Jeff Bost’s last visit on the Teleforum talk program was a discussion about clinical depression. (John Fetterman) Jeff’s visit this Tuesday is about concussions. (Mitch McConnell) He also cohosts Living Well w Dr. Joseph Maroon on Saturdays on the St. Barnabas Radio network. Jeff is Brilliant, and you will be smarter after listening to him. Eddy, not so much. Teleforum is on every weekday from 9 till noon on am1230, am1460, fm99.3, and fm95.7. Teleforum is also heard on the free Beaver County Radio app!
Retrial To Begin Tuesday In Slaying Of Off-Duty Pittsburgh Officer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A retrial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in western Pennsylvania in the death of an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed in a street confrontation more than 3 1/2 years ago.
Attorneys for Christian Bey, 34, sought and were granted a mistrial ruling by an Allegheny County judge last week after a prosecution witness mentioned that she had known the defendant since he moved into the neighborhood after having been “released from prison.”
Prosecutors said jury selection for the retrial began the next day and was completed Friday.
Bey is charged with homicide in the July 2019 shooting that killed 36-year-old Officer Calvin Hall after an apparent dispute at a Homewood block party. Hall was off-duty at the time and visiting friends on the street.
In the first trial, a prosecutor told jurors that DNA on the murder weapon matched that of the defendant, the Tribune-Review reported. Defense attorney Carmen Robinson, however, said the case was about “a rush to judgment and a biased investigation.”
Prosecutors last month notified the court that they no longer intended to seek the death penalty if the defendant is convicted of first-degree murder.
Allegheny County DA Seeks Death Penalty In McKeesport Officer’s Killing
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty if they win a first-degree murder conviction against a man charged in last month’s shooting death of one police officer and the wounding of another in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
Johnathan Jermia Morris, 31, of McKeesport is charged in Allegheny County with criminal homicide, attempted homicide and assaulting a law enforcement officer, as well as firearms crimes in the Feb. 6 shootings about 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Pittsburgh.
In a notice filed with the court Friday, prosecutors said capital punishment would be warranted for several reasons, including that the victim was a police officer, the crime was committed during another felony and it created a grave risk of death to another person. Pennsylvania hasn’t executed anyone since 1999.
Authorities have said officers were called to a home over a dispute involving a man having a mental health crisis. When they caught up with Morris, he “ suddenly produced a handgun ” and fired, killing Officer Sean Sluganski, 32, and wounding another officer, authorities alleged.
Wounded by return fire, Morris ran to a parking lot and sought help. A person putting a tourniquet on his leg reported seeing Morris pull a handgun and point it at a third approaching officer, sparking another exchange of gunfire, authorities said.
Detective Patrick Kinavey testified during a preliminary hearing last month that Morris said he didn’t remember firing at Sluganski and only did so after failing to scare the officers off. He shot at the third officer because he said he feared the officer was “out for blood,” Kinavey said.
Gov. Josh Shapiro has called on state lawmakers to repeal the death penalty and says he won’t sign death warrants and will issue reprieves on scheduled executions, extending his predecessor’s policies.
There are 101 people on death row in Pennsylvania. Since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976, only three people who dropped appeals have been executed.
Ambridge School Board Approves Grants For School Resource Officers & Security Cameras
(Sandy Giordano/Beaver County Radio)
The Ambridge School District Board has approved and accepted a Targeted Resource Officer grant for $75,000. The grant money will be used to offset the funding of current SRO services.
The board also approved the upgrade of security cameras for the high school at a cost of $37,225.
Their next meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 19.
EPA to Hold Next Community Open House On Thursday At East Palestine High School
(A view of the scene Feb. 24, 2023, as the cleanup continues at the site of of a Norfolk Southern freight train derailment that happened on Feb. 3 in East Palestine, Ohio. Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro said Monday, March 6, 2023 that Norfolk Southern has pledged several million dollars to cover the cost of the response and recovery in Pennsylvania after last month’s derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals just across the border in Ohio. (AP Photo/Matt Freed, file)
EAST PALESTINE, Ohio – The EPA said Sunday night that they will hold the next community open house on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at East Palestine High School. EPA staff will be available to discuss soil sampling results.
Last Friday, EPA notified Norfolk Southern of its obligation pursuant to the Unilateral Administrative Order to identify EPA-certified disposal facilities and ship waste safely and swiftly.
EPA’s letter to Norfolk Southern: Re: C5XR Unilateral Administrative Order Waste Disposal is located here: Norfolk Southern Letter Final (epa.gov)
EPA’s letter to State Commissioners, Directors, and Secretaries Re: Alert Disposal of Hazardous Waste Material from East Palestine, Ohio, Train Derailment Site is located here: EPA Memo to Alert Regarding Disposal of Hazardous
Waste Material from East Palestine, Ohio, Train Derailment Site
Response By the Numbers
• 6,186 tons est. of contaminated soil shipped (+93 tons from yesterday)
• 7.25 million est. gallons of liquid wastewater shipped (+186,577 million gallons from yesterday)
• 618 indoor air screenings
• The Welcome Center has received 338 visitors
Soil Removal at the Derailment Site:
Soil removal continues at the derailment site and approximately 6,186 tons of contaminated soil has shipped to disposal facilities. Work at the site includes removing tracks in sections, and removing soil and placing it in a staging area for disposal. Soil removal continues on the south track rail area; planning for the north track rail removal is underway. During the soil removal process, Norfolk Southern, with EPA oversight, will conduct soil sampling beneath the excavated rail track.
