Tri County Report For January 24th, 2019

Investigators are working to determine if the owner of Ellwood City Medical Center has committed any financial crimes.  Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa is looking into bank records for a pair of open-ended mortgages taken out a few months ago totaling six-point-five million dollars.  Despite that influx of cash, the medical center has had nine issues with its payroll since August, including last Friday when employees were paid minimum wage for the hours they worked.

Big Beaver Falls Area schools are getting a big grant.  The 110-thousand-dollars is coming from Chevron Appalachia and their Project Lead The Way non-profit, which supports learning experiences and development in biomedical, computer, and engineering sciences.  The district will split the funds between their schools to create more STEM opportunities for its students.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh now has a victim’s compensation fund set up.  The fund is set up similarly to others being used statewide to allow the victims of sexual abuse to receive monetary compensation that doesn’t come from parishioners in the diocese.  WPXI-TV reports at least one lawsuit against the diocese has been filed so far.

A Pennsylvania state trooper is in jail following a domestic violence incident in Plum.  According to court records, 32-year-old Scott Mang and his wife were watching football and drinking at home when the trooper became violent and went on a rampage in their home.  Police say Mang then threatened to kill his wife and then kill himself if she called 911.  Records show officers found several guns during a search of the suspect’s home.

10th District State Representative Aaron Bernstine announced this week he has been added to the House Commerce and Insurance committees. Bernstine also retains his seat on the House Health and Game and Fisheries committees.

State Police in Mercer County are investigating a theft at the Grove City Country Club. According to police, a “significant amount of money” was discovered missing from the club’s general fund. According to police the money was taken between 2017 and 2018. Two people are considered as persons of interest but there name were not released. Charges are set to be filed in district court.

A man is facing homicide charges after a missing woman’s remains were found in Sewickley Township.  Dale Cooper is accused of causing the death of 46-year-old Heather Short of Dravosburg, who hadn’t been seen since November of last year.  Police say the 36-year-old Cooper murdered Short inside a West Mifflin home and dumped her remains along Scott Haven Road, where they were found Wednesday.

A Greene County man will continue to serve his 338-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a child.  A federal appeals court upheld yesterday the sentence handed down to Eric Stull, ruling the state court followed sentencing guidelines.  Stull was sentenced last year for repeatedly assaulting the victim over ten years, starting when she was two-years-old.

The Department of Environmental Protection says the grants through the Driving PA Forward program are designed to help replace or retrofit diesel engines in trucks, buses and other vehicles in an effort to improve the state’s air quality. $2.6 million from the 2018 settlement with Volkswagen over its emissions cheating scandal is being used to fund the grants.

Crews are working to repair one of Monaca’s four water wells.  The borough’s manager tells the Beaver County Times one of the wells will be down until repairs are completed next week.  Some residents may notice a stronger smell of chlorine as the other wells take on the extra processing.  Borough officials do say the water is safe.