Tri-County Report for Friday, March 7th
A Rochester woman was killed in a two vehicle accident last night in. According to State Police in Butler County, 21 year old Emily Hilliard was southbound on route 19 in Muddy Creek Township, when she lost control of her car, traveled off the roadway then traveled into the northbound lane and was struck by a car driven by 54 year old Susan Graham of Butler. Hilliard was pronounced dead at the scene. The invesitgation into the crash continues.
20 year old Daymond Waller of New Castle was arrested yesterday following a drug raid at McGrath Manor. The New Castle News reports the charges stem from a raid conducted by New Castle City Police and the Lawrence County District Attorney's Drug Task Force. Waller was charged with one count of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 10 thousand dollars bond.
VFW State Commander Russell Canevari is speaking out about the backlog in disability claims for veterans. Canevari took a trip to Washington last week to discuss ways to speed up the claims, including increases in staffing, training, and technology. Senator Bob Casey is also working on a bill that would expedite the claims filing process. Casey says veterans expect to be provided with service commiserate to their commitment to the country, and that has not happened.
The South Butler School District is getting a grant under the Safe Schools Program. District officials recently announced the 23-thousand dollars will be used to review security in the district's four buildings, enhance surveillance and put panic buttons in school offices. Administrators say they will also study “Marco Polo” routes, which are nontraditional ways of getting contraband into schools.
The state will essentially drop a controversial work-search requirement it had sought to impose as part of its overhaul of Pennsylvania's Medicaid program, according to documents that became public Thursday. A letter from Gov. Tom Corbett to Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, says the governor wants to "move forward in good faith and work towards a reasonable compromise" on the matter. He is instead proposing a voluntary pilot program called "Encouraging Employment." A letter from Gov. Tom Corbett to Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, says the governor wants to "move forward in good faith and work towards a reasonable compromise" on the matter. He is instead proposing a voluntary pilot program called "Encouraging Employment."
The Pennsylvania Superior Court is upholding former state Senator Jane Orie's conviction on corruption charges. The decision was announced yesterday and means Orie cannot run for office again and will not get her pension back. Orie was convicted in 2012 for forging documents and using state-paid staff for campaign work. She was sentenced to two-and-a-half to ten years in prison but was released last month after completing 75 percent of her minimum sentence.
A former Washington County family doctor is facing sentencing today after pleading guilty to illegally selling drug samples to his patients. Officials say Douglas Dunham was charging patients for free samples he got from pharmaceutical sales representatives. Dunham faces up to six months in prison and has surrendered his medical license.
Officials are investigating how a three-year-old child was injured in an accidental shooting in Butler. Police say the child suffered powder burns on his face after firing the gun, which he found in the armrest of a recliner in the McKinley Avenue home Saturday. So far, no charges have been filed.
The number of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees targeted by identity thieves in a bogus federal tax return scheme is now more than 300. The hospital network tells said that it is continuing to work with the Internal Revenue Service and other federal investigators to determine the scope of the scam. The IRS says 1.2 million taxpayers were the victims of similar fraud in the 2012 fiscal year. The agency intercepted about 5 million bogus returns for the 2012 tax year.
Jurors will resume deliberations today in the latest Roman Catholic priest-abuse case in Philadelphia. The Reverend Andrew McCormick has testified that he never abused a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997. McCormick has been suspended from ministry since 2011 over other allegations involving pornography and his relationships with children.
A bill allowing state-owned colleges to become autonomous is coming. State Senator Robert Tomlinson says he'll introduce the legislation early next week. Tomlinson says his bill allows healthy campuses the flexibility to grow. Opponents say state tax dollars shouldn't be used for buying back state land and buildings.
The Tri-County Report for March, 7th 2014
Tri-County Report for Friday, March 7th