Tri County Report For November 29th, 2018

Eight people are recovering from injuries suffered in a Lawrence County crash.  State police say nine vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash on U.S. Route 422 in Slippery Rock, including a New Castle Area Transit bus.  Three of the injured are hospitalized in critical condition. Police said, six vehicles were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Routes 422 and 388 when a tractor-trailer did not slow down before plowing through them. It created a chain reaction causing the vehicles to slam into one another. One car went straight up a guardrail.  The road was closed for a number of hours.

A Slippery Rock teacher is awaiting trial, accused of inappropriately touching students.  Robert Willison’s institutional sexual assault case was held for trial yesterday in Lawrence County.  Prosecutors say Willison touched the backsides of four Slippery Rock Area Middle School students in his classroom.

The mother of murdered school teacher Rachael DelTondo is facing charges for an incident on Election Day.  Aliquippa Police say Lisa DelTondo and Jacqueline Belcastro confronted the family of Rachael’s ex-fiance at a polling place at the Greek Orthodox Church on Davidson Street.  Court records show the two women verbally attacked the family, hurled threats and even spit on them.  Police say Lisa DelTondo has harassed the family several times since her daughter’s death on Mother’s Day.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting a Florida woman has been charged with causing the Aug. 24th death of a motorcyclist in the borough. 27 year old Autumn Speilvogel of Gainesville is charged with homicide by vehicle, reckless and careless driving, making an improper turn and failure to obey a traffic signal. Killed in the accident was 59-year-old Randy Kirchel of Wayne Township. The crash took place at the intersection of Fifth and Fountain Avenue. Kirchel was taken to Ellwood Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Two sisters in charge of running multiple home health care agencies face several federal charges for an alleged multimillion-dollar Medicaid fraud scheme.  Prosecutors say Arlinda Moriarty, owner of Moriarty Consultants, her sister Daynelle Dickens, and ten of their employees received more than 87-million dollars in Medicaid payments for services they never performed.  Charging documents show the suspects falsified time sheets, made up ghost employees and made up claims for patients who had died.  Prosecutors say the crimes took place over a six-year period.

Kathleen Kane is expected to enter a prison cell this morning.  The former Pennsylvania Attorney General was to report to Montgomery County Correctional Facility by nine this morning, but her attorney filed a motion asking for time to make arrangements for the care of her teenage sons.  Kane will serve between ten and 23 months for her conviction for leaking information from a Grand Jury and lying about it.

Sending someone holiday spirit is getting less expensive.  The Pennsylvania Wine and Spirit stores are offering free shipping on orders of 50-dollars or more of liquor.  State store officials say the offer ends January 1st.

A New Brighton woman won’t face charges for bringing clean urine to the Beaver County Courthouse in her purse.  The district attorney dropped the charge against 42-year-old Kimberly Rihel saying she’s facing more serious charges in another county.  Rihel told officials she had the urine with her November 16th in case she was drug tested while at the courthouse.

Charges are pending against a Beaver County teenager who’s accused of posting a school threat on social media.  Freedom Area school officials say the high school student posted a photo of himself holding an assault-style rifle Tuesday night.  The teen was searched for weapons when he came to school yesterday, but nothing was found.

A Butler County woman is being accused of assaulting her infant daughter.  East Butler police say Remedios Ramirez shook the baby until she became unresponsive back in August.  Ramirez is charged with assault.  The baby remains hospitalized with what doctors say are permanent injuries.