TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 24TH, 2019

Firefighters rescued four people, including two young children, after their inflatable raft became stuck in the Shenango River. According to the Sharon Herald Police said the four started out on the river north of Riverside Park in Greenville with one child and an adult in each raft. One of the rafts began to rapidly lose air. At that point, the women put both children in the remaining raft and swam down the river while hanging onto each side. The Greenville Fire Department responded. Authorities said everyone is okay.

A New Castle man faces a number of charges after breaking into a home in Union Township. According to the New Castle News 31 year old Alonzo Cortez Whittler III of Park Avenue was charged with strangulation, burglary, simple assault and harassment. Police alleged Whittler broke through as window at a home on Road Street early Saturday morning and began to assault the victim. Whittler was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 10 thousand dollars bond. He has a preliminary hearing July 30th.

Pittsburgh based health store GNC is set to close as many as 900 stores, mostly in shopping malls.  Company officials announced this week it’s part of a “store optimization effort.”  So far this year, the chain has shuttered 192 locations of about 41-hundred nationwide.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials say they are confident in a plan to safely decommission Three Mile Island.  During a public meeting last night, the officials said the SAFSTOR plan being used by Exelon beginning near the end of September will cost around one-point-two billion and will take until 2079 before the facility can be dismantled.  Critics are concerned the spent nuclear waste is just being left in the middle of the Susquehanna River.

The Beaver County Chamber of Commerce is down two-thirds of its staff after the sudden resignation of two of its employees.  Emily Konecheck, who was the chamber’s event and programming director, resigned Monday and its office manager, Tawnya Roman, made her resignation effective this week.  The two reportedly cited issues of personal integrity.  The chamber’s marketing and membership director remains on staff while its executive director is not a full-time staff member.

A 24-year-old man remains behind bars for a weekend arson in Butler.  Victor Weltner reportedly told police he was walking past the vacant home on Broad Street early Saturday morning when he needed to go to the bathroom.  Weltner says he broke in and was playing with a lighter when it caught the kitchen curtains on fire.  No one was hurt in the blaze.

Organizers say hundreds of people were in attendance for the funeral and burial of Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall Tuesday.  The 36-year-old was shot several times in the back in Homewood July 14th and died days later at the hospital.  Mourners and police lined Fifth Avenue in Oakland for Hall’s funeral procession before his burial in Homewood.

A Hempfield man is awaiting a trial date, accused of killing his father over a missing cellphone.  Douglas Novak was ordered to stand trial yesterday on homicide, arson and other charges.  State police say Novak beat his 92-year-old father to death in December before trying to set their home on fire to cover up the crime.

A 53-year-old Washington man is accused of trying to lure an eleven-year-old into his truck.  Marvin Murin reportedly whistled to the girl and her mother on Franklin Street and told the young girl to come over.  The mother provided a detailed description of Murin and the truck before police identified him.