Tri County Report For August 4th, 2017

The Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office says a Mahoningtown woman is wanted on more than 200 charges for allegedly opening credit card accounts in a man’s name and charging hundreds of items.  According to the New Castle News  50 year old Maria Ann Lombardo is accused of charging nearly 14 thousand dollars worth of items on credit cards during a two year span that began in August of 2015. According to the criminal complaint, Lombardo was formerly associated with the man whose name is on the credit card accounts.

The criminal case against a man accused of sexually assaulting a young boy in a Chippewa Walmart is moving forward.  Adam Tatusko was in court yesterday in connection with last week’s alleged assault.  Police also say Tatusko told them he tried to grab another boy in a McDonald’s bathroom prior to the Walmart incident.  Channel 11 reports sources have told the station that Tatusko was allowed to go to the bathroom by himself despite being accompanied by a caretaker due to intellectual disabilities.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Little Beaver Township that sent a woman to the hospital. Police said 24 year Kristy Meteney of Darlington lost control of her car as she was eastbound on route 351, struck a culvert, causing her vehicle to roll onto its roof. Meteney was taken to the Beaver Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Pennsylvania is seeing a rise in Lyme disease.  The state already leads the nation for the number of cases, but officials say new cases have increased by the thousands over the last two years.  Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine released the information yesterday at Gifford Pinchot State Park.  Levine says people should use insect repellent that contains deet and wear long sleeve clothing when spending time outdoors.

A couple is behind bars after overdosing in a car with the baby in the backseat.  Police in Monessen say several people called 911 after seeing the couple acting weird in a parking lot yesterday.  When officers arrived they found Brittany Kurkowski slumped over a car seat with a five-month-old baby strapped in.  The baby was taken to the hospital to get checked out.  Kurkowski told police she had taken four Benadryls, but officers say they found a bag of heroin in the car.

Pennsylvania’s state treasurer is authorizing a 750 million dollar short-term line of credit.  Joe Torsella made the announcement yesterday saying the state hasn’t had to borrow this much money so early in the fiscal year in over two decades.  The line will be used to keep the general fund from falling into negative numbers.  Torsella is also asking lawmakers to pass a responsible revenue package.

Some state lawmakers are pushing a bill that would make it illegal to make hand-held cell phone calls while driving.  The legislation would also make it illegal for drivers under the age of 18 to make any calls.  The measure is calling for a 50 dollar fine and three points for first-time offenses.  Subsequent offenses would be a 100 dollar fine.

A man is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a child.  Joseph Maggio was arrested Tuesday for the incident which allegedly occurred at Butler Memorial Park.  Maggio reportedly lived with the 12-year-old boy’s family for a short time.  Police say he has admitted to the crime.

In desperate need of welders, a local union will hold an open house tomorrow at a Butler County welding school.  The Steamfitters Local 449 is anticipating a shortage of welders to help build a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.  Steamfitters Technology Center is about 20-miles north of Pittsburgh in Harmony.  Project officials expect to need 450 welders.