Tri County Report For August 29th, 2017

Shell Chemical Appalachia and environmental groups are striking a deal for pollution controls on a planned ethane cracker in Potter Township.  Details were announced yesterday and include pollution detection monitoring with publicly posted results.  The agreement halts the groups’ appeal of an air pollution permit Shell received from the Department of Environmental Protection.  Shell claims the plant will create 600 permanent positions and six-thousand construction jobs.

A Beaver County man is facing charges for allegedly pointing a gun at three people.  David Campbell of Indepenence Township was arrested Saturday after his wife called police to report he pulled a pistol and threatened to shoot her and two of her friends.  Campbell later allegedly admitted to officers that the accusations were true.

State Representative Lou Barletta is expected to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate today.  Barletta will be running for the seat currently held by two-term Democrat Bob Casey.  Barletta is the former mayor of Hazleton and currently represents the state’s 11th district.

The Abie Abraham VA Health Care Center will begin helping vets next week.  An official ribbon-cutting ceremony is being held today at the new Center Township facility.  Director David Cord says the center needs volunteers and is asking people to stop by to find out more.

McConnells Mill is hosting some educational activities this weekend.  The park will have a Bees and Beekeeping Open House Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Kildoo Picnic Pavilion.  Local beekeepers will be on hand and the event will run until 2 p.m.  At 4 p.m. people are invited to go crayfishing.  Participants should meet at the Hell’s Hollow Trail Parking Lot and are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Prices are now higher in Pennsylvania’s state-owned liquor stores.  The Liquor Control Board raised the cost of 422 items by about a dollar a bottle yesterday.  This is the first time in 24 years that the PLCB has raised prices on its own.

State Police in Lawrence County are reminding motorists that they will be conduction Sobriety Checkpoints and Roving DUI enforcement patrols during the month of September. The checkpoints will start for the upcoming Labor Day Holiday weekend. Officals said they will concentrate in areas with high incidences of DUI violations and crashes.

A man is no longer welcome at the Dependable Drive-In in Moon Township because workers say he stole from a cancer donation box.  The theater posted about it on Facebook, saying surveillance video shows him tearing into the box when a worker stepped away.  A representative says the drive-in will place eight-dollars into the leukemia fund, which is the price the thief would have paid for admission.  It’s unclear if police were called.

The Sharon Herald is reporting a vacant home in Sandy Lake suffered extensive damage from a fire Monday morning.Firefighters responded to a house fire just before 2a.m.  in the 5300 block of Franklin Street. The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived. The home, which had a for sale sign, was vacant and no injuries were reported. The State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating.