Tri-County Report For September 6th, 2017

An Aliquippa teen is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of third-degree murder.  A jury handed down the verdict to 18-year-old Ronald Foster yesterday and also convicted him of conspiracy to commit robbery.  Police say Foster planned the robbery that resulted in the shooting deaths of 18-year-old Dane Mathesius and 16-year-old William Booher, who were in Aliquippa to sell drugs.  The teen who allegedly pulled the trigger is awaiting trial.

An EMT and a paramedic were sent to the hospital after a crash involving an ambulance and a garbage truck in Neshannock Township Tuesday. The accident took place around 12:30 on Route 18 near Maitland Lane. WFMJ-TV reports  three people from the Elite EMS Ambulance vehicle where taken to UPMC Horizon Shenango Valley in Farrell. There was no report on what caused the accident.

Governor Tom Wolf says Pennsylvanians are going to be hurt if lawmakers don’t pass a plan to balance their 32-billion dollar budget bill.  In an interview yesterday, Wolf revealed that he will have to start freezing spending on September 15th, which could affect road work, schools and emergency response systems.  A group of House members unveiled a plan yesterday that would tap into state accounts with large reserve funds.

Hermitage police are searching for a man they say robbed the PNC Bank, on E. State Hermitage, on Tuesday afternoon. The Sharon Herald reports the robbery took place around 12:21. The man did not display a gun on there were no injuries. Police believe the man ran away, as no vehicle was seen.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is reviewing the president’s decision to do away with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  In a statement yesterday, Shapiro said, “I am carefully reviewing the President’s DACA directive and am in communication with fellow attorneys general and state leaders. I won’t hesitate to take legal action if the federal government breaks the law as it ends its commitment to these young people. They relied on a commitment from the U.S. government and should be able to depend on that promise.”

Penn State University may be suing the charity founded by Jerry Sandusky.  The Director of the Office of Strategic Communications released a statement yesterday saying, “The University filed the writ against the Second Mile in order to preserve its rights to pursue claims against it. We have no further comment at this time.” Sandusky was found guilty of sexually abusing children in 2012 and is serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence.  The Second Mile has since been dissolved.

A man is in the hospital after an accident at Armstrong Cement and Supply in Butler County.  A piece of machinery fell yesterday, trapping the victim but not landing directly on him.  Firefighters freed him after about 15 minutes.   His condition is not known.

The state Department of Health has withheld the names of those who scored applications for medical marijuana licenses. PennLive filed a Right-to-Know request seeking those names–eventually, the Department of Open Records ordered their release. The DOH has claimed releasing the names could make the panelists vulnerable to threats or bribery, but Open Records director Erik Arneson finds the argument flawed. DOH has 30 days to comply or file an appeal.

A convicted killer is dead.  Michael Travaglia died of natural causes in Greene County State Correctional Institution on Monday.  Travaglia and “kill for thrill” partner John Lesko killed four people over an eight-day period around Christmas of 1979.  One of their victims was an Apollo police officer.