Tri County Report For March 27th, 2018

Governor Wolf is asking the state legislature to reform the way Pennsylvanians register to vote.  Wolf says he wants to see same day voter registration and automatic voter registration, when someone who gets a driver’s license or registers for a public service would automatically be registered to vote unless they opt out.  Wolf also says he supports no-excuse absentee ballots, in which people can use the absentee ballot if it’s convenient for them.

New Castle City Police arrested a South Side man for allegedly attempting to break into a downtown business. 51 year old Jeffrey Long of Pearson Street is being charged with criminal attempted burglary, and several other charges. The New Castle News reports Long broke a window out of a door to All in a Nutshell just after two o’clock Friday afternoon. Long was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

Police in Cranberry Township plan to release more details about a deadly domestic dispute from over the weekend.  According to officers, 27-year-old Ryan Minette was killed after being dragged by a car driven by his girlfriend, Jessica Royall.  Minette was taken to the hospital on Friday after he hit his head, and died in the hospital the following day.  Police say Royall was drunk that night, and will likely face charges.

Teachers in the South Butler County School District say they are continuing their strike into its second week after contract talks broke down again.  The president of the South Butler Education Association says they plan to continue their work stoppage into the Easter break.  State law mandates that teachers must return to the classroom by April 3rd with or without a deal.

Mercer County has a State Basketball champion. The Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles defeated Our Lady of Lourdes Regional 78-36 yesterday afternoon for the third straight PIAA Class 1A crown. For the Golden Eagles it’s there 9th state title. Meanwhile Sharon lost to nationally ranked Imhotep Charter 71-35 in Boys Class 4A championship game last night at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Charges have been dismissed against a Beaver Falls woman for child endangerment. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 29 year old Melissa Heffner was accused of leaving marijuana in a child’s backback back in January. The alleged incident took place at the Beaver Falls Central Elementary School. Heffner’s attorney, Stephen Colafella, argued there wasn’t enough evidence to connect Heffner as the source of the marijuana, which was found loose at the bottom of the child’s backpack. The District Attorney’s office dismissed the charges prior to a preliminary hearing.

According to Triple-A’s East Central gas price report Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are up by nearly a penny this week to $2.77 per gallon. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.77 a gallon, while drivers in Sharon are paying less at 2.68. With the arrival of spring, gas prices are more expensive nationwide.  The national gas price average is $2.61, which is a nickel more expensive on the week. The price of oil shot up to nearly sixty-six dollars a barrel last week.

Investigators say a credit card skimming device was found on a gas pump at the GetGo on McKnight Road in Ross Township.  A Giant Eagle spokesperson says the device was discovered on March 19th and may have been there since as early as October.  Officials say there were about eleven-thousand transactions on that pump over that time span.

Health officials say another Allegheny County resident has died from complications related to the flu this season.  County health officials say the total number of flu-related deaths this season is now 26.  Representatives say a man in his 80s died last week but did not say if the man had any underlying medical conditions.