Tri County Report For June 30th, 2017

A long time employee of WKST was killed in a multi vehicle accident on Interstate 76 in North Jackson Ohio yesterday morning. According to Police 53 year old Mark Schaas was killed in a five vehicle pile up on 1-76 around 10:30 yesterday morning. The crash took place in a contstruction zone and involved three semi trucks.  Schass was killed at the scene. His passenger and another driver were life-flighted and two others taken by medic to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Charges have not been filed. The State Highway Patrol is working to determine the speed and how many hours the semi-truck driver at the origin of the accident had been on the road.

The State Attorney General has apporved the sale of the former Youth Development Center in Shenango Township to the high bidder, Hira Educational Services. The New Castle news reports the Pennsylvania Department of General Services confirmed that State AG Josh Shapiro signed the sales agreement on Tuesday. A spokesperson said the sale will now undergo one more internal review by excutives at DGS before the agreement is executed.

Drug dealers may soon be facing stiffer punishments.  A new bill penned by state Senator Camera Bartolotta was unanimously approved by the Senate Wednesday.  The legislation would allow dealers to be hit with a third-degree felony when their customers are harmed by an overdose.   The bill is now on its way to the House. Bartolotta is a Republican who represents parts of Washington and Allegheny Counties.

The South Butler School District is looking for a new superintendent.  The board accepted the resignation of Dr. David Zupsic at a special meeting Wednesday night.  Zupsic is taking a job as the Coordinator of Curriculum with the Midwestern Intermediate Unit in Grove City.  Dr. Frank Prazenica will be acting superintendent until a permanent replacement is named.  Prazenica was superintendent from 2007 until 2010.

Former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley is fighting terminal lung cancer.  Curley was previously sentenced to three months in prison and four months on house arrest in connection to the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal.  He is now asking a judge for a modified sentence.  Curley wants to serve his entire sentence on house arrest due to his health.

Officials are expecting a busy holiday weekend on the roads.  A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Turnpike says about three-and-a-half million drivers will use the highways through July 5th.  Friday is expected to be the busiest day, followed by Monday.  All maintenance and construction projects are being suspended starting at 5:00 this afternoon.

Medical marijuana dispensary permits are now in place in Pennsylvania.  The Department of Health released a list of 27 approved dispensaries yesterday and each can have up to three locations, some of which will be located in Allegheny, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.  The dispensaries now have six months to become operational.

The Hopewell Township Police Department wants you to drive sober over the Fourth of July weekend and throughout the summer.  The department announced earlier this week that the Beaver County DUI Task Force will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols in Beaver County over the holiday weekend and during the summer.  The department will not disclose the location of the checkpoints.