Tri County Report For June 19th, 2017

A child is recovering after being pulled from a swimming pool in Beaver county.  Crews were called to Murphy Avenue in Baden on Saturday after the three-year-old boy was discovered at the bottom of the pool.  It is not clear how long he was under but he was given CPR and eventually began breathing and coughing up water.

The Allegheny County jurors who served on the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial case are back home.  The five women and seven men could not come to a verdict with the judge in Montgomery County declaring a mistrial on Saturday.  The district attorney said he plans to try Cosby again.  The jurors were bused to Montgomery County after being selected and remained there for the entire trial.

An Ellwood City man was sentenced to 135 months in prison for a child pornography conviction. 40 year old Lucas Klobetanz,  will spend 20 years under supervision after his release. He was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution after he was convicted of distributing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. According to prosecutors, Klobetanz distributed the videos and images in October of 2015. He was charged after an investigation by the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police.

No injuries were reported following a garage fire in Ellwood City.  According to the Ellwood City Ledger the fire broke out around 9:30 Sunday night at a garage in the 400 block of Fountain Avenue. The block structure garage suffered extensive damage and the vehicle inside it was destroyed.  The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.

Today is the last day of the state Tax Amnesty Program.  The plan waives penalties and half the interest for people who owe delinquent state taxes.  The deadline is midnight tonight and after that, a five-percent penalty will be added. More information is available at BackTax.PA.gov.

Pennsylvania is getting more time to comply with federal REAL ID laws. PennDOT announced last week that the Department of Homeland Security will not begin enforcing the new rules until October 10th.  At that time, people without a compliant ID will need a passport or other form of identification to get into military bases or federal buildings.  Reports indicate PennDOT plans to request additional extensions until the new IDs are available, which may not be until 2019.

A Volant man was taken to the hospital after his buggy was struck by a car in Hickory Township. According to State Police, 60 year old John Byler was struck from behind by a vehicle operated by Michael Brown of New Castle. The accident took place on Hartzell Road. Byler was takent to UPMC Jameson Hospital for treatment.

Lawmakers faced with Pennsylvania state government’s biggest shortfall since the recession are bracing for what they call a “get-out-of-town budget.”  Some lawmakers say a get-out-of-town budget will leave problems to fester. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Legislature’s Republican majorities have been absorbed until recently with major pension and gambling legislation. That virtually ensures that a budget package will be hashed out in rushed, closed-door negotiations. The new fiscal year starts July 1st.

State Police in Lawrence County report a New Castle woman was not hurt after she struck a tree that had fallen on Route 18 in Wampum.  Police said 36 year old Jessica Buckel was southbound on 18 when she struck the tree. The accident took place Thursday afternoon.

A Fayette County man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting two home health care workers.  James Martin Jr. was charged Friday with unlawful restraint, indecent assault and indecent exposure. One worker told police she was helping Martin into a chair when he pulled her down, kissed her and began fondling her.  Officers then interviewed another one of Martin’s caretakers, who claims he once called her into his bedroom and exposed himself to her.