Tri County Report For July 17th, 2018

State police in Mercer County are investigating a crash that killed a man from Ohio. The crash took place just before 9 Sunday night on Interstate 79, about a mile south of I-80. According to police, Iain Fierro of Struthers Ohio,  was headed north on 79 when he went off the road. His BMW went over the median and landed in a ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger also from Struthers was taken to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment.

Volunteers are gathering signatures in Allegheny County to get the Children’s Fund initiative on the election ballot.  The proposal would increase property taxes by 25 dollars for every 100-thousand dollars of a home’s assessed value to raise money that would go to early childhood education and after-school programs.  Backers of the measure say it could raise about 19-million dollars annually.  They have until August 7th to get nearly 36-thousand signatures to put the question before voters.

The Butler School District will randomly drug test some students this year.  School board members approved the plan to test students who participate in athletics, extracurricular activities, or drive to school.  The district is now the fourth in Butler County to have a random drug test policy.

Applications to operate casino-style gambling online in Pennsylvania are rolling in ahead of the deadline for the state’s casino owners to get a license at a discount of $10 million. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Monday it had thus far received three applications. Those applications came from the owners of Parx Casino in suburban Philadelphia, Mount Airy Casino Resort in northeastern Pennsylvania and Live! Hotel and Casino, which is under construction in south Philadelphia. Owners of Pennsylvania’s 13 casino licenses have another 30 days to apply, but they’ll pay a premium of $12 million to operate all three forms of online casino games, including slot machines, table games and poker.

The main production room for a local butchery and grocery shop was burned up in a Sunday afternoon fire. According to the Ellwood City Ledger firefighters from North Sewickley Township were called out to  Milk House Meats on Harpers Ferry Road around 3:15 p.m. for a report of smoke coming from the front corner of the building. The fire destroyed most of the equipment, including smokers and freezers inside. No injuries were reported. About 40 firemen battled the blaze.  Fire officials believe the cause of the fire was electrical in nature because much of the damage appears to have started around the breaker box.

A professor at Carnegie Mellon University professor is coming home from Las Vegas with more money in the bank after a good showing at the World Series of Poker.  Larry Pileggi finished in the top three-percent at this year’s tournament, winning a little more than 37-thousand dollars.  The electrical and computer engineering professor placed 311th overall out of about 78-hundred players.

An Aliquippa man faces charges following a stabbing incident on Sunday. The Beaver County times is reporting 51 year old Carl Zedak was charged by Aliquippa police with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, possession of an instrument of crime, attempted assault, reckless endangerment and simple assault. He’s accused of stabbing a man during an argument four times. Police said the victim was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for treatment. Zedak is in the Beaver County Prison of 250 thousand dollars bond.

The parents of a Pennsylvania State Trooper killed in a collision near Ligonier are filing a wrongful death lawsuit.  The parents of 26-year-old Trooper Michael Stewart filed the lawsuit against McInchok Sanitation and the driver of the truck, calling the driver inattentive and careless when he pulled out on Route 711 in Ligonier Township in front of the police cruiser a year ago.   A state police investigation didn’t lead to charges against the driver.