TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 26TH, 2022

State Police in Lawrence County have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Wampum man with allegedly beating a woman with a log and trying to strangle her. The New Castle News reports 38 year old Walter Guffey III is wanted in connection with the assault reported to have occurred around 4:30 a.m. Sunday at his residence.  Guffey, who is also a registered sex offender, faces charges of aggravated assault, strangulation, terroristic threats, harassment and two counts of simple assault in connection with his reported attack on the woman.

A former Lawrence County coach and administrator is the new Executive Director of the WPIAL. Scott Seltzer who coached at both Neshannock and Mohawk was hired for the job by the WPIAL Board of Directors. Seltzer has served as the president of the WPIAL’s Board of Directors for the past six years and has also been a member of the PIAA’s Board of Directors during that stretch.  He’ll take over the job on July 1st.  Seltzer served as an administrator at Neshannock and the Frew Mill School.

An Aliquippa man pled guilty yesterday to federal drug and gun charges from 2017 and 2018. 41 year old Dana Penney pled guilty before United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan. Sentencing will be scheduled to occur on a later date.  Penney was charged with two drug violations along with a firearm charge. Penney faces up to seven years in prison and a fine in excess of 4.2 million dollars. The Beaver County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Former President Donald Trump has announced plans for a campaign-style rally to take place Friday, May 6th in Westmoreland County.  Trump’s Save America Rally at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds will also serve as an opportunity for him to sing the praises of his endorsed candidate in the upcoming Republican primary for U.S. Senate.  The former president has said that he is backing Mehmet Oz in the race.

Pennsylvania voters have now gotten their first up-close looks at republicans running  in the U.S. Senate race.  Several candidates debated Monday night for an hour WHTM-TV, covering topics that ranged from immigration to electability to transgender athletes.  Candidates included Kathy Barnette, Jeff Bartos, Dave McCormick, Mehmet Oz, and Carla Sands. They are all vying to fill the seat of Pat Toomey, who is retiring at the end of his second term. 

Promoters for the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week say they’re pleased with the turnout Monday for a victims’ rights rally. The topics of the demonstration at the state capitol centered around domestic abuse, gun violence and victims who’ve survived. Officials say this year’s theme was  “Rights, Access, Equity for All Victims.”  National Crime Victims’ Rights Week runs through Saturday.

The CDC says cases of sexually transmitted disease dropped during the pandemic, mostly because people were more worried about being tested for COVID. Now that COVID’s not so top of mind, health centers say they’re seeing an increase in the number of cases for STDs as more people resume testing. A spokesman for Planned Parenthood also says some viruses can be transmitted by non-sexual contact, too.

The State Secretary of Education is stepping down by the end of this week. Dr. Noe Ortega served in the post since the fall of 2020, succeeding Dr. Pedro Rivera. In announcing his resignation, Ortega says he has worked to ensure that every Pennsylvanian has access to a high-quality and equitable education.