Liquid Waste Removal:
Wastewater is collected to ensure water does not leave the derailment site or staging piles of contaminated soil. Wastewater is generated after rain falls on contaminated soil and is collected and from cleaning and washing trucks before they leave site. An estimated 7.25 million gallons of wastewater has been shipped offsite to
appropriate disposal facilities.
EPA and Norfolk Southern contractors continue to take soil samples at agricultural, commercial, recreational and residential properties in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. To date, 97 properties have been sampled. This soil sampling effort will help identify if contaminants, including SVOCs and dioxins, are present and may have been caused by the train derailment.
Preliminary soil sample results are coming back from the lab – this information will be shared with property owners and the public after quality checks are complete.
To date, 618 indoor air screenings have been conducted. Air monitoring continues 24/7 at 23 stations throughout the community. No detections of vinyl chloride or hydrogen chloride have been identified.
During the soil removal at the derailment site, EPA and independent contractors are conducting air monitoring within the work zone and throughout the surrounding community. This includes continuous air monitoring and sampling at the site and throughout the community as well as the use of EPA’s Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer
(TAGA) mobile laboratory which is conducting an air monitoring route near the soil excavation area. EPA does not anticipate exceedances of levels of health concern as a result of the soil removal work.
See operational updates from other agencies supporting this incident response below.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
• FEMA has been working closely with the state since the beginning of this incident and has been in constant contact regarding emergency operations since February 4—less than 12 hours after the train derailment.
• In total, FEMA deployed 70 personnel to help coordinate this multiagency effort and get the people of East Palestine connected to critical information and resources.
• Specifically, FEMA recently supported Interagency Community Outreach teams with door-to-door outreach in the affected area, sharing valuable information with residents and businesses.
• These teams engaged with affected residents in the community and more than 2,200 flyers were distributed to individuals or dropped off at their homes and businesses.
Department of Transportation (DOT)&National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
• DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently urged all railroad operators to create and maintain emergency response plans for the transport of hazardous materials, strengthen the accessibility of the AskRail system, and inform PHMSA when they identify responders who are not able to access PHMSA’s grant-funded training. Read the PHMSA Safety Advisory Notice: Railroad
• NTSB, an independent federal agency, is leading the investigation into the cause of the derailment.
Read NTSBs recently issued an Investigative Update with factual findings on their investigation on the ground.
• Within hours of the derailment, staff from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration staff were on the scene to support the NTSB investigation.
• Upon completion of the investigation, DOT will use all relevant authorities to ensure accountability and improve safety.
• DOT is demanding immediate actions from the Class I railroads, announcing continued and expanded action from DOT, and calling on Congress to take actions that will hold the industry accountable.
Norfolk Southern Corporation
• For daily updates community members can view the Norfolk Southern website
• Sign-ups are now available for the Norfolk Southern Rail Response Training Center Classes in Bellevue, OH.
Eight one-day classes are available, starting on March 21. This is a free 8-hour, hands-on class (8:30 am to 5:30 pm) and lunch will be provided.
• Go to this site to register: https://www.transcaer.com/training/training-events/oh/norfolk-southern-rail-response-training-center/25868. Other upcoming dates at the NS Rail Response Training Center are March 23, 25, 30 AND April 1, 6, 8, 13.
Aliquippa Defeats Bishop Canevin 67-56
After being down 27-26 at the half, Aliquippa began to assert itself in the second half. Aliquippa spread the scoring out which made it harder to key on anyone. Four players had 14 or more points. They also shot 13 out of 15 at the free throw line. For Bishop Canevin, two players had 44 of 56 points. the other three had 12 points.
CCBC Players Of The Game
Aliquippa: Demarcus Walker
Bishop Canevin: Shea Champine
Lincoln Park Pervails 69-66 Over Laurel Highlands In 4A Quarter Final!!!
