Tri County Report For June 21st, 2018

A 34-year-old man faces charges in Ambridge after police say he got high on drugs and passed out inside his car with his baby son in the backseat.  Police and paramedics found Kristofer Wigton Monday afternoon near the intersection of Kennedy Drive and Tenth Street.  According to officers, temperatures were in the 90’s and the ten-month-old boy was sweating profusely when they popped the locks for the car doors.  Records show that police found heroin, prescription painkillers and marijuana inside Wigton’s cars.

The Pennsylvania State House yesterday approved a 32.7 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year by a 188-10 vote. The spending plan does not include a tax increase. The budget also includes 140 million dollars for education at all levels including 60 million for security, along with a 20-million-dollar deposit into the state’s Rainy Day Fund. The budget will know be debated in the State Senate.

The grand jury report on sexual abuse within the Catholic Church will not be made public as soon as expected. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a court order yesterday afternoon delaying the public release of the 900-page-plus report expected to reveal detailed testimony from victims. The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, said neither he nor any diocesan official sought a stay of the publication of the grand jury report. Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the state will continue to keep fighting for the victims’ voices to be heard.

Gambling regulators in Pennsylvania say online fantasy sports players paid 12-point-four million in entry fees over the first month of the games being regulated and taxed by the commonwealth.  The PA Gaming Control Board says ten licensed regulators reported one-point-three million in revenue during May.  Officials say the state received nearly 200-thousand-dollars in tax revenue from the gaming during the month.

The Lawrence County Commissioners will hold their weekly public meeting on Tuesday,

June 26, at the Apple Castle, in Wilmington Township, on State Route 18, New Wilmington. The meeting will begin at noon.   The public is invited to attend. Throughout 2018, the Commissioners plan to conduct one public meeting every month at various locations throughout the County.

Investigators say 26 people were taken into custody Wednesday during a series of FBI raids in Pittsburgh.  Officials say the raids are the culmination of a yearlong undercover investigation into illegal guns and drugs coming from the G-B-K street band in Pittsburgh’s West End.  Police say three people connected to the case are still on the run.

A Westmoreland County judge will determine if a now-18-year-old Latrobe man will be charged as a juvenile in the shooting death of another teen last year.  Investigators say Andrew Braddy was holding a gun that accidentally fired and killed 15-year-old Devin Capasso inside a Latrobe apartment last August.  Braddy’s attorneys say the charges don’t constitute murder, which could lead to a life in prison sentence.

The National Weather Service is confirming a third tornado actually touched down during a storm that caused heavy damage to two Commonwealth counties.  The service’s State College bureau said yesterday that an E-F-One twister touched down in Cambria County back on June 13th in the borough of Gallitzin.  The tornado packed winds spinning at 90 miles per hour, traveling along Syberton Road and destroying several trees but not injuring anyone.  Two E-F-Two-strength twisters were confirmed in Granville Township in Bradford County and Wilkes-Barre Township in Luzerne County during the same storm.

Pennsylvania state representatives have six different approaches to redistricting to consider after House leaders on Wednesday teed up competing proposals in the waning days of the annual legislative push surrounding passage of the state budget. House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said he is still hoping to get an agreement among Republicans and Democrats in both chambers. The proposed constitutional amendments will have to pass both chambers in two consecutive two-year legislative sessions before voters would have the final say.