TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 23RD, 2022

An Aliquippa woman was sentenced in federal court yesterday on her conviction of wire fraud and filing false income tax returns. 63 year old Jeanne Bowser was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. U.S. Attorney Cindy Chung said Bowser was tax collector for both Center Township and the Central Valley Schools. She was charged with embezzling over one million dollars between December of 2011 and August of 2019. The court also said Bowser filed false income tax returns for a six year period.

The New Castle News is reporting that Lawrence County recorded just seven new Covid-19 over the last two days. The County now has 18,678 covid cases and 398 deaths. Mercer County has recorded 23,094 cases and 481 fatalities.

A Beaver County resident received a surprise after their doorbell camera captured video of a falling meteor last night.  The homeowner shared the video, which shows a small bright object appearing suddenly above the rooftops across the street of their New Brighton neighborhood.  The meteor gets brighter and larger as it heads towards the ground and then quickly fades and disappears. An estimated 25-million meteors and micro-meteors ranging in size between a grain of sand and around three-feet wide enter the atmosphere every day.

A man who left the River Casino a winner early Tuesday morning is recovering from injuries suffered when he was assaulted and robbed of his money.  Police report the 66-year-old was followed home by a 28-year-old woman who had watched him cash out at the casino.  Jaimeca Johnson allegedly pistol-whipped the victim and stole his cash.  She was later arrested and has been charged with robbery and aggravated assault.

A resident of Evans City, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of misappropriation by a fiduciary of a disabled veteran. 75 year old Robert Rolsten is being charged with approximately 44 unauthorized withdrawals by check from the disabled veteran’s beneficiary account and transferred the money from these checks to himself, totaling approximately 34,400 dollars. The alleged incidents took place between March of 2017 and March 2018. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Tourism officials in the state are aware of what the highest inflation in decades could do to travel in the Commonwealth this year. Deputy Secretary of Marketing, Tourism and Film Carrie Lepore says what’s good about Pennsylvania is that its an economical destination, offering vacation opportunities at different price points. Lepore says state tourism advertising will continue to highlight that. Tourism is one of the state’s largest
industries.

Officials with the Butler Area School District say they’ve been short nearly twenty bus drivers this school year.  The district says they need around one-hundred drivers to transport 66-hundred students but only have around 80 and the issue may soon get worse.  Superintendent Doctor Brian White says a temporary federal waiver from requirements of drivers to have mechanical knowledge of  busses has helped keep transportation in the district running.  White says the waiver is set to expire at the end of March and requests to the Department of Transportation to make it permanent have failed.

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is joining a group of bipartisan lawmakers calling for sanctions against Russia over its interference in Ukraine.  Toomey said today that the U.S. and its allies must impose harsh sanctions against Russia to prevent a war in Ukraine.  The Senator said Russia’s advances will create a humanitarian crisis by displacing millions of Ukrainians. 

Pennsylvania lottery officials report a Beaver County lottery player has recently won some major cash.  A ticket sold at a Beaver Falls Sheetz store for the February 20th Treasure Hunt game matched all five numbers drawn and is good for share of the game’s jackpot.