The Lincoln Park Leopards traveled to Norwin High School to battle for a chance to move on in the PIAA High School boys basketball 4A quarter finals against the Laurel Highlands Mustangs. The game started slow for these two high powered teams with all the marbles up for grabs, Meleek Thomas started the scoring off with a 2 pointer DeAndre Moyle cleaned up the boards and went all the way to make it 10-7 Leopards and Meleek Thomas hit a big three pointer to make it 13-7,at the end of the first it was the Leopards 15 Mustangs 12. The Mustangs came out in the 2nd quarter and got out to a 19-15 lead, the game was a little bit strange for the Leopards with 3 players having 2 fowls each in the second, but the Leopards went into the half 28-25. This game had a lot action this is just some of the highlights in the second half, DeAndre Moyle hit a three pointer to put them up by 6 And Green then gets a slam dunk to put them up by 8 and Brandon Cummings made 4 big free throws when they needed them last but not least Meleek Thomas scored 7 points in one minute to create a spark for Lincoln Park. It ended with two good teams making some great plays when they needed to final score 69-66. The game was heard right here on 95.7fm 99.3fm 1230WBVP/1460WMBA and world wide on Beaver County Radio by Mike Azadian and Joe Salopek stay tuned for Aliquippa boys and Blackhawk girls will both play on Saturday 3-18 23 In the PIAA state playoffs.
Fetterman to Open Pittsburgh Regional Office
PITTSBURGH, PA – Pennsylvania U.S. Senator John Fetterman’s office today announced that it would open a Pittsburgh regional office at 310 Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh. The office will open to the public in early April.
“Our team is proud to open another office to serve the people of Pennsylvania, this time in Pittsburgh,” said Joe Pierce, Senator Fetterman’s State Director. “This location will provide top services to the people of southwestern Pennsylvania as we continue to staff up our constituent services and outreach departments.”
The Pittsburgh office will be led by Western Pennsylvania Regional Director Elizabeth Casertano, an Allegheny County native. Casertano was Fetterman’s Deputy Political Director during his campaign and formerly served as the Executive Director of the Allegheny County Democratic Party.
The Pittsburgh office will be Senator Fetterman’s fifth open in-state office location. He has already opened offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Erie, and his Wilkes-Barre office will open to the public in early April. More offices will be opening in the coming weeks and months.
The full address for GPS is 310 Grant Street, Suite 1440, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
The office will house multiple senior-level staffers, in addition to constituent services and outreach staff for counties located in the southwestern part of the state.
Vogel Announces $5.3 Million in Grants for Community Improvement Projects in 47th Senate District
HARRISBURG – State Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47) today announced the approval of more than $5 million in state funding for community improvement projects across the 47th Senate District.
“I’m pleased to announce this critical funding for community improvement projects in the 47th Senate District,” Vogel said. “It’s important that state government partners with our local cities, townships and boroughs to help pay for projects that benefit local communities.”
Vogel said the following Local Share Account Program grants were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded by local gaming revenue:
- The City of Aliquippa will receive $500,000 for infrastructure improvements to a city building.
- The Aliquippa Municipal Water Authority will receive $250,000 for the construction of a new collector well.
- Beaver Borough will receive $115,424 to purchase and install police radios.
- Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development will receive $300,000 for renovations of a building located in Beaver Falls City.
- Beaver Falls Municipal Authority will receive $1 million for renovations to the Chippewa water tank in Chippewa Township.
- Big Beaver Borough will receive $200,000 for storm drainage improvements and resurfacing of Eagle Rock Road.
- Center Township Sanitary Authority will receive $82,544 to purchase a utility dump truck for use in Monaca Borough and the townships of Center, Hopewell and Potter.
- Darlington Township will receive $300,000 for renovations to the area surrounding the municipal complex.
- Harmony Township will receive $519,900 to rehabilitate and renovate the municipal building.
- Hopewell Township will receive $93,240 for Hopewell Township Community Park playground equipment; $250,000 for the construction of a UV disinfection system at the Raccoon Creek Water Pollution Control Facility and associated tankage/electrical systems; $57,137 for new play equipment at Sharon Grange Park in Aliquippa; $149,888 for the purchase of a vactor truck; $500,000 for improvements to the Hopewell Township Wickham Village wastewater pollution control facility; and $68,984 for playground improvements at Woodlawn Park.
- Koppel Borough will receive $200,000 for streetscape improvements along Arthur Street.
- Marion Township will receive $631,176 to install water lines in Herman Road.
- Midland Borough Municipal Authority will receive $340,000 for the replacement of the main distribution line from the plant to Railroad Avenue.
- Monaca Borough will receive $284,500 for Civic Center site preparation and outdoor improvements.
- New Sewickley Township will receive $200,000 to purchase five new police vehicles.
- Patterson Township will receive $200,000 for the construction of a parking lot at Patterson Township Park.
- Rochester Borough Sewer and Maintenance Authority will receive $250,000 for a sanitary and combined sewer improvements project.
- Seven Fields Borough will receive $250,000 for renovation and rehabilitation of the community pool.
The following grants were awarded from the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program:
- Beaver Falls City will receive $750,000 for streetscape improvements along 7th Avenue.
- Big Beaver Borough will receive $250,000 to demolish and replace the Sherwood Drive bridge over Jordon Run.
- Ambridge Borough will receive $400,000 for streetscape improvements along Merchant Street.
- West View Water Authority will receive $336,384 to pave Tevebaugh Hollow Road located in Baden and Economy boroughs.
- Cranberry Township, Butler County will receive $391,212 to improve the intersection of Brandt Drive and Executive Drive.