Tri County Report For March 14th, 2017

Two former Penn State University administrators are pleading guilty  to endangering the welfare of children.  The pleas entered yesterday by former Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley carry a maximum penalty of a ten-thousand-dollar fine and five years in prison.  The pleas are related to a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was seen sexually assaulting a boy in a shower at Penn State in February of 2001. reports prosecutors say none of the university administrators who were told about the accusation reported it to the authorities.

Gunfire at a house in Sharon led to a brief stand-off early Monday morning. The Sharon Hearld report that 22 year old Cody Lord is charged with reckless endangering, making terroristic threats and simple assault. Authorities said there was a standoff with Lord and people inside his home that lasted about 50 minutes following the gunfire. Within 20 minutes of the arrival of the Critical Intervention Response Team, however, the standoff ended. There were no injuries.

Police are investigating a deadly shooting in Aliquippa.  Officers were called to Wade Street Sunday night for a report of gunshots.  They found the victim lying in the street near a van.  The police chief said yesterday he believes the woman was homeless, but she has not been identified.  An autopsy was performed last night and more information is expected today.

Ahead of a late winter storm approaching Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency.  Among other things, it imposes restrictions on interstate highways and the Turnpike including a 45 mile-per-hour speed limit as of 10 p.m.  While it doesn’t ban travel on the state’s roads the governor is urging people to delay their traveling until the road roads are clear.

-All PIAA basketball playoff games, state-wide, are postponed for Tuesday and Wednesday, moving all 2nd-round games to Thursday night. Earlier in the day, the PIAA announced that Tuesday games would be moved to Wednesday before shifting all the games to Thursday. The New Castle-McGuffy game will be Thursday at Ambridge Area High School at 5pm.

Democratic Senator Bob Casey is asking for a government ethics office to examine President Trump’s business deals.  Casey asked for the investigation yesterday, saying Trump’s investments make him “vulnerable to conflicts of interest.”  Casey says, “President Trump has exposed his administration to possible conflicts of interest on an unprecedented scale.”

State Police in Lawrence County report a one car accident in Little Beaver Township. According to police the driver was a 17 year old Enon Valley male. Police said the driver lost control of his car while he was northbound on Route 551 and struck a utility pole.  The teen, who’s name was not released was taken to the Beaver Medical Center for treatment.

The Ellwood City School Board is against eliminating property taxes in Pennsylvania.  State lawmakers are considering a proposal to eliminate property taxes and make up the lost revenue through higher income and sales taxes.  The school board has approved a resolution to oppose the bill.

A jury from the Pittsburgh-area will hear the Bill Cosby sexual assault case.  A Montgomery County judge recently granted a request to have the trial heard by a jury from a different county.  Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered that jurors be selected from Allegheny County.  Those jurors will have to travel to Montgomery County where the trial will take place.  A date for the jury selection hasn’t been scheduled.  The famous comedian is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University employee back in 2004.  The trial is scheduled to begin on June 5th in Norristown.