began going out yesterday and those affected will be out of work as of December 19th.  The move is the result of the closing of unemployment service centers in Allentown, Altoona and Lancaster due to a dispute over money.  The House approved 57-million dollars in funds but the Senate failed to vote on the plan before adjourning until January.

State Police are investigating an alleged drug transaction between two students a a Mercer County High school. Police report that they were called when a 16-year-old girl was caught with narcotics inside Lakeview High School on Friday. According to State Police, their investigation determined that a 17-year-old boy provided the drugs to the girl earlier in the day while school was in session. Police have not released the names of the juveniles, or further information about the investigation.