TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 23RD 2019

There is a winter weather advisory until 10 o’clock this morning for Lawrence, Mercer and Butler Counties. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh is saying ..Freezing rain is expected. Although with temperatures going above
freezing, cold roadways will allow for ice to develop. These conditions could impact the morning commute.

A number of fire companies were called out following a maintenance shed fire in Pulaski Township last night. No one was inside the shed at the time and no one was injured from the blaze. It happened at the Heritage Hills Mobile Home Estates.. There were two explosions inside the shed from tanks. The explosion left residence there without water Fire marshals are still investigating what caused the shed to catch on fire.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Lancaster Township. According to police 68 year old Diane Miller of Carnegie lost control of her vehicle on interstate 79,causing the vehicle to roll over. Miller was taken to Allegheny General Hospital with serious injuries.

An Ellwood City woman has been accused of leaving four juveniles, all 10 or younger, alone in their home. 27 year old Kortney Maureen May, of Franklin Ave, is being charged with endangering the welfare of children, theft and receiving stolen property. According to the Ellwood City Ledger police went to May’s home investigating a report she had stolen a wallet from a man at a Fifth Street shop earlier in the day. When officers arrived they reported finding four children, including a 1 year old, inside in deplorable conditions.

The jury in the case of Officer Michael Rosfeld will be selected from residents in Dauphin County.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced that decision Tuesday.  Rosfeld is accused of shooting and killing Antwon Rose as he ran from an East Pittsburgh traffic stop June 19th.

McCarl’s Incorporated in Beaver Falls has new owners.  The Beaver Falls industrial construction and mechanical services company was purchased by its CEO Ken Burk and CFO Chris Boston.  The business dates back to 1946 and was purchased from Allentown-based Talen Energy.

The Pittsburgh Symphony is giving out free tickets to federal workers impacted by the government shut down.  Officials said on Facebook Sunday they’ll offer two free tickets to any furloughed federal employee from now until 30 days after the shutdown.  Interested audience members can show their government I-D at Heinz Hall to get the tickets.

Pennsylvania has submitted its plan for industrial hemp to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The state’s submission of its plan for industrial hemp follows approval of the Farm Bill which included language removing industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Pennsylvania, which is the second state to submit a plan to the USDA, is ahead of the game following two years of research projects which helped to answer many questions about growing hemp.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report, prices are  about one cent less at 2.45 a gallon in Western Pennsylvania. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.24 per gallon on average, while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.29. The National average is at 2.26, just three cents away from the lowest U.S. average since December of 2016.

A former PennDOT official from southeast PA is pleading guilty for his role in a bribery case.  Nicholas Martino of Norristown is a former district executive who received payments from a contractor over an eight-year period.  The contractor’s contracts with PennDOT were continued in exchange, even when the person didn’t do the work he was paid to do.  The 53-year-old Martino must serve nearly two years house arrest and pay a ten-thousand-dollar fine.