Tri County Report For September 11th, 2019

The New Castle News is reporting a Wampum man is wanted on multiple sex-related charges after the district attorney’s office said he sent out and received images of child pornography on his cell phone. 33 year old Stephen Dayton faces 44 counts of child pornography along with a number of other charges. Dayton is currently being held in the Butler County Jail on related charges. The District Attorney’s office said Dayton is a registered sex offender as the result of a conviction in 2014 in Green County involving similar circumstances.

The 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will be marked today in Shanksville.  Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak during a commemoration ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial.  The event starts at 9:45 a.m., but National Park Service officials are urging people to arrive at least 90 minutes early.

A series of meetings are being held in the state Senate’s Communications and Technology Committee on how the lack of high-speed internet is affecting industry in P-A.  State officials believe the actual number of people either without access or with significantly slower access is in the millions state wide.  The F-C-C is expected to testify on the issue later this month in Harrisburg.

An Aliquippa woman will stand trial next year for animal abuse and neglect charges if she doesn’t reach a plea deal with investigators.  Amanda Restaino is accuse of leaving her pets in deplorable conditions for days on end at a home on the one-thousand-block of Shadyside Avenue in Harmony Township.  The 38-year-old is accused of leaving a dog and two cats without sufficient food, water, or air conditioning frequently.  The pets were discovered by investigators following several complaints July 3rd.  Restaino is due in plea court October 16th.

Charges are pending against a Butler County man who’s accused of opening fire inside his parents’ home.  State police say the man was apparently suicidal last night when he shot at one of his parents at a Mars-Evans City Road home.  The suspect fled the scene, but was captured after an intensive search that included police K-9s and helicopters.

Jennette High School will have extra security on hand for Friday night’s football game after last week’s deadly shooting.  School officials hired a private security firm yesterday to provide guards at McKee Stadium.  Four guards will be an extra set of eyes, joining Jeannette police and state troopers.  Greg Harper remains jailed on homicide charges for the death of Dameian Williams.

State House officials say 63 employees are taking a voluntary buyout offer as the chamber tries to rein in costs.  The program was being offered to full-time employees of the House with at least five-years of service.  They would leave their position by the end of next month and receive one-grand for every year of service up to 25 years.  The House employs around 15-hundred people.

A fundraiser is being held next month to benefit a Beaver County charity focused on helping the homeless.  The Cornerstone of Beaver County is holding its Party With A Purpose October 5th at the Rochester V-F-W on the 100-block of Virginia Avenue.  The event helps Cornerstone provide emergency housing, along with other resources to those in Beaver County who are at risk of becoming homeless.  Officials with Cornerstone say they help more than 385 people a month.

A bill that would allow Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania is hitting a snag in the state House.  The chairman of the Game and Fisheries Committee, Keith Gillespie, said yesterday supporters will need to do some damage control if they want the bill passed following a contentious hearing on the issue.  The bill had passed the state Senate 36-14 in June allowing one Sunday for deer rifle season, deer archery season, as well as a third Sunday.  The measure is intended to allow younger people and those who work during the week an easier opportunity to hunt.