Tri County Report For December 15th, 2016

The man shot by police Tuesday after a pursuit spanning two counties is likely to face charges stemming from an armed robbery Sunday night in Ellwood City.  According to the Ellwood City Ledger 34 year old Shawn Hobel of Slippery Rock Township will be charged in connection with the robbery shortly before midnight Monday at the Uni-Mart convenience store at Beaver Avenue and Sixth Street. Hobel was shot multiple times by police Tuesday morning after a police pursuit unconnected with the Sunday night robbery. He was treated at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. Hoble will be charged with robbery and a number of other charges.

Potter Township is asking for more information before it gives a decision on a permit for the Shell cracker.  Supervisors held a ten-hour meeting Tuesday that lasted another two hours yesterday about the decision, which ended with the delay.  Township supervisors want Shell and the Clean Air Council to submit legal arguments by January 6th.  The Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a hearing at Central Valley High School tonight as well.

Police are looking for an armed robber in Ambridge.  A man walked into Moh’s Market on Duss Avenue Monday night, pulled a gun and demanded money. He was caught on surveillance video and police say he had a lot of hair stuffed under hit hat.  He also had facial hair.

A Butler woman is facing charges following a traffic accident in Center Township.  State Police in Butler County report that 50 year old Dawn Finucan was involved in a two vehicle hit and run crash on Mercer Road.  Police later apprehended  Funicuan wand was arrested and charged with DUI and other related traffic violations. No injuries were reported.

Pennsylvania needs State Police troopers.  Officials say there are currently about 470 openings throughout the state.  The deadline to apply is December 31st and there will be a written examination in February.  Go to for more information.

State Senator Elder Vogel Jr. announced Seven recreation projects were recently awarded Community Conservation Partnership Program  grants totaling over $1 million. New Castle City will receive $250,000 to further develop New Castle Regional Riverwalk Hub. Shenango Township will receive 200 thouand dollars that will be used to help develp the Community Park. Union Township will also receive 200 thousand dollars to futher develp Scotland Meadow Park. Vogel said this funding will assist with the completion of park and other land and water conservation projects.

Pennsylvania is getting rid of renewal stickers for license plates.  The Department of Transportation will stop issuing the stickers at the end of the month, saving about three-million dollars a year in production and postage costs.  Drivers will still need to keep their vehicles inspected and must continue to carry a valid registration card.

Ambridge Area teachers have until January 4th to return to the classroom.  The state Department of Education announced the return date yesterday after teachers went on strike Tuesday.  The timetable for the return is based on the district’s ability to complete the 180-day school schedule before June 15th.  Teachers have been working on an expired contract since June 2015.  Union members will be in front of the school Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Warming centers are open in Beaver County.  Centers opened yesterday and will be open again today and tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. due to the sub-freezing temperatures in the county.  The Cornerstone in Beaver Falls, the New Brighton Municipal Building and the Franklin Center in Aliquippa are among the centers helping those in need through tomorrow.

Students at Knoch High and Middle schools were dismissed early Wednesday due to a bomb threat. South Butler County School District officials say a bomb threat was written on a bathroom wall at the high school and found by a student yesterday morning. The student alerted an adult and out of an abundance of caution, the district decided to evacuate both the high and middle schools and dismiss students early. District officials say the threat offered no specific details.