Tri County Report For September 18th, 2018

A former New Castle man pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges yesterday as his trial was set to begin. 60 year old Ronald Slicker Jr, was set to be retried in the alleged rape of a pre-school aged girl when the agreement was made. According to the New Castle News, Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge Dominick Motto sentenced Slicker to two-in-a half to five years in prison, along with four years probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

Governor Tom Wolf is pushing state lawmakers to pass several bills recommended by a grand jury that investigated child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  Current PA law doesn’t allow a victim to sue once they turn 30-years-old.  A Berks County state representative is suggesting opening a two-year window in which older victims could sue abusers as well as institutions.

Beaver Area’s school superintendent comes out as gay amid calls for a principal placed on leave to be allowed back on the job.  Carrie Rowe made the announcement during the school board meeting amid allegations she targeted a Christian group that high school principal Steve Wellendorf is a member of.  The reason for Wellendorf’s leave wasn’t discussed at the meeting, which is being called a personnel matter.

Pennsylvania is receiving more than five-million dollars from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to battle the opioid epidemic.  Governor Tom Wolf says the funds will be used in pharmacy outreach, first responder training, and public information campaigns.  Wolf has made the opioid crisis a priority during his administration, after signing the first Heroin and Opioid Disaster Declaration earlier this year.

The former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says he is ready to step aside after being named in the grand jury report into the sexual abuse of children in the church.  Cardinal Donald Wuerl told parishioners Friday he is repenting for his bad judgments or failures.  The grand jury report was critical of Wuerl’s handling of allegations while serving as bishop from 1988 to 2006.

A class action lawsuit filed this morning in Allegheny County is asking the court to force all of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic diocese to disclose records of child sex abuse dating back to 1948.  The lawsuit contends that four grand jury investigations over the last decade have shown that church officials failed to meet their obligations to report accused clergy members.  It also states that at least two priests in the latest state grand jury report have been arrested following its release, while 20 other names remain redacted.

Charges are pending against a Butler County man who nearly ended an argument over a golf shot with gunshots.  Pennsylvania State Police say Gerald Miller the Second pulled a gun on a golfer this past weekend when an errant shot landed in his backyard along the Bonniebrook Golf Course.  Miller was to be cited with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting that two men are facing charges after they stole antique equipment from the Little Beaver Historical Society and sold it for scrap. 32 year old James W. Rogers, of Darlington, and 20 year old Eric M Bailes of South Beaver Township, were both charged by state police with theft and receiving stolen property. The incident took place back in February. The two men have preliminary hearings next month.

Grove City Police say a woman arrested for a DUI had two children in the car.   Police arrested 24-year-old Jessica Simonetta of Grove City Saturday for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol after they say she showed signs of impairment. WFMJ-TV reports Police say she had two children in the car with her at the time of the arrest, a six-year-old and a one-year-old. She is facing charges of DUI, endangering the welfare of children, failure to secure children with passenger restraints and failing to use a turning signal.