TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 20TH, 2018

A Meadville couple who moved out of the City of New Castle are wanted by police in connection with the alleged abuse of a 9 month old boy. According to the New Castle News 24 year old Heather Reynolds and 21 year old William Robson are being charged with endangering the welfare of children, simple assault and harassment. A warrant has been issued for their arrests. Police were alerted of the matter on July 10th. The alleged incident took place back in early June when the boy was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. That’s when hospital officials notified authorities saying the injuries were not consistent from a single fall.

The family of a woman bound to a wheelchair is demanding action after the woman fell off a BART bus.  The woman, who suffers with a brain malformation, fell from the lift Thursday in Butler.  The family is calling for the bus driver to be fired.  Photos show the woman with several cuts and bruises on her face, hand and limbs.  The wheelchair was also damaged in the fall.  Representatives from Butler Area Rural Transit have not returned calls to the family.

Officials have released the identity of a man killed early Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire at an Aliquippa home. The Beaver County Times reports 32 year old Terrell Henson,died as a result of gunshot wounds to the head and chest. His death was ruled a homicide.  Charges including criminal homicide were filed Wednesday against Dana Penny, who remained at large Thursday afternoon.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is calling on state lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania.  The mayor was joined by State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this morning to detail how much money the state could reap from regulating and taxing the drug.  According to a state report, marijuana regulation and taxation could bring in 581-million-dollars into the state annually.

Penn State’s Board of Trustees is considering a freeze on in-state tuition for next school year.  The recommendation came from the board’s finance committee during a meeting in Reading.  If approved by the board, the freeze would be the second tuition freeze in recent years.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is continuing to pursue those who have failed to pay tolls. The commission is working with PennDOT to suspend the vehicle registrations of Turnpike toll violators who’ve racked up six violations or more than $500 in unpaid tolls and fees. Inside Butler county is reporting The commission is also working with 15 district attorneys to pursue theft of services charges against those who’ve failed to pay at least $2,000 in turnpike tolls and fees.

Court officials say jury selection for the public corruption trial of Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held will start in late September.  The judge set the September 24th trial date after Held’s attorney asked for more time to file pretrial motions.  The 44-year-old Held is accused of using his on-duty staff to perform campaign functions. The trial was initially set to begin in August.

A Beaver Falls man has been charged for exposing himself at ButtlerMilk Falls. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 27 year old Steven Bitcko allegedly exposed himself to several people who were swimming at the time. Bitcko appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. According to the report, he was taken to Heritage Valley Beaver hospital for chemical testing. The investigation is continuing.

Kennywood officials say their newest ride will be full of Steelers pride.  Representatives announced plans Thursday for a new roller coaster named The Steel Curtain.  Officials say the new coaster will be the tallest in PA at up to 220-feet high.  The coaster will replace the Log Jammer, which will be retired at the end of the season.

A Pittsburgh man is being sentenced for up to 13 years on federal drug trafficking charges.  Investigators say 33-year-old George Scott was part of a group that distributed more than 400 grams of heroin through the first half of 2016 and has had previous drug charges.  The judge ordered Scott to eight years supervised released after serving his time.