Tri County Report For November 14th, 2017

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Volant. According to police 73 year old Donald Little of Volant was westbound on route 208 when he traveled off the left side of the road and struck the corner of the North West Bank building. Police said no injuries were reported.

A woman is recovering at a hospital and she has three firefighters to thank for rescuing her.  The crew from the Conway Fire Department in Beaver County were on their way to a different fire when they saw a crashed car.  They say flames were shooting up as they worked to pull a woman out.  She was taken to a hospital for treatment.  It’s unclear what caused the crash or if anyone else was involved.

New Castle City Police arrested 21 year old Brendan Shropshire of New Castle following a traffic stop Saturday afternoon. Police reported  that they had a warrant for Shropshire’s arrest from Mercer County, and when they stopped him at the intersection of East Long Avenue and Grimes Street. According to the New Castle News Shropshire was charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, false identification to police and driving while his license is under suspension. He was arraigned and bond was set at 25 thousand dollars.

The North Country Brewing Company in Slippery Rock is recalling some of its canned products.  The company says the affected items were packaged between July 1st and September 15th and have oxidation problems, which can change the flavor.  There are no health risks.  Customers can return the products for a refund.  Get more information on the company’s Facebook page.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has announced plans to ask Governor Tom Wolf to end the state’s oversight of city finances.  At his 2018 budget address this morning, Peduto introduced a plan that would allow the city to petition the state to end Act 47.  Under the act, state commerce officials have authority to weigh in on the budget created by financially distressed municipalities, giving them authority to deny government funding for certain proposals.  Pittsburgh has been under Act 47 since 2003.

Deleted surveillance footage recovered by the FBI shows Penn State fraternity pledge Tim Piazza of New Jersey was served 18 drinks in less than an hour and a half before his critical fall.  Centre Country District Attorney Stacy Parks said yesterday that in the footage, Piazza never once obtained his own alcohol.  Parks said the prosecution viewed the event as forced drinking and implicated twelve new defendants in the case surrounding Piazza’s death.  Fourteen other members of the fraternity were already facing criminal charges.  The Readington Township resident died in February 2016 after falling down the stairs while heavily intoxicated at a Beta Theta Pi pledge event.

Cleanup is underway at the Butler County Government Center.  The sprinkler system malfunctioned over the weekend and left several inches of water inside the public meeting room.  There is no word as to why the system went off.

A Greenville-area restaurant was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. Fire broke out at the Hitch ‘n Post restuarant on  Hadley Road, in Otter Creek Township, just before 1am.  The building was totally destroyed. Fire officals said the State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the blaze. No injuries were reported. Along with firefighters from Greenville, nine other departments fought the fire.

More information is being released about charges filed against the chief of the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department.  McKeesport officers allegedly saw two naked people engaging in sexual activities in a parked vehicle on Water Street on Sunday.  Authorities say a subsequent investigation identified the pair as Chief Aaron Powell and a 17-year-old, who is a friend of his daughter.  Powell is being charged with public lewdness and corruption of a minor.  He has also been removed from the fire department.