Tri-County Report For September 18th, 2017

Fire destroyed a vacant home on Cedar Street early Saturday morning. New Castle City fireman were called to the scene around 1:30. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The structure was in the county repository and was scheduled for demolition.

Governor Tom Wolf is being forced to delay payments to Medicaid insurers and school districts.  Wolf’s office made the announcement Friday, saying more delayed payments are expected.  Lawmakers are continuing to debate a plan to plug a two-billion dollar hole in the state’s budget.

A Pualski man was taken to the hospital after he struck a dog while operating a motorcycle.  State Police in Butler County report 50 year old Joseph Fisher was northbound on Prospect Road when the dog ran out in front of him from a private driveway. Police said Fisher was able to keep the motorcycle upright but did sustained a leg injury and was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police are investigating a fire at an Evans City restaurant.  The flames broke out at the Main Street Grille on Route 68 Friday morning.  The blaze was small and no injuries were reported.

Paving operations in Mercer will be underway 24 hours a day beginning today. Traffic patterns will change daily as crews work to repave Interstate 376. The project is part of a $3.8 million project to improve four miles of Interstate 376 in Mercer County, from the intersection with Route 760 to the Mercer/Lawrence county line.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small plane crash in Beaver County.  The aircraft hit a tree and crashed on private property on McKenzie Road in Hanover Township Saturday afternoon.  The pilot and a passenger suffered moderate, non-life-threatening injuries.

A woman is facing charges for allegedly stealing money from a personal care home in Butler County.  Rebecca Hulings was charged on Friday for allegedly stealing the money in June of 2106.  The money was taken from Transitions Healthcare Autumn Grove in Harrisville.  Hulings is expected to be in court for a preliminary hearing on September 27th.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will close between the Cranberry and Beaver Valley exits beginning Friday at 9 p.m. The posted detour takes drivers on an 80-mile trek through Interstates 376, 80 and 79 -– a 75-minute drive for what is typically 20 minutes of travel. The stretch of the turnpike will be closed for 55 hours this weekend while construction workers install a new bridge over Brush Creek in New Sewickley Township.

A son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky pleaded guilty Friday to charges he pressured a teenage girl to send him naked photos and asked her teen sister to give him oral sex. Jeffrey Sandusky pleaded guilty to all 14 counts, including solicitation of statutory sexual assault and solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.As part of the deal, 41-year-old Sandusky will spend up to six years in state prison, but the judge could impose as much as eight years.

Three people are facing charges in connection to a dog-fighting ring in Fayette County.  Police found 29 pit bulls at a home last month, many chained without access to food or water.  Three were dead in a ditch and two puppies later died while in the care of a veterinarian.  Edward Harris, Melisha Robinson and Regis Grooms were arraigned last week and are all facing numerous charges.  The 24 remaining pit bulls are doing well.