Tri County Report For August 15th, 2018

The grand jury report into child sexual abuse by priests and seminarians in Pennsylvania’s six Roman Catholic dioceses is now public.  The report lists the names of 300 predator priests who worked across the state, including in the Catholic Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Greensburg.  Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the findings show a systemic coverup from the local level all the way up to the Vatican to protect the abuser and the institution first, over the safety of the child victim.

The pizza delivery driver who shot and killed a man who tried to rob him last week in Beaver Falls will not face criminal charges.  Investigators say 29-year-old Ryan Leonard tried to rob the driver with a knife while he was walking back to his car last Friday on Second Avenue, at one point stabbing him.  The driver was able to get back to his car and reach for his gun, shooting Leonard in the chest.  Police say the driver was justified in using deadly force to defend himself.

The grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania’s Catholic church claims Beaver County’s former district attorney stopped investigations into abuse allegations to prevent unfavorable publicity.  The report mentions Robert Masters, claiming he knew about sexual abuse in the ’60s but refused to prosecute for political reasons.  The report adds Masters said he wanted the church’s support to further his political career.

Butler County Prison is in lockdown after six staff members were sickened by a substance they came in contact with Tuesday.  The three corrections officers were searching a cell when they were affected by the substance.  A pair of nurses and another officer were also made ill when they came to check on the three.  All six say the substance caused them to feel dizzy and elevated their heart rates.  They were taken to the hospital for treatment.

A man is headed to jail for several allegations of theft in the Washington area.  Kenneth Haskey entered guilty pleas to 12 separate accusations, including a grocery store robbery and thefts at other establishments.  The 31-year-old will serve five to ten years in prison followed by a decade of probation.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report prices in Western Pennsylvania up a penny, increasing slightly to $3.11 per gallon. Gas prices are mostly flat across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region with eight states seeing two to one cent pump price drops while seven states’ gas price averages held flat on the week, including PA. In New Castle drivers are paying 3.10  a gallon, and drivers in Sharon are paying less at 3.02. The national gas price average has held relatively flat for the last two weeks at 2.86 a gallon.

An out of state man that was pulled over during a traffic stop earlier this year in Shenango Township has pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm. 27 year old Timothy Anderson formerly of Sacramento California pled guilty to one count in U.S.District Court. Anderson was stopped back on January 24th of this year. A search of his vehicle found a loaded 9mm handgun. Sentencing has been set for December 13th. Anderson faces up to ten years in prison, a 250 thousand dollar fine, or both.

Three Armstrong County women are being accused of trying to cover up a deadly overdose.  Jessica Ridinger, Lacey Carney and Rhonda Claypoole are facing a host of drug and theft-related charges.  Prosecutors say the women provided the drugs that killed Jonathan Waugaman last year, then stole his personal items before destroying evidence.

An Evans City man was taken to the hospital following a two car accident Forward Township. According to State Police in Butler County 57 year old David English was westbound on Dufford Road when he failed to stop at an intersection and struck a a vehicle operated by 46 year old Kristina Beni of Slippery Rock. English who was cited, was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment. Police said Beni suffered a minor injury.