Tri-County Report For August 16th, 2017

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is criticizing President Donald Trump over his comments on last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In a series of tweets yesterday Wolf said the woman killed in the protest “deserves better” than Trump’s comment.  Wolf also said Trump should condemn un-American values like hatred, bigotry and violence.  The President claims “there’s blame on both sides” for the incident.

The New Castle Fire Department was called out yesterday morning to two seperate fires that are under investigation. According to the New Castle News both fires were on Federal Street. The fires have beed deemed suspicious. One of the vacant homes was the scene of a fire last week. No injuries were reported and no damage was done to any of the surrounding properties.

Lawrence County Commissioner Robert Del Signore said  is the county is accumulating blighted properties more quickly than it is tearing them down. At yesterday’s meeting which was held at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds , Del Signore said about 20 dilapidated buildings are being demolished yearly. But that’s not enough. At that rate, he said the number of blighted structures is increasing. According to the Ellwood City Ledger Del Signore said the county is trying to bring dollars together to address the issue.

The state Department of Transportation is asking drivers not to pull over to see the solar eclipse next week.  Officials say stopping along the road is both unsafe and unlawful.  Pennsylvania will only have a partial view of the eclipse on Monday.

A woman accused of setting her boyfriend on fire and then dousing the flames with urine has died of an apparent heroin overdose.  Tarentum Police say they found 39-year-old Leigh Ann Sepelyak Monday night in her home on West 11th Avenue.  Officers found several stamp bags of heroin in the home, along with other drug-related items.  Last month, police arrested Sepelyak after he and her boyfriend got into a fight.  According to officers, she poured gasoline on his lower back and then used a match to set him on fire.  She then allegedly used a nearby bucket of urine to put out the flames.

A man is facing charges for allegedly pulling a gun on another man during an argument in Butler County.  Burton Kelly the Third was arrested Sunday night at the Brady Hills Mobile Home PArk in Brady Township.  Police say the fight started as a road rage incident and then moved to the trailer PArk, where Kelly got a pistol and pointed it at the victim.  No one was hurt.

Sharpsville school administrators could be taking home a little more in their paychecks this year. The Sharon Herald is reporting school board members said they discussed the possibility of 2 to 3 percent salary increases during an executive session that was part of their workshop Monday evening. The board is expected to vote on the raises at their meeting next Monday. Superintendent Dr. Brad Ferko said the raises would be granted on a merit basis.

The Better Business Bureau of Pittsburgh is warning college students of potential scams targeting them.  Representatives say they see scams pop up around this time each year.  Some of the most common ones they see involve scholarships, financial aid and seminars.  They request some form of payment up front to receive them or to attend.  The BBB also warns about scams that involve searching for roommates.  They say to use extra caution with sites like Craigslist and don’t hand over money before you know it’s legit.