Tri County Report For June 2nd, 2017

A New Jersey-based Islamic educational consulting firm placed the high bid for the former Youth Development Center property owned by the state. According to the Ellwood City Ledger The state Department of General Services reported Thursday that it had accepted a $400,000 bid from Hira Educational Services of North America for the former YDC property along Frew Mill Road in Shenango Township. It’s not known what the company will use the property for. Hira’s website indicates that it promotes “the on-going success of Islamic schools by providing high quality, low cost, professional consulting to Islamic schools throughout the United States.”

Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier is scheduled to be sentenced today.  State prosecutors want Spanier to do prison time for his felony endangerment conviction but his attorney is asking for probation.  Spanier was convicted earlier this year for his failing to act on reports of assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing children.  Sandusky is serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence.

Two men are in custody after allegedly being caught running a large scale marijuana grow operation out of a Jefferson Township butcher shop.  Police executed a search warrant Wednesday at the Saxonburg Road facility after the Department of Agriculture saw signs of the set-up during an inspection.  Philip Mironov and Ebraheim Salem were arrested after detectives found four large grow rooms and 95 potted marijuana plants behind the building.

State Police in Lawrence County have filed charges against a man and a woman involved in a traffic stop after police learned they allegedly smoked marijuana while a child was in the car with them.  According to the New Castle News 23 year old Nicholas Brunelle of Halco Drive and 26 year old Shakira Henley of Bleakley avenue face charges of child endangerment.  A state police trooper stopped Brunelle on interstate 376 after he was clocked going 95 mph in a 55 zone. Brunelle is also charged with three counts of driving under the influence, driving with a license and several other charges.

A Butler man is facing charges for allegedly trying to run over two women with his SUV.   Jeffrey Perritt is accused of driving the vehicle onto the sidewalk towards the victims on North Monroe Street last week.  As he backed up to leave, he almost hit a pedestrian on the other side of the road.  A witness got pictures of the SUV and police were able to track it to Perritt earlier this week.

A Jackson Township man is going to prison for sexually assaulting a young boy.  Robin Roberts pleaded guilty to sexual assault, incest and corruption of a minor and was sentenced Tuesday to seven to 14 years behind bars.  Roberts will also be required to register as a sex offender the rest of his life.

Pennsylvania’s Democrats are slamming President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.  U.S. Senator Bob Casey called the decision to pull out of the international environmental protection agreement “a double-barreled blow to both Pennsylvania jobs and our environment.”  Governor Wolf said dealing with greenhouse gas emissions “presents opportunities for Pennsylvania’s natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries to grow and create new jobs.”  Trump said he was thinking of the people of American cities like Pittsburgh, not Paris in deciding to pull out of the 2015 agreement.

Ninth district State Reprensentative Chris Sainato  announced the award of a $4,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to the Lawrence County Historical Society. Sainato said the Cultural and Historical Support Grant comes from a five-year-old program designed to strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community, by supporting general operations of eligible museums and official county historical societies not supported by other state agency funding.