The Tri-County Report for July 28th 2014

Tri-County Report for July, 27th 2014

A Braddock man was arrested by Lawrence County State police after a high speed chase Saturday morning.  21 year old Dion Wagner faces a number of charges including Fleeing and trying to Elude police. According to police Wagner failed to stop for a traffic light at the intersection of East Washington and Jefferson Streets.  When police tried to pull Wagner over he failed to stop fleeing at a high rate of speed.  The pursuit traveled north on Wilmington Road until police were able to disable Wagner's vehicle near the intersection of Routes 18 and 208.  No one was injuried.  Wagner was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

State Police in Lawrence County report a Lowellville, Ohio woman was taken to the hospital following a one car accident in Slippery Rock Township.  Police said 21 year old Haley Dustman lost control of her car on Route 422, struck an embanment, causing the vehicle to roll over.  Dustman was taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment.

Beaver County Sheriff George David says he's turning his attention to getting reelected.  The 67-year-old Hopewell man was recently acquitted of charges he threatened a reporter.  David says he believes he's picked up support through the trial saying "everything that was brought up in court was a lie and the jury saw it."  "Triblive" reports there are at least three people who are planning to challenge him for the Democratic nomination in next year's election.

The West Allegheny School District is nixing its plan to charge a tax of three dollars a ton on landfill use.  The school district changed its mind over concerns over the board's legal right to tax landfills in the district.  The board vice president says the district solicitor believes the board does not have the legal authority.

Police are investigating an armed robbery from Friday night in Slippery Rock Township.  State Police in Lawrence County a man walked into the Tic Toc Food Mart on Ellwood Road carrying a handgun demanding money.  The suspect got away with an undetermined amount of money.  Police did say that video surveillance of the robbery was obtained.  No one was hurt.

Independent hopefuls may widen the Pennsylvania gubernatorial field. The Libertarian Party's Ken Krawchuk and Green Party nominee Paul Glover are expected to file petition signatures by the Friday deadline. They would join Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in the race for governor.

State Police in Butler County  say that a motorcyclist died last night on Route 28 after an accident.  Authorities say that 66-year-old George Williams of Sewickley was southbound on Route 28 around 8:30pm when he attempted to negotiate a right curve just prior to Exit 9 in Blawnox. Police said he struck an advisory sign in the median and was ejected from the motorcycle.  He was transported to the hospital where he died a short time later.  Police continue to investigate the crash.

A federal judge is allowing the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier to proceed.  The judge handed down the ruling Friday saying federal courts are required to keep out of state prosecutions in all but the most extraordinary instances.  Spanier claimed the court should intervene because prosecutors improperly used testimony from a university lawyer that Spanier claims represented him when he appeared before a grand jury. Spanier is accused of covering-up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.

Officials are confirming that a weeklong surveillance operation netted more than 800 marijuana plants in Washington County.  The operation was funded by a grant from the Drug Enforcement Administration and involved a National Guard helicopter and specialized equipment to locate growing operations.  Officials found the plants in Carroll, South Strabane and Washington last week. 

A Megan's Law offender is facing charges for allegedly enticing a teenage girl to his Greensburg apartment.  Police received a report of a missing 13-year-old girl last week and her family told investigators she had been communicating with Christian Leach, who is a registered sex offender.  Police went to Leach's home and found the teen hiding in the shower. The victim told police Leach told her he would be sent to jail if police caught her with him.  Police say there is no evidence that Leach had sexual contact with the girl but say he is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with minors.

A Beaver County attorney is being disbarred for failing to adequately represent three women in domestic relations cases in Butler County Court.  The court ordered John Biondi's disbarment last month, claiming he took the women's cases but then stopped working on them and ignored the clients' calls.  Officials say Biondi was removed from the cases and then repeatedly ignored paperwork summoning him to disciplinary hearings.