Tri County Report For September 11th, 2018

Officials think a landslide could be to blame for a pipeline explosion in Center Township, Beaver County that leveled a home and displaced more than 30 people.  It happened Monday morning along Ivy Lane and Pine Street.  Officials say there are no injuries and the evacuees were eventually able to return home.

A Sharon man who is already in prison now faces 46 charges filed in connection with the murder of a Sharon man whose remains were found in a shallow grave in Mercer County more than two years ago. The Sharon Herald reports 42-year-old Christopher Shelatree was arraigned Monday for the killing of 49-year-old Joseph DiFrischia. Authorities say they believe DiFrischia’s body was buried on private property along Mercer-West Middlesex Road in Shenango Township several months before it was discovered in August 2016. Investigators say the body had been burned. Shelatree remains jailed without bond awaiting a September 19 preliminary hearing.

A state of emergency is declared for Allegheny County as water rises following days of heavy rain in the area.  The countywide declaration is the fourth this year.  As of now, no damage estimates are available but officials do think the worst is behind us.

Students at Highland Middle School are back in class today after mold was found by cafeteria workers in the kitchen. The Blackhawk School District’s superintendent says a minimal amount of mold was discovered and remediated.  The entire school was inspected by a certified air quality remediation company, which gave them the all-clear.

Supervisors in Shenango Township are reminding motorists that a portion of Old Pittsburgh Road will be closed starting today for approximately three weeks as part of the New Castle Sanitation Authority’s sanitary sewer line extention project. The Road will be closed between Shenango Stop road and Rose Stop Road. Detour routes will be posted.

President Trump will visit western Pennsylvania today as the nation commemorates the 9/11 attacks.  The president and first lady will be guests at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville.  Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m.

Several western Pennsylvania colleges are being ranked among the best values for students.  U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Colleges issue ranks Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Seton Hill University in Greensburg and Slippery Rock University in the top 60 northern U.S. schools for providing a high-quality education at a lower cost.  Seton Hill was also recognized among the best colleges for veterans.

An Ellwood City man is facing charges following a domestic incident last week. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 21 year old Carl Claypoole is facing charges of simple and aggravated assault. According to police Claypoole beat a woman with cooking pots and also punched her.The investigation is continuing.

WKBN-TV is reporting The Mercer County District Attorneys office has charged second person with murder in an arson that killed a woman in Farrell. Brandon Ghilchrist is charged in setting the fire in March of last year that killed 47-year-old Regina Norris in her Wallis Avenue home. Police say her house was not the target. 63 year old Blaine Coleman, of Farrell, was previously charged with homicide and arson in the same case.

According to this week’s Triple-A gas price report Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are up by another penny this week to $3.11 a gallon.  Motorists in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states are seeing pump prices mostly remaining steady on the week with a few states including Pennsylvania  seeing a modest rise. In New Castle prices are averaging 3.06 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying less at 3.01. The national gas price average rose a penny to land at $2.85.