Tri County Report For May 17th, 2017

Voter turnout was low yesterday in Lawrence County for the primary election.  Just a little over 20 percent of voters registered went to the polls.  Republican turnout was better than Democrats with 23.58 to 17.45 percent of Democrats.  In Mercer County turnout exceeded 28 percent.

Authorities in Beaver County are looking for the person who shot another person in Beaver Falls.  Police and medics were called to 10th Ave near 9th Street last night due the shooting.  A helicopter took the victim to the hospital after landing at Beaver Falls High School.  The victim’s identity and condition are not yet known.

Police are investigating a shooting in Slippery Rock.  A man was shot near the Grove Apartments on Harmony Road late Monday during a fight.  The suspect is described as a six-foot-five white man.  The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

A Freedom couple is facing charges after their children were found living in filth.  Police were called to Albert and Katie Chadwell’s Sixth Avenue home earlier this month for a report of a fight and found the residence filled with feces, urine-soaked mattresses, and rat droppings.  Four small children, including an eight-month-old baby, were living in the home and sleeping on the floor.

The Butler Area School Board is furloughing teachers and staff.  The plan for next year’s budget includes furloughing 30 teachers, two school police, and four secretaries.  Eight secretaries will also be demoted to ten-month employees.  The board cited declining enrollment for the move this week.

The United Mine Workers Union is protesting at Consol Energy.  Thousands are expected to attend the rally this morning at 10:00 at the Southpointe headquarters.   The union claims Consol is threatening retired coal miners’ pensions and trying to reduce their healthcare benefits.

United States Senator Pat Toomey says the next leader of the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be a Democrat.  A spokesman made the remark yesterday explaining Toomey thinks changes are needed at the White House.  Toomey previously said he was also in favor of the next FBI director pursuing all ongoing investigations.

A judge is not going to overturn the death sentence for a Pennsylvania cop killer.  Eric Frein’s attorney called Monday’s ruling “anticipated,” saying the case will most likely end up with the Supreme Court.  Frein was convicted last month for the 2014 murder of Corporal Bryon Dickson outside the Blooming Grove police barracks.

A top high school football player is being ruled ineligible by the WPIAL for next season.  The ruling was made yesterday during hearings that also heard accusations that a longtime Aliquippa assistant football coach recruited the player to the school from Beaver Falls.  WPIAL board members unanimously ruled Malik Shepherd ineligible to play for the Quips, saying his transfer in April was for athletic reasons.  That’s illegal and assistant coach Sherman McBride has been accused of recruiting McBride.

Members of the Sharon Teachers’ Association voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiations with the Sharon City School District continue to stall. According to the Sharon Herald the district rejected a fact finders’ recommendation by a 5-4.  The authorization to strike does not mean a strike will happen. If union officials determine a strike is needed, the vote gives them the approval they need for a strike.