Tri-County Report For August 24th, 2017

State Police in Lawrence County report a New Castle man and a juvenile were charged followed a pursiut last night in Hickory Township. According to Police, 21 year old Fredrick Mozzocio was operating an ATV while the juvenile was operating a Motorcycle and failed to stop at the intersection of routes 388 and 108. A Hickory Township officer attempted to stop the vehicles but both fled the scene. Mozzocio later crashed the ATV into a guardrail and was taken into custody and chargd with Fleeing and elduding, DUI, possession of marijuana and a number of traffic violations.  The juvenile is also being charged with fleeing and a number of traffic violations.

A former Beaver County basketball coach is pleading guilty to forcing two teenage girls to have sex with him.  Ralph Ruprecht entered the plea Tuesday just as jury selection was slated to begin.  He was sentenced to eight-to-16 years in prison.  Prosecutors say Ruprecht had sex with the girls multiple times between 2015 and early 2016.  The victims also testified that Ruprecht brought in other men to assault them.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack is coming under fire for his spending.  The House State Government Committee reviewed Stack’s expenses during a public hearing at the Capitol yesterday and cited 73-thousand dollars in expenses, much of which was food.  The director for the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity says Stack is not being “considerate of taxpayers” and should be paying for his own groceries.  Stack was not at the hearing but says House Republicans should focus on the budget, explaining his expenses are in line with those of his predecessors.

Pennsylvania has the most student debt in the country.  LendEDU.com recently released the results of a study showing 69-percent of Pennsylvania’s 2017 graduates have student loans. The deputy state treasurer is encouraging students to enroll in the state’s 529 College Savings Plan to help offset tuition costs.

A Columbus, Ohio, man will face charges in connection with a non-fatal stabbing Monday in Farrell. The Sharon Herald is reporting that 39 year old Lutoreus Hudson was arrested in Greenville on Tuesday.  Hudson is charged with  two counts of aggravated assault and one charge of recklessly endangering another person. The charges are in connection with an incident Monday morning if Farrell. Hudson is accused of stabbing man during an argument over money. Hudson is in the Mercer County Prison on 25 thousand dollars bond.

It should come as no surprise that you’re not the winner of last night’s huge Powerball jackpot.  Lottery officials say one ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Massachusetts.  One ticket sold in Pennsylvania matched the five white balls and the power play winning two-million dollars.  Last night’s nearly 759-million-dollar jackpot was the second largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

Butler’s North Street City Building is in need of rePAirs.  Code enforcement officers inspected the building earlier this month and found multiple violations including roof, wall and foundation deterioration.  The city now has 30 days to develop a plan to correct the issues.  City councilmember says the issues will be fixed as money becomes available.

There’s no decision yet on the Freeport Area School District’s protest of a liquor license for a convenience store next to the district high school.  The protest of a license for a Sheetz near FAHS grounds in Buffalo Township was on the Liquor Control Board’s agenda yesterday.  However, the issue was put on hold.  District officials say the store is too close to the school to sell alcohol.