TRI- COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 3RD, 2019

State Police in Butler County report a fatal traffic accident from yesterday afternoon in Worth Township. According to police an 18 year old Butler County man failed to stop at the intersection of route 108 and the Intestate 79 northbound ramp, and was struck by a vehicle operated by 34 year old Robert Richardson of Bessemer. The teen was taken to Grover City Medical Center for treatment and later died. No other injuries were reported.

Beaver County’s glass recycling program is back starting this week.  Beginning Wednesday, residents can bring recyclable glass to the Bradys Run Park Recycling Center in Brighton Township.  The township stopped collecting glass from haulers and the county’s waste management department on January 1st.

The Ellwood City Wolves Club is handing out several thousand dollars in scholarships to ten area seniors.  The six students from Lincoln and four from Riverside high schools were recognized during the club’s annual scholarship dinner last month, with more than 15-thousand-740 dollars in scholarships awarded toward their college education.  The organization’s president told the Beaver County Times the Wolves Club is proud to aid these students as they enter a new and challenging phase of their lives.

A former Grove City man has been sentenced in federal court to 17 and a half years prison, on his conviction of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. 33 year old Matthew Switzer was accused of coercing a four-year-old female to engage in sexually explicit conduct on multiple occasions for the purpose of producing at least 13 visual depictions. Switzer will also face 20 years of supervised release after he serves his sentence.

Officials with the union that represents most public employees in the commonwealth says it has reached a tentative agreement on a four-year-contract.  Members of AFSCME Council 13 will vote in the coming weeks on the deal.  The terms of the tentative agreement aren’t being made public until all 40-thousand-plus members are notified, according to the union.

Online sports betting is officially underway in Pennsylvania.  Gaming Control Board officials say SugarHouse is the first in the state to offer online sports betting, which began last Friday after weeks of testing to ensure people physically out-of-state can’t place a bet.  Their system also prevents anyone younger than 21 from placing a bet using a fake name.  Five other casinos, including Penn National, are in the process of developing online systems as well.

A Butler man will face charges after he allegedly led authorities on a chase yesterday morning that resulted in a damaged police cruiser and an injured State Trooper. State Police in Butler County report two troopers attempted to pull over 23-year-old Nicholas Masella for failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of North Chestnut Street and New Castle Street in Butler. A chase then ensued. Masella was later found passed out behind the wheel of his truck on the side of Route 528 in Franklin Township.  He was then taken to the Butler County Prison, and faces numerous charges such as Aggravated Assault of a Trooper and DUI.

Crews from four Mercer County fire departments worked early this morning to keep flames spreading from a burning vacant house in Sharon. WFMJ-TV reports the fire broke out around 3:30 at a home on Oak Way. The abandoned home was destroyed by the fire. There have been no reports of injuries. This is the second time the house caught fire.  Investigators determined that the first fire was arson.

Lawmakers return to the state capital today and the topic of an increase in the state’s minimum wage may be discussed once again. It could be part of the state’s final budget which is due at the end of the month. Governor Tom Wolf has asked for the increase since first being elected in 2015. Wolf’s administration maintains that an increase will improve the state’s finances.