Tri County Repor For December 12th, 2018

A 34-year-old man is in custody for a deadly stabbing Monday night in Moon Township.  It happened at a home on McKinney Drive where it’s believed Timothy Pauley stabbed 48-year-old Thomas Garner several times.  Pauley tells police he was shot at by Garner after declining a sexual proposition, then stabbed him several times.  Pauley will be taken to Allegheny County Jail after being released from the hospital.

State Police in Lawrence County have charged a Scott Township man for allegedly firing a gun inside a house during an argument. According to The New Castle News 51 year old James Mayberry is accused of firing the gun near a hallway where a 79 year old woman was standing who was not involved in the argument. Police said the incident took place this past Friday. Mayberry faces a number of charges including aggravated assault. He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on fifty thousand dollars bond.

Pennsylvania appears on pace to finish its fiscal year with a balanced budget. Governor Tom Wolf’s budget secretary Randy Albright said not only will the state be balanced, he added there will be a surplus. Albright made the forecast during an update with reporters held six months through the state’s fiscal year, which ends June 30. His comments came three weeks after the state’s Independent Fiscal Office released an analysis that the state could be looking at $1.7 billion shortfall in 2019-2020. Wolf’s budget address is scheduled for early February.

The building where Beaver Valley Bowl is in Rochester is still on the market after failing to sell at auction last week.  The Beaver Valley Times Reports none of the bids came close to the minimum of 500-thousand for the 80-thousand-square-foot property on New York Avenue.  The building may go back out to auction in the spring.

Suspended Leechburg Police Chief Mike Diebold has pleaded guilty to charges related to soliciting a 14-year-old girl for sex.  Diebold was arrested back in January after communicating online with someone he thought was a teen girl, and arranging for a sexual encounter.  However, that meeting turned out to be part an undercover sting.  As part of his plea deal, Diebold will serve nine-to-23 months behind bars.

Uber could restore self-driving operations for its entire car fleet in Pittsburgh.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the ride-sharing company is looking to resume full autonomous car testing as the company steers toward an initial public offering, placing its stock on Wall Street.  The Pittsburgh fleet restricted its operations after an Uber car in self-driving mode struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona back in March.  Since then, Uber has only operated its autonomous vehicles around its office in the Strip District, with engineers keeping their hands on the wheel at all times.

One in every 25 babies born in Pennsylvania hospitals test positive for illegal drugs or drugs used to fight addiction, according to an independent state agency.  The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council reported yesterday that rate was measured from statistics gathering between 2016 and 2017.  That rate has ballooned since the years 2000 and 2001, when the rate was one in every 69 babies.  The most common substance found were opioids, found 49-percent of the time.

A trial date is pending for a Freeport man who’s accused of sexually assaulting a child.  State police say 68-year-old Charles Brezinski assaulted the eight-year-old victim several times over the past year in Westmoreland, Fayette and Cambria counties.  Brezinski was in a relationship with a relative of the alleged victim when the assaults happened.

Rape charges have now been filed against the Butler man accused of strangling a juvenile. According to Inside Butler County 37 year old Danny Nichols, is facing several felony charges including rape, strangulation and incest. Officers were initially called to Nichols’ home on December 2nd,  after the juvenile told her mother that she had been assaulted, even strangled. Nichols was arraigned and is the Butler County Prison on 200 thousand dollars bond.