Tri County Report For May 17th, 2018

The ex-fiancé of Rachael DelTondo is going on the record saying he had nothing to do with her shooting death on Mother’s Day in her mom’s Aliquippa driveway.  Frank Catroppa tells WPXI-TV the two broke up over a year ago after eight years together.  Catroppa says he voluntarily went to the police department when investigators wanted to question him about DelTondo’s murder, adding he has nothing to hide.  Investigators are calling the former teacher’s death a crime of passion or jealousy.

State Police in Mercer County say a Mercer man was flown to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after a motorcycle crash along Route 19 in East Lackawannock Township. According to police, 39-year-old Gary Anderson was driving a motorcycle that crashed along the 600 block of Perry Highway just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Police say Anderson and a passenger, 32-year-old Charlene Janke of Slippery Rock were thrown from the Harley Davidson when it crashed. Both victims were flown to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown by medical helicopter.

Officials say Governor Tom Wolf broke bread over lunch with his newly elected running mate, John Fetterman, on Wednesday.  The incumbent and Braddock’s mayor reportedly had lunch near Wolf’s home.  Fetterman told reporters he sees his role as doing what he can to have Wolf re-elected.  Fetterman replaces incumbent Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, who finished fourth out of five in the primary Tuesday.  Wolf and Stack did not have a close relationship.

The Pennsylvania Lottery says a winning Cash 5 ticket worth $700,000 was sold at the Sheetz store on Route 8 in Butler Township.  The ticket was from Tuesday’s drawing and correctly matched all five balls drawn. There was another winning ticket for the same drawing sold in Montgomery County and the two split the 1.4 million dollar prize. The Sheetz will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling one of the winning tickets.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is releasing a 43-page report to keep at-risk kids safer.  DePasquale’s action plan lists 28 recommendations to fix the commonwealth’s child welfare system.  Among the suggestions is calling on the General Assembly to provide funding for programs that help keep kids out of Children and Youth Services and juvenile justice systems.

Officials with the Mars Area School District are taking steps to address diversity and bullying on campus.  A confidential hotline has been set up, allowing students to report bullying and safety issues.  Administrators say the hotline is one of several measures taken after concerns were raised following a fight with one student calling another’s sister the “n-word.”

The American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region will hold a Disaster Institute on the campus of Slippery Rock University from Friday through Sunday. More than 160 Red Cross volunteers from across 28 western Pennsylvania counties will participate in the event that is part of the Red Cross’ Prepare Western PA Initiative. Regional spokesman Dan Tobin said The Red Cross Prepare Western PA Initiative strives to strengthen our disaster response systems and capacity, engage and empower additional dedicated volunteers, and build community resilience through disaster preparedness outreach.

Pittsburgh police are looking for a man they say grabbed an eleven-year-old girl outside a Pittsburgh school and sexually assaulted her.  Investigators say the girl was missing for five hours after getting off the bus from school and not going straight home.  The girl says she was grabbed by her hair and pulled into an alley.  The girl added the man told her to get naked, drove behind a gas station several hours later and sexually assaulted her.  Realizing where she was, the girl ran off to her aunt’s house nearby.  The man is described as white with a slim build and who was driving a gray Honda with tinted windows and a dent under one of the rear lights.