News Live 365: April 12, 2018

Erie County School District Makes International Headlines

Radio PA
Millcreek School District has made state news headlines for unusual reasons. The school district has armed all 500 of its teachers with baseball bats. The miniature 16 inch baseball bats were handed out to teachers after an in service training on how to respond to school shootings. They could be used as last resort weapons but according to the school administration their real purpose is to serve as symbolic reminders of how teachers should fight back during a school attack.

 

Meadville State Troopers Investigate Hit and Run Fender Bender

PSP Meadville
State Troopers are looking for a driver involved in a Monday evening hit and run incident next to Dollar General in Crawford County’s Blooming Valley. Shortly before 6 PM on Monday an unidentified motorist collided with the rear of end of a Toyota RAV4 driven by Tonya Ferguson and then continued around her suv and drove away without stopping. Anyone who may have information on the collision should call (814)336-6911.

 

State News: Bus Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Charges

Radio PA
The owner of Three Rivers Transit, a Pittsburgh area bus company has pleaded guilty to three felony charges related to his business practices. Martin Betchy of McKeesport admitted guilt to charges of child endangerment, improper transportation of school students, and failing to perform background checks on his drivers; many of which were unlicensed or violent felons.

 

Man Jailed for Publicly Strangling Woman

City of Franklin PD
Marcus Wylie of Franklin will be spending his birthday in Venango County Jail on charges of strangulation reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, and simple assault. Shortly before midnight on Monday night the City of Franklin Police received a 911 call about a man chasing a woman down the street near McDonalds. It’s alleged that once Wylie caught up to the unidentified woman he grabbed and chocked her.

 

Minor Injuries for Woman In Major Crash

PSP Corry
A woman survived and suffered only minor injuries after going airborne during a crash in the Erie County town of Elgin. Police say Erin Swarm was traveling in far excess of the speed limit when she lost control of her PT Cruiser at a railroad crossing. The car slid across the tracks and ended up flying over an embankment then landing in someone’s yard.

 

“We Want a Vote” Chant Gun Control Proponents

Radio PA
The rotunda of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg was packed to capacity by a gun control rally yesterday while the house judiciary commission held its third hearing on the subject this week. The hundreds in attendance at the rally chanted “We want a vote” at lawmakers as they made their way to the meeting. Attendees called for a statewide ban on bump stocks and assault weapons, they called for limits on magazine capacities, and for a fix of loopholes in the sale of long guns.