Tri County Report For April 26th, 2017

State Police in Lawrence County report two vehicle accident  in Perry Township that sent one man to the hospital. According to police, 24 year old Christopher Slicker was traveling on River Road when he turned into the path of a vehicle operated by a 17 year old male also from Ellwood City. Slicker who was cited by police,  was taken to the Beaver County Medical Center for treatment. The 17 year old was not hurt.

The Wilmington Area School District has laid off two teachers, and a third has been reduced from full time to part time status, as the district deals with a one million dollar deficit. According to the New Castle News, Elementary teacher Shirley Trimbur and Special Education teacher Nathaniel Hunter will be laid off at the end of the year. Elementary physical education teacher Cherie Perrine was reduced to part time. Eight teachers in the district had announced they would retire at the end of the year and those positions will not be replaced.

Pennsylvania cop-killer Eric Frein’s case is getting ready to go to the jury for the second time.  The defense rested yesterday in the penalty phase of his trial.  His sister Tiffany testified that her father physically abused her and Frein was her protector.  Frein, who was convicted of murdering Corporal Bryon Dickson in a 2014 ambush outside the Blooming Grove police barracks, did not testify.  Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty.

The state auditor general is investigating the whereabouts of 178-million in state tax dollars.  The funds were filtered into the unemployment compensation department over the last four years for improvements but Eugene DePasquale said yesterday the work has not been done.  He also claims no one can account for how the money was actually spent.

State Police in Mercer County say an accident on Interstate 80 in Mercer County sent a 54-year-old man to the hospital Monday night. State police say the victim, whose name has not been released, was eastbound on I-80  when his vehicle veered off the road in East Lackawannock Township. His SUV went over an embankment and struck a tree. The driver was trapped inside when a fire broke out in the engine compartment. After firemen put out the fire the man was resuced from his vehicle and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. No report was given on the extent of the man’s injuries.

A man who allegedly jumped from a bridge in Summit Township is dead.  Police were called to the Route 422 bridge near the Jefferson Street exit on Monday after a report of someone leaping from the span.  The victim fell about 50 feet and died from his injuries short time later.

A Greensburg Salem teacher who pleaded guilty last year to DUI and drug charges has died three days before his scheduled termination hearing.  According to police, Brian Minick died on Friday.  Minick taught computer classes at Nicely and Metzgar elementary schools.  The former teacher had been arrested four times for drunken driving since November 2014.  The last time he was arrested, police say he was “huffing” chemicals in a parked car.  Officers are waiting on the results of a toxicology report to determine his exact cause of death.

A man is recovering after getting stuck in a retention pond in Cranberry Township.  Emergency crews were called to the pond behind the Comtra Theatre yesterday for a report of a distraught man waist-deep in the water.   A water rescue response team plus crews from Cranberry, Unionville and Harmony District were able to get him out safely.  It’s not clear why the man was in the water.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has begun aerial spraying on more than 1,600 stream miles in 37 Pennsylvania counties to control black flies, also referred to as gnats. The plan includes spraying the Connoquenessing Creek, Neshannock Creek and Slippery Rock Creek in Lawrence County. Although there are no plans to spray in Mercer County, other waterways will be treated as stream flows and weather conditions allow.