TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 28TH, 2109

State Police in Lawrence County report a Butler man faces charges following a one vehicle accident in Slippery Rock Township. Police report 52 year old Ronald Henderson was traveling east on route 422 when he lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment. Henderson, who suffered a minor injury, was charged with driving under the influence.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh reports a New Castle woman has pleaded guilty to charges in federal court with defrauding Social Security. 37 year old  Shawna Stetler pleaded guilty to three counts before United States District Judge Marilyn J. Horan. Federal Authorities say Stelter failed to disclose that her husband was part of her household, and, as a result, received nearly 27 thousand dollars in Supplemental Security Income benefits to which she knew she was not entitled, from June of 2014 to September of 2016. Sentencing has been set for December 17th. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both.

A bill in the state House could expand beer and wine sales even further in P-A.  House Bill 16-44 would create a consumer convenience permit that grocery and convenience stores would buy, allowing them to sell beer and wine at additional registers, and sell more than their current limits.  The bill is in discussion in the House Liquor Control Committee and, if it passes, applicants would have to renew the permit annually.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man suspected of shooting and killing an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer.  Christian Bey is accused of shooting 36-year-old Officer Calvin Hall during a block party on Monticello Street in Homewood last month.  Hall was shot three times in the back and died July 14th at the hospital.  It’s reported Hall had left the party but was asked to come back because of a confrontation.

Butler Area School District’s superintendent is apologizing for several issues with busing and transportation so far this year.  In a Monday letter, Brian White blamed significant software issues for the delay in getting correct info on busing out to parents, however a second letter sent Tuesday said the problems were larger than they had anticipated.  The district is bringing in additional staffing to sort through the issues before tomorrow’s first day of classes.

The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America announced yesterday that it would back Senator Bernie Sanders at its annual convention in Pittsburgh. The union has approximately 35-thousandmembers and backed Sanders when he ran for the White House in 2016. Former Vice President Joe Biden was the first 2020 candidate to receive an endorsement from a national union, the International Association of Firefighters

There’s no word yet whether a former Monessen school bus driver was collecting child pornography while taking kids to school.  Jack Laforte was indicted this week in federal court for possession of child pornography.  Prosecutors say Laforte was arrested in June when explicit images and videos of children under age 12 were found on his computer.

An attempt to form an Allegheny countywide police review board is coming up short.  The proposal failed by a nine-six vote with council members who voted against it saying it contained too many flaws.  Some lawmakers who support the proposal said they’ll start to advocate at the state Capitol.

A Maryland man will spend 30 years behind bars for kidnapping and assaulting a Somerset County girl in 1999.  Timothy Nelson Junior was sentenced yesterday for kidnapping and rape.  Nelson pleaded guilty earlier this year to snatching the ten-year-old girl from Cainbrook and assaulting her in West Virginia.  New DNA testing technology helped lead state police to Nelson.