TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 14TH, 2018

The grand jury report into the sexual abuse of children in six catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania is set to be released this afternoon.  An attorney representing several victims in the commonwealth says the release will be the largest in the U.S.  Officials with the Catholic Dioceses of Greensburg and Pittsburgh say most of the accusations in the to-be released report are from before 1990.

A man is dead after a pizza delivery driver says he fired a gunshot after being stabbed early Friday in Beaver Falls.  It happened on the 15-hundred block of Second Avenue when the driver was attacked while trying to make the delivery.  The driver claims he fired the gun in self defense and struck the alleged attacker, 29-year-old Ryan Leonard, on a nearby porch.  Police are still investigating.

A teenager from Maryland has been charged following a stabbing in Slippery Rock last weekend. According to Inside Butler county, state police were called to Cooper’s Campground around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night for a reported stabbing incident. Police spoke with the 15-year-old male suspect while the male victim was being transported to Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of a stab wound to the abdomen. The boy said he was sorry and allegedly confessed that he did stab the victim. he teenager has been charged with felony aggravated assault as well as misdemeanor simple assault.

California University of Pennsylvania officials are deciding what to do about a parking garage built with substandard materials.  The school says carbon fibers in the decking are likely to blame for extensive cracking that caused a partial collapse in 2016.  The contractor claimed the carbon fibers would be stronger and last longer than steel-reinforced concrete.

Moon Township Supervisors are considering reducing the entertainment tax to attract more events to Robert Morris’s UPMC Events Center, which is set to open next April.  The proposal discussed Monday would reduce the tax from ten-to-five percent.  The five-percent rate would mirror Pittsburgh and Burgettstown’s amusement tax rates.

Elections officials are taking steps to ensure Pennsylvania’s voting system is ready and secure for November.  Beginning next week, the newly formed Interagency Election Preparedness and Security Workgroup begins exercises aimed at dealing with everything from misinformation on social media to dealing strong storms disrupting the voting process.  Elections officials say its systems and defenses worked the way they were intended to in 2016 and there was never any evidence they were hacked or compromised.

A Greensburg man is off to prison for abusing his young son.  Joshua Koshinsky was sentenced yesterday to four-and-a-half to nine years behind bars for aggravated assault, child endangering and other charges.  Koshinsky admitted to placing his infant son’s hands in a mug of hot water, causing blistering that didn’t get medical attention for more than 24 hours.

A Pitt student says she was attacked outside of her apartment door Monday.  The attack happened near campus on Bates Street.  The male suspect reportedly knocked the woman to the ground, tried to rob her, then ran off.  There’s no word on the search for the suspect.

A Big Beaver man is now charged with exposing himself to a group of swimmers at Buttermilk Falls county park last month.  Steven Bitcko was charged after the incident July 18th when he was spotted in the bushes watching four women swimming.  State police picked up the 27-year-old on a bike a short while later, very intoxicated.

The second-in-command at the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department is off the job amid claims she assaulted the deputies’ union president.  Chief Deputy Patricia Fritz was suspended yesterday with pay while the district attorney’s office investigates the claims.  Fritz is accused of recently attacking the deputy who leads the union during a grievance hearing.