Republican Tony Guy is the New County Sheriff

There’s a new sheriff in town. Voters elected Republican Tony Guy as sheriff. Guy, a 54-year-old Hopewell Township resident, received 55 percent while Democrat Wayne Kress had 45 percent. Guy will take over the office currently run by George David, who lost to Kress in the Democratic primary. The last eight years under Sheriff David were riddled with controversy.

Democratic Commissioner Joe Spanik Ousted By Voters

Election Day 2015 is behind us and Beaver County voters have sent a message – they want change in county government. It was a very good night for Republicans. A couple of GOP newcomers ousted three-term incumbent commissioner Joe Spanik from office. Spanik lost by 732 votes in his bid for a return to office. Democratic teammate Tony Amadio was the top vote-getter, with nearly 26 percent of the vote. The GOP team of Sandie Egley and Dan Camp beat Spanik, with Egley receiving about 25 percent, and Camp coming in third – just shy of 25 percent of the vote.

PA Budget Impasse Hurting Seniors

The budget impasse in Harrisburg is hitting services for seniors in Pennsylvania very hard. In some counties, state funds account for 80 percent or more of the budget for human services. According to Ray Landis, director of advocacy for A-A-R-P Pennsylvania, vital care for seniors is already being cut -and some may stop completely. Some counties have already used up their reserves and are borrowing money, laying off staff and may still have to close senior centers. So far, no senior centers in Beaver County have announced such plans.

Important Day for Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court

Today is an important day for Pennsylvania’s highest court. Voters are deciding today which of seven candidates should fill an unprecedented three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. They also are settling races for a pair of open seats on the mid-level state appellate courts and many races for local judgeships, school boards and municipal offices. The Beaver County Courthouse and other county offices – except for the elections office – are closed today. Anyone with questions or problems with voting today should call (724) 770-4440.

It’s Election Day – Don’t Forget to Vote!

Yes, Election Day is finally here. Polls opened at 7:00 this morning. They’ll remain open until 8:00 tonight. There is a full slate of state, county, municipal and school board races on the ballot today. Beaver County Elections Bureau Director Dorene Mandity says she hopes people will take advantage of the nice weather today and get out and vote. Mandity tells Beaver County Radio she’s predicting a 35 percent turnout at the polls today, but she’s hoping for 50 percent. Beaver County Radio will have all the election results in today’s key races on AM Beaver County tomorrow morning beginning at 6:30am.

Cyclists Ride to Remember Fatal Hit-and-Run Victim in Aliquippa

Cyclists got together over the weekend to ride along Market Street in Beaver during the Memorial Bike Ride Saturday…to commemorate the anniversary of Taylor Bank’s death. Banks was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bike along Route 51 in Aliquippa on October 31, 2014. The ride ended outside the Beaver County Courthouse in Beaver. A year after the fatal accident, no charges have been filed in connection with his death.

Suspect in Officer Shooting in Custody, Officer Recovering

People in Harmony Township are breathing easier now that a suspect has been arrested for the shooting of Officer Alan Loskoch. A three-day manhunt ended Friday when 28-year-old Earl Hollins turned himself in to police in Aliquippa. Officer Loskoch was shot in the chest Wednesday while on routine patrol along Beaver Road. Police believe his protective equipment or bulletproof vest saved his life.