Tri County Report For October 4rh, 2018

Police and a federal safety agency are investigating after a worker from a North Lima, Ohio  company died after falling from a building under construction in New Castle. According to officials, 32-year-old Gregory Bosela of Columbiana County fell while working on the Ellwood Quality Steel expansion project. According to a statement from Ellwood Quality Steel, Bosela was an employee of Diamond Steel. OSHA is investigating the accident. Ellwood Quality Steel broke ground on the $60 million expansion project in April.

Pennsylvania lawmakers on Wednesday passed the first anti-violence legislation in more than a decade that deals directly with firearms, after years of lobbying by violence-prevention groups to persuade a Legislature historically protective of gun rights. The bill would force people in Pennsylvania with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly surrender their guns. The Senate voted 43-5 on Wednesday to send the bill to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf, who plans to sign it.

A drug raid in Beaver Falls turned up more than 1,000 stamp bags of heroin Wednesday morning. According to the Beaver County Times Police arrested 40-year-old Eliezer Rodriguez, of Beaver Falls, and charged him with counts including with possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a prohibited firearm and drug paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing.

The parents of a former Seneca Valley High School student are taking the school and the families of classmates to court over a phony sexual assault story.  The lawsuit filed this week claims five girls conspired to falsely accuse the boy last year, causing him to lose his job and freedom.  School officials are accused in the suit of doing nothing to stop the bullying that followed the case.

An investigation is underway into the discovery of a gun in a California University building.  School officials say the weapon was found this week after it was apparently left behind by an employee.  The type of gun and the building in which it was found were not released.

Beaver County is hosting a recycling event for chemicals that can’t be thrown in the trash.  On October 13th, household items including batteries, kerosene, paint products and pool chemicals can be dropped off at Bradys Run Park Recycling Center.  There will be a cash-only fee of three-dollars per gallon.  Items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A tornado is to blame for storm damage in Greene County.  National Weather Service officials say an EF-1 twister with winds near 90-miles-per-hour touched down Tuesday near Graysville.  The tornado downed several trees and caused damage to some properties.  Tornadoes were also confirmed yesterday in Jefferson and Crawford counties.

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 $3.10 per gallon. States in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region are seeing fluctuation on the week. In New Castle prices are averaging 3.02 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 3.03.  The national gas price average has increased three cents on the week to land at $2.88 – a pump price not seen at the national average since mid-July.

Two men from Allegheny County have been sentenced in connection with a robbery that happened in Butler County last year. According to Inside Butler County 23 year old Kahlil Shelton, will serve 16 years and 25 year old Deron Howel faces over 42 years for an armed drug robbery in Cranberry Township. The incident at a home on Marshall Drive back in August 2017 injured one person as a result of a shooting.