Tri-County Report For September 7th, 2017

Union Township police made four drug arrests and apprehended two people wanted on warrants in a “saturation patrol” conducted over the last month. The New Castle News reports Chief Mark Julian said ten police officers, as well as the township’s narcotics detective and the department’s  K-9 officer, “flooded” township roads on Aug. 11 and 19 and September 1, looking for violators. He said that 200 traffic stops were made by the “roving patrols” in an effort to cut down crime in the heavily traveled township. In addition to the arrests, 96 traffic citations were issued.

Gov. Tom Wolf says a plan assembled by a group of House Republicans to balance Pennsylvania’s budget is “nonsense” and urged House members to approve a $2.2 billion bipartisan plan that passed the state Senate in July. Wolf said yesterday the House GOP plan would divert aid from other programs, such as volunteer fire companies, highways and county emergency response agencies. Wolf also repeated an earlier warning that he’ll have to start freezing some spending on Sept. 15 to prevent the state’s main bank account from going below zero. The House returns to session next week and a vote on the GOP plan is expected after that

A gas leak is being blamed for an evacuation at Butler Intermediate High School.  Superintendent Dr. Brian White says someone accidentally turned on a gas valve during a chemistry class yesterday morning. Students were taken to the high school stadium until the building was cleared about an hour later.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is challenging President Trump’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  Shapiro issued a statement yesterday saying he has reviewed the President’s actions and determined they violate the rule of law.  He also said he was forced to act because of a failure in leadership, both by President Trump and by Congress.  More than a dozen Attorneys General have filed lawsuits over Trump’s decision to end the program.

Governor Tom Wolf is sharing a package of six bills, intended to combat sexual assault.  Wolf introduced the legislation yesterday saying it will improve reporting and response standards.  He also claims it will ensure that all Pennsylvania students have the information, resources, and support they need.  The legislation is part of the state’s “It’s On Us PA” campaign to address sexual assault in schools and on college campuses.

Police arrested a Grove City man, who they said was telling officers to shoot him. They said 32-year-old Louis Herbert was very drunk and yelling at his family members outside of his home on Sunday. According to WKBN-TV He was reaching for his waistband, threatening to shoot officers and “enticing” them to shoot him. Hebert was arrested and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Police said no weapon was found.

Support employees in the Mars area school district have a new three year contract after more than two years of negotiations. Inside Butler County reports the school board voted 7-1 during it’s meeting on Tuesday. The new contract takes away spousal and family healtch care benefits but does include higher starting wates and bonuses. Mars employes around 84 total support staff employees.

Pennsylvania is asking the Department of Homeland Security for a ‘Real ID’ enforcement extension.  The state submitted a request yesterday, after previously getting an extension until October 10th.  On the 11th, the Real ID will be the only form of state ID that can be used to enter a federal facility.  In January, the ID will also be needed to board a domestic flight.  PennDOT says it will not have the IDs available until the spring of 2019.