Tri County Report For November 13th, 2018

A Beaver man is facing child pornography charges.  Casey Jones was charged Thursday after allegedly sending two videos to an undercover state trooper over Bit Torrent.  The 30-year-old was arrested later at his home in the one-thousand-block of Seventh Street.  Jones is free on ten-thousand-dollars bail.

An Ambridge man is accused of intimidating a witness following his preliminary hearing last month.  Xavier Hightower reportedly shouted to a woman that he would choke her as they left a hearing October 30th.  The hearing was reportedly over allegations the 25-year-old punched a woman after an argument during a youth football game in August.

The Sharon Herald is reporting 23 year old  Dustin Nichols was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday for the first-degree murder of 18 year old Olivia Gonzalez in February of last year. Nichols and Olivia shared a home at 1609 Fairlawn Drive, Hermitage, before the incident. Nichols also was sentenced to a prison term of more than four months but less than 12 months to run concurrently with the life sentence for killing or maiming an animal.

A priest in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is being placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse of minors.  The Reverend Richard Lelonis was reportedly accused back in September, with one of those accounts dating back to the early 70s.  Diocesan officials say they immediately reported the allegations to the district attorney and Lelonis was removed from his assignment on the diocese tribunal.

An Ellwood City man has been accused of showing pornography to a 13-year-old boy. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 42 year old Allen Taylor, whose last listed address was 175 W. Wind Ridge Village Trailer Park, showed the pornographic videos to the boy between Oct. 1-31 at this home. Taylor is charged with dissemination of pornography to a minor, corruption of a minor and disorderly conduct.

McCandless’s chief of police is on leave after being accused of inappropriate conduct.  WPXI-TV reports Chief David Desanti and another officer are the two cops put on leave in October for an unknown reason.  Town officials have not said who is running the department while Desanti is on leave.

The mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue could push Pittsburgh to adopt tougher gun laws.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Mayor Bill Peduto and the Pittsburgh City Council is considering legislation to regulate guns, which would challenge state laws prohibiting cities from creating their own stricter rules involving firearms.  At this point, there are no specifics about what the proposal would include.

Kennywood Park has announced the return of its annual Holiday Lights event.  The season will begin on November 23rd and continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through December 23rd.  The park will then be open every night between December 26th and the 30th.   This will be the first season Holiday Lights will mix in with the new Thomas Town attractions.

A state lawmaker says her colleagues missed a golden opportunity to reform how legislative districts are redrawn in Pennsylvania. State Senator Lisa Boscola says redistricting reform in Pennsylvania failed because the legislation, in her words, got “Harrisburged,” meaning a popular measure is defeated when lawmakers thwart the will of the people. Boscola says in the next session she will propose a direct referendum process, taking decisions like this away from the House and Senate.