Tri County Report For August 30th, 2018

State Police in Mercer County have charged a 48-year-old Volant man after he allegedly invited a fifteen-year-old boy from Ohio to meet him for a drink. According to police Bond was set at $15,000 for Daniel Kromer when he was arraigned last week on charges of unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and harassment. According to police, Kromer sent several explicit text messages to the Liberty Township teen last month. The investigation is ongoing.

Every state prison in Pennsylvania is on lockdown after a string of substance exposure incidents.  Department of Corrections officials ordered the lockdown yesterday after staff members at four prisons were hospitalized after coming in contact with an unknown substance.  Two incidents happened at State Correctional Institution Greene in Waynesburg, including Tuesday night.

Pennsylvania’s largest coal-fired power plant is being retired.  FirstEnergy Solutions announced yesterday the Bruce Mansfield Plant in Shippingport will close by June 2021.  Three plants in Ohio will also close.  The company says their deactivations could be reversed or postponed if the federal government implements new policies that could provide financial assistance to the plants.

A priest in the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg is accused of sexually abusing a minor.  The diocese says the allegation dates back 28 years.  Reverend Joseph E. Bonafed has been suspended from Holy Family Parish West Newton and St. Edwards Parish, Herminie while the claim is investigated.  The diocese also announced yesterday it’s removing the name of the late Bishop William G. Connare from its conference and retreat center.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a remediation plan for unused land that formerly housed a chemical facility in Beaver County.  The former ARCO Chemical property, which is near the current Nova Chemicals site along the Ohio River, has been unused for decades and is heavily contaminated.  The Beaver County Times reports the EPA’s plan only covers inactive portions of the property, but the agency intends to propose a similar plan for the active section of land currently owned by Nova, according to a legal notice published on Monday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the guest of honor at this year’s Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade.  Biden says he looks forward to spending the holiday with thousands of men and women from organized labor.  He added, “Unions built the middle class, and union members built this country.”  The Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade is one of the largest in the country.

A former Pennsylvania House Speaker won’t have to pay a massive amount of money as part of a criminal case.  A judge yesterday said Bill DeWeese won’t have to pay 116-thousand-dollars in restitution due to the loss of pension benefits.  The long-time lawmaker went to prison back in 2012 on theft and conflict of interest charges.

Republican Congressman and candidate for Senate Lou Barletta isn’t happy with Democratic Senator Bob Casey’s choice of debate locations.  Barletta’s campaign criticized Casey yesterday for skipping debates in areas outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  Barletta’s campaign says the congressman is willing to debate in the Harrisburg and Scranton-Wilkes Barre areas.

State Police in Lawrence County are reminding motorists during the Labor Day weekend troopers will be conducting various DUI enforcement activities thought the County. The checkpoints and enforcement will be in areas that have been determined as a problem with DUI offenses. Police are asking drivers to buckle up as always.