TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 15TH, 2019

Six dogs are safe after being rescued from a burning Moon Township home Monday.  The blaze broke out on the 500-block of Moon Clinton road, badly damaging the house.  The homeowners weren’t there at the time.  The fire reportedly started on the second floor and the dogs were rescued by firefighters from the basement.  A vet checked each out and they are expected to be ok.

The Sharon Herald is reporting a Greenville woman was killed in a two vehicle accident in Pymatuning Township. Police said 87 year old Betty Mohra was pronounced dead at UPMC Horizon. The accident took place when a car driven Mohra and a van carrying nine people collided at the intersection of Rutledge and North Hermitage roads. The nine people in the van were all treated for various injuries. No other details were released.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average  price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is two cents cheaper this week at $2.80 per gallon. In New Castle motorists are paying 2.63 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.75.  The national average gas price is $2.63, which is two cents less than last week and 26 cents cheaper than last year, but six-cents more expensive than last month. A year ago the average price in Western Pennsylvania was 3.11 a gallon.

Court officials say a Harmony Township man waived his preliminary hearing Friday on charges he threatened to shoot two women during a road-rage incident last month.  It allegedly started near Tenth Avenue and Seventh Street in New Brighton with Natralia Matthews threatening to fight Kasey Mooney for something that happened on the road.  Matthews left the scene only to return with Desmond Council, who reportedly had a handgun in his waistband when he threatened to slap the victims and said several times he would shoot them.  Council has a trial date set for March 2nd in Beaver County Court

Two people are hurt after a rollover accident in Freeport yesterday morning.  It happened around midday on Route 356 near the Second Street Bridge.  One person was seriously injured while the other suffered moderate injuries.  The two were taken to Allegheny General Hospital.  There’s no word on what led to the wreck.

A retired priest at the center of child-sex abuse allegations in the Diocese of Greensburg has died.  Officials say Monsignor Michael Matusak died Sunday at the age of 69.  Matusak retired in July after being placed on administrative leave when he was accused of abusing a minor.  Westmoreland County authorities were still investigating the claims at the time of his death.

Enrollment is down at California University of Pennsylvania.  The university reports they saw a six-point-four percent drop in students this year over 2018-2019.  That equates out to 470 fewer students.  One year prior, California University of P-A enrollment was down six-point-one percent.  Officials are pointing to declining birth rates and decreases in population in Southwestern P-A as some of the possible reasons for the decrease.

State Superior Court officials say they denied a request to allow a former teacher from South Union Township to withdraw his plea on child pornography charges.  Robert Caldwell, who had been a substitute teacher at Laurel Highlands Middle School, claimed his former attorney told him he would get intermediate punishment if he entered the plea.  Instead, Caldwell got between two and 12 years in prison for pornographic images found on his cell phone, and his father’s home computer.  The judge determined that while the attorney was wrong to make that offer, the 40-year-old wasn’t prejudiced in anyway by making the plea.

State Police in Butler County report a car/pedestrian accident that took place Sunday in Slippery Rock. According to police a 17 year old female walked into the path of a car operated by 45 year old Robert Williams of Monaca. Police said the woman was struck in the head with the passenger side mirror. She was taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver was not charged.