Tri County Report For July 18th, 2017

Hira Educational Services of North America has cleared the latest hurdle in its purchase of the former Youth Development Center property. According to the Sharon Herald A $32,000 check from the New Jersey business arrived by mail about an hour before the 5 p.m. Monday deadline for a 10 percent downpayment. The state Department of General Services which handles sale of state-owned property, said HESNA must provide the remaining $360,000 of the $400,000 purchase price for the property on Frew Mill Road in the next 60 days. Supervisors in Shenango Township have asked Commonwealth Court to review the sale.

A Chicora man is wanted by State Police in Butler County in connection with a bank robbery Sunday afternoon. Police said a warrant has been issued for 22 year old Alexander Welter. He’s accused of robbing the Citizens Bank inside the Giant Eagle in the Clearview Mall just before one o’clock. Welter got away with an undertmined amount of money and no injuries were reported.

State lawmakers are back in Harrisburg working on the unfunded budget.  The Senate began sessions again yesterday but claims no major breakthroughs occurred.   “Significant progress” was reported last week but no votes have been scheduled. Governor Wolf is asking for a solution as to avoid a downgrade of the state’s credit rating.

Students at the University of Pittsburgh could be paying more to attend classes this fall.  The school board of trustees is meeting on campus today and could vote on increasing tuition rates.  Last year, in-state Pitt students paid more than 17-thousand dollars a year to attend classes, which was a two-percent increase from the year before.  Tuition costs are expected to rise at all 14 state universities for the upcoming school year after Pennsylvania lawmakers agreed to slash state funding by 72-million dollars.

Governor Tom Wolf is worried about the Republican legislation that would repeal and replace Obamacare.  Wolf’s administration released its analysis of the bill yesterday, saying it will cost the state tens of billions of federal Medicaid dollars. Republican Senator Pat Toomey helped write the measure but Pennsylvania’s hospitals, the AARP of Pennsylvania and labor unions are not backing it.  Two more Republicans also out against the legislation last night, possibly killing its chances.

Police in Beaver County said it was an intoxicated man returning home from a party who drove his car into the side of a North Sewickley Township home Sunday morning.   The stairwell inside the home was completely destroyed, leaving the homeowners trapped upstairs on the second floor. Firefighters had to use a ladder to rescue two people who were upstairs at the time of the crash. Officials at the scene said the driver was trapped and had to be rescued. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Nearly all of a runway project at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is expected to be paid for by grants.  The Federal Aviation Association announced yesterday that the airport will get nearly two-and-a-half-million dollars to strengthen and rehabilitate a runway at the airport in Unity.  Derry Construction Company has submitted a bid of two-and-a-half-million for the project.

A woman, charged for allegedly setting her boyfriend on fire, is claiming she actually saved his life. Leigh Ann Sepelyak is accused of throwing gasoline on Grady Spencer earlier this month and then lighting him on fire.  Sepelyak said yesterday that she plans to fight the charges, claiming she poured a jug of urine on Spencer to save him after he accidentally started the blaze.  Spencer has corroborated the story but officials are investigating the possibility that he is lying to protect Sepelyak.