TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2022

Parents of students in Mohawk Area Schools are asking for action from district leaders following last month’s hazing allegations.  Many shared their opinions during yesterday’s school board meeting.  The Lawrence County district attorney says three members of the Mohawk High School football team will face charges related to assault and harassment.  The district has not yet made any statements related to possible discipline for the players or coaches.

A Greenville pastor is facing child sex charges after he was accused of inappropriate communication with a minor. 57 year old David Cox is charged with corruption of minors, criminal solicitation indecent assault involving a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, and tampering with physical evidence. Two of the charges are felonies.  Police said that the victim was between 14 and 16 years of age.  Cox was arraigned on September 9th  and he was released on an unsecured bond of $50,000.

One person was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Scott Township. According to State Police 57 year old Donald Grubbs of Slippery Rock was northbound on route 19 when he turned into the path of a vehicle driven by 22 year old Robert Gregory of Mercer. Grubbs was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

A Sharon woman faces charges for arranging to buy pills for a man that caused his death. The Sharon Herald reports 46 year old Shannon Phillips was charged Friday with drug delivery resulting in death, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, along with a number of other charges in the June 12th  overdose death of Patrick  McClimans.  Police said the pills contained methamphetamine and fentanyl.  Phillips is in Mercer County on $75,000 bond. A Sept. 23rd  preliminary hearing is scheduled.

Governor Tom Wolf says with the state House in session this week, it’s time to get back to his agenda.  Today, Governor Wolf said the House should pass his plan to send two-thousand-dollar checks to Pennsylvanians in need.  Wolf says the money will be life-changing for families across the state.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate says Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has multiple reasons to duck debates.  Dr. Mehmet Oz says Fetterman needs to agree to multiple debates to prove he’s healthy enough to serve.  Fetterman has had a light campaign scheduled since suffering a stroke days before the May primary.  Oz also told Fox News Fetterman is hiding his radical views, like saying a third of the state’s prisoners should be freed.    

 Pittsburgh-area Starbucks workers seeking to unionize say they’ve been harassed by the company for wanting to do so.  The National Labor Relations Board this week has filed a complaint alleging that company representatives at four area locations have told workers that they were risking various benefits, promised pay raises and their jobs if their store was to join with 235 others and 10 in the area that have voted to join an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union in the last year.  Starbucks has offered no comment on the allegations.

Three bills are winding their way through the Legislature that supporters say would improve the security of election ballots.  The measures would also remove deceased residents from voter rolls.  The House State Government Committee met Monday to  advance all three of them past first consideration.  The bills will need to get through three more rounds before a final vote can be held.