Tri County Report For June 27th, 2019

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives have voted overwhelmingly to pass a nearly $34 billion state budget for the next fiscal year. The 34 million dollar spending plan now goes to the Senate. The House voted  140-62 in favor of the budget with 9th District State Representative Chris Sainato in favor of the budget while 10th District State Representative Aaron Bernstine voted no.

Ambridge police are looking for a woman who’s accused of setting her ex-boyfriend’s car on fire.  Detectives say Stephanie Norman was recently caught on camera making five attempts to torch the car.  Norman is on the run with warrants out for her arrest.

A bill that would end Pennsylvania’s ban on Sunday hunting is on its way to the state House.  The state Senate approved a measure yesterday that would permit hunting on three Sundays each year.  Supporters say Sunday hunts will allow more young people to get involved in the sport.

A man and woman from Greenville were injured after police say they were thrown from their Amish buggy when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck. WFMJ-TV reports 36-year-old Ervin Detweiler and 31-year-old Martha Detweiler were taken to UPMC Greenville after the buggy they were in was hit by a Dodge Ram pickup truck that had just driven over a hill on Methodist Road and was unable to stop. State Police in Mercer County said A 1996 Chevy that was stopped next to the buggy was also struck by the truck. 36 year old Robert Alexander of Greenville has been cited for not driving at a safe speed.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is three cents higher this week at $2.88 per gallon. In New Castle the average price is at 2.77 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.80.  The national average is $2.66, which is two cents less than last week and 18 cents less than a month and year ago. A year ago drivers in Western Pennsylvania were paying 3.05 a gallon.

Two women are in custody for an armed robbery spree in Butler County.  Tara Purcell and Crystal Hayes are facing charges after Purcell threatened a clerk at the Puff-N-Stuff in Butler with a syringe full of liquid.  The two then hit two separate Dollar General stores before finally being taken into custody in Penn Township, according to police.

Michael Rosfeld is responding to a civil lawsuit filed against him.  The former East Pittsburgh officer released a statement through his attorney saying the 2018 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose was not unlawful and he did not violate Rose’s civil rights.  The parents of Rose are pursuing a civil suit after Rosfeld was found not guilty in a federal lawsuit.  The lawsuit claims Rosfeld used excessive force, was unqualified or ill-equipped to perform duties as a police officer among other things.

Independent voters could have a voice in primary elections in Pennsylvania.  The state Senate voted Tuesday to allow unaffiliated voters to cast ballots for either Democratic or Republican ballots beginning with next year’s primary.  In the past, Governor Wolf has said he’d be interested in open primaries.  The bill is off to the state House for consideration.

Some planned roadwork in Brighton Township is being delayed for a few more days.  PennDOT officials say work that was to start today on Wildwood Road will instead wait until Monday.  Traffic will be single-lane and alternating between Constitution Boulevard and Dutch Ridge Road in that area for most weekday hours between Monday and late November.

PennDOT is trying to get a jump now on hiring workers for this winter.  They’re searching for diesel mechanics, equipment operators, and welders in eight counties.  Last winter, PennDOT officials said they struggled to hire the part time workers they needed to deal with the winter weather.