Tri County Report For April 24th, 2018

Court officials say an Aliquippa man was found guilty of first and second-degree murder in the deaths of two teens during a drug deal.  Investigators say Lawrence Reddick was 17-years-old at the time when he killed Dane Mathesius and William Booher during a 160-dollar drug deal that turned into robbery.  The defense did not call any witnesses during the trial.

Funeral Services for Sgt. Brian Cuscino will take place this morning. A Catholic Mass will be held at St. Vitus Church on South Mercer Street at 11:00. Police are telling motorists Mill Street will be closed from Maitland Lane to Grove Street beginning at 9:00 am. After the mass the funeral procession will head to St.Vitus Cemetary in Shenango Township. The route for the procession can be found on the department’s facebook page.

Police say an inmate is facing additional charges after planning to attack a common pleas judge and other Beaver County court officials.  Investigators say Timothy Butler was planning an attack from his jail cell for more than two months.  Officials say Butler admitted to everything but contends he was never going to follow through on the plan.

Governor Tom Wolf says he wants lawmakers to close the so-called gun show loophole and expand background checks on firearms in Pennsylvania.  Wolf made the request during a Monday news conference.  In March, the state Senate unanimously passed a bill forcing anyone with a domestic violence conviction to forfeit their firearms.  The state House is considering similar measures.

An Ellwood City man faces a number of drug charges following his arrest on Friday. According to the New Castle News, Ellwood City Police have charged 33 year old Christopher Rusnock of Duncan Avenue with three counts each of possession and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance along with several other charges. During a search on Friday police allege that Rusnock was manufacturing crack cocaine and herion and he had a mariujuana growing operation in his home. Rusnock was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

Farrell police are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon around 4 o’clock. The Sharon Herald is reporting Farrell police confirmed a single 26-year-old victim who was shot three times in the stomach and once in the arm. He was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. There was no report on the woman’s condition.  No arrests have been made as the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Officials at Penn State University say they are banning the nearly 100-year-old Penn State Outing Club from outdoor activities because they are too dangerous.  The club says they were told last week that outdoor student-led trips including hiking and camping are too risky for students.  A university spokesman says the ruling is motivated by an interest in student safety.  Representatives say two other school organizations have also been told to stop offering similar trips.

A new report is raising environmental concerns over a plan to retire four nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio.  The organization “Nuclear Matters” says the closure of the Beaver Valley Power Station in Shippingport would set back regional attempts to cut back on emissions that cause global warming.  In all, those plants produced 39-million megawatt-hours of energy last year alone.  All four of the plants will close within the next four years.

Combined gaming revenue for the 12 Pennsylvania casinos exceeded $300 million in March for the first time, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. That’s a 3.8 percent increase from last year. The previous high month for total gaming revenue was in March 2013 with 296 million dollars. Total tax revenue collected from table games play during March was 12.7 million dollars with an average of 1,268 tables in operation statewide on a daily basis.