Lawrence County District Attorney Josh Lamancusa says that he will seek the death penalty against 43 year old Keith Burley, Jr of Edingburg. He was arrested Tuesday in Youngstown following the stabbing death of eight-year-old Mark Mason at a home in Union Township. At least two other juveniles witnessed the fatal stabbing. Burley is being held in the Mahoning County Jail and is awaiting an extradition hearing today.
Beaver County prosecutors say they’re pursuing more charges against a man who’s accused of taking naked pictures of group home residents. The district attorney’s office says new evidence has surfaced that appear to link Zachary Dinell to more victims. Dinell is accused of taking explicit photos of people with special needs at the McGuire Memorial Home in Daugherty Township.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is voting to freeze tuition at the commonwealth’s 14 state-owned universities for the upcoming school year. That means basic tuition for in-state students will remain at around 77-hundred dollars. The last time the board of governors froze tuition was in 1998-1999.
The state House is offering employees an early retirement incentive to help save some money. The program is offering employees one-grand per year they’ve worked there up to 25 years. To qualify, workers must have been with the state House for at least five years and must be willing to leave by October 22nd. There are about 15-hundred people who work for the state House across P-A.
Penn National gaming is getting the go ahead to test an online gaming platform. A spokesperson said the Gaming Control Board approved testing to start next week. If all goes well, online gaming could begin shortly afterward.
A Butler woman was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital following a two vehicle accident in Jefferson Township. According to State Police 28 year old Dale Schreckengost of Ford City was southbound on route 356 when he turned into the path of a vehicle operated by 23 yea rold Laurel Fredley head on. Fredley was flown to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment. Schreckengost was taken to Armstrong County Hospital for treatment.
The Sharon Herald is reporting no one was injured after shots were fired Wednesday morning in Hermitage. Police were called out to the 400 block of Clarksville Road near Highland Road and North Buhl Farm Drive for a report of a domestic disturbance followed by a report of shots fired outside the home. A vehicle fled the residence before officers got there but was located a short time later by Sharon police. Hermitage police continue to investigate the incident.
Cash will no longer be accepted at the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Gateway tolling booths in Lawrence County starting this fall. The Turnpike Commission announced as of Oct. 27, drivers going through the booths at mile marker 2 coming from Ohio will either pay using EZ-Pass transponders or have their license plates photographed and invoices sent by mail. The Commission has been implementing cashless tolling on sections of the highway for the last several years. The Beaver Valley Expressway toll road and the Findlay Connector already were converted to cashless.
A Westmoreland County Children and Youth Services employee is accused of failing to report suspected abuse. Barbara Desmond was charged this week with failure to report. Greensburg police say Desmond was told about a sexual assault against a relative in May, but did not fulfill her duty as a mandatory reporter.