Tri County Report For May 9th, 2018

State Police in Butler County are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash yesterday afternoon in Jefferson Township. According to police, 63 year old Donna Bachman of Butler was northbound on Saxonburg Road when she traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. Bachman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The New Castle News reports that two people who were stranded in the Shenango River last night have been rescued by police in Union Township and firefighters. Authorities were called out around six o’clock last night for a report of a couple in the water off Sampson street. A Union township police officer went into the water with the help from township firemen and rescued the pair. The couple was taken to the hospital for treatment.

A substitute teacher at Mohawk Elementary School is being honored as National Substitute Teacher of the Year.  Officials say Nicolae Boariu had spent 30-years in law enforcement before becoming a substitute.  Boariu was selected from among more than 55-thousand candidates by Kelly Educational Staffing.

Investigators say a man is in custody accused of raping an unconscious woman at a party in Beaver County over the weekend.  Police say Ryan Baran of New Sewickley is charged with rape after the incident at a home along Deer Lane Extension Sunday.  Officials say they found text messages on Baran’s phone allegedly admitting to the crime and he had also confessed to police when they talked to him.

Residents in Evans City, Butler County are asked to boil water after a water main broke Tuesday.  Officials say the break occurred in the yard of a home on North Washington Street and repair work is underway.  Evans City Water and Sewer officials said it was a significant break and were unsure how long the full repair would take.

Officials are anticipating large voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Pennsylvania.  It is reported that about 29-percent of the registered Republicans voters turned out during their last contested off-year primary for governor in 2010.  Some pollsters suggest a 40-percent turnout for the party is reasonable, with more than one-million Republicans casting ballots.

U.S. Representative Charlie Dent says his last day on the job will be Friday.  The Republican said last month that he planned on leaving office early, making him the third Pennsylvania GOP member to resign from Congress this session.  Dent leaves with more than seven months remaining on his seventh term in Congress.

A three-day addiction conference is underway at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in Harrisburg.  Organizers say more than 250 people are planning on taking part in the event that includes panel discussions and workshops on addiction prevention and treatment.

Demolition crews on Neville Island are set to take down the smokestacks at the former Shenango Coke Works plant today.  The former steel plant was shut down two years ago due to declining demand in the North American steel industry.  Two years before that, the plant was fined more than one-million-dollars for violating air pollution laws.

Bail is revoked for a local police chief accused of trying to solicit sex from an underage girl online.  A judge revoked bond for Leechburg Police Chief Mike Diebold after he was determined to violate bond for an unsupervised visit with his young son.  Diebold’s estranged wife initially called the issue a misunderstanding, saying the two had amended their custody agreement to allow for unsupervised visits prior to being taken back into custody.