TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 6TH, 2020

The New Castle News is reporting a Wilmington Area School District band and choir teacher charged with sexual offenses against minors has resigned. According to documents obtained from the district through the state Right to Know law, Jonathan Priano resigned on June 30th. Priano was arrested in early June on two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, nine counts of institutional sexual assault, 12 counts of corruption of minors and two counts of endangering the welfare of children. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Aug. 27.

A Beaver Falls man died following a one vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Little Beaver Township. State Police report 84 year old Herman Hoffmeier was westbound on route 351 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment causing the vehicle to overturn. Hoffmeier was pronounced dead at the scene.

A driver remains hospitalized after a crash while trying to flee from New Castle police.  Investigators say the driver took off from a traffic stop yesterday at East Reynolds Street and Cunningham Avenue before plowing into three parked cars nearby.  Police want to know why the driver fled.

There’s no word yet on the whereabouts of a missing New Brighton teenager.  Police say 17-year-old Emily Hinton was last seen July 23rd.  Her picture is being shared across media outlets in hopes of drumming up leads on her location.

Butler County municipalities are getting an offer of help from the county toward receiving their CARES act funding.  There was a total of eight-million dollars available to municipalities in the county among the 17-million that the county had received.  Those municipalities interested in receiving the funds are asked to apply by the 21st of the month.

Two people are badly hurt after a crash Tuesday evening near Portersville.  It happened on the eleven-hundred-block of Route 19, where a vehicle struck a guardrail, sending the car into a field.  The driver was ejected from the vehicle while a passenger was also hurt.  The two had to leave the scene in an ambulance since it was too foggy for the medical helicopter to land.

A recycling event is set for next week in Chippewa Township.  The household hazardous waste recycling day will be August 15th at Wright Field Veteran’s Park on the 38-hundred-block of 37th Street Extension.  They are accepting items like paint, cleaning products, computers, televisions, and other hazardous waste items.  The list of acceptable items and disposal costs is on the Chippewa Township website.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is confirming an additional 705 new positive COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth.  Wednesday’s announcement brought the statewide total to 115-thousand 714 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.  There were 12 additional deaths reported Wednesday, with the death toll rising to 72-hundred-44 due to COVID-19 complications.

T-S-A officers are confiscating a loaded handgun at Pittsburgh International Airport.  A Connellsville man had the gun in his carry-on bag when it was detected by the X-ray machine going through security.  The man told airport officers he forget he had the gun in his bag.  As of yesterday, T-S-A has confiscated nine firearms at the airport.  P-I-A is reminding everyone that guns are allowed if they are packaged in a hard-sided case with the bullets in a separate place.

The state’s secretary of the Department of Education is stepping down to lead Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.  The Lancaster college’s board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Pedro Rivera to become its tenth president.  Rivera will take on the roll starting October 1st, succeeding William Griscom who retired in January after 23 years in the role.