Tri County Report For September 25th, 2019

A man is badly hurt after a motorcycle crash this week in Butler Township.  It happened on New Castle Road Monday afternoon near Evans City Road where the motorcycle struck another vehicle.  The man was flown from the scene.  There’s no word on what led to the crash nor how severe the injuries are at this time.

People driving along Route 224 between New Castle and may want to allow a little more time to get there. PennDOT announced that work is underway to repair a landslide on Route 224 in Mahoning Township. Traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal around-the-clock through mid-November. The slide repair is part of the $912,000 Churchill Bridge replacement project.

Several Congressional Democrats from P-A say they’re in favor of the start of impeachment proceedings against President Trump.  Both Representative Matt Cartwright and Susan Wild issued statements in support of the formal impeachment inquiry against Trump.  Trump is accused of withholding around 400-million in aid for Ukraine in exchange for them investigating political rival Joe Biden and his son.

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is asking the state Supreme Court for extraordinary relief in a petition following a series of lawsuits alleging clergy sexual abuse over the past six months.  Last week, the diocese listed four lawsuits they claim require relief from the court.  In the filing, the diocese said courts will be inundated with uniform cases with millions of dollars spent pursuing and defending claims the Supreme Court could eventually deem invalid.

Investigators say a woman from Chicora took money from the Karns City Elementary Basketball program.  Wendy Taylor is accused of using money from the program’s bank account to pay her cell phone bill and purchase groceries.  It’s reported the 40-year-old was a special-ed teacher in Moniteau School District.  Taylor is in Butler County Prison on ten-thousand-dollars bail.

A Butler County gang member is facing 20 years in prison for his role in a Pittsburgh drug ring.  Raymond Chrzanowski pleaded guilty this week in federal court to conspiracy charges.  Chrzanowski admitted to helping the GBK gang sell cocaine and heroin in 2017 and 2018.  He’ll be sentenced in February.

The suspect in a deadly shooting during a Jeannette High School football game is scheduled to face a judge today.  Greg Harper’s preliminary hearing was moved to the Westmoreland County Courthouse because of concerns about space and security at district court.  Harper is accused of killing Dameian Williams this month during an argument outside McKee Stadium.

State Police in Butler County report a two car accident in Concord Township.According to police 31 year old Tiffany Lowers of North Washington was southbound on route 38 in a work zone when she struck the rear of a vehicle operated by 36 year old Grant Harmon of Butler. Lowers was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment. Two children in Lowers’ vehicle were taken to Children’s Hospital for treatment.

State residents are once again getting a chance today to pick up free doses of opioid overdose antidote medication.  Free naloxone will be available for pick up at dozens of locations statewide while 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 was last offered for free on September 18th, and more than four-thousands kits were distributed.