Tri County Report For February 6th, 2017

A Butler man faces charges following a one vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in North Beaver Township.  State Police in Lawrence County report the 44 year old man was involved in an accident on route 108 just south of Mt.Air road. Police determined the man was driving while under the influence and was taken into custody. The suspect was then transported to UPMC Jameson for a blood draw.  The investigation is continuing.

The Butler Area School District is looking for a new superintendent.  The board has accepted Dr. Dale Lumley’s resignation effective immediately.  Retired superintendent William Pettigrew will take over until a replacement is selected.  The resignation comes after high lead levels and E. coli were found in the well that supplies Summit Township Elementary School. Administrators admitted last week that they knew about the lead concerns but still allowed the students to drink the water for four months. Students are relocating to the vacant Broad Street Elementary School beginning today.

A Mercer County man is in jail, accused of assaulting and kidnapping a child, then trying to escape from police. 51 year old Kyle Selden,  of Mercer, faces nine charges including kidnapping a minor, assaulting a child under six years old, child endangering, harassment, fleeing an officer, and failing to have the child in a booster seat. State Police say Selden struck and injured one of the two victims who was under six, and then kidnapped both victims in an attempt to terrorize them. Seldon was arraigned and placed in the Mercer County Prison on 100 thousand dollars bond.

A former Franklin Regional High School student is not going to be able to use a mentally ill plea for a knife attack that injured 20 classmates and a security guard.  A judge ruled Friday that Alex Hribal may have suffered from a psychotic illness, but still possessed the capacity to “appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct.”  Hribal was 16 at the time of the 2014 attack and is facing 21 counts of attempted murder.

Slot machine revenue is down in Pennsylvania.  The state Gaming Control Board recently released the figures, which show a two-point-four-percent drop in January. The gross revenue from the slots was just over 180-million dollars.

Tomorrow, Governor Tom Wolf will unveil his third budget plan to a Republican-controlled Legislature that has opposed Wolf’s overtures to wipe out a stubborn post-recession deficit with a major tax increase. The governor has proposed balancing the budget without increasing sales or income taxes. Spending is likely to exceed 32 million dollars for fiscal 2017-18 that begins on July 1st.  Budget analysts are projecting a roughly $3 billion budget gap in this year and next year combined, the difference between projected tax collections and the cost to maintain current programs.

Two men face drug charges following a traffic stop in Butler County.  According to State Police 22 year old Ausin Wickline is being chared with driving while under the influence of a controled substance and was placed under arrest.  A passanger 44 year old Willima Loughner was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance.  The traffic stop occured on North Main Street in Butler early Friday moring.  The investigation is continuing.

The Sharon Herald is reporting It appears the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office will turn over prosecution of Amy  Emmett to the state Attorney General’s Office. Emmett is accused of shooting to death her husband, William R. Emmett, in a Sharon parking lot in the summer of 2015. Her defense attorney, Randall T. Hetrick, met last Monday in a closed-door conference with DA Miles K. Karson Jr. After the conference Karson said he agreed that the case should be referred to the AG’s office. Karson said he knows Emmett personally and has represeted members of her family.