Tri County Report For February 21st, 2018

A New Castle student is facing consequences after writing a gun-related message on the wall of a girls restroom in the high school yesterday. According to the New Castle News , a 15 year old girl wrote I’m a school shooter. Superintendant John Sarandrea said  A school security camera recorded the girl entering the restroom, and school officials compared her handwriting to that of assignments she had turned in. The girl faces a three day suspension which after a gathering of facts will increase to a 10-day suspension. Then she will have an expulsion hearing before the school board.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Muddy Creek Township. According to police 61 year old Robert Simko of Springdale was eastbound on route 422 when he lost control of his vehicle slid off the road and struck a ditch, causing the vehicle to overturn. Simko was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police said Simko will be arrested for Driving Under the influence pending blood test results.

The Pennsylvania Secretary of Education is directly telling families that students should feel safe in school. Pedro Rivera spoke with families at Greenwood Middle School Tuesday, during a Governor’s Cabinet in Community Initiative event. Rivera said that students should never think anything other than they are coming to a place where they are cared for, supported and going to be safe.

A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that will require metal detectors and armed guards at public schools. Republican Representative Rosemary Brown from Monroe and Pike counties says her proposal would mandate each school building establish a primary entrance with a metal detector.  If a school has more than one primary entrance, the school would need additional detectors.  The bill also requires at least one armed safety officer on campus during school and after school activities hours.

Tax payers in Washington County are looking to spend about 100-thousand-dollars because of political scandal.  That’s the estimate it would cost for a special election to replace Tim Murphy from Congress after he resigned.  Elections Director Larry Spahr told county commissioners it will cost nearly 90-thousand-dollars just for a software licensing agreement with Dominion Voting Systems.  Thousands of dollars will also need to pay for staffing precincts, hiring temporary help, renting space for polling places, printing absentee ballots and other materials.

Extra police officers are on campus at Butler Area Schools after a 28-year-old man threatened to shoot students at three schools.  Police arrested 28-year-old Bryan Flecken after he posted on Facebook that he intended to “shoot up” either Butler Junior High School, Butler Intermediate High School or Butler Senior High School.  He also threatened to kill his former employer.  Police arrested Flecken at his home in South Fayette Township.

The public comment period for the proposed Falcon ethane pipeline is being extended.  Department of Environmental Protection officials say they are extending the period after a significant number of requests to do so.  If approved, the proposed 98-mile pipeline would cut through parts of Allegheny, Beaver and Washington counties.  The DEP added that hearings will be held in each of the three counties.

A student at Greensburg Salem Middle school is in trouble after making threats toward a teacher.  Police say the 14-year-old girl started making machine gun noises toward her French teacher and threatened to shoot up the school. Police were called to the school around 3 p.m. Tuesday and the students was charged with making terroristic threats.