Tri County Report For May 13th, 2019

The fate of a Lawrence County youth football league could be decided today.  WTAE-TV reports league leaders are considering a proposal to boot two New Castle teams out amid security concerns.  A shooting near Taggart Stadium last year forced the teams to play every game on the road and pay for extra security.

A Diocese of Pittsburgh priest is on administrative leave after a report of inappropriate contact with adult women.  Father James Young had been serving at Saint Ferdinand, Saint Gregory, and Holy Redeemer parishes.  Bishop David Zubik said Young cannot engage in public ministry during the investigation.

Employees at Ellwood City Medical Center are back to receiving their full wages on time.  For the second payday in a row, the medical center was able to make full payroll after failing to do so for the seven previous paydays.  Ellwood City Medical Center’s C-E-O says they’ve been working to navigate their financial challenges since it’s difficult to run a community hospital in their market.

Some Democratic lawmakers are unveiling a package of bills designed to strengthen Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws.  The package would increase civil and criminal penalties for anyone convicted of a hate crime, train police on how to better investigate those crimes, and give the state attorney general the option of investigating as well.  Some Republican lawmakers say they look forward to working on the bills in a bipartisan manner.

There will be fireworks in Ellwood City this year.  In an effort led by Eric Rayner, the Save The Ellwood City Fireworks 2019 campaign raised ten thousand dollars.  Rayner’s goal had been five-grand.  Rayner says they’ll take about half of the additional funds raised to put toward a larger display this year and use the other half for next year’s display.  The funds were collected over a two-week campaign.

State Police in Butler County continue to investigate a fatal shooting on Saturday in Feeport. According to police 62-year-old Mary Jo Kornick was traveling home from work on Route 356 in Buffalo Township when she crashed her car. Police report after the crash, 72-year-old Nicholas Domek III pulled up beside Kornick and shot her.  Kornick was then transported to Allegheny General Hospital where she later died.  Domek was later found dead at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Hazlewood.  It is suspected that Domek had died due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities say that Kornick had a protection from abuse order against Domek following a December incident. The investigation is ongoing.

A Pittsburgh man has been arrested after he impersonated a West Penn Power employee last month in Clinton Township. Inside Butler County is reporting According to the State Police in Butler, 43-year-old Michael Klaus of Pittsburgh went to a Cannon Hill Road residence back on April 17th, and told the resident that he was an employee of West Penn Power.  Klaus then installed a faulty electric meter at the residence and left the scene. Central Electric, was not able to monitor the meter following the incident. Klaus faces theft by deception charges.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in a Jeannette woman’s murder trial.  Crystal Belle is accused of using a shovel to beat Khalil Parker to death in 2016.  Belle withdrew a guilty plea to a reduced charge in January after her attorneys claimed Westmoreland County prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence for a conviction.

A Karns City man faces charges following an incident at a home in Fairview Township. 34 year old Mark Miller is being charged with Recklessly Endangering along with simple assault. State police said the charges stem from domestic dispute where Miller allegedly was handling an AR-15 assault rifle in a careless manner pointing it at a 22 year old female and two year old child. No injuries were reported.