Tri County Report For February 21st, 2019

Liberty Mutual is eliminating 136 jobs in New Castle. According to the New Castle News, a company spokesperson said that 68 service and support positions are being eliminated as part of changes being made to the company’s operation model countrywide.  Employees are being transitioned to work-from-home operations. Liberty Mutual is also closing its personal insurance claims central billing unit, impacting 68 additional employees. 130 other New Castle employees are not directly impacted by the change.

Authorites have charged A North Sewickley Township man of assaulting a woman while driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Christopher Cordavino was charged Sunday after the attack.  The 22-year-old and the victim had been at Rivers Casino before Cordavino drove them home.  The victim suffered a broken nose and other bruising.  Cordavino is free after posting 100-thousand-dollars bond.

A New Brighton man says he’s one step closer to reopening a Beaver Falls wave pool  Tyrone Zeigler says he’s raised the 15-grand needed to conduct a feasibility study outlining the work needed to reopen the Tigerland Wave Pool.  The Beaver County Times says the study is a requirement for any grant the 40-year-old may apply for to fund the work.  The pool closed in 2002 because the needed repairs were said to be too expensive.  Zeigler believes it will take at least 500-grand to reopen the pool.

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro says his office is still getting complaints about Verizon Communications.  Shapiro filed a lawsuit last week saying the company didn’t deliver on promised incentives for some two-year contracts.  Since filing the suit and receiving assurances from the company that the problems are behind them, Shapiro says he’s gotten dozens of calls saying that isn’t the case.

A state lawmaker is pushing legislation aimed at preventing lawmakers who are convicted of breaking the law from keeping their pension.  State Senator John DiSanto says he wants to revive a bill that passed the Senate but stalled in the House last year mandating crime reporting to the State Employees’ Retirement System and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System.

A former Keystone Oaks student is accused of threating students and staff at his former school.  Matthew Dobos reportedly sent Facebook messages January 16th threatening to blow up the school and hurt specific students.  The 20-year-old was said to have called in a threat on himself as well, saying there was a man at a Squirrel Hill News Stand with a gun.  The 20-year-old is already in Allegheny County Prison on different charges.  This threat is not related to one that closed Keystone Oaks this past Tuesday.

The Beaver County Commissioners are approving the purchase of new Tasers for its county deputies.  On Wednesday, the commissioners gave the green light to the purchase of 41 new Tasers for 68-thousand-dollars.  Currently, the deputies have six working tasers that were purchased in either 2007 or 2014.

Two state senators are proposing a bill that would extend family medical leave rights.  Senators Tom Killion and Andy Dinniman say their measure would provide up to six weeks of protected but unpaid leave for someone to care for a terminally ill family member, including a sibling, grandparent, or grandchild.  Dinniman says they’re working to make this bill specific and as business friendly as possible.

Police have arrested a Beaver County man for allegedly  selling liquid marijuana to teenagers.  New Sewickley Township police arrested John Abmayer the Third this week for possession and distribution.  Abmayer is accused of peddling liquids with high concentrations of THC to kids who would use them for vaping.