TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 23RD, 2020

There is speculation that Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai will announce today he will leave office.  It’s reported that Turzai will announce that he is either leaving office or will not seek reelection to his House seat.  A news conference is set for this afternoon.  The 60-year-old became House Speaker in 2015.

9th District State Representative Chris Sainato announced nearly 134 thousand dollars in state grants that will help local EMS and 10 fire companies. Sainato said, Our firefighters and emergency rescue workers are willing to lay down their lives for us, yet their companies must struggle daily simply to meet operating expenses. The grants come from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

First responders say at least one person is hurt after a crash in Forward Township involving a pedestrian midday Wednesday.  It happened on Route 68, otherwise known as Evans City Road, near Skander Tire.  There’s no word on the extent of the victim’s injuries.  It took about an hour for crews to clear the scene.

Residents in Butler are going to be able to help choose which roads are repaved first this year.  City council says they want residents to provide feedback on which streets will be resurfaced using the 500-grand budgeted for the projects this year.  Those suggesting which roads should be done first are also asked to provide specific details on what makes that road an area of greatest need.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection found more than $90,000 of counterfeit designer merchandise near Pittsburgh International Airport during a recent inspection. The first took place back on December 19th in a shipment from Hong Kong that contained Rolex watches, the second shipment, which was destined for a Blawnox address, contained high-end charms and jewelry and was seized Jan. 17. Customs officials worked with the Centers of Excellence and Expertise and a trademark holder to deem the products counterfeit.

A Center Township man is being selected as the Democratic Party’s candidate for an upcoming special election to fill an open seat in Harrisburg.  Phil Heasley’s name will be on the Democratic side of the ballot March 17th for the special election to fill former State Representative Tedd Nesbit’s seat.  Nesbit vacated the eighth legislative district seat after being elected to the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas in 2019.

Weather conditions are expected to increase pollution problems across western Pennsylvania today.  State environmental protection officials have issued a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for six counties including Butler and Beaver counties.  Air pollution concentrations will be unhealthy for children, the elderly and people with lung and heart diseases.

Investigators say a man from Aliquippa is facing charges after exposing himself to a woman caring for his girlfriend’s kid.  It allegedly happened August 22nd at a playground on 15th Street in Monaca.  The woman said the 31-year-old Pflug showed up and began to mess around with the child, at one point smacking the child’s backside.  When the child began to cry, the babysitter asked the man to leave, and that’s when Pflug allegedly exposed himself.  Pflug’s preliminary hearing is set for February 20th.

A part-time police officer in Verona is facing corruption of minors and child pornography charges.  Anthony Ogline is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old boy that started about three weeks ago on the dating app Grindr.  Investigators were alerted to the situation when the teen left school in the middle of the day with Ogline on January 16th.  It’s believed Ogline gave the teen alcohol and marijuana as well.