TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 28TH, 2019

The New Castle News is reporting that an Ellwood City man who is on Megan’s list is accused of videotaping a woman without her knowledge while she was bathing with her child. 53 year old Scott Edward Brown was charged with two misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy and one count of tampering with evidence. He is tentatively scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month. Brown recently was released from Butler County Jail, where he was held after pleading guilty in January 2018 to one count of dissemination of child pornography.

Two Lawrence County High Schools will play for WPIAL Basketball Championships on Saturday. The New Castle Boys defeated Highland 68-62 to advance to the Class4A finals to take on Section 2 rival Quaker Valley. The Canes are looking for their third straight WPIAL title. The two teams split their regular season matchups. Tip-off is at 1:00 at the Peterson Events Center.  Meanwhile the Neshannock Lady Lancer will take on Shady Side Academy in the Girls Class 3A title Saturday morning at 11:00. The Lady Lancer defeated Avonworth last night 47-37.

Governor Tom Wolf is proposing to allow members of the Pennsylvania National Guard to earn college benefits for their families.  The proposed Pennsylvania G-I Bill would be the first of its kind nationwide, allowing spouses and children ten semesters of tuition free education.  If approved, the benefit would be available at an institution approved by PHEAA at a tuition rate set by the State System of Higher Education.

Some West Penn Power customers may have to wait until the weekend to have their electric service restored.  Utility officials say more than 28-hundred customers are still without power, including pockets of Lower Burrell, Leechburg and New Castle.  An estimated 160-thousand West Penn customers were left in the dark at the height of this past weekend’s windstorm.

An Ambridge man is getting jail time after admitting to driving drunk with a young child in his car earlier this month.  Scott Hadfield entered the guilty plea February 13th and will spend up to six months behind bars, followed by six months of probation for the incident.  The 30-year-old was pulled over on October 6th and smelled strongly of alcohol with a young boy in a booster seat in the back of the vehicle, according to police.  At the time, police say Hadfield was nearly two times the legal limit.

A Steelers fan who went viral in a video after getting into a fight at Heinz Field has pleaded guilty to charges.  Chad Ferguson was seen arguing with another man during the game in December, right before delivering a head-butt.  Records show Ferguson pleaded guilty to one count of harassment in court yesterday morning.  He will also pay as much as three-thousand dollars in restitution to the victim.

Another person believed to have been connected to the December Farrell daycare arson has been charged. According to the Sharon Herald 35 year old Robert Spruill Jr., faces  conspiracy to commit aggravated arson, causing a catastrophe, criminal trespass and reckless endangerment. He’s in the Mercer County Jail on 200 thousand dollars bond. Spruill is accused of driving the arson suspect, Dustin Lovell Morrow, to the building for the purpose of setting it on fire.  The fire took place back on December 21st at the Caring 4 Kids daycare center.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Fish and Boat Commission are both asking for the ability to control the prices of licenses.  At their annual hearing before the House Game and Fisheries Committee, their executive directors both expressed the need to increase those fees.  The Game Commission hasn’t increased its license fee since 1999 while the Fish and Boat Commission’s fee has been flat since 2005.