TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 15TH, 2022

A Beaver County home health care agency has paid 47-thousand dollars in back pay and damages after it failed to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The U.S. Department of Labor yesterday announced they had collected the funds from the 5 Caring Hearts agency in Aliquippa.  Officials say that 5 Caring Hearts failed to keep proper records of employee overtime.

-Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board is giving state residents and licensees the chance to acquire rare bottles of whiskey.  A limited-release lottery is now underway at FWGS.com.  Those who have their entry drawn will have the opportunity to purchase from 1,590 bottles of rare whiskeys.  Those interested have until 5 p.m. this Friday to get in on the lottery.

A Beaver County borough’s police leader is retiring now that alleged sex videos of him have surfaced.  KDKA-TV cites sources that claim Baden Police Chief David Christner can be seen performing sex acts in the videos while in uniform and at the police station.  Borough officials have confirmed Christner’s resignation, saying he stepped down yesterday, effective immediately.  KDKA-TV reports Baden leaders hired an outside investigator on October 19th after a flash drive containing the videos was given to a council member.

State Police in Lawrence County report a Conway man faces charges following a one vehicle accident in North Beaver Township. According to police 33 year old Derek Monaci was southbound on route 18 when he swerved to miss a deer and traveled off the roadway struck a hill, causing the vehicle to land on its roof. Monaci was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. Police said Monaci will be charged with driving under the influence.

A new statewide voting rights outreach is focusing on people of color in Pennsylvania.  The New Pennsylvania Project’s CEO says their efforts can make a big difference as some 60-percent of new registrations are minorities.  In the past, Latino, Asian Americans, and African Americans have been less likely to vote, as compared to Caucasian voters. 

Jurors on Monday acquitted a Pittsburgh Diocese priest accused of child molestation.  Father Robert Cedolia had been charged with aggravated indecent assault on an 8-year-old boy.  Investigators alleged the incident happened at a Plum church in 1998.  Cedolia was placed on administrative leave by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2019 when allegations were first made.  Cedolia maintained his innocence as the case moved forward.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report, the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is up four cents this week to 4.04 a gallon. In New Castle the average price is a four dollars a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 4.07. The national average pump price fell three cents over the past week to $3.77.

State Police in Butler County announce that during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, a number of sobriety checkpoints will be occurring. The checkpoints and DUI enforcement will take place on roadways that are problematic with DUI offenses to safeguard motorists traveling through Butler County.

Work is now underway on Beaver County’s first shelter facility for homeless men.   Cornerstone of Beaver County is renovating an existing building in Vanport Township for the project.  Construction costs are around two-million dollars, with the budget coming from the county and federal American Rescue Plan funding.  Officials say they hope to have the facility operational by spring.