Tri County Report For March 15th, 2017

A Brighton Township woman is facing charges after allegedly overdosing while caring for her nine-month-old baby.  Ashley Smiley’s boyfriend was performing CPR on her when medics arrived last week.  They were able to bring her around with Narcan and she has since recovered.  Police found two uncapped syringes and a burnt spoon next to the baby’s crib.

An assistant coach at California University is accused of sending sexual messages to teenage boys.  A warrant was issued yesterday for Patrick Onesko, a part-time assistant football coach at the university.  Onesko allegedly communicated with two 15-year-olds on Snapchat.  Police say he asked for pictures of the victims’ body parts and suggested sexual activity.  Onesko is also a former South Fayette High School football coach.

Pennsylvania hunters are getting more deer.  The state Game Commission said yesterday that last year’s harvest increased six-percent over the previous year, with an additional 18-thousand deer taken.  Last year also included the highest take of antlered deer since 2002.

Inside Butler County is reporting that the Butler Area School District has spent over 100 thousand dollars so far to address the issue of lead being found in the water at Summit Elementary School. The amount does not include a contract with a New Castle company what will do well inspections at a price of 10 thousand dollars. The District Business manager told the school board that the district has spent 101 thousand dollars so far.

Senator Bob Casey is asking President Trump for federal money for infrastructure improvements in Western Pennsylvania.  The Democratic U.S. senator asked the Trump administration yesterday to approve spending nearly 50-million dollars to continue making improvements on the lower Monongahela River.  Former President Obama didn’t budget any money this year for a project to repair two lock-and-dam facilities and remove a third one.  Senator Casey says the project needs the funds to remain on schedule.

Police in Franklin Township have charged a man with making meth in his home and using his brother’s name to buy over-the-counter ingredients used in the manufacturing of the drug. The Ellwood City Ledger reports 27 year old John Latour of Franklin Township is charged with possession with intent to deliver, operating a methamphetamine lab, along with a number of other charges. Latour waived his right to a preliminary hearing on March 10 and is awaiting a scheduled plea court hearing.

26 year old  Glavin Justin Ivy of Farrel was sentenced to 19 to 60 year old in prison after being  convicted of rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint and assault. According to the Sharon Hearald the sentence was handed down yesterday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.  The victim testified that she was physically and sexually assaulted at Ivy’s home in Sharon on November 18, 2014. Ivy will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

A Butler family is safe after the father took quick action to save them from their burning home.  Mike Atkinson heard his smoke detectors going off overnight.  When he couldn’t find the fire inside the home on East Brady Street, he checked outside.  He then saw smoke and flames pouring from his basement window.   Atkinson then ran back into the house to get his pregnant wife and two kids out.  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire, but believe it might have been an electrical problem.  The Red Cross is now helping the family.

A woman and her dogs are still alive thanks to a group of firefighters.  Firefighters were called to a burning home on the 18-hundred block of Third Avenue in Beaver Falls last night.  The woman was treated for smoke inhalation.  None of the dogs were hurt.