Tri County Report For January 16th, 2017

Officials are confirming that the so-called “elephant drug” is to blame for two deadly overdoses in Beaver County.  The recent carfentanil overdoses occurred in Beaver Falls and New Brighton.  The coroner is recommending that first responders wear gloves when treating overdose victims because even a tiny grain of residue can be deadly.  The tranquilizer is strong enough to knock out a 12-hundred pound animal.

Today is Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday.  All government offices are close. Banks and post offices are also closed today. Meawhile, Pittsburgh residents are celebrating Martin Luther King Junior Day.  The Children’s Museum is hosting an event today where kids and adults can read aloud King’s speeches.  The Midland Women’s Civic Club is hosting a luncheon with keynote speaker Robert Morris President Christopher B. Howard.  The Wilkinsburg Sanctuary Project for Peace is hosting a prayer vigil.

A Lawrence County  fireworks business used for many national events has been fined $200,000 by federal agents and ordered to close for two weeks after an employee stole fireworks. The Ellwood City Ledger reports Family-owned Zambelli International Fireworks of New Castle blamed poor record-keeping on its failure to detect the theft. It has been ordered to improve its record-keeping. Zambelli says state police discovered the missing fireworks in 2014. Nobody has been charged. The company says none of its shows are scheduled during the two-week shutdown. The investigation is continuing by the ATF.

A Mercer man,  who is also a counselor in the Youngstown office of the Veteran’s Administration, is under investigation by federal authorities for allegedly attempting to meet a 15-year-old girl for a sexual encounter. According to WFMJ-TV 38 year old Carmen John Sagnimeni drove from the  VA center in Youngstown to the Cleveland area in order to meet what he believed was a teenage girl he met through social media. He was arrested by  the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force. Sagnimeni faces a number of charges. He’s scheduled to be back in court this week for a detention hearing.

A woman is facing charges for having sex with an eleven-year-old Greene County boy. Kaitlynn Wolfe was arrested last week and is accused of having intercourse with the victim 15 times last year at his Wayne Township home. Wolfe initially denied the contact but later admitted to the abuse.

A New Brighton man is going to prison after admitting to child sex charges.  Joseph Kaluza pleaded guilty last week and will spend two-to-12 years behind bars.  Detectives posed as a 14-year-old girl in a chatroom and communicated with Kaluza for several weeks.  He reportedly sent lewd pictures and tried to set up a meeting at a hotel for sexual activity.  Police also found child pornography on Kaluza’s computer.

It’s now a bit easier for military veterans and reservists to start a business in Pennsylvania.  Governor Tom Wolf reminded veterans and reservists that they are now exempt from certain fees that are collected when a person attempts to start their own business.  The change went into effect on January 2nd.  Governor Wolf says “Eliminating these fees for our military veterans and reservists is another way to foster the best possible business climate in Pennsylvania.”

Rostraver Township is allowing a medical marijuana growing and processing plant to operate there.  The zoning hearing board gave Maitri Medicinals approval for the Finley Road plant last week.  The company will now apply for one of 12 state permits and if one is granted, will grow between three-and-five-thousand marijuana plants for medical products.  The site would be surrounded by a security fence and video surveillance cameras.

Hundreds of Pennsylvania’s Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores are open today.  The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced last week that the stores will now operate not only on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but also Presidents Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. State law previously prohibited stores from opening on holidays but Act 39, passed last year, removed the restrictions.  Get locations and hours at