Tri-County Report For August 23rd, 2017

A Medical Helicopter was called to the scene of an accident yesterday afternoon in Scott Township.  According to the New Castle News a  vehicle reportedly hit a pole in front of the township fire department at 3712 Harlansburg Road. A portion of the road was closed temporarily while emergency crews worked, but was re-opened shortly after. Two people were reported to be injured, and where trapped in the vehicle.  State Police were at the scene of the crash but no report has yet been released.

Governor Tom Wolf is calling out Pennsylvania House Republicans in the battle over the state budget.  In an interview with KDKA, Wolf criticized the House for holding up a 32-billion-dollar spending plan passed by the Pennsylvania Senate last month, and called on House Republicans to “get their act together and finish the job.”  State lawmakers passed a budget in July, but did not approve a spending plan to pay for it.  The Legislature is still working to overcome a one-and-a-half-billion-dollar budget shortfall.

Health officials are warning residents not to eat fish from the Shenago River.  The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Health announced a “do not eat” advisory for all fish caught in the Shenago River in Mercer and Lawrence counties.  That includes all fish between the Shenago Lake Dam and the mouth of the Shenago River in New Castle.  The advisory is a result of a chemical compound hazardous to fish and humans called “PCB.”

The Sharon Herald is reporting  A one-vehicle accident in Hempfield Township has left a Greenville man dead. 62 year old Thomas Siege died in the emergency room of UPMC Greenville shortly after he was taken there by ambulance on Monday. The crash took place just before noon as Siege was traveling east on Donation Road when his vehicle crossed over the center line, went off the road and struck a tree on the north side of the road. Police said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Police are investigating the passing of a counterfeit 20-dollar bill in Aliquippa.  The bill was recently discovered at a local business and has the words “Motion Picture Use Only” printed on the front and back.  Producers often use fake bills when filming, especially when large sums of money are needed.

Severe weather is being blamed for more than 56-hundred power outages in Washington, Greene, Allegheny, Butler and Westmoreland counties.  There were no reports of serious injuries but yesterday’s storms also left behind downed trees, power lines and flooded roads.  The National Weather Service also confirmed a downburst in McDonald.

A teenager is facing charges after allegedly attacking a staff member at an Allegheny Township juvenile facility.  Eighteen-year-old Valerie Santos is accused of biting the employee and making threatening remarks during the altercation at Western PA Child Care earlier this month.  Police say she is now facing additional time at the center and even though she is technically an adult, she can be held until she is 21.

Youngstown State University’s faculty union unanimously voted to give its bargaining team authorization to call a strike if they think its necessary. More than 200 members of YSU-OEA voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon. This comes after union members were presented with the latest contract proposal from YSU’s Board of Trustees. WKBN-TV reports a Union spokeswoman said the proposed salary and changes to course load by administrators signals what she calls a lack of respect for faculty and student success.

Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges is being postponed until next spring.  A Montgomery County judge yesterday said the move from November 6th to mid-March will give Cosby’s new defense team enough time to prepare.  The entertainer is accused of assaulting a former Temple employee at his Montco home in 2004.  Cosby’s first trial ended in a mistrial.  Three attorneys make up Cosby’s new defense team, led by Tom Mesereau, who successfully defended Michael Jackson in his child molestation trial.