Tri-County Report For November 16th, 2017

A man is facing charges following a robbery in downtown Butler.  Police say Christian Snyder threatened the clerk with a knife at the A-Plus on West Jefferson Street Tuesday.  He got about 90 dollars and took off, but officers found him nearby, with the cash, a short time later.  He is also being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

A New Sewickley Township man accused of giving drugs that led to a woman’s September 2016 death made a plea Wednesday and was sentenced to prison. The Beaver County Times reports 46 year old Gary Wimberly was sentenced to serve between two and five years in prison after pleading guilty to a count of possession with intent to deliver. Police said it took nearly two hours for Wimberly to seek help after he found his live-in girlfriend, Darcy Konter, overdoses on herion. Officers and medics found Konter deceased inside the home.

Crews worked Tuesday night to repair a water main break in Monaca..  Officials say the break  left multiple customers without service. The break took place in the area 14th Street.  It’s unclear how many customers were impacted.  Service was restored yesterday morning.

Former Pittsburgh Police sergeant Stephen Matakovich will spend the next 27 months behind bars for beating a man outside of Heinz Field.  Surveillance video showed the former officer hitting a drunk Gabriel Despres during a high school football playoff game in 2015.  A jury found Matakovich guilty of using excessive force back in May.

The DEP says Pennsylvania is dealing with one of the most serious radon problems in the United States.  Experts say radon occurs naturally in certain rocks which are abundant in the state.  Long-term exposure could lead to lung cancer.  Doctors claim smoking and radon are the top two causes of the disease.

A former Trinity High School teacher is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a child.  The jury deliberated for less than three hours yesterday before handing down the verdict to Thomas Kelley.  The victim was six or seven years old and Kelley was a special education teacher when the abuse occurred 20 years ago in a Somerset Township home.

The state auditor general is calling for a review of Pennsylvania’s gun laws.  The audit will go over existing laws looking for loopholes or oversights so that reforms can be made without passing new laws.  Eugene DePasquale said yesterday that waiting for Washington D.C. to take action will be an extremely frustrating process.

PennDOT is looking for temporary plow drivers.  Applicants need a CDL license and can apply online at  The pay is 17-dollars and 86-cents an hour and the work could lead to full-time hours with benefits.

Funeral services are set for Saturday for a Mt. Pleasant native who was killed in a Texas church shooting.  Sixty-two-year-old Keith Braden of La Vernia, Texas was killed in the mass shooting that left 25 victims dead at First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs earlier this month.  Braden has a sister who still lives in Mt. Pleasant.  Braden was a veteran who had served in the Army and the National Guard.