Tri County Report For October 16th, 2018

A Freedom man is facing aggravated assault charges following a domestic dispute earlier this month.  Shawn Campbell is charged after a woman stabbed in the hand arrived at Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital October 8th.  The woman told nurses the 34-year-old cut her hand during an argument at their eleven-hundred block of Eighth Avenue home.  Campbell is in Beaver County Jail in lieu of 100-thousand-dollars bail.

A measure that would have shrank the size of state government in Pennsylvania is dead following a vote in the state House.  The 114-to-76 vote Monday kills the bill that needed to pass with the same language in two consecutive sessions.  The proposal would have cut the House by 52 members and the Senate by 12.

Diocese of Greensburg officials are waiting on police before sharing details of sex abuse allegations against three priests.  The diocese says Father Joseph Bonafed, Monsignor Michael Matusak and Father James Clark will remain out of ministry until the probes are completed.  The priests were not among 300 named in the Pennsylvania grand jury report on abuse in the Catholic church.

Health officials in Allegheny County are reporting a recent spike in Hepatitis A cases.  The department reports they see, on average, less than ten Hepatitis A cases annually.  Recently, there have been four cases reported over the last six weeks.  Officials call those cases unconnected, but residents are still urged to be vaccinated against the disease.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is trying to get more kids hooked on fishing.  The Commission has created the Gaun First Catch Center, which is currently traveling around Philadelphia teaching kids in an urban environment how and where to fish.  If the program gains interest, it could be expanded to other parts of the state.

An Ellwood city man is charged with theft after stealing tools valued at over $3,500 last month from a garage. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 54 year old Christopher Michael Mangelli, had access to the garage on Pittsburgh Circle, as he was hired to paint there. Police said Mangelli took the tools and sold several of the items to residents in Beaver Falls. Ellwood City police also charged Mangelli with receiving stolen property.

A bill is headed to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk that would give kids an alternative to the Keystone Exam as a high school graduation requirement.  The students who don’t score at a proficient level on the exams could show they are ready to graduate by completing a work-based learning program or service project or can even prove they’ve been offered full-time work.  The options wouldn’t be available until the 2021-22 school year.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are about three cents cheaper over the week at $3.11 per gallon. Statewide, Pennsylvania gas prices are down by two cents to $3.06. In New Castle prices are at 3.01 a gallon and in Sharon drivers are paying 3.04.  At $2.89, the national gas price average is two-cents cheaper than a week ago.

An anti-hazing bill named for a Penn State freshman that died during a pledge event is heading to Governor Wolf’s desk.  The state Senate gave final approval Monday to the Timothy J. Piazza bill, that increases penalties for hazing under state law.  Piazza died after a night of drinking at the now shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity in State College.