TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 12TH, 2022

A New Castle man accused of killing his mother is under arrest today.  65 year old Cecelia Liposky was found beaten to death inside her Neshannock Township home on Tuesday.  Police had put out an alert for her vehicle and found 36 year old Shane McDevitt of New Castle in Allegheny County early yesterday morning.  A pursuit ended with McDevitt crashing the car near the Pittsburgh Mills Mall where he was apprehended.  State police report that McDevitt admits to killing his mother following an argument about his drug addiction. He’s being charged with criminal homicide.

A West Allegheny High School student is being charged with possession of a weapon on school property.  Police say a fully loaded AR-15 assault-style rifle was found in the 18-year-old’s car outside the school.  The car was searched after a school resource officer smelled marijuana on the teen.  Marijuana was also found in the car.     

PennDOT officials say traffic deaths increased by nine percent last year. There were 12-hundred-30 deaths due to driving statewide in 2020.   PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian says crashes involving lane departure incidents accounted for nearly half of highway fatalities. She adds that speeding, impaired, and distracted driving are leading factors in lane departure crashes.

A Salem Ohio man has been accused of inappropriately touching an EMT worker in New Castle. According to WFMJ-TV Union Township police report dated March 14 sates that an EMT for McGonigle’s Ambulance Service reported that a patient identified as Paul McHugh of Salem inappropriately touched her during transport. The female victim told police that McHugh touched the inside of her leg multiple times with his hand. McHugh is charged with Indecent Assault, Simple Assault and Harassment.  A preliminary hearing on this case is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m. 

The case against a Western Pennsylvania contractor accused of collecting payment for work that was never performed is moving ahead.  Attorneys for Jason Pirl waived their client’s right to a preliminary hearing yesterday.  Prosecutors allege that Pirl stole money from dozens of clients in Westmoreland and Fayette Counties.  He is currently free on bond.

The Villa Maria Farm Center for Regenerative Agriculture is receiving a 151 thousdand dollar grant from the state Department of Agriculture to help train new and beginning farmers about growing organic specialty crops. Ninth District State Representative Chris Sainato said the funding will support in-person learning in demonstration gardens, as well as virtual learning, for an organization especially devoted to the community. The farm, which operates on 759 acres, is part of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary’s Villa Maria Community Center.

A Pennsylvania State Representative has introduced a bill to exempt people who are older than 70 from serving jury duty. Currently, seniors can apply for exemptions at age 75. The measure has been recently introduced by State Representative Pam Snyder of Greene County.

Charter school supporters are rallied at the state Capitol.  Yesterday’s rally was called “Charter Schools Rising.”  The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools says enrollment in the state’s charter schools grew by nearly 16-percent from 2020 to 2021.  The rally was in honor of National Charter Schools Week.  

An educator in the Keystone Oaks School District is facing child pornography charges.  Allegheny County police this week are reporting that Thomas Duxbury, a music teacher in the district, was found with dozens of graphic videos and images on his phone.  Police began their investigation of Duxbury based on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and say that he had been uploading child pornography to the internet.  The Keystone Oaks district reports they put the suspect on leave last month when they learned of the investigation.