TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 17TH, 2019

President Trump has a stop in Pittsburgh next week.  Trump will deliver the keynote address at next Wednesday’s Shale Insight event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  The event brings together the Ohio Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.

The suspect in a deadly Beaver County stabbing is being held without bond.  A judge ordered Yusmani Sanchez to be locked up yesterday, calling him a flight risk.  Hopewell Township police arrested Sanchez on Tuesday for manslaughter after the victim was killed on Guy Street.

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Hickory Township. According to police 48 year old Walter Moats was northbound on Cameror Road when he turned onto Moffat Road, drove into the left hand lanne and struck a vehicle head-on operated by 62 year old Alan Miller of New Castle. Miller was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

A former resident of Beaver County has been sentenced in federal court to serve a total sentence of 10 years’ in prison on his conviction for violating the federal narcotics and firearms laws. 24 year old Landon Alexander Gatta formerly of Aliquippa, was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. The charges stem for a search of Gatta’s residence back in November of last year during a drug investigation.

Butler Area School District is getting the green light from the Department of Education to use a Flexible Instruction Day to make up for a missed school day this year.  The district will use the FID [[ FIHD] ] on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, allowing the students to get credit for a school day without being in a classroom.  The day was missed early in the 2019-2020 school term because of transportation issues.

Officials in Daugherty Township, Beaver County are starting their leaf collection next week.  Crews will pick-up on a planned route from Monday through Thursday running through November 29th.  Leaf piles containing garbage, grass clippings, or brush and tree branches won’t be collected.

An Instagram photo announcing the opening of Chipotle in Beaver is being called a hoax.  Borough officials tell the Beaver County Times the photo discussing plans for a Third Street restaurant in Beaver is not accurate and may be part of a phishing scheme.  The fake post was encouraging people to apply for a job at the new restaurant set to open across from Huntington Bank.

Prosecutors say the man accused of killing New Kensington police Officer Brian Shaw was an armed drug dealer trying to avoid arrest.  They’re looking to present evidence showing Rahmael Holt pulling the 40-caliber handgun allegedly used in the shooting during several other drug deals.  The 31-year-old is accused of shooting Shaw following a November 2017 traffic stop on Leishman Avenue.  Jury selection is set to begin October 28th.

ExxonMobil is reportedly drawing up plans for its own cracker plant in Beaver County.  Published reports indicate the company is scouting locations for the plant, which would convert fossil fuel byproducts into plastics.  ExxonMobil is making the move to compete with Royal Dutch Shell, which is building its own cracker plant near Monaca.