TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 5TH, 2019

According to the New Castle News a North Beaver Township man entered a guilty plea last week on a charge he embezzled over 230 thousand dollars from his brother’s trucking company. 74 year old David Martin pled guilty to four counts of forgery and could face a state prison sentence of 2 to 4 years. Originally Martin faced nearly 400 charges. He’ll be sentenced August 29th.

State Police in Butler County report a Prospect man was charged with DUI following a one vehicle accident in Muddy Creek Township. Police said 51 year old Duane Leonberg was operating a motorcycle on Ragan Road when he lost control rounding a curve causing him to crash the vehicle onto its side. Leonberg was slightly injured and was charged with driving under the influence.

State Police in Lawrence County say driving under the influence is suspected in a crash one route 422 that left one person injured. Police said 27-year-old Dakota Shawn Pintur went off the road and hit a parked car in the area of Ben Franklin’s Taproom. No one was in that car, but Pintur was said to have been pulled from his vehicle unresponsive. The was no report on the driver’s condition but police said charges are pending.

PennDOT is experimenting with digital license plates.  The 18-month pilot program will determine if they help keep people safer.  Only about 20 digital license plates are currently being tested statewide.  In addition to durability and visibility, the digital plates can also indicate AMBER Alerts, possible infractions, and more.  Since the digital plates contain GPS, officials could also respond to accidents faster, as well as locate stolen cars.

A girl was injured in a crash involving an Amish buggy and a pickup truck in New Wilmington. The crash occurred around 5:30 on Friday at Route 18 and Heather Heights Road. Officials say the pickup truck hit the buggy when it pulled out from Heather Heights. The investigation in the accident is ongoing.

Opioid deaths in Pennsylvania are down, but there may be a new threat.  Officials say there has been an increase in deaths involving stimulants, especially cocaine and methamphetamine.  The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will convene in November to discuss ways to combat the rise in stimulant use.  Opioid deaths in 2018 decreased by 18-percent, compared to 2017.

President Trump will visit the Shell cracker plant in Beaver this Thursday.  The plant, also known as the Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, began construction two years ago.  White House aides say the President will talk about the economy.  He last visited Pennsylvania in May.

The newest roller coaster at Kennywood, the Steel Curtain, opened last month, but it has had to shut down for repairs four times since then.  This weekend was the latest shutdown for maintenance.  The amusement park says it will have an update on its Facebook page and its website.

One of the victims in the mass shooting in Dayton this weekend was a graduate of Washington High School.  His family says 25-year-old Nicholas Cumer [[ KOO-mer ]] graduated from Washington High seven years ago.  He was a graduate student in the Master of Cancer Care program at St. Francis University.  Cumer was in Dayton for an internship.  Nine people, including the shooter, were killed in the incident early yesterday morning.