Tri County Report For September 27th, 2017

Three  Pennsylvania men are facing charges following a prostitution sting in Ohio.  Police announced the charges yesterday, explaining that the suspects responded to online advertisements placed by undercover officers.  Joseph Geraci of Verona, Ryan Grossman of Aliquippa and Gary Harmon of New Castle were arrested after arriving at an agreed-upon location in Mahoning County.

Governor Tom Wolf is calling for a bipartisan effort to fix the nation’s health care system.  Wolf released a statement this week saying his administration has worked with Republican and Democratic governors to stabilize health insurance markets, but the effort was derailed by partisans trying to dismantle consumer protections.  Wolf says Washington can start repairing the problems without throwing out coverage and protections for millions of Pennsylvanians.

A New Castle man has been accused of injuring his Ellwood City girlfriend during a recent argument. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 37 year old Randal Bartley was charged with simple assault and harrasment. Ellwood City police were called to a home in the 400 block of Fountain Avenue around 6:30 p.m. back on  September 17th, for a report of a domestic incident and found a woman bleeding from her face and neck. The woman told officers that Bartley,  headbutted her during an argument at her Pittsburgh Circle home before she ran for safety to the house where police found her. The woman refused medical treatment.

Violent crime is down in Pennsylvania.  The FBI released a report this week showing a decrease in the number of murders and rapes in the state last year.   The study shows an increase in violent crime elsewhere across the country.  The state Secretary of Corrections called the report “significant news” for Pennsylvania.

State Police in Lawrence County report the arrest of a Pittsburgh man after a traffic stop on Interstate 76 in Little Beaver Township Friday morning. 24 year old Antoine Key faces charges after police found marijuanna and a loaded handgun in his vehicle. Police said Key did not have a permit to carry a gun and had pled guilty back in 2012 with carrying a firearm without a license.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is taking a knee on a visit to the White House.  Peduto said yesterday that the Penguins invited him on the trip to celebrate their second consecutive Stanley Cup victory but he declined.  He explained that he would have considered it had it not been for all the tweets that have been coming out of the White House regarding the NFL protests.

The Plum School Board is accepting the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Timothy Glasspool.  District officials also approved a 184-thousand-dollar severance package for Glasspool last night.  His resignation comes after a sex abuse scandal within the district that led to three teachers being sentenced to time behind bars.  The board has also approved a 300-thousand-dollar settlement for one of the victims.

Pennsylvania hunters will be able to use more electronic devices in the coming weeks.The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to a measure that allows the use of electronic decoys for hunting waterfowl and doves, electronically-heated scent and lure dispensers, and electronic devices that distribute ozone gas for scent control.The changes will take about six to eight weeks to become official.

According to the Triple-A East Central weekly fuel gauge report Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania fell by nearly four cents this week to an average of $2.819 per gallon this week. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.76 a gallon and in Sharon drivers are paying more at an average of 2.83. One month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, motorists are finally seeing consistent declines in gas prices.  At $2.57, the national average is five cents less than a week ago, 22 cents more expensive than a month ago, and 36 cents more than a year ago.

Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney the Second is speaking out about his team’s decision to stay off the field during the National Anthem before Sunday’s game in Chicago.  In a letter to Steelers fans, Rooney says the team decided to stay in the locker room in order to avoid making a political statement.  In the letter, Rooney states, “There was never any desire on the part of our players to show disrespect for our service members.”  The Steelers decision was viewed by many as a boycott of the National Anthem.