TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2020

The New Castle News is reporting a Wilmington Township contractor is facing charges for accepting money for work that was never performed. 42 year old Matthew Leslie is being charged with four counts of forgery and four counts of bad checks, and one count of receiving advance payment for services he failed to perform. A Neshannock Township couple that they paid him to repair their swimming pool and to perform other work, some of which was damage that he caused, but he did not complete any of it. Leslie accepted payments of nearly 34 thousand dollars.

A vacant New Castle home is a total loss after a fire on Friday.  The fire started early Friday morning on the 100-block of North Ray Street.  Fire crews say the first hydrant they tried to use didn’t work, forcing them to locate a second one to extinguish the flames.

Prosecutors are charging a teen after leading police on a chase last week in Center Township, Butler County.  The 15-year-old from West Sunbury was allegedly driving a stolen pickup when troopers tried to pull him over on North Main Street just before midnight Thursday.  That’s when the teen took off into Butler, eventually abandoning the truck after it became disabled.  He was picked up shortly afterward and reportedly admitted to stealing the truck earlier.

The P-A Department of Health is changing how it’s announcing COVID-19 updates over the weekend.  Starting today, information from the preceding Sunday will be included in Monday’s midday release.  Daily updates are going to continue for the other six days of the week.

A Duquesne University professor is on administrative leave following a video that showed him using a racial slur during an online lesson.  University officials placed the educator on paid leave Friday, pending an investigation but did not publicly identify him.  Videos of the incident were posted on social media Friday, prompting the response from the university.  In a statement from the interim Dean of the School of Education, he said using the N-word or seemingly encouraging students to use that word is not keeping with the mission of the university.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says his team will stand as one during a pregame ceremony ahead of their season opener tonight.  The Steelers haven’t had a player kneel in protest of social injustice since the movement began in 2017.  Cornerback Steven Nelson said over the weekend that they will come out as one unit and express their beliefs together.  The Steelers are on the road against the Giants tonight for Monday Night Football.

A longtime administrator for Laurel School District is set to resign later this year.  Kevin Mahoney, who serves as the high school’s co-principal, had his resignation accepted during last Wednesday night’s school board meeting.  Mahoney, who started with the district as an elementary school teacher in 1995, will have his last day effective November 3rd.

Today’s commute through Center Township, Butler County could be a bit more complicated thanks to a road closure.  Crews are starting work on North Benbrook Road today.  The road will be closed from William Flynn Highway to Sunset Drive through Friday.

A former nurse with the V-A Pittsburgh Healthcare System is accused of stealing painkillers.  Ann Makepeace was indicted last month by a grand jury for allegedly using her job to illegally get vials of Dilaudid between February and March of this year.  The indictment was made public Friday.  If convicted, the 30-year-old could spend up to four years in prison along with a quarter-million-dollar fine.