TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 28TH, 2020

Sonny Lee Parker, director of the Mighty Cubs youth organization in Mercer County, appeared in court yesterday and was arraigned on several sex charges. Parker fled town last week after being charged with corruption of minors, indecent exposure and other counts.  PArker is accused of offering a teenage girl money to watch a lewd video before exposing himself to the victim.

Investigators say a 20-year-old from Butler allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in Slippery Rock.  Samrajya Khadka is accused in the attack January 16th at the University Village apartments in which a woman woke up to him sexually assaulting her.  The victim went to Butler Memorial Hospital with several scratches on her body.  The two were reportedly watching movies together with a third man when she fell asleep.  Khadka is in Butler County Prison.

Charges are not expected against a driver who struck an 83-year-old man in Peters Township.  Police say the man was crossing Route 19 yesterday morning when he stepped off the median into the path of a car.  The driver reportedly tried to swerve, but still hit the man.  The victim was hospitalized in stable condition.

There’s a brand new millionaire in Butler County.  Pennsylvania Lottery officials say a Match Six ticket worth nearly two-and-a-half-million-dollars was sold at the CoGo’s in Valencia.  The store will receive a ten-thousand-dollar bonus for selling the ticket.

No one is hurt after a vehicle struck a natural gas shed in Eau Claire Monday afternoon.  It happened along South Washington Street, with first responders hearing a hissing noise when they arrived on the scene.  Crews were able to shut off the valve and stop the leak without having to evacuate the area.  There’s no word on what led to the crash.

According to this week’s Triple-A weekly Gas Price Report, the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is seven cents cheaper this week at $2.76. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.60 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying six cents less at 2.54. Pump price declines are likely to extend through the end of the month as gasoline stocks continue to grow. The national gas price average is $2.51, which is three cents cheaper than last week, four cents less than last month, and 25 cents more than a year ago.

The upcoming primary and general elections in Pennsylvania were the focus of a hearing of the state Senate Majority Policy Committee. A number of election law reforms were enacted in 2019, committee members had questions for state and county officials. The changes included funding for new voting systems, the ability for any voter touse a mail-in ballot, and the registration deadline now 15 days before election day.

Organizers say Vice President Mike Pence will speak in Cumberland County next month.  Pence will be joined by Kellyanne Conway and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a Women for Trump event at the Radisson in East Pennsboro Township February 5th.  Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

A nationwide survey is confirming what many in Western P-A already believe:  Pittsburgh is the best city in the nation when it comes to football fans.  For the second year in a row, a WalletHub survey ranked Pittsburgh number one on the list, based on its college and pro teams, ticket prices, stadium accessibility, and fan friendliness and engagement.  The survey ranked Pittsburgh significantly ahead of A-F-C North foes Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.