Tri County Report For June 5th, 2018

There’s now one less senator in the Pennsylvania Senate because he’s running for governor. York County Senator Scott Wagner resigned yesterday to run for governor as the Republican nominee. In his resignation letter last week, Wagner said he felt privileged to serve York County.

A Beaver Falls man has been charged in connection with a stabbing incident from Friday night. The Ellwood City Ledger reports 51 year old Richard Heard got into a fight with another man, then pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the arm, causing a “large laceration.” Heard  was charged by Beaver Falls police  with aggravated and simple assault. He was taken to the Beaver County Jail  after failing to post a $20,000 bond. The alleged incident took place at the College Hills Apartments on Fourth Avenue in Beaver Falls.

Butler Area High School and family members are mourning the death of a teen girl who died suddenly.  Parents of 17-year-old Brianne Rapp say she was found in the bathtub Friday morning.  An official cause of death is still being investigated by a coroner, but parents say Brianne had a thyroid problem and was on medication for it.  They say she’s blacked out before, and may have done so Friday and hit her head on the tub.  A fundraiser to help with funeral costs is being held next Monday at Smokin Toad’s BBQ in Sarver.

California University is ranking among the best in the state when it comes to online colleges.  According to SR Education Group, Cal U ranked as the 13th best online college in Pennsylvania.  The company says it researched every regionally accredited online college in the state, looking at tuition and academic strength.

Mr. Rogers is coming to the neighborhood.  A documentary based on Fred Rogers called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” opens in select theaters this weekend including two in Pittsburgh.  You can watch it at the AMC Waterfront in Homestead and the Cinemagic Manor Theatres in Squirrel HIll.  The documentary about the Latrobe native recently premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

National Weather Service officials are surveying possible damage after a tornado touched down in Washington County.  The Sunday night tornado was only an EF0.  It happened along Airport Road in Finleyville.  The National Weather Service says the brief and weak tornado was part of storms in western Pennsylvania throughout the day Sunday.

An annual report shows economic growth in Western Pennsylvania.  The Pittsburgh Region Business Investment Scorecard shows 15 percent more jobs were created in 2017 than there were in 2016.  Capital investment for Western PA reached five-point-five billion dollars.  The scorecard says information technology was the most active area of the economy.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident in Forward Township that sent one man to the hospital. According to police 45 year old Larry Byers of butler was traveling on Waters Station Road when he struck a vehicle operated by 53 year old Raymond Friedman of Cranberry Township. Friedman was taken to UPMC Passavant for treatment. Byers, who was cited, was not injured.

Grove City Police have filed charges against a man who was driving impaired with a four-year-old boy in the car. Police say 38-year-old Clayton John Boyd was stopped on Saturday for failing to use his turn signal. Officers pulled Boyd over at the intersection of College Avenue and Kinder Avenue.  WFMJ-TV reports Boyd will be charged with driving under the influence, endangering the children, illegally operating a motor vehicle not equipped with ignition interlock, turning movements, and required signals.