TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 6TH, 2020

The New Castle News is reporting a New Castle man was arrested on 69 offenses related to child pornography. 36 year old Michael Falba of Morris Street was charged with 18 counts of dissemination of photo/film of child sex acts, 50 counts of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communications facility. State police received information from Internet Crimes Against Children on April 2nd and Septempber 3rd that alleged Falba was uploading images. He was arraigned and remains in the Lawrence County Jail.

Firefighters in Sharon battle a house fire early yesterday morning where a family of four got out of the home safely. According to the Sharon Herald the fire broke out just after three o’clock in the 400 block of North Street. The house was a total loss. The fire started in the attic. A state police fire marshal is investigating the fire. The cause is undetermined at this time. Four other fire companies assisted Sharon Firemen. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

State Police in Beaver County are investigating a shooting from early Saturday morning. Police from Aliquippa were called out to the one thousand block on Main Street where a man had been shot. Police identified the victim as 25 year old Jaemere Scott of Beaver Falls. Scott was life flighted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for treatment. No arrests have yet been made.

The U.S. Supreme Court is denying to hear a challenge to Governor Tom Wolf’s shutdown orders that closed nonessential businesses and limited gatherings amid the pandemic. Despite the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling in favor of the governor’s response to the pandemic, business owners and a state House candidate petitioned for the challenge as they felt the orders were unconstitutional. When they sided with Wolf earlier this year, one Justice said the orders did not limit the ability to speak or assemble as it doesn’t prohibit other means of communication such as telephones, online chats or video-conferencing.

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is confirming that he will not seek reelection in 2022 nor run for governor. Toomey says the decision was personal, not political. He called representing the state the highlight of his professional career. Toomey is planning on spending more time at home with his family. The Senator has been in public office for about 18 years.

Penn State University is delaying the start of the 2021 spring semester by about one week. Classes will now start on January 18th and will end on April 30th, with final exams running from May 3rd through the 7th. They plan on keeping the current instruction modes for the spring semester. Officials also canceled spring break.

A Butler County couple will be sentenced next month for their conviction on fraud charges.  Stephanie and Scott Roskovski changed their not guilty pleas last year to guilty pleas this past May after they agreed to plea deals.  Stephanie Roskovski admitted to fraud when she was Chief Operating Officer for the Butler Health System.  Scott Roskovski admitted to filing false tax returns and making false statements to a bank when he was a Butler County District Attorney detective.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is steady again this week at $2.539 per gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.41 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.52.  At $2.18, the national gas price average is at the cheapest start to the month of October since 2016. A year ago the average price in Western Pennsylvania sat at 2.82 a gallon.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health added 672 new Covid-19 cases to the total yesterday, pushing it over 164-thousand. Eleven new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 82-hundred-27. Lawrence County added three new cases yesterday and now has 562 cases and 23 deaths.