Tri County Report For December 14th, 2017

A Rochester man is facing charges for allegedly leaving two teens alone so he could go to North Carolina.  Darryl Barbour is accused of leaving the 15-and 13-year-olds earlier this month.  One of the teens called police to report Barbour missing and he was found two days later in West Virginia.  He allegedly told police he was leaving the kids and driving south.  The teens were removed from the home and Barbour was charged with endangering the welfare of children.

State Police in Lawrence County have filed charges against a New Castle man in connection with an incident at the Sons of Italy Club on South Mill Street. 35 year old Jeffrey Dean Wingert of Maitland Street was charged with theft,and receiving stolen property. Police said Wingert was able to access a video gaming machine which the club is licensed to have and stole over 17 hundred dollars in cash. Wingert will be formally arriagned at a later date.

Police in Beaver County are investigating a deadly accident in Big Beaver.  Police say Glenn Godwin was headed west on Wallace Run Road when he crossed the double yellow line, going across the eastbound lane and off the pavement.  Godwin hit a tree and died at the scene of yesterday afternoon’s crash.

A bill that would limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy is being shot down by Governor Tom Wolf.  Wolf vetoed the bill yesterday, keeping the current limit of 24 weeks intact.  The bill had no exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormalities although there were exceptions for when a mother’s life is at risk.  The bill did not have support from the Pennsylvania Medical Society or the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

A woman is being charged in connection to the death of her three-year-old daughter in Beaver County.  Sherri Tellez was charged last week, almost two years after the child passed away.  An autopsy showed the little girl had lethal doses of opioids, sedatives and sleep aids in her system.  Tellez later admitted to giving the girl several prescription medications before she died.

Pennsylvania schools aren’t making the grade when it comes to teaching students how to manage their personal finances.  The state received an F from Champlain College in Vermont when it comes to teaching financial literacy.  Researchers looked at high school graduation requirements and state guidelines for how schools teach personal finance to students.  Pennsylvania was one of eleven states to receive the failing grade.

A man is dead after falling through the ice on a lake in Moraine State Park.  A witness called 911 yesterday to report someone in distress in the water in Lake Arthur.  Crews recovered the body and found fishing gear nearby next to a hole in the ice.

The South Butler School Board and its teachers’ association are trying to get on the same page.  Both sides met for a three-hour contract negotiation session last week but the details are being kept confidential.  The next session will likely be in January.  Teachers have been without a contract for over three years.

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is getting a new owner.  Penn National Gaming announced yesterday that it will acquire Pinnacle Entertainment in a transaction valued at two-point-eight billion dollars.  The change means Penn National will now have 41 properties in 20 locations.

Police are continuing to investigate a hit-and-run crash in New Sewickley Township.  A man was hit by a car Saturday afternoon on Freedom-Crider Road and suffered an arm injury.  The driver did not stop but the vehicle was described as a maroon “square shaped” sport-utility vehicle.  Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

Senator Daylin Leach is responding to allegations of inappropriate behavior.  Leach released a statement yesterday saying that although he is a gregarious person, he is heartbroken to think he may have put someone in a position that made him or her feel uncomfortable or disrespected.  Governor Tom Wolf has called on Leach to resign and although he says he will not give up his Senate seat, he has decided not to continue his run for Congress.