Tri County Report For June 13th, 2018

New Castle City police arrested two Detroit men following a traffic stop off of Jefferson Street yesterday. According to the department’s facebook page, Police found drugs, guns and nearly 34 hundred dollars in cash.  24 year old Darious LEE, and 22 year old Andre SHONTEZ LEE both face charges of  Persons  not to possess firearms, carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of Possession with the Intent to Deliver (Cocaine and Heroin), three counts of Possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on bond.

Lawmakers are calling for a task force to study ways to better support Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their families.  The group is being set up by the Department on Aging including advocates, care givers, medical professionals, and the patients’ families.  The group will be looking for ways to encourage people to practice healthy brain activities and to connect families to resources more efficiently.

The Butler Area School District could be the first district in the county to create a Municipal School Police Force. Inside Butler County is reporting  By unanimous vote, school board members during a meeting on Monday night,  authorized administrators, the district solicitor and current school police to proceed with the actions necessary to create that new force under the Public School Code. The district currently pays retired state police troopers to fill the role of school police. It is expected to take several months and cost less than $50,000 in order to get the new police force in place.

The state House is unanimously passing legislation banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping products to minors.  If it becomes law, the penalties would mirror those for selling cigarettes and other traditional tobacco products to minors.  The bill is awaiting action in the state Senate.

State police are on the hunt for spray paint thieves in Butler County.  According to police at least five vehicles were damaged by spray paint sometime between Sunday and Monday.  Anyone with information is urged to call them.

A bill in the House would lift time limits for when victims of sex abuse can sue their alleged abusers. Tuesday, victims and advocates filled the Capitol to urge lawmakers to pass the bill. Berks County Representative Mark Rozzi said Pennsylvania’s laws put kids in the middle.  This month, the Attorney General’s Office will be releasing a report of a grand jury investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and cover-ups by priests in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. Representative Rozzi is calling on all Roman Catholic bishops to get behind his bill.

The state House is passing a bill allowing parents to opt their kids out of the Keystone Exams.  The measure would allow students to be excused from the standardized testing if a parent or guardian submits a written objection.  The bill is off to the Senate for consideration.

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down by two cents this week to $3.124 per gallon, according toTriple-A’s  East Central’s Gas Price Report. Statewide, Pennsylvania’s average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is three cents lower than one week ago. In New Castle prices are averaging 3.10 a gallon while drivers are paying more in the Sharon area where prices are averaging 3.17.  At $2.92, the national gas price average has dropped four cents since the beginning of June.  The average is three cents less than a week ago, six cents more than a month ago and 58 cents more expensive than a year ago.

Heinz Field officials are teaming with The Tailgate Guys to provide hassle free tailgating for football games and concerts.  The group made the announcement Tuesday saying they’ll provide set ups on the Great Lawn outside the stadium to interested parties.  The Tailgate Guys already team with Penn State football and several other NFL organizations.