Tri County Report For February 23rd 2017

A Former New Bedford man has been sentenced to 48 months in prison on a child pornography charge.  The New Castle News reports 38 year old Sean Barner must also serve 12 years of supervised release following his release.  The sentence  was handed down in Pittsburgh Federal Court on Wednesday. In November Barner pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual explotation of a minor. Barner orginally faced more than 100 felony charges following an investigation by Pennsylvania State Police.

An Ambridge restaurant delivery driver is facing charges for allegedly attempting to lure children.  Kurtis Netherland was arrested yesterday and is accused of approaching multiple girls near Economy Village and asking if they wanted to make money by performing sex acts.  Netherland claims he did not know the girls were underage.

Governor Tom Wolf is now seeking approval to put state lottery games on the Internet.  The Director of the Lottery, Drew Svitko, is telling lawmakers that the state would create new games for online use that would appeal to a different audience than those who buy lotto tickets.  Svitko also says he believes the Mega Millions and Powerball games are now victims of their own success, claiming those games are suffering from “jackpot fatigue” after raising expectations for large and frequent payouts.

A teenager is facing charges for allegedly breaking into multiple vehicles in Butler Township.  The 14-year-old is accused of entering at least two cars earlier this month, one in the Sunnyview Nursing Home parking lot and another on Whippo Avenue.  Police are reminding people to keep their vehicles locked and their valuable out of view.

More information is coming out about the recent fire at the Liberty Bridge.  A report shows minor fires had happened leading up to the major one that shut down construction for three weeks in September.  The smaller fires were also not reported to construction supervisors or the transportation department.  Joseph B. Fay Company also removed an employee assigned to watch the area for fire where the major incident happened.

A state lawmaker is pushing a bill to lift the ban on auto sales on Sundays.  Republican Senator Camera Bartolotta talked about the measure this week, saying the state shouldn’t be able to require businesses to close on Sundays.  She also claims the current law causes Pennsylvanians to go to other states to buy vehicles.

State Police in Butler County have charged a Saxonburg man after a domestic violence incident. According to police 40 year old Charles Young is being charged with domestic violence and simple assault.  The incident too place Tuesday night at a home on Church Street in Mars.  Police said the victim is a 39 year old female.  The investigation is continuing.

A Mercer County district magistrate has found enough evidence against a former Farrell police officer to send his case on to trial in common pleas court. The Sharon Herald reprots 34 year old Tyler Valimont was fired from his part-time post in December for conduct unbecoming a Farrell police officer. Charges include  patronizing prostitutes, tampering with and fabricating evidence, obstruction and offical suppression. The alleged incident took place back on November 7th of last year when  Investigators say while Valimont was on duty as a Farrell police officer he met with a prostitute he had contacted through the online classified website, backpage.com. Valimont is scheduled for arraignment  in April.

Washington County voters are sending Congressman Tim Murphy a tape of their town hall meeting.  The event was held at the County Courthouse Tuesday and focused largely on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  Murphy was invited to attend the event but had a scheduling conflict.