Tri County Report For January 18th, 2017

The Mohawk Area School District is closed once again today. The Ellwood City Ledger reports Water tested at the High School came back positive for coliform bacteria, including E. coli, forcing the school to close yesterday and today. Water can be a source of trouble year-round, but especially after heavy rain when it can be contaminated by animal or human waste. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) identified the water issue at the High School. The DEP regional office said the high school doesn’t have to stay closed but in order to stay open, it would have to provide safe drinking and hand-washing water.

The Mercer County District Attorney has said the fatal officer involved shooting last week in Sharon was justified.   District Attorney Miles Karson Jr. said no charges will be filed against the three officers involved in the shooting, where Sean Hake was shot and killed by police. The district attorney says when Sharon police responded to a domestic disturbance call made by Hakes’ mother on January 6th, they found Hake in a car, a utility knife in his hand and blood dripping from his wrist. Police, who responded to the area of the 23-year-old’s Tamplin Street home, said they tried to talk calmly to him, but he refused to put the knife down and exited the car and aggressively charged towards officers. Hake family believe the shooting was not justified.

Permit applications are now available for Pennsylvanians who want to grow and distribute medical marijuana.  All the paperwork is on the Health Department’s website and the state will accept the applications from February 20th to March 20th.  Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is expected to be up and running next year.

Two guards are recovering following an incident at an Allegheny Township juvenile detention facility.  Police were called to Western PA Child Care Monday night for a report of a riot involving multiple inmates.  No details were released on the extent of the injuries. Police were called to the facility in May and June for similar incidents.

A Grove City woman faces charges after police say a toddler in her care was found outside and unattended. 24 year old Amanda Karwowski was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. According to police, officers were called to South Center Street and College Avenue after someone spotted a two-year-old child wandering outside. Police say Karwowski was responsible for watching the child, but had fallen asleep and the child left the home.

A man is facing charges after allegedly falling asleep behind the wheel in Butler Township.  Police found Robert Pacelli asleep in the driver’s seat at the North Main Street Get Go last weekend.  There were also drugs and paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Josh Shapiro is officially Pennsylvania’s attorney general.  Shapiro was sworn in yesterday and says he will be “the people’s attorney general.”  Eugene DePasquale also took the oath for his second term as auditor general and Joe Torsella was sworn in as treasurer.

Another Pennsylvania congressman is boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration.  Representative Brendan Boyle announced Monday that although he accepts that Trump is taking office, he will not celebrate it.  President-elect Trump will be sworn in on Friday.

Eleven people are facing charges in connection to a riot after Penn State’s Big Ten win over Wisconsin.  Thousands of fans gathered on East Beaver Avenue after the December game and police say there was property damage during the “unlawful disturbance.”  Any students found guilty will also disciplined by the university.   Thirteen people were charged for a similar incident after the team’s win over Ohio State in October.

The Greensburg Police Department wants marijuana out of its community.  Greensburg police arrested a man on Sunday who was in possession of about two pounds of pot.  The bust came during a heroin trafficking investigation.  The department took to Facebook yesterday to say that marijuana distribution won’t be tolerated in the town.  The department says that people who are addicted to heroin are often either current or past marijuana users.