Tri County Report For July 25th, 2018

The founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is going to spend the next twenty months in prison for tax fraud and conspiracy after being sentenced Tuesday.  Nick Trombetta had been facing up to five years in federal prison for the charges.  The 62-year-old entered a guilty plea in 2016 for conspiring to defraud the IRS.

A former Evans City man has entered a guilty plea in federal court to child pornography charges. According to a press release 46 year old Christopher Woods entered the plea to a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in November 2014-January 2015, Woods possessed images in computer graphic files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, some of whom had not yet attained 12 years of age. Sentencing is set for November 16th.  The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine not more than $250,000, or both.

An inmate is resentenced to life in prison for beating a state lawmaker to death in the 80s.  Bernard Williams was resentenced to life in prison for the death of state Representative William Telek in 1988.  The then 17-year-old Williams used a hammer to attack Telek.  Williams was eligible for resentencing after a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles were unconstitutional.  Williams has had several run-ins with corrections officers and stabbed a fellow inmate in the head since being incarcerated.

Westmoreland County’s mini-casino may be opening in the former Bon-Ton at the Westmoreland Mall.  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports an announcement making the Hempfield location official could come as soon as today.  State Senator Kim Ward expects the mini-casino to generate 120-million-dollars in economic impact for Westmoreland County.

A long-time state lawmaker from northwestern PA is dead after a battle with cancer.  Representatives say 73-year-old Representative Flo Fabrizio of Erie had been battling pancreatic cancer.  Fabrizio was the ranking Democrat on the Health Committee and had served eight terms.

The East Pittsburgh police officer accused in the shooting death of a teen is waiving his preliminary hearing.  Michael Rosfeld will not appear in court this week after being charged with criminal homicide in the death of Antwon Rose, who was shot in the back running from a traffic stop.  Rosfeld’s attorney tells WPXI-TV there was nothing to gain with the preliminary hearing beyond stirring up emotions.  Formal arraignment is set for August 22nd.

Authorities in Grove City are investigating after a car crashed into the side of the Community Library. The accident took place just after 10:30 Tuesday morning. The driver of the car did not go to the hospital. According to WFMJ-TV, Although the damaged section of the library is blocked off to the public, the rest of the library is open for business.

State Police in Butler County report a juvenile female was attacked by two Rottweiler dogs last night in Center Township. Police said the girl sustained serious injuries and was transported to Children’s Hosptal in Pittsburgh. The investigation is ongoing.

Prior to the summer recess the state House Consumer Affairs Committee approved a bill giving natural gas providers an incentive to extend service to low and moderate income areas they’re currently not serving. The bill would allow natural gas distribution companies to charge a fee to cover the costs of providing gas in underserved areas. The extension charge would have to be approved by the PA Public Utility Commission, which would have to determine if the fee is in the public interest and doesn’t pose an undue burden on existing ratepayers.