Tri County Report For May 22nd 2018

The New Castle News is reporting that a homeless man accused of assaulting a woman and threatening her with a gun on two separate occasions has been arrested. Demechie McCauley was taken into custody on Friday afternoon following a disturbance at Neshannock Village. McCauley faces a number of charges including a weapons charge. Police said that he has a past gun conviction and is not allowed to have a gun and that he does not have a license to carry one. He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

A man is behind bars for throwing full bottles of liquid from his car at drivers in Lawrence County.  Investigators say James McDonald was spotted throwing objects at cars as he drove by, causing hundreds of dollars in damage.  Police in Ellwood City say McDonald had been generally throwing the bottles on Wednesday evenings for several weeks.

The City of Harrisburg and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are filing a lawsuit against three finance professionals and law firms that were hired for the reconstruction of the trash incinerator.  In the complaint, the plaintiffs seek a jury trial for what they call the worst municipal financial disaster in the history of the commonwealth.  The lawsuit is seeking to recoup the millions that were lost on the project.

Rex Energy Corp. is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The company confirmed its filing on Friday and it plans to sell off its remaining assets.  The State College-based driller is the sixth-biggest natural gas production company in Western Pennsylvania with more than 240 wells.  Rex Energy delisted from the Nasdaq stock market earlier this year and failed to make an interest payment in April.

The Allegheny Health Network is planning to raise its minimum wage for employees.  The company plans to raise the wage to 15-dollars per hour by the year 2021.  According to a news release, the system’s decision reflects the network’s ongoing assessment of the market and commitment to providing a highly competitive compensation and benefit packages for employees at all levels.

If your travel plans today include heading east on Interstate 80 through Pennsylvania, be prepared for a detour.  Interstate 80 eastbound in Venango County is expected to be closed this morning from Exit 35, Route 308, Clintonville to Exit 42 Route 38, Emlenton in order to facilitate the removal of a disabled tractor trailer from the median. The roadway is expected to be closed from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

A director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is being tapped as the new chancellor of the State System of Higher Education.  Officials announced Daniel Greenstein will take on the role on September 4th.  Greenstein had also previously worked as a top administrator in the University of California system.

Leechburg’s embattled police chief is asking a judge to modify bond, allowing him to await trial on underage sex solicitation charges at home.  Earlier this month, a Westmoreland County judge revoked bail and jailed Michael Diebold after he had contact with his infant son and accessed the internet, violating two of his pretrial release conditions.  His attorney says there was a misunderstanding that led to Diebold’s violation.  Diebold is accused of trying to solicit sex from who he thought was a 14-year-old girl online.

According to Triple-A Gas, prices sit at the highest level since the summer of 2014 and they’re going to continue to climb for at least another month. Spokesman Jim Garrity said as we approach the Memorial Day Weekend the average gas price in Beaver County was $3.15 per gallon. In Allegheny County, it’s a penny less. In Lawrence County, the average gas price is almost $3.12 per gallon. That’s all significantly higher than the national average of $2.97 and higher than Pennsylvania’s average of $3.07. Beaver County has the sixth-highest average price per gallon for gas in the state.

A Clarion man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl inside an Ambridge home will serve up to six months in jail. According to the Beaver County Times 51 year old Mark W. Suto, pleaded no contest in April to one count of indecent assault. He was sentenced to between 71 days and six months in jail. The teen detailed at least one recent assault and told officers Suto had assaulted her at least 10 times. The girl told police she did not report the earlier assaults because she is extremely afraid of him and scared of what’s going to happen.