Tri County Report For March 28th, 2018

Tri County Report For March 28th, 2018

Two people are in the hospital in Aliquippa following a stabbing early yesterday morning.  Police say the victims were stabbed at a home on Main Street near Burton Street.  Detectives are still piecing together details about what led to the attack.  Doctors have not said what condition the victims are currently in.

A trial date has been set for a Beaver County man accused of harassing people and sending unsolicited child porn.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says 31-year-old Brent Cotman would allegedly call people repeatedly and send them unwanted messages via text and Facebook messenger.  One victim says he called and threatened to rape and kill her children and even described what she was wearing.  Two other victims called were minors.  During an arrest in February detectives found 13 cellphones in his home.  He’s being held on a 30-thousand-dollar cash bond.  His trial begins July 9.

Supporters are hoping a rally for a bill to end some life without parole sentences in Pennsylvania will get the bill moving through the Legislature. The rally at the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Tuesday was in support of Senate Bill 942, introduced by Senator Sharif Street, which would give first and second-degree murder convicts a chance at parole after a 15-year period. It was attended by some friends and family members of people currently in prison. SB 942 has been in committee since last fall.

Backlash over comments made regarding a music performance major student and potential layoffs for faculty have prompted the resignation of Edinboro University president H. Fred Walker.  His resignation was announced last night by the State System of Higher Education and will be effective Friday, with the school’s provost taking over.  The “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” reports Walker upset faculty and students by saying a music performance major tried saving the program through a petition as a distraction from a death in his family and not because he cared about the program.  Walker also made comments to The Chronicle of Higher Education saying the threat of faculty layoffs was going to be used to get them to accept program cuts.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission against the state’s whistleblower law covering a civil judgment against the commission. Ralph Bailets, a turnpike manager, was awarded over three-million dollars by a state judge in 2016 for emotional suffering incurred from being fired after he made complaints about the performance of a contractor. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the state judge’s decision and said non-economic damages are available to plaintiffs under the whistleblower law, such as embarrassment, humiliation, loss of reputation and mental anguish.

Authorities in Washington County are accusing a 43-year-old man of ordering his 14-year-old daughter to sell marijuana for him.  Kevin Mick is facing several charges, including drug delivery and endangering the welfare of children after five kids between the ages of seven and 14 ate the drugs at a park in Burgettstown.  His daughter pulled out bags of the marijuana from her book bag at the park and gave it to the kids.  Police say Mick had wanted her to sell the weed for 150-dollars, and add more charges are expected.

Two state senators are planning to introduce legislation intended to prevent food stamp fraud. Senators Ryan Aument of Lancaster County and Judy Schwank of Berks County made the announcement on Tuesday. The bill would seek to prevent individuals and businesses from illegally trading money or other goods or services in exchange for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and would create a new penalty for SNAP fraud of more than 25-hundred dollars. The senators say the bill is being introduced at the request of the state inspector general’s office, which uncovered a scheme last year involving a Harrisburg restaurant allegedly trading drugs for EBT cards.  hundred dollars. The senators say the bill is being introduced at the request of the state inspector general’s office, which uncovered a scheme last year involving a Harrisburg restaurant allegedly trading drugs for EBT cards.

A Farrell teenager died last Thursday night in Youngstown while trying to sell iPhones to someone he met online, police said. According to the Sharon Herald 15 year old Damon Marinoff, was shot just after 7 p.m. at a home on the 700 block of Sherwood Avenue, where he had arranged to meet the potential buyers. Marinoff was taken to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown where he later died. The investigation is continuing and no arrests have been made.

BC3 at Lawrence Crossings will hold an Open House next Wednesday April 4th and it will showcase how 75 percent of recent BC3 graduates are debt free.  The open house will also focus on how BC3 has the highest salary-to-cost ratio among 42 regional colleges and universities,  that according to U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard data.  BC3 is the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania in back-to-back rankings by Schools.com. In Pennsylvania, 71 percent of college graduates have debt. BC3 will waive its $25 application fee for those who apply for admission during the open house, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30