TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2018

A Pennsylvania state police trooper was involved in a crash yesterday morning in Butler County as he was responding to another accident. According to police, the trooper was approaching the intersection of New Castle Road and Duffy Road with his emergency light and sirens activated, when the cruiser was struck by a tractor trailer operated by 40 year old Keith Wheeler of Duncan Falls Ohio. The trooper was taken to the hospital and was treated and released. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

State Police in Lawrence County have charged a Portersville man following an alleged domestic violence incident last month. 58 year old Gegory Hauck is being charged with one count each of aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault and harassment. Hauck faces a preliminary hearing December 6th.

Connellsville High School student-athletes will undergo racial-sensitivity training after an incident with a rival team.  Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League officials ordered the school to work with students yesterday after finding credible evidence of racial slurs directed at black Penn Hills High School soccer players.  The league says, however, the incident appears isolated and not representative of the Connellsville Area schools.

The legal team for East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld can review documents related to the shooting death of Antwon Rose.  This morning, Judge Alexander Bicket approved a request from Rosfeld’s attorney to review five-hundred pages of documents in the investigation, as well as dockets prosecutors deemed irrelevant to the case.  Prosecutors have charged the officer with homicide, saying Rosfeld shot Rose as the unarmed 17-year-old ran away during a traffic stop.  The officer’s trial is scheduled to begin on February 26th.

Parts of Aliquippa and Hopewell Township are under a boil water advisory that may be lifted later today.  Crews shut down part of their system following a water line break Tuesday afternoon near Sheffield Heights station.  Repairs were made but the state requires two days of clean tests before lifting the advisory.

State Police in Lawrence County report an accident yesterday morning in Slippery Rock Township. According to police 26 year old Lisa Herbert was eastbound of Route 422 when she struck a vehicle from behind operated by 46 year old David Clark of Enon Valley. Herbert’s vehicle then travled off the roadway and struck a parked pick-up truck. Herbert was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas price report, Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down by a penny over the week at $3.11 per gallon. Gasoline inventories declined by 1 million barrels on the week, according to the Energy Information Administration. In New Castle and Sharon prices are averaging 3.01 a gallon. Motorists in 32 states are welcoming cheaper or stable gas prices at the start of the workweek.  The national gas price average is $2.85, which is the same price as last week, one-cent more than last month and 27-cents more expensive than this time last year.

The Pennsylvania Senate has advanced legislation to create special savings accounts for first-time homebuyers. Senate Bill 1066 would allow eligible residents to open savings accounts for the exclusive purpose of buying a first home. The money could be deducted from their state income tax. The bill is awaiting consideration in the House of Representatives.

Monessen city officials want to be next on the Pennsylvania National Guard’s blight-demolition tour.  They asked the guard to come in and tear down some of the city’s dilapidated and abandoned buildings.  National Guard officials say they perform emergency demolitions to help eliminate potential drug problems.  A team of engineers is currently razing blighted houses in Beaver Falls.