Tri County Report For August 3rd, 2017

A dairy barn was destroyed in Mercer County after it caught fire Wednesday. Fire officals continue to search for the cause of the blaze that killed at least 120 cows. The structure was completely destroyed and damage has been listed at 500 thousand dollars. The fire broke out at the Amazing Grace Diary Farm in West Salem just before three o’clock yesterday morning.

State Police in Lawrence County responded to a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Union Township. No injuries were reported. According to the New Castle News the driver of a Nissan Versa collided with a Ford Explore on Covert Road in Union Township. Both vehicles rolled over. Union Township Police and Fire also responded to the accident.

A Butler County man accused of killing his girlfriend then burning and dumping her remains in the woods will stand trial. Inside Butler County reports a preliminary hearing was held for 21 year old Ishemer Ramsey, who’s accused of fatally shooting Melissa Barto in his car back in June. It’s not yet know whether the Distric Attorney will seek the death penalty.

A local union is stepping up recruitment of apprentices interested in learning how to fabricate, install and service piping systems.  The call from the Steamfitters Local 449 is going out due to an anticipated shortage of welders to help build a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.  An open house is being held on Saturday at the union’s welding school in Butler County.  Four-hundred-fifty welders are expected to be needed for the project.

Liquor prices are going up at the end of the month.  The Liquor Control Board is raising the cost of 422 items and says the hike will be an average of about a dollar a bottle.  The board says it asked suppliers to lower their wholesale prices, but they did not agree, causing the price adjustment.

According to the Ellwood City Ledger A harness racing license, held for almost 10 years by entities with ties to Lawrence County, is again on the block. The state Horse Racing Commission began accepting applications Tuesday for Pennsylvania’s final harness racing license, which includes the right to apply for the state’s final casino license. The application period will run until 4 p.m. Nov. 28. The Horse Racing Commission opened applications for the license from February to June this year, but received no applications.

A suspect from a shooting incident in Sharon was arrested in Hermitage Monday. 20-year-old Phoenix James Sargous was arrested when Hermitage police say they saw Sargous’ vehicle parked in an area known for crime, heard five or six gunshots, then saw Sargous leaving in a hurry. WFMJ-TV reports Sargous faces  charges for  drug and  firearm violations, as well as for faulty lighting on his vehicle.

According to the latest Triple-A fuel gauge survey, gas prices remain steady in Western Pennsylvania.  The latest survey has prices averaging 2.54 per gallon which is up a penny from a week ago. On the national front, prices are at 2.32 gallon which is the highest price since the middle of June. In New Castle the average is at 2.49 a gallon and it’s lower in sharon at 2.44.