Suspect Arrested In Series of Suspicious Fires in Beaver Falls

A suspect has been arrested following a series of suspicious fires in and around Beaver Falls. 31-year-old Zachary Metcalf of Beaver Falls was picked up early this morning by Beaver Falls police. Metcalf faces several charges, including 9 counts of arson. Beaver County Radio was there as Police Chief Charles Jones and Fire Chief Mark Stowe held a joint news conference this morning to make the announcement.

Monaca Drowning Victim Identified

A man who drowned in the Ohio River over the weekend has been identified. The Beaver County Coroner’s office says 81-year-old William Gallagher died as a result of an accidental drowning. Monaca Police say Gallagher fell into the river around 2:30  Saturday afternoon. Police have not released any information regarding the circumstances of Gallagher’s death.

Infant Found Dead in Parking Lot

Police are investigating the death of an infant found over the weekend in the girl’s parents’ car in a Baden parking lot. Police tell KDKA-TV the couple told them they tried to take their daughter to a hospital but ran out of gas. Both have been arrested on bench warrants unconnected to the child’s death.

String of Suspicious Fires Continues in Beaver Falls

Another round of fires this weekend in Beaver falls, and all of them are considered suspicious. One of the fires started last night near the corner of 18th Street and West Avenue. Firefighters say the house was vacant. Another fire broke out about six blocks away in the 22-hundred block of Short 10th Avenue in White Township. On Saturday, firefighters were called out to a home at the corner of 21st Street and 13th Avenue. That house was also vacant. Beaver Falls Fire Chief Mark Stowe tells Beaver County Radio that brings the number of suspicious vacant house fires in the city to 13.

Court Says No to Graham Spanier

A court has said no to former Penn State president Graham Spanier’s request to travel to Saudi Arabia. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Spanier, who is awaiting trial on perjury charges in the Sandusky scandal, wanted to go to the Middle East to meet with higher education officials.

Kathleen Kane preparing for re-election campaign

Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she’s preparing for a re-election campaign but doesn’t believe she’ll be eligible to run for a second term next year, so long as her law license remains suspended. The State Supreme Court ordered the temporary suspension Monday as she fights perjury and other allegations. Meanwhile, Kane has joined her counterparts from more than two dozen other states in opening a probe of Volkswagen over admissions it rigged diesel emissions technology. Kane calls the automaker’s revelations “disturbing”.

House Approves Short-Term Budget

The State House has approved a short-term budget although Governor Tom Wolf has already promised he will veto the plan. Voting fell along party lines yesterday by lawmakers. Wolf wants Republicans to come up with significantly more funding for public schools and to fix a long-term deficit. Elder Vogel Jr. – the Republican senator from the 47th district – talked about the budget process from the Republican perspective on AM Beaver County with Al Goehring this morning. Vogel says if Wolf follows through with his veto of the bill, then it’s back to the drawing board for legislators in Harrisburg.

Beaver Falls Municipal Authority hosts community tour.

The Beaver Falls Municipal Authority held an annual tour of its intake and water treatment facility  in Eastvale Thursday evening.    Many  community leaders had the opportunity to walk through and get a quick overview of the Beaver Falls Municipal Authority operations.  Beaver falls Municipal Authority General Manager, Jim Riggio ,hosted the annual event to allow members of the communities that the authority serves to see the facility first hand,  learn about new updates, as well as provide education about the entire process of providing water to municipalities.