Tri County Report For January 3rd, 2017

Officials are investigating a fire in Beaver County.  The flames broke out in a Prospect Street home in Baden early yesterday.  One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the fire was out in under an hour.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are beginning their new terms today.  House and Senate members will be sworn in at noon.  Pensions and the state budget are expected to be on the agenda again this session with Governor Tom Wolf promising not to ask for sales or income tax increases in the face of a budget deficit.   Republicans control both the House and Senate.

A man is dead following a freak accident in Cranberry Township.  Calvin Croft was cutting down a tree in his yard Saturday when he was hit in the head with a limb.  The coroner says he died of blunt force trauma.

A man is being questioned in connection to a murder in East Butler.   Jim Martin was found stabbed to death in his 10th Street home Saturday but officials say he was also the victim of a burglary last month.  Police are now questioning the burglary suspect, Cody Howard, about the homicide.  Officers say he is not an official suspect but claim they are not ruling anyone out.

State Police in Butler County are investigating a domestic dispute on New Year’s Day.  Police said the suspect is a 51 year old man from Cabot, and the victim is a 21 year old female, also from Cabot.  The incident took place Sunday night at a home on Jones Road in Winfield Township. No other details were released.

Governor Tom Wolf is offering condolences to friends and family of fallen Pennsylvania State Trooper Landon Weaver.  Wolf visited the State Police barracks in Walker Township yesterday to pay respects to Weaver, who was killed in the line of duty in Juniata Township on Friday.  Weaver was responding to a domestic call when officials believe he was shot and killed by Jason Robison.  Robison was killed in a shootout with police on Saturday.

New Castle graduate and Ohio State unanimous All-American Safety Malik Hooker has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.  He forgoes his final two years of eligibility at OSU. Hooker made the official announcement on Twitter on Monday afternoon. In his lone season as a starter, the former Red Hurricane led the Buckeyes with seven interceptions, including a school-record three returned for touchdowns.  Some draft projections have Hooker listed as a potential top-ten pick.

The Allegheny County Council will review a ban on vaping in public places.  Council members are expected to send the legislation to a committee for review today instead of going right into a vote.  The county’s Board of Health recommended the ban in November.  E-cigarettes and vaping would be banned everywhere that smoking is banned.

State Police in Lawrence County report a pair of accidents yesterday morning in Wampum due to icy road conditions. Police said 86 year old Willie King of Wampum lost control of his car travling north on route 288 and struck a bridge pier.  The second accident also took place on route 288 when 53 year old John Yablonsky lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment.  Niether driver was hurt.