TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 18TH, 2021

The former head of a Beaver County credit union was charged in federal court this week, accused of embezzling more than two-million dollars. Prosecutors say that Stacey Shaw opened six credit cards that were issued to the IBEW local federal credit union and made personal purchases or took out cash advances on them.  Hearing dates have not been set in the case.

A Koppel man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with two robberies, one of those a bank in New Brighton. 36 year old Christopher Mangelli is accused of robbing a Kwik Fill convenience store and the Huntington Bank on August 20th of last year. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both.

The proposed legislation that would block PennDOT’s plan to toll several bridges in the state is taking another step forward.  A Senate committee pushed the legislation to the full Senate for a vote yesterday.  If passed, Senate Bill 382 would stop the department’s plan to toll nine bridges to cover costs of reconstruction or replacement.  Republicans who are sponsoring the bill say there is a need for a larger discussion on how to pay for road projects.

State Police in Beaver County report a two vehicle accident in Brighton Township. According to police 50 year old Donald Sanders of Beaver was traveling in the wrong lane of traffic on Tuscarawas Road when he struck a vehicle operated by 19 year old Mya Converso of Midland. Converso was taken to Heritage Valley Medical Center for treatment. Police said Sanders was arrested for driving under the influence.

Residents hoping for more time to file their 2020 federal tax returns have had their wishes granted.  The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday announced that this year’s tax deadline has been shifted from April 15th to May 17th.  In a statement, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said that this continues to be a tough time for many people, and the agency wants to continue to do everything possible to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic.  Estimated tax payments continue to be due on April 15th.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of three-thousand new cases, pushing it over 973-thousand. About 37 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 24-thousand-689. Lawrence County has 6,316 Covid-19 cases and 190 deaths. In Mercer County, there were 8,365 cases and 244 deaths.

Penn State University students expected to graduate this spring are having an in-person ceremony. Penn State President Eric Barron says they’re still working on doing something for its 2020 graduates who didn’t get to celebrate in-person due to the pandemic. Ceremonies for this year’s spring graduates will take place between May 7th and May 9th at Beaver Stadium. Graduates are only allowed to bring two guests to sit in a pod of three people, and virtual options are still available for those who can’t attend the in-person ceremonies.

Officials in Harrisburg on Wednesday have announced a special election will be held to fill the vacant state House seat in the Pennsylvania’s 60th Legislative District.  Representative Jeff Pyle retired from the seat earlier this week citing personal health issues.  He had represented portions of Armstrong, Indiana and Butler counties for more than 16 years.  The special election has been set for May 18th.

A Hempfield man was arrested and later released on 50-thousand dollars bond yesterday after being arraigned on charges that he raped a woman in his home last year.  The victim says that 21-year-old Robert Kubinsky allowed her to stay at his home overnight after she had worked a late shift and was due back at work early the next day.  She says that she denied Kubinsky sex several times that evening but later awoke to find him sexually assaulting her.  She says she fled from the home, and that the suspect later showed up at her workplace apologizing and offering to buy her a tank of gas.  Kubinsky says that the victim is lying.