GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson has kept up a business relationship with a Pittsburgh dentist convicted of insurance fraud, even as Carson has called for harsh punishment for such crimes. Records show Alfonso Costa pleaded guilty to felony health care fraud after an FBI probe.
The debate over school property taxes is heating up in Harrisburg. Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers are trying to balance the authority of school boards to increase taxes against a budget deal that would raise the state sales tax to finance reductions in school taxes.
How to protect your local drinking water. That’s the focus of a public forum in Aliquippa tonight. “Protecting Your Drinking Water: A Public Forum” is being sponsored by the Citizens To Protect Aliquippa Water and the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa. Robert Steffes chairs the residents group and is a new member of the water authority. He tells Beaver County Radio they will discuss with residents how to develop a water protection plan. The forum will be held tonight from 7:30 to 9 in the cafeteria of the Aliquippa Junior-Senior High School.
Police say a teenager will be charged as a juvenile in connection with an attack Wednesday on a 15-year-old boy with a baseball bat in Aliquippa. The incident happened near a park in the area of Griffith Street in Aliquippa around 2:30 p.m. Witnesses tell police they saw two teens arguing before one of the teens pulled out a baseball bat and hit the other on the head. A helicopter airlifted the victim to UPMC Presbyterian. Aliquippa Police Detective Steven Roberts tells Beaver County Radio that the victim is in intensive care with brain damage.
One of Beaver County Radio’s most frequent callers is featured in a front-page story in today’s Beaver County Times. Dolores Bolam of New Sewickley Township calls in almost daily to Teleforum or AM Beaver County. In the Veterans Day edition of the Times, she recalls fond memories of her older brother, Raymond West, who fought at Normandy during D-Day. Bolam shared some of those stories with Al Goehring on AM Beaver County this morning. West was a New Brighton native and a World War Two Veteran who served with distinction in the U-S Army’s First Division.
An Oakland Raiders linebacker is being investigated to determine whether he illegally taunted a police dog before a game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. WTAE-TV reports a sheriff’s deputy working with the dog last Sunday identified the player as Ray-Ray Armstrong.
Today is Veterans Day…and the Beaver County courthouse and other county offices – including district judge offices – are closed today in observance of the holiday. Federal and state government offices, post offices and banks also are closed. Most state wine and liquor stores are open for regular hours…but customers are advised to call ahead to check. Many municipal offices are also closed.
A crowd estimated to be at least 2,000 people attended the Beaver County Veterans Day Parade, which wrapped up just before noon today in New Brighton. A total of 13 marching bands marched in the parade. Bill Edwards, who chairs the committee of the New Brighton American Legion, was the grand marshal of the parade. Edwards tells Beaver County Radio the parade dates all the way back to the 1920’s. Mike Romigh and Frank Sparks hosted the broadcast of the parade today on 1230 WBVP and 1460 WMBA.
Wednesday is Veterans Day..and a New Brighton resident is doing something – with the help of friends, neighbors and local businesses – to say “thank you” to our veterans. Donna Fath is hosting a free hot breakfast to all Beaver County veterans on Veterans Day…from 7 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Conway V-F-D Hall at the corner of Foote Street and Gross Street in Conway. All they have to do is show up – no questions asked!
We’re finding out more about an emerging deal to end the state budget stalemate. Officials on both sides are urging a cautious approach, with a sales tax hike, expanded property tax cuts and other proposals yet to be settled.