TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 10TH, 2018

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a deadly motorcycle crash in Lawrence County.  Troopers say a pickup truck crashed into a motorcycle last night at Route 18 and Johnson Road in Wilmington Township, trapping the biker under the truck when both vehicles caught fire.  The victim has not yet been identified.

A resident of Beaver Falls, has been sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh  to six months’ probation on her conviction of embezzlement by a bank employee. 63 year old Robin Chiapetta who was employed as an Assistant Branch Manager at First National Bank, embezzled funds from the bank totaling a 20,500 dollars. The incident took place between February of 2014, until approximately December 2016.

Monaca residents could soon be paying fines for letting their grass grow too high.  Borough officials have proposed a Quality of Life Ordinance that would ticket residents who have overgrown yards and build-ups of garbage.  Officials say the measure would skip the process of going through a district judge to enforce the property maintenance code.

President Donald Trump is speaking in Erie tonight, making his first appearance in the city since winning the 2016 election.  Scheduled to take the podium on the Erie Insurance Arena stage at 7 p.m., his campaign has announced the President will be focusing on subjects such as the economy and support for Congressmen Mike Kelly.  Thousands of people are expected to attend, but tickets can still be ordered online via donaldjtrump.com.

The Pennsylvania State House is unanimously passing an anti-hazing bill.  The Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Bill, named for the PSU freshman who died during a fraternity pledge event, now returns to the Senate for another vote.  The proposed bill would increase penalties and forces schools to have policies in place to prevent hazing.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are three cents more expensive over the week at $3.13 per gallon. Gas prices have been on the rise in many of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, with some making the list of the top 10 largest jumps in the country.  Statewide, Pennsylvania gas prices are about three cents higher than this time last week at 3.08 a gallon. In New Castle prices are averaging 3.02, in Sharon the drivers are paying 3.04 a gallon. The National average is also up three cents at 2.91.

An online petition is urging Pittsburgh Marathon officials to drop Chick-fil-A as its kids marathon sponsor.  The petition cites what it calls extreme anti-LGBTQ beliefs as its reason to end the partnership.  The petition was nearing one-thousand signatures as of Monday evening.

Two men who were accused of setting off an explosion near a gas line in South Beaver Township had charges against them dropped or reduced. The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting  27-year-old Tyler McKenzie and 29 year old Krasimir Kaercher were involved in the explosion back on April 28 in the woods near Elmbrook Estates Trailer Park. District Attorney David Lozier said the case was resolved after restitution was paid to the homeowners whose homes were damaged. Damage to the homes was around twelve hundred dollars.

No one is hurt after a paper shredder started a small fire inside the state Capitol Tuesday morning.  The shredder caught fire in the basement of the House of Representatives office and it took about 45 minutes to clear the smoke.  There was no damage to the building.

An Illinois man is behind bars in Westmoreland County, accused of trying to pass a fake ID at a car dealership.  North Huntingdon police arrested Michael Decker yesterday on theft and identity theft charges.  Decker is accused of using the fake driver’s license this week while trying to buy a 100-thousand-dollar vehicle from Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep.