Tri County Report For August 15th, 2017

A four-year-old is dead after being found unresponsive in a Lawrence County swimming pool.  Geovonni Rotar was pulled from a private Neshannock Township pool Sunday and family members did CPR until crews arrived.  He was taken to the hospital, but died a few hours later.

State Police in Lawerence County have released the name of the woman who was struck and killed by a car late Sunday night in Mahoning Township. According to Police, 52 year old Robyn Pennachio of Edinburg was walking in the Eastbound Lane of route 422 when she was struck by a vehicle operated by 20 year old Shianne Jackson of New Castle. Pennachio was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police said Jackson was not cited.

A Vietnam memorial is coming to Butler County.  The Americans Veterans Traveling Tribute will roll into the area on August 23rd.  The memorial is a replica of the real Vietnam Veterans Memorial and is 80-percent of its size.  It will arrive at the Victory Family Church on Route 19 in Cranberry and then travel to VA Butler Healthcare in Butler Township with an escort from the Butler County American Legion Riders.  The replica will be on display until August 27th.

Everyone is expected to be okay after some New Brighton High School students were injured in a crash involving a school bus and a van.  Several students and the bus driver were treated for minor injuries after the collision along Ohio River Boulevard at McKees Rocks Bridge yesterday morning.  The members of the “Marching Lion Pride” were on their way to Kennywood Park to perform.  The van that hit the was carrying band equipment.

Slippery Rock University is one of the best northeastern colleges.  Princeton Review’s “Best Northeastern Colleges” list was released last week.  The editorial staff says the schools were scored in multiple categories but Slippery Rock was listed primarily for its excellent academics.

Pennsylvania is reducing the amount of time students will spend taking standardized tests.  Governor Tom Wolf made the announcement yesterday explaining one math section and one English section are being removed from the exams and some questions in science are also being eliminated.  Wolf says the reduction in testing will allow teachers more time to teach and promises it will not mean a reduction in accountability.  The change will begin in the spring of 2018 and will affect kids in grades three through eight.

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania again averaged at $2.586 per gallon this week, according to Triple-A’s East Central’s Gas Price Report. On average, consumers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states are paying $2.36 a gallon – which is flat compared to last week.The average price in New Castle is 2.57 a gallon, in Sharon drivers are paying 2.49 a gallon.  Last year at this time the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded was 2.27 a gallon.

Neshannock Township will be paving a number of roads in the coming weeks. According to the New Castle News the roads include Neshannock Trails Drive, Blackstone Drive, Mission Mead Drive, Kings Chapel Road and Bunea Vista Way. East Coast Paving will be conducting the work. Only locak traffic and emergency vehicles will be allowed through and drives can expect delays.

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Mahoning Township Sunday afternoon. According to police a 16 year old boy from New Castle pulled from a private driveway onto Route 224, into the path of a vehicle operated by 61 year old Daniel Torsello of New Castle. Both drivers, and a passanger in each of the vehicle reported injuries and were taken to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. Police said the 16 year old was citied.