Tri County Report For January 16th, 2019

Today is day one of term two for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.  The York County democrat took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon on the fountain side of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.  During his speech, Wolf said Pennsylvania has gone from being a state at a crossroads to a state on a comeback.

Lawrence County voters will fill out paper election ballots this spring, but still get a chance to see them electronically scanned.According to the Ellwood City Ledger the County Commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of a system where Residents would vote on paper ballots and then scan them in themselves at the county’s 75 precincts. The scanned ballots would be collected on a thumb drive and that drive and the paper ballots would then be taken to the courthouse. The price tag is at 696 thousand dollars. Commissioner Chairman Dan Vogler voted no.

Beaver County officials are considering whether county employees who are also volunteer firefighters should be paid if they responded to a fire during their shift.  Commissioner Daniel Camp sought to come up with a policy following a September 2018 pipeline explosion.  Camp tells the Beaver County Times the policy could lead more employees to become volunteer firefighters.

Community members are rallying around the family of a Butler County boy who was killed in a crash at his bus stop.  A GoFundMe page launched yesterday by Mark Fike’s aunt reached its 25-thousand-dollar goal in less than 24 hours.  Fike died Monday when he was hit by a car on Pine Road in Summit Township.  His brother and sister were also hurt.

A judge is ordering the jury for Michael Rosfeld’s criminal homicide trial to be selected from outside Allegheny County.  Judge Alex Bicket says media coverage of the shooting of Antwon Rose in June 2018 and the ensuing protests could lead to a potential juror bias.  The East Pittsburgh police officer is accused of shooting at Rose and another teen running from a traffic stop.

Drugmaker Bayer announced plans yesterday morning to close its administrative offices in Robinson Township.  The Saint Louis-based company says the closure is part of a plan to cut 12-thousand positions globally by 2021.  The move means roughly six-hundred local workers will be out of a job within the next two years.

A Slippery Rock woman was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in following a one vehicle accident in Butler County. State police said 37 year old Rachel Allio was eastbound on Kiester Road when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a utility pole. Allio was taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.

The suspect in at least two Fayette County sexual assault cases is behind bars.  State police say Aaron Collins turned himself in yesterday after troopers combed the Connellsville area.  Collins is a registered sex offender who’s accused of recently assaulting a 17-year-old girl and 19-year-old woman.  Police believe there are other victims.

Inside Butler County is reporting three people were arrested and more than 100 suspected stamp bags of heroin were seized as a result of a drug bust Monday night in the city of Butler. The raid took place at a home on West New Castle Street by the Butler County Drug Task Force- and members of the Butler City Police Department. The residents of the apartment were home and arrested- Danielle Napier and Jeremy Rogers. Floyd Carpenter of Pittsburgh was also there at the time of the bust and arrested. All three were placed in the Butler county prison.