Tri County Report For January 6th, 2017

Students are back in the classroom at Ambridge Area schools.  The district’s 25-hundred students were back on campus yesterday after teachers held a strike for three weeks.  Teachers are looking for a new contract, which has not been agreed to despite returning to work.  Teachers have been working under an expired contract, which ended in June 2015.  There are ten proposed dates between January 24th and March 2nd to get back to the bargaining table.

A Butler teenager is dead from a suspected overdose.  EMS crews were called to the 17-year-old boy’s house Tuesday after he was found unresponsive.  The coroner is awaiting toxicology test results but officials believe heroin was involved.

A man is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Fayette County.  The victim told police Christopher Foster showed up drunk at her mother’s house on New Year’s Eve, so she let him sleep on the floor because she didn’t want him to drive.  The woman later woke up to find Foster in her bed touching her and when she said no, he punched her and began choking her.  Foster then punched her car windows until they broke.  He was treated for cuts to his hands.

A New Castle man faces drug charges following an incident last week in Ellwood City.  According to the Ellwood City Ledger 28 year old Anthony Moss Jr., of Phillips Street  was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance last week after he was questioned by police in the parking lot of a  convenience store, on North Street. Officers on patrol smelled marijuana from a vehicle parked in the lot being driven by Moss. Police found nearly 10 grams of marijuan in the car.  The investigation is continuing.

Butler Congressman Mike Kelly is introducing legislation to repeal part of Obamacare.  The Republican spoke about the measure Wednesday, explaining it would get rid of the Cadillac Tax, which he claims would result in higher deductibles and fewer services.  The Cadillac Tax is not scheduled to take effect until 2020.

The 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show is getting ready to start.  The show opens to the public tomorrow but the Food Court will be ready for business today from noon until 9 p.m.  The event is held in the state Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and admission is free.  The Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event.

Pennsylvania law enforcement is mourning the loss of one of its own.  Hundreds of officers gathered in Blair County yesterday to honor Trooper Landon Weaver, who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic incident last month.  Governor Tom Wolf said “All of us lost a hero whose purpose was to serve us.” The suspect, Jason Robison, was killed in a shootout after threatening officers.

A company is trying to open a medicinal marijuana growing and processing operation in Westmoreland County.  Maitri Medicinals recently submitted an application for a special zoning exemption to operate the plant on Finley Road.  Maitri would also need a permit from the state to produce cannabis oil for dispensaries.

A Uniontown man is going to prison for child pornography.  Dominick Galluzzo Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday and received two-to-four years behind bars.  Police searched Galluzzo’s house in August and found more than 30-thousand illegal images of children between the ages of six months and ten-years-old.  Galluzzo also has to register as a sexual offender for 25 years.