TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 7TH, 2019

The New Castle News is reporting that an Ellwood City woman is wanted on 67 theft related charges for allegedly spending money out a senior family member bank account without permission. 39 year old Kelly Meyer has been charged by Ellwood City Police after another family member discovered the missing funds. Meyer faces 22 counts each of forgery, theft and receiving stolen property. Police said nearly eight thousand dollars was found missing. The investigation is continuing.

A 62-year-old Midland man is accused of offering a young girl money for sex.  Robert Willhelm reportedly offered a woman’s granddaughter 25-dollars Friday and was in a verbal altercation with the girl’s family when police arrived at the apartment building on the 600-block of Beaver Avenue.  Willhelm is also accused of punching an officer in the jaw as he was being escorted back into his apartment unit.  Willhelm is in Beaver County Jail on 100-thousand-dollars bond.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident in Muddy Creek township yesterday morning. According to police 63 year old Timothy Hinchberger of Prospect failed to stop at the intersection of routes 488 and 19 and pulled into the path of a car operated by 28 year old Brittany Burnett of New Castle. Burnett’s vehicle then struck a tree. Burnett along with a three year old child were both taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment. Hinchberger who was cited by police, was not hurt.

A Beaver County teenager is accused of threatening to kill classmates during their graduation ceremony.  Monaca police say Chase Ozegovich was charged yesterday after Monaca police say he made threats at Central Valley High School.  Ozegovich has been banned from tonight’s ceremony and faces a host of criminal charges.

Bob Casey says he’s in support of Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential race.  Casey, during his town hall at Dickinson College, says if the Democratic candidate can win Pennsylvania, they’ve likely won the election.  Casey also fielded questions regarding border security, climate change, and health care.

Colonel Robert Evanchick is now officially the Pennsylvania State Police commissioner.  Evanchick had been serving as acting commissioner for more than a year before getting a unanimous vote in the state Senate this week confirming him into the role overseeing 65-hundred troopers.  The 61-year-old Wilkes-Barre native has been with the P-S-P since 1981.

Governor Tom Wolf is touting a severance tax as a way to clean up blighted properties in Greensburg.  The governor toured Greensburg yesterday as part of his campaign to place a tax on natural gas that’s produced in Pennsylvania.  Wolf says the tax would generate 300-million-dollars a year to clear abandoned commercial properties for new development.

Officials with U-P-M-C say they’re dropping a rule requiring Highmark Medicare Advantage members prepay for out-of-network services.  A spokesperson says the move is meant to allow Highmark members to get emergency and other needed care without being caught in the middle of billing issues.  Highmark representatives asked U-P-M-C to reconsider the rule after it was announced last October.  At the time, U-P-M-C officials said they had no choice, calling Highmark a poor payer.

Central Catholic’s head boys basketball coach is being suspended for two games after being accused of trying to recruit eighth graders to his program.  Brian Urso was hired in April to the position and hasn’t coached a single game yet.  Urso was accused of communicating to the middle school students by email, inviting them to take part in open gyms.  Urso could have been banned for up to a year following a hearing Wednesday