Tri County Report For August 29th, 2018

Beaver County authorities are investigating after a loaded gun was found near a bus stop on the first day of school.  The weapon was found yesterday morning along Yale Drive in Hopewell Township.  Police say they’re still looking for the owner who they suspect somehow lost track of the gun.

Extortion charges are the reason why former State Treasurer Rob McCord is going to federal prison.  McCord was sentenced to two-and-a-half-years in prison yesterday more than three years after resigning his post.  McCord said during the hearing he was sorry for his actions that involved trying to get campaign donations through unconventional tactics.  McCord will go to prison on October 29th.

Governor Tom Wolf is going to Puerto Rico today.  Wolf’s staff says he will pay for his expenses in traveling to the U.S. territory still recovering from Hurricane Maria last year.  The purpose of the trip is to form lasting relationships with officials in Puerto Rico in addition to seeing the hurricane damage.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is calling out Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik for his reaction to the state grand jury report.  Zubik has denied allegations that the Diocese of Pittsburgh tried to cover up the abuse, and has stated that the Catholic Church of today is not the same church described by state investigators.  On CBS This Morning, Shapiro said the Church’s documents prove there was a cover-up.  He also tore into the Bishop’s response saying that “child rape in 1970 is the same as child rape in 2018.”

The Sharon Herald is reporting that Homicide and related charges against an 18-year-old allegedly seen on video shooting a Sharon man earlier this month were held over for court yesterday. Police charged Jaylaun Coleman, of Farrell, with criminal homicide,along with a firearms violaton in connection with the death of 21 year old  Tyrone T. Cornish Jr., Aug. 11th. The shooting took place in the Willow Village housing units parking lot at West Budd Street and Sterling Avenue in Sharon.  A preliminary hearing is set for October 30th.

The Archdiocese of Washington, DC is releasing a statement that serves as a denial of a former Vatican ambassador’s claims of knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations from former Pittsburgh bishop Donald Wuerl .  The statement denies former Vatican ambassador Carlo Vigano’s claim that Wuerl was aware of the allegations against former archbishop Theodore McCarrick for years, before McCarrick resigned last month.  Wuerl, now the Archbishop of Washington, was the Bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006.

Another Pennsylvania state prison employee is being treated for exposure to an unknown substance.  It happened last night at State Correctional Institute Greene in Waynesburg.  State prison officials say it’s the fourth time in the past month that an employee has been sickened by something.  Four corrections officers at SCI Greene were hospitalized earlier this month.

Three people were arrested following a drug raid in Butler on Monday. According to Inside Butler County The Butler County Drug Task Force and Butler City Police executed a search warrant at an apartment on South Main Street.  Inside, officers found residents Corey Dooley and Teri Mulneix, along with Pittsburgh resident Shakor Wilder. Officers also allegedly seized a small amount of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia- including scales and baggies- eight cell phones, and about $450 in cash. All three were taken to the Butler County Prison.

The former superintendent of the Jeannette School District is under fire for accepting a free trip to a conference in California.  The state Auditor General says Matthew Hutcheson’s airfare and accommodations were paid for by a vendor who sold the district math computer software.  The audit also found Hutcheson bought the software without approval from the school board and the software was never used by students.  Hutcheson took a leave of absence the same day the district received notification about the start of the state audit.