TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 18TH, 2019

National Cleanup efforts resume today where tornadoes touched down in western Pennsylvania.  Weather Service officials confirmed yesterday that an EF-1 twister with 105-mile-per-hour winds roared through parts of Armstrong and Butler counties.  The hardest-hit area was in Parker, where the storm damaged houses and uprooted trees, but no injuries were reported.

The New Castle News is reporting a former North Hill man was sentenced to state prison after his guilty plea for raping and robbing two teens three years ago. 22 year old Gary Brewton pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and was sentenced to three to fifteen years by Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge Dominic Motto. Brewton was accused of raping two teens ages 17 and 19 back in December of 2015. Brewton will also serve two years probation along with a lifetime Megan’s law offender.

One person is hurt after a provisioning truck struck a parked Southwest Airlines plane at Pittsburgh International Airport.  It happened Monday morning at Gate A-One with the driver of the truck taken to a local hospital.  The aircraft was taken out of service as a precaution.

A man from Rochester is accused of fighting with his neighbor over a dog.  Terry Foster is facing assault charges following the altercation with Tricina Hill.  The man reportedly grabbed the woman by the neck as she acted like she was going to kick his dog that got into her yard.  Then, the 62-year-old Foster reportedly threw her to the ground and kicked her in the face.  Hill reportedly bit Foster in self-defense.  Foster’s preliminary hearing is set for June 27th.

Pennsylvania is one step closer to cyber snow days for students.  Senate Bill 440 unanimously moved through the House Education Committee and is off to the full House for a potential vote.  Approval there, along with Governor Tom Wolf’s signature, would allow teachers to assign work for students to do at home when school is closed unexpectedly, including for snow days.  This proposal would allow for up to five cyber snow days per school year.  A pilot program was run with cyber snow days in 12 school districts across P-A over the past three years.

Five people are recovering from a BB gun shooting while attending a wedding in Butler.  Police arrested a juvenile accused of firing the shots Friday as the crowd was gathered for the wedding ceremony.  The young suspect was taking into custody and charges are pending.  The five victims suffered minor injuries.

Some former students of the now-defunct I-T-T Tech are getting some debt relief on their student loans.  Attorneys general with P-A and 43 other states reached a settlement with the lender that offered students temporary credit to cover the gap between student aid and the cost of classes.  In P-A, 570 former students are eligible for five-point-three-million dollars in debt relief.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is going to inspect the U-S Steel Coke Works in Clairton following a fire there early yesterday morning.  The electrical fire caused several control rooms to be shut down which means there was no desulfurization of coke oven gas.  In an emergency order issued Monday, the health department demanded U-S steel fix their systems to comply with acceptable hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide limits.  Officials with the plant said those repairs were completed last night.

There’s no word yet of an arrest in a restaurant burglary in New Sewickley Township.  Police say the man broke into 68’s Feed Mill on Route 68 this past weekend and took a load of cash before fleeing through a back door.  Detectives are sharing surveillance camera pictures of the suspect in hopes that the public can identify him.

The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is seven cents cheaper this week at $2.85 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Drivers in New Castle are paying 2.69 a gallon while the average price in Sharon is higher at 2.78. The national average is at 2.68 a gallon, that’s six cents less than a week ago. The average price a year ago in Western Pennsylvania was at 3.01.