DRUGGED DRIVING

In Pennsylvania, the number of drugged driving vehicle crashes has jumped from 3,019 in 2011 to 4,078 last year. The same trend is seen nationwide as Heroin & other drug users who typically used to buy it and go home to get high or go to a party now seem to be so anxious to get high or sick from withdrawal that they’ll shoot up as soon as they get in the car before the overdose takes effect causing them to lose consciousness.

Suspicious Fire in Mercer County

A fire in a vacant house in Mercer County jumped to a neighboring house overnight.

Those homeowners were across the street at the time so no one was hurt. The fire on Walnut Street in Sharon is the latest in a series of blazes that have vexed firefighters.

“This year alone, we’ve had, I think, 19 fires (and) 16 were suspicious in nature,”said Sharon police Chief Gerald Smith
On July 31, a juvenile was arrested for starting fires in five vacant homes in one day, according to the Sharon Herald.

Two weeks earlier, they arrested John Andrew Burns; he is suspected in at least a dozen suspicious fires, the Herald reported.

Thursday night’s fire is under investigation.

SEX TRAFFICKING LAWS

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro signed a letter along with 49 other Attorney Generals asking Congress to amend a law so that state and local authorities can prosecute online sex traffickers.

A statement from Shapiro’s office said it “actively pursues” predators who seek victims via online apps and the change in the CDA (Communications Decency Act) would “assist these law enforcement efforts” being undertaken.

Shapiro said. “Federal enforcement alone is not enough to stop the growth in online child sex trafficking. We need clear authority to investigate and prosecute anyone and any company that promotes these horrible crimes.”

The AGs said “it is both ironic and tragic that the CDA, which was intended to protect children from indecent material on the internet, is now used as a shield by those who profit from prostitution and crimes against children.”

 

Geneva College is the Huntington Business Spotlight for August 2017

Geneva College is being honored as the Huntington Business Spotlight for the month of August 2017. Dr. Calvin Troup, Geneva College President and Dr. Melinda Stephens, Geneva College Dean of Academic Programs were welcomed to Teleforum with Frank Sparks by Frank and Tom Nist, Huntington Bank Senior Vice President.

Dr. Troup and Dr. Stephens spoke to the listeners from 9 to 10 a.m. this morning. They discussed the long storied history of Geneva College, the many academic programs offered, Satellite Campus’ and Geneva College’s commitment to the community. Dr. Troup and Dr. Stephens also answered questions from the listeners. If you are interested in Geneva College and would like to get more information on their many programs you can click on the link below to be directed to the college website.

http://www.geneva.edu/

Black Bear spotted in Chippewa

Several reports of a black bear raiding bird feeders in Chippewa have been made. Photos were seen of the bear on Oakville, Pleasantville and Sunview Drives. Yogi was even seen crossing roads in the middle of the day. It is suggested that you never go near or feed any wild animals.

Photo courtesy of Diane Brosius

Beaver County River Regatta

Fireworks 2 nights in a row? That’s the plan for this Saturday and Sunday at the Beaver County River Regatta in Bridgewater. There will be something for everyone as the event kicks off Friday night. Speed boats, bands, a fishing derby, anything that floats and old motorcycles. Admission is free and plenty of food and merchandise vendors will be set up on Riverside Drive.

Special edition of “Your Personal Realtor with Eric McKenna” to air this Saturday from 10 A.M. to Noon.

(Beaver Falls, PA)  Due to the overwhelming response and popularity of the Wednesday afternoon real estate talk show, “Your Personal Realtor with ReMax Advanced Realtor Eric McKenna”, Beaver County Radio is announcing plans to air a special edition of the show this Saturday August 19, 2017 from 10 A.M. to Noon.  The special airing is being scheduled because the regular Wednesday edition of the program  was preempted due to a Pirates Baseball broadcast.

During a recent meeting at WBVP and WMBA,  show host Eric McKenna offered “This will give listeners who haven’t been able to tune in recently, a chance to catch the show again” .  McKenna was referring to the fact that his radio show originally started out on Saturday Mornings.

Listeners can call 724-843-1888 or 724-774-1888  to join the show  live on the air, or watch a live video  feed on  Eric McKenna’s Facebook Page.

Plan your drive into Pgh with these lane closures in mind

PennDOT is announcing daylight lane restrictions on Camp Horne Road. Those single-lane restrictions will occur in each direction On Camp Horne Road between Ben Avon Heights Road and I-279 from 9 AM to 3 PM today and tomorrow because of rumble strip milling and paving work.

The work is part of the $87.94 million dollar Parkway North Improvement Project which includes patching & overlay, preservation of bridges & overhead sign structures, repairs to walls & ramps, lighting improvements, HOV repairs and more including an anti-icing system installation on bridges at the McKnight Road interchange.

Please use caution while driving through the area, especially on your way to today’s Pirates game.

Motorists can check conditions 24 hours a day on major roadways by visiting 511PA.com or thru a 511PA smartphone app or by calling 511.