Tri County Report For December 7th, 2018

The Lawrence County District Attorney’s office has filed charges against a North Beaver Township man for allegedly sending nude photos of himself to a 15 year old girl that he treated at an accident. According to the New Castle News, 21 year old Joshua David Patterson who was a medic that treated the girl at an accident, is accused of sending sexually suggestive messages and photos to the teen on several occasions between Nov. 15 and Nov. 23. He has been charged with two counts of corruption of minors.

Pennsylvania is expanding its efforts to make naloxone available to the public with a state wide giveaway day this weekend.  On December 13th, a total of 80 locations statewide will give away the opioid overdose reversal drug to any state resident.  Governor Wolf’s office says more than 20-thousand Pennsylvanians have been revived by police and EMT’s using the drug in the past four years alone.

The Farrell Steelers captured the Class 1A State Football Championship by defeating Lackawannock Trail 55-20. It was the third state title for the Steelers who won back to back championships in the 90’s. The Wilmington Greyhounds will play for the Class 2A title this afternoon at 1 o’clock against undefeated Southern Columbia. The ‘Hounds are looking for their second state title.

A man reportedly shot himself by accident at a restroom in a mall in Butler County Wednesday afternoon.  State police say the man entered a restroom in the J.C. Penney at the Clearview Mall, and a small handgun somehow fell from him and fired a round as he tried to catch it.  The unidentified individual from New Castle was not seriously hurt.  Police say he is licensed to carry a concealed firearm.

Tom Wolf and John Fetterman’s inauguration is set for 2019.  It will happen January 15th at the Capitol in Harrisburg with an open house at the governor’s residence to follow and a celebration at the PA Farm Show Complex to close the evening.  Wolf said he will spend the day before taking part in community service projects.

The lights are on the state Capitol Rotunda Christmas tree.  The switch was flipped on the lights during a ceremony Thursday with hundreds in attendance.  The 18-foot-tall Douglas Fir was taken from a tree farm in Lehighton, Carbon County.

Hundreds of Beaver County residents are remembering an airman who died in Afghanistan last week.  Friends and family attended a memorial service for Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin at Impact Christian Church in Moon Township Thursday afternoon.  The 25-year-old will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in the coming weeks.

The Beaver County commissioners adopted a draft 2019 budget Thursday by a 2-1 vote. According to the Beaver County Times The commissioners now have 20 days to fine tune the budget that has a price tag of 210 million dollars. Financial consultant Corey Troutman told commissioners this week that the budget can change by between 5 and 10 percent before commissioners adopt it on Dec. 27th.

Ground is broken on the future home of the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus.  The facility is being built on a 195-acre tract across from Dicks Sporting Goods headquarters in Findley Township.  It’s believed the campus will lead to hundreds of new jobs for the region.

Closing arguments are scheduled today in the public corruption trial of Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held.  Held’s attorneys rested their case yesterday without presenting any witnesses.  The sheriff is accused of forcing deputies to perform campaign duties while on duty.  Held won an early victory yesterday when a judge dropped a theft charge.