Tri County Report For December 5th, 2017

Bids for the former YDC property in Shenango Township will be opened at 3 p.m. today. According to the Sharon Herald Shenango Township Supervisor chairman Frank Augustine on Monday confirmed that bids are due in the office of Pennsylvania Department of General Services in Harrisburg. He said Supervisor Al Burick III is expected to be in Harrisburg for the bid opening. Augustine said four companies, each considered a serious contender, have contacted the supervisors asking questions. The property has been vacant since February of 2013.

A state lawmaker wants to tax medical marijuana.  Representative Greg Rothman is pushing a bill that would put a six-percent sales tax on medical marijuana and an 11-and-a-half-percent tax on recreational marijuana if it’s ever legalized.  Many states tax their medical marijuana programs.

A special education teacher is facing charges for allegedly having sex with a student in Butler County.  Summit Academy administrators released a statement yesterday saying Jordan Ondish has been terminated.  Ondish is accused of having relations with a male student in her classroom last month.  Police were called after a staff member found the victim’s cell phone, which contained explicit conversations with Ondish.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration is working on a way to combat inappropriate sexual behavior in the state Capitol.  Wolf wants to develop an anonymous reporting system and is trying to figure out which agency will handle the claims.  Wolf said yesterday that although there have been no recent reports of sexual harassment or assault at the Capitol, he has heard stories of threatening and abusive behavior in the past.

A New Sewickley  township man was taken to an area hospital Monday after he was involved in a crash of Freedom-Crider Road that may have been caused by a medical issue. The Beaver County Times reports 49 year old Ron Swedish crashed into a bridge impoundment Monday morning on Freedom-Crider Road. Swedish then crashed into a guardrail and his car was forced down into a creek off of the road. Firefighters  had to remove the roof of Swedish’s car to pull him out of the wreckage. He was treated at the scene and then taken to an area hospital. Police believe Swedish may have had a medical emergency at the time of the accident.

The Butler Area School District is trying to get Summit Township Elementary School reopened after Christmas.  Superintendent Brian White sent out a letter last week explaining the reopening plan.  The school was closed in February after high levels of lead and copper were found in the drinking water.  The building is now hooked up to public water, all of the fixtures are new and tests done last month came up clean.

A young deer is back in the woods following a pit-stop in Beaver.  The deer wandered into Aldi on Sunday and headed to the refrigerator section.  A customer led the animal to the front door and it ran into a nearby wooded area.

Two women who chained themselves to the entrance of the downtown building where Senator Pat Toomey’s Pittsburgh office is have ended their demonstration.  The protesters had been inside the revolving doors of the Grant Building since Saturday morning, speaking out against the tax plan passed by congressional Republicans.  The women unchained themselves as officers arrived this morning.  Senator Toomey was among the 51 Republicans who voted for the tax plan over the weekend.

According to a new Triple-A  survey, an estimated 20 million Americans who purchased a real holiday tree in the last three years did not properly secure it to their vehicle, risking serious vehicle damage, dangerous road debris, and hefty fines. With that, Triple-A  East Central and PennDOT are urging all drivers to transport their holiday trees safely this holiday season. Triple-A East Central Director of Legislative affairs  Theresa Podguski said Not only could you be putting other lives at risk, you could be setting yourself up for costly repairs to your own vehicle.”