TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 26TH, 2019

A 60-year-old school bus driver is dead after stepping on live electrical wires while trying to flee the burning vehicle in North Sewickley Township last week.  The bus struck a utility pole at Mercer and Foster roads Friday afternoon, bringing down the power lines.  Timothy VanKirk is believed to have stepped on the wires as he tried to get out of the bus and suffered a high-voltage electrocution.  No students were on the bus at the time.

The former athletic director for Beaver Area School District is facing charges after being found with 22 pounds of marijuana and prescription pills during a traffic stop near the Poconos earlier this month.  Patrick McDanel was pulled over August 11th on Interstate 80 in Tobyhanna Township.  McDanel left his role with the school district about a month earlier to move to another state where his wife and in-laws live, according to the Beaver County Times.  The 33-year-old is free on ten-thousand-dollars bail ahead of his September 5th preliminary hearing.

State Police in Lawrence County report that a number of Sobriety Checkpoints will take place throughout the Labor Holiday weekend. The checkpoints and enforcement activities will take place on roadways determined to be problematic with DUI offenses in order to safeguard motorists traveling through Lawrence County.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting A Cranberry Township resident and U.S. Air Force veteran is running for the Republican nomination in the 17th Congressional District in the hopes of challenging Democratic congressmen  Conor Lamb in November 2020. 54 year old Scott Tomko announceed last week that he was entering the GOP primary. The district includes Beaver County, part of Cranberry in Butler County and a large portion of Allegheny County.

Police are charging two men and a juvenile for causing around 16-grand in damage to Father Marinaro Park in Butler.  Dane Smith of Butler, Kyle Young of Evans City, and the 15-year-old are accused of spray-painting graffiti at the park.  Police are asking anyone else who sees suspicious activity at the park to call 911.

10th district State Representative Aaron Bernstine  announced last week that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will move forward immediately with the initial geotechnical study to restore Hereford Manor Lake, which was drained in 2012. Bernstine has secured $150,000 for the study, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Bernstine said Herefore Manor Lake used to be the No. 1 trout fishing lake in Pennsylvania.

A 12-year-old was injured after an incident involving a vehicle in Greenville on Saturday. According to police, the boy stepped into traffic and was hit by a car traveling north. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries the investigation into the accident is continuing.

State Police in Mercer County report a one vehicle accident in Greenville on Saturday. According to police Kelly Lorigan crashed into a garage on Brockway avenue around 7:30pm. A child was in the car at the time of the crash. Police said Lorigan was charged with driving under the influence and endangering the welfare of children.

Police say a SWAT standoff came to a peaceful end in Lawrenceville over the weekend.  A man reportedly barricaded himself inside a home on 41st Street Sunday night.  Crews say the man is in custody but aren’t saying what led to the standoff.