Aliquippa council chambers were packed to capacity last night and Mayor Dwan Walker addressed residents about the killing of 2 teens last night. According to Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano, Walker said that the teens came to the city looking for trouble, and now six families are affected by the fatal shootings last week. He added, “We all have to step up” , “Parents have to parent their children.””This city has much to offer”. Council approved the hiring of Michael lee Tucker , based on Street Dept. Superintendent Sam Cooper. The Fire Department received approval to hire a temporary full time firefighter. Nathan Abbott will fill that position. Police Chief Don Couch commended the fire department and DA’s office for processing the crime scene last Thursday evening , and he said” the young people are fed up with the violence in this town. A 13 year old, he said, and others stepped forward to solve the case. City Administrator Sam Gill said, “we appreciate Chief Couch and his department.” Residents applauded Couch after gill’s and Mayor Dwan Walker’s praise for the chief who has been serving Aliquippa for 20 years. Public safety chairman Art Piroli, Jr. said there were 4 overdoses in the city yesterday, and 2 on Tuesday.. A grant from the DA’ s office has made Narcan available to the city as of midnight.
The Beaver County Commissioners fired Chief of Staff Joe Weidner yesterday afternoon by two of the three commissioners. Beaver County Radio’s Greg Benedetti says that commisioners Sandie Egley and Tony Amadio made the joint decision to fire Weidner for financial reasons. He says that commissioner Dan Camp was against the move, but the firing only takes two votes to pass. The commissioners cancelled their monthly appearance on Beaver County Radio’s Ask The Commissioners segment just moments before air time this morning on 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump comes to Beaver County next week with a rally planned at a high school. Trumps’ campaign says he’ll appear Monday at Ambridge Area Senior High School. Doors open at noon but the rally won’t begin until 3:30 p.m. It will be held in the school’s athletic field house.
The primary suspect in a double homicide in Aliquippa has turned himself in. Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano reports that Lawrence Reddick Jr. – also known as “Pooh Rat” – is now in police custody. Reddick, along with two other 17-year-olds – are charged with double homicide in connection with last Thursday’s shooting that killed 16-year-old William Booher and 18-year-old Dane Mathesius. The investigation continues.
Monaca police officers observed a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed on Route 51, near Colonial Avenue. The car left the roadway into a wooded area off of Allaire Avenue. The suspect fled on foot. Police from Center Township and Aliquippa resopnded and were able to apprehend 23-year-old Trae Ellis JAckson of Somerset. He was transferred to Heritage Valley and then to the Beaver County Jail. Numerous charges are being filed on Jackson including fleeing or attempting to flee a police officer, a felony. Several schools in the Central Valley School District were put on lockdown for a short time during the pursuit.
A driver in Ambridge crashed this morning into a parked vehicle, pushing it into a building and trapping a woman inside her apartment. The accident was reported shortly after 9 a.m. on Duss Avenue. A woman was trapped inside the apartment until the jaws of life were used to open the door. No one was hurt.
The Beaver County Commissioners’ chairman Sandie Egley says the forensic audit of Friendship Ridge is complete and the commissioners have yet to review the audit. Egley said at this morning’s work session that the commissioners need to digest the audit report and will probably address the auditing firm with questions. Egley did not have a timetable as to when the commissioners will publicly comment.
Beaver County district attorney’s office detectives and Aliquippa police are asking the public’s help in finding the accused killer in a homicide investigation, as well as a possible assault victim who ran off from the crime scene. One person is dead after a shooting in Aliquippa Thursday night in what police called a “drug deal gone bad.” 16-year-old William Booher was shot and killed in a car near the intersection of Wade and Meadow streets on Thursday in what authorities say was a drug deal gone bad. Booher was repeatedly shot in the head after he turned over his money and marijuana in the robbery. Police have a warrant for the arrest of homicide suspect 17-year-old Lawrence “Pooh Rat” Reddick Jr.of Aliquippa. He is to be considered armed and dangerous,” The DA’s office has also announced homicide charges against Ronald Harvey “Reno” Foster Jr. and Deontae Jones, both 17 and of Aliquippa. The criminal complaints allege that Foster, Jones and Reddick conspired to rob Booher of weed and money, and that Reddick shot Booher during the robbery. And Authorities are also looking for the driver who ran off — 18-year-old Dane Reed Mathesius, of the Brighton Township and New Sewickley areas. Police don’t know if he was wounded or is in hiding. Either way, they want to find him. Any person with information about the whereabouts of Reddick or Mathesius is asked to call Aliquippa police at 724-375-6682 or Beaver County 911.
Hopewell Area School District Supt. Dr. Michelle Miller announced yesterday that an anti-bullying program was kicked off at the middle school last Friday . She said students in grades 5-8 had a 1/2 day on Friday morning to get the students excited and they focused on their expectations. The program is called OLWEUS, a positive behavior program. She said a new handbook is issued to the students annually outlining the expectations. She said” the district is working with the students homes, families, and the students and they know what the district’s expectations are.”Dr. Miller said the students were taught what they can do as a bystander or victim of bullying.” Dr miller added, “our students are serving us well.””
Aliquippa High School’s 1991 WPIAL FOOTBALL CHAMPS WILL BE HONORED ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2016 during halftime at the PIT. The QUIPS play Hopewell that evening. Frank Marocco was head coach. Aliquippa Elementary School principal A’frica T. Sheppard announced the Marocco will be honored as Aliquippa’ UNSUNG HERO for his accomplishments and as a man who made a difference in the lives of his players. on Saturday October 29 at the Fez by STRIVE4XLNTS, INC. a group that was founded by Ms. Sheppard in 2011 to provide scholarships for students attending college from Aiquippa High School.Ms. Sheppard said in a recent interview she funded the scholarships for 4 years until the program got off the ground. Ms. Shepard is a 1991 graduate of Aliquippa High School. The group’s scholarships are named after her late grandmother Oprah l. Henderson, who was a hairdresser. Ms. Henderson was one of the founders of the Women’s Achievement Club in Aliquippa in 1940.