Tri County Report For April 27th, 2017

46 year old Robert Luptak Jr., of New Castle was found guilty Tuesday on all but one charge by a Lawrence County jury.  The New Castle News reports the jury deleberated for about two hours and came back with the verdicts. Luptak was accused of selling drugs and fencing stolen items. Luptak was arrested back in 2014 following controlled drug buys by a confidential informant working with the New Castle police departement. He was found guilty on a number of charges including delivery and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, receiving stolen proptery, and four counts of criminal use of a communications facility.  Bond was set at 160 thousand dollars.

A driver is hurt following a crash in Franklin Township.  The crash happened around five o’clock yesterday afternoon on State Route-288.  The driver crashed into a guardrail and was ejected from the vehicle.  The road was closed for over an hour because of the wreck.

Butler City Council is pondering a part-time firefighter program.  The plan was discussed Tuesday at a city council meeting and will likely be officially presented for approval next month.  The full-time fire department will be down to 16 people in May and bringing on four part-time employees will help minimize overtime.

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are considering a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in the state.  Governor Wolf says the bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate Finance Committee today.  He said in a video posted to his Twitter page that if the bill reaches his desk, he will veto it.

If you have any unused prescription drugs, this is your chance to get rid of them.  Governor Tom Wolf has announced a statewide prescription drug take back event on April 29th from ten-in-the-morning until two-in-the-afternoon.  To see a list of places to drop off your unused prescriptions, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ website.

The New Castle News reports that a man was flown to an area hospital after a motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon in Shenango Township.  The accident took place around 3:50 on Union Valley Road. Police did not release the man’s name or the hospital were he was taken. Police said they located the man in a grassy area about six feet from the roadway. The man was unconscious when he was found.

New Pennsylvania Department of Health rules now require school students to be fully vaccinated within five days of the beginning of the school year.  Health officials says students who do not have their vaccinations in time must have a doctor provide a written medical plan, outlining when those vaccinations will happen.  According to the health department, the rules were created to prevent an outbreak of any disease that can be prevented by vaccines.  The new rules take effect this August.

Senator Toomey is pleased with President Trump’s proposed tax plan.  The president has proposed cutting the corporate tax rate from 35-percent to 15-percent.  Senator Toomey says this tax plan could create jobs because it will make the United States a more competitive place to do business.  He says “The president’s proposed 15-percent rate would help to make the United States globally competitive again.  Without a significant reduction in our business tax rate, the U.S. will never be the best place to create jobs and grow businesses.”

Convicted Pennsylvania cop-killer Eric Frein is going to be executed.  A jury sentenced Frein to death yesterday after previously finding him guilty of first-degree murder.  Frein shot and killed Corporal Bryon Dickson in an ambush-style attack at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks in 2014.  Experts say he most likely will not actually be executed for decades.

Legislation that would privatize the sale of alcohol in Pennsylvania is on its way to the Senate.  The House passed the measure Tuesday.  The plan would lease and then sell the state’s current system.  There are almost 600 state stores presently selling alcohol.