Tri County Report For November 7th, 2017

A native of Beaver County and his wife are among those killed in a mass shooting at a church near San Antonio.  Scott Marshall and his wife Karen were looking for a new church on Sunday when a gunman killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.  The couple visited family in Pennsylvania just last week.  The 58-year-old was retired from the Air Force and living in La Vernia, Texas.

The winds that caused damage in Scott Township,  were not caused by a tornado.  The National Weather Service in Moon says straight-line winds are likely the cause of Sunday night’s damage to homes and downed trees.  The area along George Washington Road between New Castle and Slippery Rock saw the heaviest damage.  NWS officials say Beaver and Butler counties will be evaluated, but it’s not believed tornadoes are the cause of damage there, either.

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle crash last ight in Washington Township. According to police, 56 year old Harry Thomas of New Castle was northbound on route 19 when he crossed the center line and struck a semi operated by 43 year old Howard Wendel of Niagara Falls, New York. Both drivers were taken to St.Elizabeth’s Hopsital in Youngstown. The inverstigation into the crash is continuing.

Pennsylvania flags on the Capitol Complex and throughout the state are at half-staff in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Texas.  Governor Tom Wolf says the flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Thursday.  The Capitol building is also lit in red, white and blue, for the Texas flag.  Twenty-six people were killed in the Sunday shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs.

A secretary of the South Butler County School District’s athletic director is out on bond after police arrested her for stealing money.  According to investigators, 59-year-old Paula Ann Vaughan stole nearly 14-thousand dollars from various clubs, fundraisers and ticket sales.  The district has not yet commented on the accusations.

Today is Election Day.  Pennsylvanians will be voting for mayors, city council and school board members and local and statewide judicial positions.  There is also a statewide ballot referendum on property tax.  Polling places will be open from 7:00 this morning until 8:00 p.m.

The man accused of killing a Pitt student last month is back in Pittsburgh.  Matthew Darby is in the Allegheny County Jail after arriving from South Carolina on Friday.  He’s charged with murdering 20-year-old Alina Sheykhet at her off-campus home in the Oakland neighborhood last month.  Darby has a preliminary hearing set for next Friday.

Police are looking for a woman accused of intentionally hitting another woman with her car.  Officers say Tashina Booher drove her SUV into the victim during an argument last week in Butler City.  The pair were in the vehicle and when the victim got out and started walking away, Booher allegedly hit the gas pedal and ran into her.  The victim suffered a leg injury.

Governor Tom Wolf is reminding people that open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is going on now through December 15th.  Wolf said yesterday that the enrollment period is shorter this year and he doesn’t want people to miss out.  He is encouraging everyone to go to Healthcare.Gov for more information.

Students and staff at the Mercer Middle/High School were evacuated from the building yesterday after someone discovered the word bomb written in pencil on a towel dispenser in a middle school restroom. Those who were evacuated waited on the football field while police from the school, Mercer Borough, Jefferson Township and the Sheriff’s Department conducted a search. WFMJ-TV reports After about 40 minutes, the “all clear” was given and the students returned to class.