Tri County Report For April 27th, 2018

A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a car in Aliquippa Wednesday afternoon.  Investigators say 76-year-old John Adams was struck while walking across 23rd street to go to an athletic club around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.  A car at the scene was spotted with windshield damage surrounded by crime scene tape.

The New Castle News reports that charges filed against two men in connection with a stabbing in Mahoningtown earlier this month have been withdrawn. The alleged victim was stabbed at least four times and signed a waiver of prosecution yesterday morning. 22 year old Daniel Harris and 20 Kyle Harris who are brothers had been charged with aggravated and simple assault and conspiracy. Both have been released from jail.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says his agency plans to audit sexual harassment policies at state agencies across the commonwealth.  DePasquale says they will focus on how well agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction are following the Office of Administration’s policy.  For other agencies, including state universities, DePasquale will look for a policy to be in place.  The Auditor General adds that he would like the ability to investigate the legislature’s policy.  DePasquale says he is currently forbidden from auditing the legislature.

Gasoline prices in Lawrence and Beaver counties reached a new threshold even sooner than expected. Several area gas stations had regular unleaded prices higher than $3 per gallon posted as of Wednesday morning, and several others were hovering at $2.99. The Ellwood City Ledger reports Triple-A representatives had announced earlier in the week that they expected the average gas prices in Beaver and Lawrence counties to crack the $3 mark by next Monday.

A group of parents are pushing lawmakers to support a bill that would ensure they receive a fair share of visitation.  Representative Todd Nesbit’s bill would allow a judge to consider make-up time if one parent is repeatedly violating court ordered custody.  The bill’s supporters say it would better balance custody between both parents and that will help kids in the long run.

A Ringgold assistant high school track coach is being investigated for inappropriate behavior.  School officials told parents the coach is off the job during the investigation but did not go into specifics.  A district spokesperson tells WPXI-TV the allegations aren’t physical in nature.

Farrell police have arrested a suspect that they say has been suspiciously approaching children in the area.  Community members reported that the man threw a stuffed animal to children playing in front of their home in the 1300 block of Farrell Terrace. They said he was not wearing a shirt at the time. Wednesday, police said a suspect was arrested based on information provided by Farrell residents, the Sharon Police Department and Pennsylvania State Probation and Parole. Police did not release the man’s name.

Kennywood season pass holders will have the run of the place this weekend as the amusement park opens to exclusively to them this weekend.  Kennywood kicks off its 120th season April 28th at 11 a.m. allowing passholders to try the new Sky Rocket before the general public.  Kennywood opens to the public on May 5th and daily operations begin May 24th.

Pittsburgh’s most famous sandwich maker has settled a class-action lawsuit involving worker wages.  Federal court filings show that Primanti Brothers settled the case for two-point-one-million dollars.  The case involved more than nine-hundred tipped employees that worked for the company between September 2013 and December 2016.  Lawyers for the plaintiffs accused Permanti Brothers of not paying them the full minimum wage they were entitled to receive under state law, even as tipped workers.