Tri County Report For June 20th, 2017

New Castle City police arrested a Boston Avenue man following a traffic stop on Saturday. The New Castle News reports 22 year old Shawn Randall was charged with possesson of a controlled substance, along with possession with the intent to deliver or manufacture a controlled substance. Police pulled over Randall Saturday afternoon on Croton Avenue and found a 6.1 gram bag of herion along with nearly 900 dollars in cash. Randall was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 25 hundred dollars bond.

State Police in Butler County report a Grove City man was killed in a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Slippery Rock Township. Police said the 57 year old man was westbound on Mercer Road when he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle operated by 26 year old Alyssa Ferline of Jackson Center. The man was taken to Grove City Hospital were he was pronouced dead. A four year old child in the car was flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and is in serious but stable condition. Ferline was flown to UPMC Presybterian Hospital and is in stable condition.

A woman is facing charges for allegedly injuring a child in Rochester.  Officers say Taylor Price was fighting with her boyfriend earlier this month while the victim was in a vehicle in his car seat.  When the argument began to escalate, Price allegedly punched a window in the car, causing it to shatter.  The child was hit in the face with the glass and suffered an eye injury, which required surgery.  Price is also accused of punching her boyfriend in the face and biting him.

Butler County is getting less and less money from natural gas drilling.  The state Public Utility Commission released the figures last week, explaining the county got one-point-six-million dollars in drilling impact fees in 2016.  That number is down from one-point-nine million in 2015.  The PUC is citing a slump in natural gas prices and the age of many of the state’s wells for the decline.

Governor Wolf is sharing his priorities for a final budget agreement.  Wolf released a statement yesterday explaining the end result must achieve several goals, including protecting investments in the state’s schools and finding a long-term budget solution that ensures everyone pays their fair share.  The governor also wants a more efficient government that will deliver better services and generate long term savings.

A fire claimed a building located next to the Sharpsville Fire Department on Monday morning. The Sharpsville Floral and Gift Shop caught fire shortly after 4 a.m. The building was a total loss. No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.

Police are releasing more information about an accident at a Sheetz in Butler Township.  Officers revealed last week that Lawrence Kopicki’s blood-alcohol-level was nearly four times the legal limit when he crashed into a pole near the gas pumps at the New Castle Road store in November.  No bystanders were injured but Kopicki was seriously hurt and had to be airlifted from the scene.

Property owners in the Riverside Area School District will be seeing a tax increase, but smaller than first expected. The Ellwood City Ledger reportes the school board voted to increasing taxes by 1.5 mills instead of the proposed 2.2 mill increase. The average home owner will pay nearly forty dollars a year more in taxes.  The board rejected the 2.2 mill increase by a 5-2 vote.