News Live 365 for May 10th, 2017

Former Jail Warden Lands More Legal Troubles

Timothy Lewis accused of soliciting minor for sex

Venango County, PA-

Timothy Lewis, former Warden of Crawford County Jail is once more in legal trouble for soliciting an underage teenager for sex. Lewis is accused of offering a 17 year old boy from Venango County money for sexual favors and then allegedly exposing himself after he was rejected. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations charged Lewis yesterday with Corruption of Minors, Promoting Prostitution, Indecent Exposure, and Open Lewdness through a summons. He has a preliminary hearing on June 7th with Judge Matthew Kirkland.

According to the charges filed by the bureau Lewis propositioned the teenage boy multiple times from November 2013 to December 2014. He offered money and other incentives on multiple occasions and exposed himself to the teen at least once in his attempts to seduce him. The victim of Lewis’s protracted campaign of harassment never accepted any of the offers. Lewis is fresh off of serving five months of an 8 to 23 month sentence for stealing from the Meadville Elk’s Lodge and was released because of his health.

 

Knox Mayor Dies

Frank Agnello had been Mayor since 2014

Knox, PA –

The Mayor of Knox, Frank Agnello, died on Monday from a sudden illness. Visiting hours for friends and family are today and his funeral will be held at 11 o’clock tomorrow in the Knox United Methodist Church.

 

Man Charged with Gravel Theft

Who does that?

Franklin, PA –

It’s a hall of shame crime for certain. Randy Carlson was accused of the Friday evening theft of gravel from PennDOT. Carlson is accused of taking two wheelbarrows full of gravel from a crossover on Pittsburgh Road in Franklin and loading them into his pickup truck. 

 

Fundraiser for Riverside Inn Cancelled

A $1 million GoFundMe campaign abruptly ended

Cochranton, PA –

An online fundraiser was started to raise funds to rebuild the Riverside Inn but was then abruptly stopped. The Gofundme account with a $1 Million goal was cancelled, all the donations refunded, and an emotional message explained that an uncertain future lead to the decision. The campaign was launched by the inn’s general manager Jeremy Ball to raise the needed money for an attempt at reconstruction of the buildings and had earmarked the money for use in the community as a scholarship for students interested in art and music if the target was not met. The update left behind on the page describing their decision follows:

The outpouring of grief and love and support from everyone following the burning of the Riverside Inn has been unbelievable. We are incredibly moved and deeply grateful. Many have reached out to offer financial help in the rebuilding of the Inn. In response to that, a fund raising website was set up by Go-Fund-Me and many have been extraordinarily generous.

We are mourning this loss and are in the middle of attending to many urgent issues with the help of our wonderful staff. The reality is that we do not have answers at this point in time to many of the questions that we are being asked nor do we know what our options are or what our plans will be. Due to the uncertainty of the future, we feel this effort is premature so we are closing the fund raising website and returning all donations in full to all those who contributed.

With deep appreciation,
The Halliday family.

 

PA House Health Committee Seeks to Expand Anti-Smoking Laws

HB 1309 would end smoking in bars and restaurants to protect health of workers

Harrisburg, PA –

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives may soon be voting on a bill that will remove the exemptions from the Clean Indoor air Act. Matthew Baker, chairman of the House Health Committee introduced House Bill 1309 which would remove the exemptions that allow smoking in casinos and bars. Bills like HB 1309 have been introduced to the legislature before such as in 2015 but 1309 currently has 18 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. The American Cancer Society explained that the bill seeks to protect the health of nonsmoking employees from secondhand smoke which has been linked to lung cancer and other diseases.

HB 1309 still needs to pass a vote from the House Health Committee before it comes to the House and Senate for a vote, and also would need approval from the Governor. If passed it would end smoking in about 3,000 businesses within the state but would not affect smoking in private homes or apartments.