Tri County Report For July 31st, 2018

By an 8-1 vote the New Castle Area School District approved a severance agreement with Superintendent John Sarandrea last night. According to the New Castle News the agreement will pay Sarandrea  $210,000, spread out over four years in installments of $60,000 the first year and $50,000 the following three years. Sarandrea also will receive medical benefits or the equivalent value of the medical benefits that will total about $2,000 a month, or $24,000 a year for the four years. Sarandrea has been the Superintendant since 2014. Debra DeBlasio who did serve as Assistant Superintendant was appointed as interim superintendent

A Beaver County man is serving time for sparking an apartment fire.  Ronald Supples was sentenced last week to three to 12 months in jail after pleading no contest to reckless endangerment.  Ambridge police say Supples was drunk in February when he left a pot of oil cooking in his Glenwood Avenue apartment.  The burning oil caused the apartment complex to fill with smoke.

A judge is named to determine what information contained in the grand jury’s report into child sexual abuse in six PA Catholic dioceses should be made public.  McKean County Judge John Cleland will serve as special master to figure out what information will be blacked out in the report that could be released as early as August 8th.  Cleland presided over Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation trial.

Western Pennsylvania residents are opening a dialogue with Governor Tom Wolf’s cabinet on drug issues.  Cabinet members held a public forum at the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg last night to help address concerns about the opioid crisis.  The government officials were urged to get police on board with medication-assisted drug treatment and push for more drug prevention education in schools.

A Cranberry Township woman is accused of biting, kicking, and spitting water at police who detained her near KeyBank Pavilion last week.  Rebecca Babis was charged Monday after the incident July 25th that started with the suspect striking orange-and-white traffic barrels on Starlake Lane before stopping in the parking lot that night.  Babis was accused of driving while intoxicated.  The officers refused medical treatment from the attack by the 32-year-old.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is set to announce new charges against a Johnstown pediatrician already accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old patient.  Shapiro says Doctor Johnnie Barto had several other victims, including toddlers.  Barto remains in custody at Cambria County Prison after he was charged in his first case back in April.  The new charges against him will be announced sometime this afternoon.

Charges have not been filed yet in connection with the fatal vehicle accident that claimed the lives of two Mercer County residents in April.  According to the Sharon Herald 29 year old Mark Marcucci, of West Middlesex was pronounced dead at the scene in a one vehicle accident that took place in Clarion County. Kevin Yarabinec of Sharpsville was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where he later died. . State Police reported that the truck was a half mile north of Bigley Road when it left the road, drove over a culvert and struck a tree. . There were two other people in the truck at the time of the crash. The identities have not been released.

Some Pittsburgh residents may have noticed several helicopters flying low over the city Monday night.  Public safety officials say it’s part of a planned military training exercise and isn’t in response to any current events.  It’s reported there were as many as six helicopters flying low over the city, at times just a few hundred feet off the ground.