Tri County Report For January 25th, 2018

A man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times Tuesday night in Beaver Falls.  The 24-year-old had to be flown to the hospital after the incident that police believe began on the 800-block of Ninth Street.  Investigators believe the incident is drug related.

Lawrence and Mercer Counties were left out in the second auction of a mini-casino license. The PA Gaming Control Board Officials say Westmoreland County is going to get a mini-casino.  A Philadelphia-based developer bid 40-million-dollars for the license to build within a 15-mile radius of Derry Township.  The mini-casino site can have up to 750 slot machines and can add 30 table games at an additional cost of two-point-five million dollars.

All four legislative caucuses are at work on a new congressional district map for Pennsylvania.  The state Supreme Court ruled that the existing lines, as drawn in 2011, are too favorable to Republicans.  The court wants to see a draft of the new district lines by February 9th and wants an approved version signed by Governor Tom Wolf by February 15th.  If those deadlines aren’t met, the court has said it will draw the lines itself ahead of the May Primary Election.

The Superintendent of West Mifflin School District is on paid leave pending an investigation.  It’s reported Dan Castagna was notified of the suspension while on sick leave for issues with his back.  In September, Castagna was charged with DUI in Beaver County.  At the time, the school board decided not to suspend Castagna.  That stance seemingly changed with new members taking their seats this month.

The State House is unanimously in favor of banning the sale of certain over-the-counter cold medicines to minors.  Supporters say House Bill 1951 would require stores to check the identity of everyone who looks under 25 to make sure they’re at least 18 when purchasing medicines containing dextromethorphan, or DXM.  Medicines containing DXM can be abused to provide a cheap high.  The State Senate is next to review the bill.

A Washington County man is accused of driving to Adams County with the intention of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.  A year-long investigation began when 24-year-old Timothy Britton of Midland showed up at the girl’s home in October 2016.  Investigators discovered online conversations between the two in which the girl said she was 15 and he then asked for nude photos.  The DA’s office says the delay occurred as they waited on some electronic records.

Armstrong County judge says disgraced Leechburg Police Chief Mike Diebold will have supervised visits with his infant son, but can’t contact his family or their home for two years.  Senior Judge Kenneth Valasek signed the final protection from abuse order Wednesday.  The 40-year-old Diebold is accused of trying to meet up with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex earlier this month.

A bill that will make it illegal to change the caller ID display to a different number to take advantage of someone is on its way to the PA State House.  Supporters of House Bill 979 say scammers are using computer programs to change the caller ID to pretend to be a bank or police station to “spoof” people out of money.  Under the proposed bill, scammers would face a 25-hundred dollar fine and a year in prison with the first offense.

Firefighters in Beaver Falls were called to the scene of a vacant house fire yesterday morning. According to the Beaver County Times the blaze broke out in the basement of a home around 3am on Fifth Street in the College Hills area of Beaver Falls. No injuries were reported and damage was estimated at 50 thousand dollars. A cause remains under investigation.

State House Republicans are pushing for passage of legislation which seeks to reduce the overprescribing of opioids within the state’s Workers Compensation system. Radio PA’s Mark Sims reports.