Tri County Report For February 13th, 2018

State Police in Lawrence County have charged a New Castle woman with theft following an incident from December of last year. Police say 35 year old Samantha Fleeger of Halco Drive allegedly stole a diamond engagement ring valued at over two thousand dollars from the home a 75 year old individual. Fleeger was charged with theft and was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 10 thousand dollars bond. Police said several other warrants also existed against Fleeger and she’ll be arraigned on those charges later.

The City of Pittsburgh is no longer considered to be a financially distressed municipality by the State of Pennsylvania.  Governor Tom Wolf has announced the end of the state oversight of city finances under Act 47.  Back in 2003, Pittsburgh’s finances were placed under state supervision as the city faced potential bankruptcy.  City leaders say they have stabilized finances by increasing the amount of its employee pension plan contributions, and dedicating parking revenue to pay off long-term debts.

A West Middlesex woman escaped injury following a one vehicle accident in S.N.P.J. Boro. According to State Police, 23 year old Jessica Wharry was westbound on route 208 when she lost control of her vehicle and struck an embankment. Her vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

According to the Sharon Herald Firefighters from eight departments fought smoke and flames for several hours last night at a vacant building on Main St. in downtown Greenville. Firefighters arrived at 7 p.m. to smoke billowing from the front and back of what used to be Carol Lee Dance Studio, which went out of business a number of years ago. The two-story brick Victorian building was built in 1881. No injuries were reported and no other details are yet available.

Campaign officials say President Donald Trump will rally for a Rick Saccone later this month in Beaver County.  Organizers say Trump will hold the free event at Ambridge Senior High school in Ambridge on February 21st.  Saccone, a Republican state lawmaker, is facing Democrat Conor Lamb in a March 13th special election to succeed Republican Tim Murphy in Congress.

Pennsylvania State Police are warning residents about several Olympic-related scams as the winter games continue in South Korea.  Troopers say several people have received emails that appear to come from the U.S. Olympic Committee, offering to pay the victim money to display Olympic paraphernalia on their car.  They then use a counterfeit check to get the victim to wire them back money.  Troopers also warn about people selling fake Olympic merchandise.

U.S. Marshals say they have found a Wexford man who failed to report to federal prison and went on the run.  Investigators say 56-year-old Daniel Teed was convicted of taking part in an underage sex party set up by former Ambridge youth coach Ralph Ruprecht.  Teed was supposed to begin serving a ten-year prison sentence on January 5th but skipped town.  Marshals say they found Teed leaving a motel in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The clock is ticking on Governor Wolf and state lawmakers approving a new Congressional District map. On Friday, GOP lawmakers submitted their new map to the Governor for his review. Democrats sent the Governor a letter asking him to outright reject the proposed map because it wasn’t a bipartisan effort.  Wolf has less than three days to approve a version of the redistricted map or the state Supreme Court will utilize a Stanford University professor to consult on their redraw of the district lines.

Officials with the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League have leveled an unprecedented five-year probation on two schools involved in a brawl during a game last week.  WPIAL officials say should Clairton or Monessen violate that probation, they’ll be banned from the postseason and won’t be allowed to play in the league the following year.  The brawl between the two schools happened during the game at Clairton last week.  Both schools have not announced any individual disciplinary action yet.