TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2019

State Senator Mike Fulmer is accused of possessing child pornography.  The four-term Senator was charged last night after an investigation by the attorney general’s child predator unit and search of his Lebanon home.  The investigation began with a March 4th tip from the microblogging site Tumblr.  The 63-year-old was elected to the state Senate in 2006.

10th District State Representative Aaron Bernstine announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority  awarded a total of $682,923 for regional development projects in Beaver and Lawrence counties. In Beaver County, Mycelia Development, LLC was awarded a grant of nearly 450 thousand dollars to construct a cultural life and arts center within the downtown core of Beaver Falls. Ellwood City Borough in Lawrence County received a $190,000 grant to construct a new nature center, observation deck, and formal parking area at Steifel Park.

According to the Ellwood City Ledger  the Lawrence County Detective Bureau has accused a Wampum man as posing as a young male on social media to entice children to send him sexual photographs. 33 year old Stephen Dayton  is on the state’s Megan’s Law list as a previous offender. Dayton is facing 43 counts of child porn possession, one count of sexual abuse of children, four counts of dissemination of child porn and eight counts of corruption of minors after charges were filed Sept. 10. Police said the alleged incident took place in September of last year.

Penn State Extension in Beaver County is getting more a 25-thousand-dollar Penn State College of Agriculture Grant to help fund its Well-Connected Communities program.  That program focuses on health and the ability to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in Aliquippa.  The grant funds will be used to create community gardens, to do food demonstrations, and offer food safety education, according to the Beaver County Times.

State residents are getting a chance today to pick up free doses of opioid overdose antidote medication.  Free naloxone will be available for pick up at more than 90 locations statewide between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., as supplies last.  Naloxone is used to fight an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain, and state officials say that more than 25-thousand Pennsylvanians have been revived by the drug since November of 2014.  The medication will be offered again for free on September 25th.

Butler Area School District is taking one of its four reorganization options off the board following a meeting Monday night.  The district’s school reorganization committee decided to remove an option that would have included two fifth and sixth grade middle schools.  That leaves an option that would put fifth grade back in their elementary schools and moving sixth through eighth grade a middle school, as well as putting fifth through eighth in an intermediate school.  The district is also considering no change.

More details are expected to emerge today about sexual assault charges filed against Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez.  State police are scheduled to discuss the case this morning after Vazquez was slapped with statutory sexual assault and other charges.  The Bucs’ closer is accused of trying to have sex with an underage girl last year.  He was arrested on related charges out of Florida before the local charges were filed.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident from yesterday morning in Slippery Rock Township. According to police 18 year old Macie Helch of Chicora was traveling on Branchton Road when her vehicle left the roadway and drove into several trees. Police said Helch was taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.

The state Fish and Boat Commission is reminding residents that trout stocking is right around the corner.  The summer fishing season may be coming to a close but starting on October 1st more than 113-thousand adult brook, brown and rainbow trout will be placed into waterways across the Commonwealth.  Anglers can fish for those trout immediately, while those ages 16 and under will need a valid state fishing license and proper permit to harvest trout.