TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 5TH, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence is planning to be in attendance for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania’s State Dinner tomorrow.  The dinner is taking place at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in East Pennsboro Township Thursday evening.  Earlier in the day, Pence will tour J-L-S Automation in York County.  He will reportedly talk to employees about the U-S – Mexico – Canada Agreement and its impact on P-A.

A Mercer County man is facing charges after police say he admitted to sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. WKBN-TV is reporting Officers were called Sunday to a house on Bend Hill Road on reports of a person threatening to commit suicide. When officers arrived, they were told that 66 year old  Robert Blauser was confronted with the allegations of the sexual abuse and that he suggested he commit suicide. Blauser admitted to sexually abusing the girl. Police say the assaults happened between January and February of this year. He was charged with aggravated indecent assault.

There are no reports of injuries after a fire at Penn State University’s Beaver campus.  Monaca firefighters were called yesterday to the student union when flames from a dumpster spread to the building.  Crews were working on the roof of the student union when the blaze broke out.

According to the Sharon Herald a Mercer County jury acquitted a Hempfield Township dentist accused of fighting with and threatening a police officer. 57 year old Duane A. Gruber of Sugar Grove Township, was found not guilty of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangerment and disorderly conduct. The charges stemmed from a police call in the early morning of July 12, 2017, when Hempfield Township police said Gruber shoved a police officer and threatened the officer with a shotgun.

A Wilkinsburg man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh yesterday to a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. 25 year old Jason Harris Jr., faces up to 10 years in prison. Authorities said the charges stem from a search warrant in December of last year at Harris’ residence. The search revealed 171 images and three videos of apparent child pornography

The city of Pittsburgh is turning to smart garbage cans to help keep an eye on trash.  More than one-thousand of the receptacles are being placed around the city with built in censors to alert D-P-W officials on when they’re full.  The cans come with a 670-thousand-dollar price tag based on money budgeted for the project over the last three years, but it’s believed the smart garbage cans can cut down on labor hours to empty them in the long term.

The Beaver County coroner is seeking help finding the next of kin for a man who died in South Beaver Township on Monday. The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting 53 year old Charles Cox died at his South Beaver home on Monday. Anyone who can help connect the coroner with the family, or who is related to Cox, is asked to call the coroner’s office at 724-498-2127.

Higher salaries are being promised to employees of Idlewild Park and SoakZone.  The owner of the Ligonier theme parks says they’re boosting pay rates for ride operators and lifeguards to ten-dollars an hour.  Employees who work in other areas of park operations will also see raises this summer.  More information on jobs is online at idlewild.com.

One person was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital following an accident yesterday morning in Butler County. According to police the crash happened about 6:30  near the intersection of Beaver Dam Road and Hallston Road in Clay Township when two vehicle collided. A teenager was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. State Police continue to investigate the crash.