Tri County Report For July 17th, 2017

Police are looking for the man who robbed a Butler County bank.  Police say the Citizens Bank inside the Giant Eagle on North Main Street in Center Township was robbed yesterday afternoon.  The robber is a white man about six-feet tall.  He was wearing a motorcycle helmet, orange long-sleeved shirt or hoodie with a Harley Davidson logo or wording on the front and had a dark-colored backpack.

Two former Penn State administrators are in prison.  Gary Schultz and Tim Curley surrendered to the Centre County Correctional Facility Saturday.  Curley, the former athletic director, is serving three months and Schultz, the former vice president, is serving two.  Both pleaded guilty to child endangerment in connection to their handling of a complaint about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is serving a 30-to-60 year sentence.

No injuries were reported following a house fire Friday night in Greenville. The Sharon Herald reports the blaze probably started on the first floor at a home on S. Main St. and spread to the basement and the second floor, firefighters said. The cause has not yet been determined. The American Red Cross is assisting the  family, whose home likely will be a total loss. No damage estimate was givin.

State Police are targeting distracted drivers this week.  The crackdown began yesterday and will continue through Saturday.  The effort is part of a multi-state initiative, which also includes Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Michigan.

According to the Ellwood City Ledger a car crashed into a home on Sunday morning in North Sewickley Township. North Sewickley police said the accident occured on Mercer Road around 7:15 a.m. The driver was taken to a Pittsburgh Hospital for treatment.  The homeowner was not hurt.

Two people are hospitalized following a boat accident on the Ohio River.  Emergency officials say a boat crashed into a barge yesterday.  The driver of the boat was taken to Allegheny General with injuries to his face.  Officials say they think the barge was tied off and not active in the water when the accident happened.

A Toronto man is facing charges for allegedly injuring a state trooper at a Turnpike service station in Hempfield.  Police say Patrick Rokowski was intentionally bumping into customers and flipping over tables at the New Stanton Service Plaza last week.  When officers arrived, Rokowski punched one and tried to gouge his eyes.  He is being charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

A Westmoreland County man, accused of paying for sexual contact with a child, is claiming the victim enticed him.  Brian Spillar was arrested Friday and charged with patronizing a victim of sexual servitude.  Spillar told officers the seven-year-old Greensburg girl came on to him when he was drunk.   Police say Spillar paid for sex with Rebecca Shadle and then paid her to have contact with the victim, who was in her care.  Shadle is also being charged with human trafficking.