Tri County Report For August 9th, 2017

State Police say a man sought in connection with the robbery of a Mercer County credit union is also a suspect in an attempted bank robbery in Lawrence County. Crime Stoppers has released surveillance images of a suspect and a car believed to have been used in the attempted robbery of the Wesbanco Bank in Ellwood City and a robbery of the Grove City Area Federal Credit Union on Friday. The suspect is described as a black, male, 5’6” to 5’8”, thin build, in his 20’s, black short hair, and goatee with a thin mustache. Anyone with information is asked to call PA Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4Pa-TIPS

The man charged in the kidnapping and murder of a 13-year-old Ashtabula girl pled not guilty in Ashtabula County Court yesterday. The Sharon Herald reports 47 year old John Bove of Ashtabula is accused of in the murder of 13 year old Kara Zdanczewski back in May. Investigators say Bove kidnapped the teen, then stabbed her to death and set her body on fire in the woods in Ashtabula County. He was later arrested in Sharon. He’s being held without bond.

The 7th Annual Lawrence County Stand Down will take place this Friday at the New Castle Armory on Frank Aveunue. The event will take place from 1-3pm. Veterans can receive free medical screeings, hygiene products, a light meal and a number of organzations will be on hand with resource information available.

Some Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would allow certain parents to choose a new school for their children and have the state foot the bill.  The measure would create Education Savings Accounts for students in the lowest performing schools and would allow parents to use the money for other educational options.  The funds in the accounts would be diverted from the public school.

Police in Cranberry Township are searching for three suspects who they believe shot a man Monday night.  According to investigators, the suspects visited a house in the 91-hundred block of Marshal Drive.  One of the suspects came out of a bathroom, hitting the victim in the arm.  Police say the suspects drove off in a silver Kia sedan.  They believe the victim was targeted.

The Butler Area School District now has another safety measure in place.  The district installed surveillance cameras on each of its buses this summer.  The new system will allow drivers to capture both audio and video recordings from inside and outside the vehicles.  The Butler Area School District begins classes on August 30th.

The Pine-Richland School District and three transgender students have finalized a settlement involving a discrimination lawsuit.  The students will receive a total of 135-thousand dollars over the district’s bathroom policy.  Last year, the district school board adopted a policy that restricted transgender students to using unisex bathrooms or bathrooms that matched their biological gender.  The move prompted the students to file a federal discrimination lawsuit.  The board has since reversed the policy, allowing students to use restrooms matching their gender identities.

The annual Lawrence County Fair begins next Monday, August 14th, and the fair will be the site of the next County Commissioners meeting.  The weekly public meeting will take place Tuesday, August 15th at noon at the fairgrounds. Commissioners are asking resident who plan to attend to use Gate 5. Once a month the Commissioners conduct a public meeting at different venues throught the county.