News Live 365 for June 28, 2017

Man Accused of Killing Girlfriend has first Hearing Today

Damien Ditz admitted to the shooting of Kristina Seabern to state police earlier this month

Clarion, Pa –

Damien Ditz of Clarion has his preliminary hearing in court today for the murder of his girlfriend Kristina Seaburn. He will stand before District Judge Timothy Schill while charges are finalized and trial dates are set at about 2:30pm today in Clarion County Courthouse. Ditz stands accused of criminal homicide which is a placeholder charge for third through first degree murder and voluntary or involuntary manslaughter. He has also been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person. Earlier this month Ditz admitted to pointing a loaded pistol at Kristina when he got angry with her during an argument about money but denies pulling the trigger; he says the gun fired on accident.


Crawford Central School District Approves Budget

No taxes for Crawford County

Meadville, PA –

With a vote of 8-1 on Monday the Crawford Central School Board voted in favor of the 2017-2018 that will not raise property taxes in Crawford County. In French Creek Township of Mercer County there will be an increase of one half mill to match the tax rates in Crawford County but this will be enacted by the State Tax Equalization board which dropped it by half a mill last year. The single opposition vote came from Frank Schreck who was opposed to the increased spending which he said would eventually force the district to increase its millage rate in the future and he is opposed to any tax increase present or future. The millage rate for Crawford Central sits at 51.61, with one mill equalling a property tax of $1 for every $1,000, meaning residents will pay $51.61 for each thousand dollars of property value and the average tax is $1.496.69 this year.


State Budget at Impasse Days before Due Date

Lawmakers cannot agree on spending limits but the budget is due June 30th

Harrisburg, PA –

With only two days to go can Pennsylvania pass a budget in a time? The budget process stalled this month with the House, Senate, and Governor’s office all disagreeing with one another on several details in this year’s proposals. The biggest issue is an $800 million discrepancy between the budget proposed by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican controlled state legislature. A compromise has yet to be reached between the two. 


Car Plunges Down Ravine and Kills One

Russel Hallet of McKean was killed by blunt force trauma

Cussewago Township, Crawford County, PA –

Dirk Hallet of McKean was killed in a single car accident in Northern Crawford County. Hallet was not wearing a seatbelt when his Chevy Impala went over a ravine on Gospel Hill Road and collided with a tree, his passenger who has been identified as Christopher Hardman was taken to Meadville Medical Center with injuries and was also not wearing his seatbelt.


Boaters Injured in Conneaut Lake Accident Sunday

Three were hospitalized after boat accident

Conneaut Lake, PA –

Three were injured and taken to Meadville Medical Center in Sunday’s boating accident on Conneaut Lake. Yesterday’s report used old and inaccurate information about the injuries suffered by the boaters. The boat’s driver was turning at a high rate of speed when a large wave pushed the boat over. Richard, Jerry, and Lucy Williamson were all injured in the accident and taken to Meadville Medical Center and Richard was later confirmed to be sent to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. A fourth passenger on the boat named Jacob Forstyk refused medical treatment.


Erie County Board Votes Yes on Community College

Resolution passes 4 – 2

Erie, PA –

Erie County Council has voted in favor of a resolution to create a community college. They must now send a proposal to the Commonwealth for final approval. The board must now send a proposal to the PA State Board of Education for final approval.