TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 30TH, 2019

The New Castle man who’s accused of killing an eight-year-old boy is awaiting a trial date.  A Lawrence County judge ordered Keith Burley to stand trial yesterday on criminal homicide, kidnapping and other charges.  Prosecutors say Burley stabbed Mark Mason to death in June after a fight with the boy’s mother.

A priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh is on leave after being accused of sexually abusing a minor.  Father Robert Cedolia is accused of an incident while serving as pastor of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park in the 90s.  Cedolia, who has been a priest for 41 years, had most recently served as priest-administrator for churches in Clairton, Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills, and West Mifflin.

The search continues for a man who allegedly held up a Cranberry Township bank this week.  It happened at the P-N-C Bank branch on Route 19 Wednesday evening.  The man is said to have handed the teller a note saying he had a gun, though one was never displayed.  The suspect left on-foot toward North Boundary Road.  Anyone with information on the man, who was caught on surveillance video, is asked to contact police.

A state commission is recommending the commonwealth redraw its congressional and legislative districts using an eleven-person group.  That group of appointees would give lawmakers several recommendations to choose from.  The commission added the current system benefits those who are working in it.  The next redistricting would come following the 2020 Census.

Four men are admitting to jumping another man in Armstrong County.  The victim had reportedly arranged to meet 20-year-old Jensen Fair for sex in exchange for 300-dollars.  The 21-year-old went to a wooded area near South Jackson Avenue in Parker City and was attacked by the four.  The group left with the money, leaving the victim unconscious.  The man is recovering at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Baierl Toyota of Mars has agreed to give the Ellwood City Area Schoo district over 22 thousand dollars to pay off all the outstanding debt incurred by students for meals eaten at its four school buildings over the last several years through Wednesday. According to the Ellwood City Ledger the car dealership also agreed to send $20,000 each to Big Beaver Area and New Brighton Area school districts for programs there.

The state Department of Health is fining Sunoco Pipeline more than 313-grand for violations related to the Mariner East Two pipeline project.  Officials said Sunoco’s horizontal drilling led to unauthorized discharges into P-A waterways, including Snitz Creek in West Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, and two wetlands in Cumberland and Perry counties.  They also fined the company for acceleration erosion at sites around the commonwealth, including Lower Mifflin and North Middleton townships in Cumberland County.

With the Labor weekend here Triple-A reports the number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high, and AAA is urging drivers and pedestrians to use caution at traffic signals. In 2017, the latest figures available, 939 people were killed by vehicles blowing through red lights. It’s the highest death toll since 2008 and 28% higher than in 2012.

The man who’s accused of threatening to shoot up a Youngstown-area Jewish community center is facing federal charges.  James Reardon was slapped yesterday with making threats using a facility of interstate commerce.  Prosecutors say Reardon posted a video in which he identified himself as a gunman at the Jewish center.  Investigators later found assault rifles and white supremacist propaganda in his New Middletown home.