Tri County Report For December 21st, 2016

The Ellwood City Ledger reports, a branch of the union that represents Lawrence County’s law enforcement and court employees rejected a two-year labor contract, with less than a month before the pact expires. The County Commissioners ratified a contract with the county’s court-related employees, who accepted the deal, at the commissioners’ meeting Tuesday. The court-related employees — which includes workers from the district attorney, sheriff, prothonotary and public defender’s offices — accepted the pact in a vote of 35 to 15. Meanwhile court-appointed workers rejected the contract by a 35-21 vote.  Both are represented by Labors Union Local 964. The contract calls for raises of two and two and a half percent.

A woman is facing charges for allegedly performing a lewd act in front of a child.  Officials say Adelina Burke dropped her pants and began touching herself in front of the four-year-old while they were visiting a man at Butler County Jail last month.  She was charged with indecent exposure and corruption of minors.

A new Taliban video, featuring a captured York County woman and her husband, is being shared with the public.  Caitlan Coleman and Josh Boyle were shown with their two sons, who were both born after the couple were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012 while backpacking.  The video shows the couple begging U.S. officials to bring them home.

Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State Colleges and Universities Faculties are working under a contract for the first time in more than a year. Yesterday the board of governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education voted to ratify the tentative contracts for the association’s faculty and coaches, according to a news release from the association. SSHE is the coalition of the 14 state-owned universities, including Slippery Rock, Clarion, Shippensburg and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Residents in Mahoning Township will be paying an additonal mill of taxes in 2017.  According to the New Castle News,  Township Supervisor Gary Pezzuolo said that a two mill tax increase was actually need last year but at the time supervisors rasied the taxes only one mill. It will cost a homeowner of a 100 thousand dollar home 100 dollars more per year.  The supervisors unanimously approved the tax increase.

Last-minute shoppers are going to have fewer options on Christmas Eve this year.  Walmart announced yesterday that it will close early on Saturday.  The retail giant has previously kept stores open until 8 o’clock the night before Christmas but says, it will close at 6pm.

Authorities in Westermoreland County say a man is heading to trial for allegedly sexually abusing his girlfriend’s daughter.  Bryan Harrold unleashed a profanity-laced rant after his case was held for court yesterday.  Harrold called the victim a “little lying brat” and claimed she made up the accusations.  The 15-year-old girl says Harrold started sexually assaulting her in her mother’s  home beginning when she was ten.  She claims he threatened to hurt her if she told anyone.

If you plan to travel over the holiday season, AAA says you are far from alone. Over 103 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more this holiday season, according to the travel agency. This is a 1.5 percent increase from last year. Most people will drive to their holiday destination (90 percent), some will fly (6 percent) and a few will hop on a boat.