Tri County Report For December 6th 2016

According to the New Castle News, a Wilmington Area High School senior is facing charges for allegedly sending pornographic images to cell phone of other students. 18 year old Clifford Rogel is accused of sending an explict video of nine students, some of who are younger than 18. Rogel then allegedly sent the same reciepients a second video and directed them to a pornographic website which he said was the origin of the images. He was sent a summons to appear in Central Court for a prelimainary hearing on January 19th.

A man is facing charges for allegedly killing his wife during an argument in Butler County.  Joshua Crawford of Chicora first tried to commit suicide with a rifle Sunday but it did not go off.  He then allegedly shot Sarah Crawford in the chest.  He told police the victim called him a “mama’s boy” and encouraged him to shoot himself.

Police in Youngstown are looking for a suspect who shot a Youngstown firefighter  last night. Police said the firefighter was shot while he was riding in the fire truck just as crews were leaving the scene of the Elm Street call. According to police, the shooter was in the driveway and began shooting at the truck that was driving by.  That’s when the firefighter was hit as the bullet went through the door of the truck.   Police believe the shooter used a rifle. The condition of the firefighter is also unknown but he was taken to Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown.

The Green Party says Pennsylvania’s aging voting machines could have been hacked.  Supporters rallied in Harrisburg yesterday calling for an analysis of the machines.  The party says its efforts center on trying to give states the best voting equipment and an open, transparent system.  There is no specific evidence that Pennsylvania voting was compromised but the Green Party has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming the state can’t prove that every vote was counted.

Allegheny County is finished reviewing ballots from last month’s general election.  There were no changes to any votes yesterday, but the county didn’t investigate the machines for tampering.  Jill Stein and the Green Party filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia yesterday, calling the Pennsylvania election system a disgrace.  The suit says there’s no paper trail, and voting machines are hackable.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says there is no radioactivity in Ten Mile Creek in Green County.   Officials released the results of 2016 tests last week and say there is no risk of dangerous radioactivity.  The DEP says any presence of radioactivity is far below the standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Tests in 2014 found excessive levels of radiation in the water but all subsequent tests have found no issues.

Commissioners in Beaver County approved a tentative budget that increases taxex by 3.8 mills.  According to the Ellwood City Ledger, The spending plan of about $220.6 million will be supported by a 3.8 mill property tax hike, the first enacted by the commissioners in eight years. It was a proposal that included the lowest tax hike possible to meet the county’s needs.

A woman is facing child pornography charges in Imperial.  Kaitlin Plascjak was arrested Friday and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office says this is the first time it has charged a woman with possessing child pornography.  Officials received multiple tips that someone was uploading the illegal material and traced the IP address to Plascjak’s Falls Church Road home.  She later allegedly admitted to the crime.

There’s a new superintendent for Blackhawk schools.  Acting superintendent Robert Postupac was given a five-year contract yesterday following a seven-to-one vote from Blackhawk’s board.  He has been the superintendent of Western Beaver schools since 2008.  The contract runs through June 2022 and will go in front of the Department of Education for approval early next year.