TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 4TH, 2019

A Beaver Falls man is facing charges after a drug bust at his home.  Police say Michael Tierney was arrested yesterday when officers found four pounds of marijuana and pot-related items in his Fifth Avenue home.  Police also seized ten-thousand-dollars in cash and two handguns.

Slippery Rock University’s former police chief is being accused of taking money from the school.  Michael Simmons was charged yesterday with theft, receiving stolen property and other charges.  State police say Simmons stole between 23- and 25-thousand-dollars from the police department’s budget.  Simmons was fired in February when budget discrepancies surfaced.

A man from Hermitage has pleaded guilty in Federal court in Pittsburgh to illegally importing and selling drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. U.S. prosecutors say Emil Koledin operated a business out of his home called Koledin Enterprises, Inc. The illegal drugs were reportedly made in Russia and China and sold on his website AwakeBrain.com and were advertised as “memory enhancers”. Koledin will be sentenced on Oct. 7 for a conspiracy charge. He could face five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Two people are in a hospital after an incident at an Aliquippa apartment complex.  Officers were called to the building on Superior Avenue late Sunday night for reports of shots fired.  Authorities found no traces of a shooting, but had to take one person to a hospital for a medical emergency.  A second person said they were assaulted and was also taken to a hospital.  Police haven’t said exactly what happened.

State Police in Butler County report a Boyers man was taken to the hospital after he was struck by a vehicle while on his motorcycle. According to police 56 year old Alice Patz of Kittanning was northbound on Route 8 in Center Township when she attempted a U-Turn and struck the motorcycle operated by 29 year old Luke DeAngelis. He was flown to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment. Police said Patz was cited.

Franklin Township officials are asking residents to send them damage estimates from last week’s storms.  The township needs to show at least 25 homes had first floor flood damage adding up to at least 19-million dollars to be eligible for state or federal disaster relief funding.  The storms last week dumped more than nine inches or rain over two days in some communities.

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in a hit-and-run that damaged a business in Industry over the weekend.  It happened at the A-K Nahas store on the eleven-hundred block of Route 68 early Saturday morning.  The crash resulted in severe damage to the business.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Beaver County Crime Solvers.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is three cents cheaper this week at $3.00 per gallon. In New Castle the average is at 2.86 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.97 a gallon. The national average is at 2.81 a gallon that’s two cents less than a week ago. A year ago the average price in Western Pennsylvania was at 3.14 a gallon.

The state House of Representatives is passing a bill that requires more regulation of donated breast milk banks.  By a 191-to-one vote, the state House passed a measure that would require the state Department of Health to license milk banks and mandate donors are medically screened.  The bill would also require the donated milk be pasteurized and the bank would conduct post-processing tests.  The banks are used when mothers are unable to supply their own breast milk.