The Tri-County Report for August, 28th 2014

Tri-county Report for August, 28th 2014

A new poll shows Democrat Tom Wolf retains a wide lead over Pennsylvania's Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.The statewide telephone survey released Thursday by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster shows Wolf favored by 49 percent of registered voters, Corbett backed by 24 percent and 25 percent undecided. That's about the same as the finding in a June poll by the same pollster. The latest poll shows majorities believe it is important for the next governor to make major changes to the state pension and income-tax systems. Pension reform is a top Corbett agenda item that's stalled in the Legislature, while Wolf proposes overhauling the income tax.

State Police in Lawrence County are reminding motorists that state police along wiht Municipal Police Departments will be conducting imparied driving checkpoints this Labor Day weekend.  Driver are reminded to proceed slowly and cautiously into any checkpoint and be prepared to show a valid drivers license, along with proof of registration and insurance.

24 year old Steven Michael Tedrow of Center Church Road in Ellwood City was arrested by Shenango Township Police on rape charges in connection with incidents that allegedly occured back in March.  The New Castle News reports along with the charge of rape, Tedrow faces charges of simple assault, harassment, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and aggravated indecent assault. Police said a woman told them Tedrow held her against her will for a week at a hotel on Route 422 in Shenengo Township. She said he hit her and chocked her with is belt and that Tedrow raped her once.  Tedrow was arraigned and bond set at 75 thousand dollars.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is trying to decriminalize out-of-state alcohol purchases.  Representative John Taylor sent out a co-sponsorship memo Tuesday outlining the legislation, which would allow consumers to buy liquor in other states.  Currently, by law, people living in Pennsylvania can buy a bottle of wine or liquor outside the state and take it back in as a gift if they fill out the proper paperwork and pay the proper taxes.  Otherwise, it is illegal.  Taylor says he doesn't want to subject people to criminal prosecution because they buy a couple bottles of wine in another state.

 A Washington High School student is facing charges for taking a knife to school.  The 18-year-old man reportedly had a multi-purpose tool with two blades when he entered the school Tuesday morning.  He then took a bus to classes at Western Area Career and Technology Center in Canonsburg, where an instructor found and confiscated the weapon.

Extra patrols are being added in Ten Mile Park in Washington County on the heels of reports of a man who has been trying to lure children.  Officials say the incidents started about a month ago and even though the suspect has not touched any children, officials are concerned he may get more aggressive.  He is described as white, about six-feet tall and 190 pounds with light hair.  He has been seen riding a blue and red mountain bike.  Anyone who has seen the suspect or has information on his identity is asked to call police.

State Senator Mike Folmer is pushing his bill to legalize medical marijuana.  Folmer attended a town hall meeting on the subject Tuesday in the Italian American Club in Export and said Pennsylvanians have an inalienable right to take control of their health.  State Senate leaders have been discussing the bill but some are cautious, deferring to the Food and Drug Administration, which maintains that marijuana has no medicinal use.

Drivers on Interstate 79 are going to be dealing with delays for a bit longer.PennDOT has issued a travel advisory for the stretch of highway in Cranberry and Jackson Townships as daytime, single lane restrictions will continue both northbound and southbound.
The lanes are being closed to accommodate joint repair work.

The administration of Gov. Tom Corbett says an announcement could be made soon on the Republican's plan to use billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars to subsidize private health insurance policies.A state Department of Public Welfare official said Wednesday that negotiations with the federal government are in the final stages. Corbett has sought changes to the traditional Medicaid coverage for the private insurance plans that would funded by expansion dollars under the 2010 federal health care law.
Opposition from the Obama administration prompted him to ease one condition: a work-search requirement for able-bodied, working-age Medicaid enrollees.

A Greene County man has a preliminary hearing today on charges he tied rope around the necks of his two dogs, tied them to the hitch of his truck and dragged them down the road.  William Wilkinson has been charged with animal cruelty for the July incident in Wayne Township.  Wilkinson says the dogs got out of his yard and he was trying to get them home.  He claims he was only driving two-miles-an-hour and didn't know the rope would strangle the animals.