Tri County Report For August 11th, 2017

Two New Castle residents have been arrested in connection with the burglary of a Shenango Township gas station Wednesday morning. According to the New Castle 47 year old Shawn Marshall of Boston Avenue and 58 year old Robin Delany of Etna Street each face several burlgary charges. The incident took place around 2:30 Wednesday morning at the Marathon Gas Station of Ellwood Road. The two were arrested by Shenago Township Police after responding to an alarm.  Bond for each was set at 75 thousand dollars.

State Police in Mercer County report a fatal accident from Wendesday night on  Amsterdam Road in Liberty Township. 19 year old Darrian James Snow of Grove City was pronounced dead at the scene. Two 17 year old boys were also injuried in the crash. Police said One of the 17-year-old boys was driving and lost control of the truck while rounding a slight bend, police said, and the vehicle hit a culvert and a tree. No one was wearing a seat belt and marijuana paraphernalia was found in the truck,.

The South Butler School Board is doing more water testing in the district next week.  High levels of lead and copper were found in 21 fixtures at Knoch High School, South Butler Intermediate Elementary School and South Butler Primary School in July.  All of the affected fixtures are currently being replaced.

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is sharing the results of a study on the state’s two primary retirement systems.  DePasquale said yesterday that the systems have management issues on Wall Street and claims if there is a downturn in the stock market, Pennsylvania is in big trouble.  The state’s retirement funds are facing a 62-billion-dollar deficit.

Cranberry Township Police have shut down a massage parlor this morning that investigators believe housed a prostitution ring.  Officers raided Chinese Foot Massage on Dutilh Road.  Police were seen taking massage tables, computers and guns from the building as evidence.  Three of the parlor’s employees were arrested and now face charges.  Investigators plan to release more details about the raid later today.

The Ohio River in Beaver County will be getting some improvements.  An Ohio construction firm is set to spend the next two years replacing two dam lift gates.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a nearly six-million-dollar contract to the firm to do the work at Montgomery Lift and Dam in Monaca.  The project is set to start this fall.

The Freeport Area School District is trying to derail plans for a liquor license at the Sheetz in Buffalo Township.  School board President Daniel Lucovich says the store is too close to the high school to sell alcohol.  The Liquor Control Board can deny liquor licenses to businesses within 300 feet of schools, churches and playgrounds.  A hearing was held in July and a decision is expected next week.

The state House majority leader says not to expect a budget funding plan anytime soon.  Dave Reed said yesterday that the budget is in place and revenue is coming in, meaning lawmakers can spend more time working on an agreement.  The House opposes the Senate-passed plan that would raise taxes on most utilities.

A detective says surveillance footage from the scene of a frat hazing death at Penn State might have been deleted.  A surveillance camera from the scene of Tim Piazza’s death at the Beta Theta Pi house has been recovered.  The incident that led to Piazza’s death happened on February 2nd, but the detective said yesterday that footage before February 6th has disappeared.  Piazza fell down stairs at the house after a night of binge drinking during a pledge ceremony and frat members didn’t call police about Piazza’s injuries until 12 hours after the incident.