Tri County Report For January 19th, 2017

Classes have been cancelled once again in the Mohawk Area School District.  Earlier in the week water testing that was conducted came back positive for coliform bacteria, including E. coli. According to the District’s website  testing has been completed and is being processed by a certified lab, which will then forward the results to the Department of Environmental Protection for approval to lift the boil water advisory. Officials said the district is continuing to take a cautious approach to the situation and will resume classes when testing protocols have been satisfied.

A Shell Chemical Appalachia facility is coming to Beaver County.  Potter Township supervisors approved the permit yesterday for the petrochemical complex.  The agreement was reached in front of a packed house meeting of supporters and opponents.  Construction is scheduled to start next year, and as many as six-thousand people will work at the plant.

State Police in Butler County report a Karns City man was killed in a one vehicle accident Tuesday night in Concord Township. According to police, 25 year old Spencer Foust was northbound on Route 38 when he traveled off the roadway and a struck tree then a utility pole. Foust was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

A teenager was hit by a car Wednesday morning while crossing the street in Sharon. A police report said Christian Rhoades was walking in a crosswalk at the intersection of North Sharpsville Avenue and E. State Street when he was hit by a car turning from E. State Street. Police said Rhoades had a head injury and was bleeding but was conscious and alert. The driver, 44-year-old Samuel Hill, of New Castle, said he didn’t see Rhoades until he was on his windshield. After hitting him, he said Rhoades fell to the ground and he immediately stopped to check on him. Rhoades was taken to Sharon Regional for treatment. Hill is facing charges for failing to yield.

Allegheny and Beaver county residents could be sitting on a goldmine after the Pennsylvania Lottery Cash Five drawing.  Lottery officials announced yesterday tickets in Lehigh, Allegheny and Beaver counties matched the winning numbers in Tuesday’s drawing to split a two-million-dollar jackpot.  The winning tickets were sold in Monaca, Natrona Heights and Allentown.  The previous largest jackpot was just under two-million in 2013.

A Potersville woman was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Franklin Township.  State Police in Butler County report 55 year old Deanna Kyle was westbound on Route 422 when she failed to properly judge the distance in which a farm tractor, operated by 65 yea rold Larry Nellis of Knox, was approaching, causing him to pull out in front of the vehicle. Police said Kyle’s vehicle was rearended by the tractor and travled off the roadway and rolled over several times. Kyle was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Allegheny County is considering banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.  Such a ban would be the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.  The county council has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed ban.  The hearing is scheduled to take place on February 6th at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Senator Casey is voting against at least three of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet selections.  He plans to vote against nominees for the Department of Education, attorney general and Environmental Protection Agency when Trump’s picks hit the Senate floor.  Senators Casey and Toomey will hear from Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin today.