Tri-County Report For December 12th, 2017

A woman is facing charges after allegedly stabbing a man during a fight in Beaver Falls.  Tynecia Reddick was arrested yesterday for the incident, which occurred in a home on Third Avenue.  The victim’s condition is not known.

Firefighters in Shenango Township were called to the scene of fire that broke out at a home yesterday morning on Cornell Avenue. According to the New Castle News, firemen were called out around 11:15 as fire broke out in an attic. No injuries were reported, and a cause of the fire was not given. No damage estimate was released.

Police in Beaver County say teenager is hospitalized after accidentally being shot in Beaver County.  The shooting happened last night around 7:30 in Independence Township.  The teen had to be flown to the hospital.  The teen’s condition is not yet known.

Several new sexual harassment bills are being unveiled at the state Capitol.  The measures were introduced yesterday and would expand protections for victims. One bill would create a harassment task force for college campuses, another would keep taxpayer money from being used for settlements and one would do away with nondisclosure agreements. Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky spoke about the bills and said, “Daylight is coming for everyone.”

Summit Township Elementary is going to be open in time for the January semester.  The Butler School Board gave official approval last night for a plan that will have students back to the building after the holiday break.  The school was closed in February after high levels of lead and copper levels were found in the water.  Students have been attending class at Broad Street Elementary.

A case alleging “extreme gerrymandering” in Pennsylvania is underway.  A judge in the state’s Commonwealth Court spent yesterday sifting through issues that will be presented during the trial.  The suit alleges Republican leaders created a map defining the state’s 18 House seats based on “partisan extremes” designed to punish Democratic voters.  The case could result in the creation of new maps that would go into effect as early as the 2018 campaign cycle.

Police are investigating a near-miss at a bus stop in Jefferson Township.  Video of the Neupert Road incident shows a commercial van driving past the bus Thursday while it was stopped with its flashing warning lights on.  Two small children were exiting the bus at the time but were not hurt.  No information on the driver has been provided but the van belongs to Consolidated Communications.  The bus driver hit the horn and stopped the children and is being credited with preventing an accident.

PennDOT is urging drivers to get ready for snow.  The department says motorists should make sure they have an emergency kit with water, a blanket, a flashlight, a snow shovel, an ice scraper and a phone charger.  It is also important to have winter tires, new wiper blades and full fluid levels.  PennDOT is also reminding drivers to keep a safe distance from snow plows while they are clearing the roads.

A Washington woman is going to prison after being convicted of embezzlement.  Catherine Linton was sentenced to one year behind bars yesterday and will also have to make restitution.  Prosecutors say Linton stole nearly one-million-dollars from the Trailblazer Federal Credit Union while she was employed as a manager.