Tri County Report For July 3rd, 2017

State Police in Lawrence County report A manhunt Sunday afternoon results in the arrest of one person wanted for a two-state crime spree that began in Lawrence County and ended in Ohio. Police arrested  25-year-old Tyler Amos of Cochranton. State Police  believe that Amos is one of three people who were surprised early Saturday when the owner of Cable Hardwoods showed unexpectedly up at the Portersville Road business in Perry Township. Also arrested was 38 year old Brandy Mae Rumbold of Ellwood City. A 60 year old victim was taken to Allegheny Gerneral Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered during the attack.  Another victim, an 84 year old man was taken to Ellwood City Hospital for treatment.  A third suspect has not yet been identified by Police. Amos and Rumblold each face 36 charges, 24 of those are felonies.

The State Senate on Friday passed the fiscal 2017-18 budget. According to State Senator Elder Vogel Jr., the budget holds the line on spending at 32 billion dollars which is 650 million dollars less than Governor Wolf had orignally asked for. Vogel said Despite increases in mandated expenses – including pensions, health care and human services – the overall increase in spending in the proposed budget is just 0.2 percent over the current year, well below the rate of inflation. Now the General Assembly must come to an agreement on how to pay for the budget.

Police are investigating the cause of a crash that injured two people in Butler County.  Officers say a woman lost control of her vehicle Friday morning and wound up in Little Connoquenessing Creek.  A passenger suffered minor injuries, but the driver was submerged and trapped, upside down in the water.  Unionville Fire Chief Nathan Wulff says his assistant chief and a Good Samaritan helped get her out and most likely saved her life.

A West Pittsburgh man was killed on Saturday after his car crashed into a toll booth. State Police say 25-year-old John Fields of was speeding on Interstate 376 when he slammed into a concrete barrier separating the toll lanes.That impact sent his car into the air, landing one lane over.  Fields was not wearing a seat belt according to investigators.

Pennsylvania’s rural roads and bridges are some of the worst in the country.  TRIP, which reviews transportation data, released the report last week saying the state’s rural roads are the eighth worst in the country due to their narrow lanes, sharp curves, and limited shoulders.  The state’s rural bridges are the third worst in the country, with 22-percent ranked as structurally deficient. See the full report at TripNet.org.

Governor Tom Wolf is not going to share detailed information with a presidential commission looking into voting fraud.  Wolf announced Friday that the Trump administration can purchase publicly available voter lists but says the request for individual voter records violates state law.  Wolf says he is concerned about the security of the data.

The number of school-aged kids in Westmoreland County continues to drop.  The latest figures from the Census Bureau show it dropped nine percent since 2010.  The numbers appear to be a reflection of the county’s overall population decline.  In 2016 there were just over 355-thousand people in Westmoreland County.  That’s a drop of three percent from 2010 figures.  In 2016 there were just under 55-thousand people between the ages of five and 17-years-old, a drop of about five-thousand from 2010.

A Washington County man is going to serve probation for his role in a deadly crash in Smith Township.  Joshua Kusky pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to a minor on Friday and received the 12-month sentence.  Kusky was charged for selling beer and whiskey to 19-year-old Tyler Bowe, who later hit a tree and drove over a 15-foot embankment.  Bowe was killed in the crash and three other teenagers were seriously injured.

The Big Butler Fair is underway.  The event kicked off at the fairgrounds Friday and runs through Saturday, July 8th.  The fair will feature food, rides, games, demo derbies, tractor pulls, live music and a fireworks show tomorrow.  General admission is eight dollars and children under three are free. Get a full schedule at BigButlerFair.com.