Tri County Report For December 6th, 2017

Lawrence County Community Action Partnership was the high bidder yesterday for the former Youth Development Center property in Shenango Township. According to the New Castle News the social service agency submitted the high bid of two million dollars. LCCAP CEO Tom Scott outlined plans to develop the facility that will include and educational facility, health care, short-term housing and other plans that according to Scott will create 275 jobs once the project is up and running. There were six other bids for the building.

Police are investigating a report of suspicious activity at the Butler Walmart.  A woman told officers she was in the store with her kids Saturday when two men began following her.  When she got in her vehicle, one of the men tried to open her passenger side door, but it was locked and she sped away.  One of the suspects is white and one is a black male with a tear drop tattoo.

An extended-care facility may be coming to Hopewell Township.  Real Estate Development Associates has applied for a special exception to renovate the former Five Points Elementary on School Street.  A hearing on the proposal will be held at the Hopewell Township municipal building at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge is out of the hospital.  Ridge was discharged from Seton Medical Center Austin yesterday and is now at a rehabilitation facility to regain his strength.  Ridge suffered a heart attack last month while attending a convention in Texas.  He says he is making great progress and feeling much better.

A motorcyclist is dead after a crash late last Monday night in Beaver County.  Investigators say 34 year old Adam Kaleugher collided into a concreate median on Route 65 near Conway.  Police believe Kaleugher lost control of his motorcycle when he hit the median and then wrecked. Kaleugher died at the scene.

The Lawrence County Commissioners introduced the 2018 budge that calls for a 4.4 percent tax hike. The New Castle News reports the it will cost the average home owner an additional 25 dollars per year. Commissioners cite a stagnant and declining tax base, a 10 percent increase in health care benefits, a hight bond reduction payment and negotiated salary increases for union and non-union employees. The 2018 budget is an increase of 4.2 percent from this years budget.

State Police in Mercer County have arrested a Freedonia man in connection with the robbery and murder of a GNC store employee at the Crawford Landing shopping center in Vernon Township. 34 year old Adam Lee Greenlee, is charged with criminal homicide, robbery and theft in connection with the death of  21 year oldPatrick M. Kozminski,  of Greenville. According to police, Greenlee, who once worked at the same GNC store, fatally stabbed Kozminski multiple times during a Thursday robbery shortly before the store closed for the day at 7 p.m. Greenlee allegedly stole approximately $250 and fled. The investigation is continuing.

The Butler Area School District is getting ready to reopen Summit Township Elementary.  The school board gave informal approval for the plan Monday night and an official vote will be taken next week.  The school has been closed for almost a year after high levels of lead were found in the water.  Students have been taking classes in the old Broad Street Elementary building.

State Police in Butler County are looking for two men and maybe others, after a violent home invasion Saturday morning in Clay Township. Police said two white men knocked on a residence on Euclid Road when 74 year old Robert Patterson opened the door and forced their way into the home. The suspects held the man at knife point and one the suspects beat Patterson up and at times pistol whipped him. Patterson, who was unable to call for help because of his injuries was found 12 hours later by a relative. He was taken to the hospital as the investigation continues.