Tri County Report for July 31st, 2019

41 year old Michael D’Biagio of Beaver Falls, accused in the shooting death of a 17 year old outside a pizza shop in New Castle waived his right to a preliminary hearing. According to the New Castle News D’Biagio is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault in the shooting death of Derran Jevcak back on July 19th. Authorities said D’Biagio claimed Jevcak had introduced his daughter to cocaine and other drugs. His being held without bond in the Lawrence County Jail.

A new package of bills intending to consolidate Pennsylvania governmental agencies from eight to four is being introduced in the state house.  The bills would create the Department of Business, Tourism, and Workforce Management, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Local Government and Community Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget.  Republican State Representative Seth Grove says these bills, if approved, would save taxpayers about 20-percent over the impacted agencies’ administrative costs.

Beaver County’s new voting machines are now in house.  The 145 large scanners and adaptive voting machines arrived this week at the county’s Department of Public Works building in Patterson Township.  Elections workers are unpacking the boxes amd making the machines are ready for November’s general election.

Butler police say an assault victim’s memory helped them catch the suspect.  Kristofer Hura was arrested for indecent assault this week after detectives say he jumped out of his car to attack a woman.  The woman gave officers a good description of the car, which was used to track Hura through surveillance cameras.

People hoping to see boat racing in western Pennsylvania this weekend won’t be disappointed.  Moraine State Park Regatta organizers say their event will go on as scheduled Saturday and Sunday.  Sailing competitions on Lake Arthur in Butler County will be paired with a host of family-friendly activities.  Officials jumped in to promote the event after the Three Rivers Regatta was abruptly canceled yesterday.

The former General Motors plant in Lordstown Ohio could soon be rebooted.  Vice President Mike Pence told reporters yesterday in Columbus that electric vehicle-maker Workhorse has the funding it needs to start production at the factory.  Published reports last month indicated the company was far from having the financing needed to reopen the plant that closed in March.

A former Pennsylvania attorney general is about to be released from a county jail after serving about eight months for leaking grand jury material and lying about it. Kathleen Kane shaved about two months off her minimum sentence by serving her time without any problems. She’s scheduled for release early Wednesday. The 53-year-old Kane was sentenced to 10-to-23 months for perjury, obstruction and other counts.

A Greensburg man is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman.  Parker Foster was arrested yesterday for rape.  Police say Foster forced his way into the victim’s home and assaulted her after meeting the woman on Facebook.  Foster was already on probation for inappropriately touching a co-worker in 2016.