Tri County Report For January 24th, 2017

A man is facing charges for allegedly manufacturing meth in Aliquippa.  Officers stopped Vincent Langworthy in the parking lot of Crestmont Shopping Center Saturday after receiving a report of suspicious activity.  Items used to produce meth were found in Langworthy’s vehicle and a subsequent search found similar items in his home.

Corrections officers are voicing their concerns about the plan to close two state prisons.  The officers rallied in Harrisburg yesterday to let lawmakers know they are afraid the move will cost jobs and put remaining officers in dangerous situations.  The closures would mean about a thousand new prisoners would be transferred to the Camp Hill State Prison.  The two affected prisons are expected to be announced by the end of the week.

Senator Pat Toomey is looking forward to working with the new president.  Senator Toomey and his family were at the inauguration on Friday.  On Saturday he released a statement about Donald Trump’s inauguration speech.  He says he agrees that there needs to be a tax reform and that America needs to have a strong leadership role in the world.

A Butler woman was taken to the hospital after she fell about 20 feet at McConnell’s Mill State Park on Saturday.  According to the New Castle News 47 year old Crystal Koebler was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital after she was hurt just after noon. Koebler slipped and fell from the ledges below Breakneck Bridge as she was hiking with a friend. According to authorites, Koebler suffered broken bones including her clavicle but is expected to make a full recovery.

State Police in Lawrence County arrested an Ellwood City man following a fight Sunday night.  According to police Joseph Kelosky faces chared of simple assault, terroristic threats and harrassment.  The charges stem from an altercation at a home on Potersville Road in Perry Township.  Police said Kelosky allegedly pulled out a knife and threatened several individuals. The investigation is continuing.

The state education secretary is discussing a new plan for students.  Secretary Pedro Rivera  spoke about a system yesterday that would rely less on standardized testing.  Rivera said education is Governor Wolf’s number one priority.  The new system is scheduled to be in place next year, and it would include a more individualistic approach rather than broad test-taking methods.

An Edinburg woman stole money from the person she was taking care of in Grove City. According to authorites  23-year-old Courtney Braho, of Edinburg, was in the resident’s apartment when the money went missing. Police started looking into the situation after receiving a theft report back on November 26, of last year. Hermitage police officers arrested Braho on Friday. She is charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

No one was taken to the hospital following a two car accident Saturday morning in Hickory Township.  According to State Police 18 year old Nicholas Hedglin of New Castle was westbound on route 108 when he attempted to pass another car operated by 18 year old Frank Beradi of New Wilmington, when Hedglin struck the Beradi vehicle. Police said the impact caused Hedglin’s vehicle to leave the roadway and struck an embankment, became airborne before sliding into a creek. Hedglin suffered a minor injury but was not taken to the hospital.

Several hourly and daily-wage positions with Beaver Area schools are getting a pay increase.  The school board approved the increases yesterday.  Among the pay hikes is a 50-cent uptick for full-time and substitute special education teacher assistants.  Nine of the 14 school districts in the county pay more than Beaver Area.  The district saved 70-thousand dollars by cutting six positions in the current budget, and the money will be used to pay the increases.