TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 5TH, 2022

An Aliquippa couple are facing charges after a baby died last year in a home that authorities described as being in deplorable conditions. The Beaver County Times reports 44 year old Vincent Owens and 34 year old Melinda Cecchi are charged with child endangerment and Owens with involuntary manslaughter. Police were called to a residence on Sheffield Road for a report of a 7-month-old not breathing, with CPR being given in October of last year. Owens is in the Beaver County Jail on one million dollars bond. Cecchi bond was set at 500 thousand dollars.

The Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has passed several measures to ramp up domestic energy production across the state. Included in the legislation is a measure asking the governors of New York and New Jersey to end anti-pipeline policies that are currently blocking Pennsylvania natural gas from reaching markets in New England. Other legislation would increase the production and exportation of energy products. One of those would open the Delaware River Basin for natural gas development and exploration

State legislators are trying to set new rules for gender-based sports performance at the state level. House Bill 972 applies to public schools and universities that are overseen by the state. The bill also adds protections for the public universities, but an individual student still can take their case to court.  The bill now goes to the full state House for approval. 

The FBI’s Pittsburgh field office this week is warning teen boys and their families about the threat of sexual extortion.  The bureau says that predators will pose on social media apps as girls similar in age to the boys and ask them to send nude pics and videos.  When the teens comply, the person on the other end then threatens to share the images with the victims’ families and friends unless they pay money.  The FBI says the boys often pay and then are extorted for even more money.