The heroin epidemic in Beaver County will be the topic of a three-night seminar – beginning tonight – in Beaver Falls, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 604. Mike Donnadio- organizer of the event – tells Beaver County Radio newsman Pat Septak that the seminar is open to the public, from teenagers on up. There is no cost to attend. The seminar will be held at St. Monica Parish on Thorndale Drive in Beaver Falls from 7 to 9pm…that’s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19th through the 21st.
An elderly woman was life-flighted to a local hospital after being hit by a car in Beaver Falls late this morning. Chief Chichy tells Beaver County Radio newsman Pat Septak that the woman was pushing a shopping cart when a car making a turn hit her at the corner of 15th Street and 7th Avenue, causing her head injuries. The woman’s identity and condition have not been released. The driver of the vehicle cooperated with authorities and will not likely be charged in the incident. Police say it was an accident.
Three mentally disabled brothers died in a Lawrence County house fire that appears to have been fueled by some kind of flammable liquid in several spots. That’s why state police and the Lawrence County coroner are treating the deaths of Daniel, Robert and Richard Fombell as homicides. But they haven’t ruled out that one or more of the brothers may have caused the Thursday morning blaze in Shenango Township. Firefighters were called to that same house this morning for another fire.
Officials say a body pulled from the Beaver River on Tuesday night was an apparent suicide. According to the Beaver County Coroner’s office, a 63-year-old Bridgewater man died as a result of drowning. The death has been ruled a suicide.
A Zelienople man is heading to trial for an alleged drunken hit-and-run. Benjamin Logan is accused of rear-ending a truck on Route 19 in July and then driving off at speeds of more than 100 miles-an-hour. He hit another vehicle in a construction zone before he was stopped by police. Logan was held for court on Thursday.
The Aliquippa School Board approved a request from elementary principal A’Frica Shepard to participate in the PNC School Bank program. That’s according to Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano. She says that Ms. Shepard explained the program for kids that the bank offers. She told the board she is hoping to have a banking night where parents will be invited and they will be required to bring their child’s social security card and fill out permission for the child to open a savings . Ms. Shepard said it takes $5 to open a savings , and savings can help them buy a bike.Under the program the students train as tellers, also. At the Aliquippa Elementary School there are over 650 students. Final approval to hire Brittany Halbig as the district’s athletic trainer was given. She will be paid $15 an hour with a cap of $10,000. The Pittsburgh Steelers will pay her $25,000 from 8/31- 5/31. The payment is retroactive to August 17, 2016. Danny Sonsini was approved as the detention monitor for the junior/senior high school at a rate of $30 an hour. The board accepted the resignation of Ola Jaber JSHS Spanish teacher effective October 16, 2016.
Ambridge Borough Council met last night and council president Mike Mikulich was presented the Carol Sambol award from PA Boroughs Association representative Wendy Nickerson, according to Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano. Mikulich has been serving on council for 25 years. The borough entered a 2016 Borough news Municipal Newsletter Contest for a population of 5.001 to 7,500, and won first place . Nickerson presented the plaque to officials , according to Joe Kauer, borough manager..On Friday, September 23 at 6 p.m. the church tour will be conducted. Anyone wanting the $10 tickets should stop at the borough office. From 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Laughlin Memorial Library’s Oktoberfest will take place., and tickets can be purchased at the library. On Saturday, September 24 the Ambridge Fall Festival of churches begin at 11:30 a.m. begin in PJ Caul Park. At noon church bells from the 12 participating churches will ring The festivities will conclude at 7 p.m. Activities will be sponsored by the borough’s parks and recreation committee.. Ethnic foods, vendors, and entertainment will be available.
Three men were believed to be trapped in a house fire this morning in Shenango Township, Lawrence County. However, firefighters went through the home on Circle Drive but found nobody inside. Neighbors were trying to get the men out before fire crews arrived. It remains unclear where the occupants are. A large blast of smoke was seen suddenly rushing through the front door at one point, but the fire was eventually brought under control before 9 a.m.
Beaver County Radio News has learned that charges are expected to be filed by the end of the week, as a result of an investigation of a report that a parent pulled out a gun at a youth football game. As we reported yesterday, officers were called to the Rochester School District’s football field Sunday after the man displayed the gun during an altercation behind the bleachers. Rochester Township Police Chief George Yasich tells newsman Pat Septak that charges in the case will likely be filed Thursday or Friday. It’s still not known if any of the fifth and sixth grade players saw the gun. Chief Yasich is in the process of interviewing witnesses and is still asking anyone with information to call police.
Budget Director Ricardo Luckow gave the first indication that next year’s Beaver County budget is going to need an influx of revenue, leaving the door open for a tax increase, according to Beaver County Radio’s Greg Benedetti. Minus chairman Sandie Egley, Commissioners Dan Camp and Tony Amadio had no comment on Luckow’s report. Luckow said about 50 county departments are being asked to cut their budgets 12 percent for 2017. So far, three departments have submitted a completed budget and the rest are expected to follow suit by the end of the month. Luckow definitively said projections indicate a budget for next year cannot be accomplished without an increase in revenue. At present, the current budget is projected to end with a two-point-nine-million-dollar deficit.