Tri-County Report for April 26th, 2019

The New Castle News is reporting A Meadville couple faces child endangerment charges after reportedly leaving two children alone in a vehicle for about 20 minutes at a Union Township shopping center. Union Township police were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot around 11 o’clock Wednesday morning. A search of the vehicle found drug paraphernalia. 35 year old Patrick Pate and 27 year old Carissa Herbe were charged with endangering the welfare of children, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and public drunkeness. The Children were taken by Children and Youth Services.

A student at Riverside High is being charged after displaying a B-B gun while leaving school grounds this week.  The student was reported using the state’s Safe To Say website after he was allegedly seen swinging the pistol around as a car full of students left the parking lot.  The 16-year-old will face a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and will face discipline from the school.

Beaver County authorities are asking for patience as they continue their investigation into the Rachael DelTondo murder.  The county’s district attorney delivered an update on the probe yesterday, saying they’re actively searching for DelTondo’s killer and are committed to getting justice.  DelTondo was gunned down outside her mother’s Aliquippa home nearly one year ago.

There will be a new chief deputy for the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office starting next month.  Retired State Police Lieutenant Paul Radatovich will take over for Chief Deputy Dean Michael in May.  Michael is retiring after three years working under Sheriff Tony Guy.  Radatovich’s most recent role was as a crime section commander stationed in Washington County.

A Beaver County charity is planning to give one-thousand bikes to kids in Beaver County.  Communicycle, a group that repairs and distributes bicycles to kids in the area, is making that commitment for this summer.  So far, volunteers from local churches and businesses have been volunteering time fixing up some old bikes for distribution.

The American Lung Association is again giving Pittsburgh a failing grade for air quality.  In their annual report, the Lung Association ranked Pittsburgh as having the seventh worst year-round particle pollution and more unhealthy days of high ozone compared to last year.  Pittsburgh went the wrong way when it comes to particle pollution compared to last year while most other cities showed their best progress in that area.

Beaver County officials are hoping to work with the IRS to resolve a tax problem.  Commissioners fired the county’s payroll supervisor yesterday after they received a bill for nearly 380-thousand-dollars in unpaid taxes and penalties.  Barbara Rossi reportedly ignored several IRS notices as fees mounted.  Officials say the taxes were paid, but paperwork was never filed.

Western Pennsylvanians can get rid of unwanted prescription drugs this weekend.  The annual National Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at dozens of police stations and other locations.  Organizers say the event will keep opioids and other drugs out of abusers’ hands.  You can search for a drop-off site at DEATakeBack.com.

Several people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Connoquenessing. Inside Butler County reports the three-vehicle crash happened shortly after noon on Route 68. The driver of a truck reportedly crossed the center line, struck a car head-on and flipped. When the truck was airborne, it reportedly hit a third vehicle. A medical helicopter was called to the scene. State Police continue to investigate the crash.