The man accused of setting 11 arsons in Beaver Falls reportedly told police he caused the fires because he was tired of seeing abandoned homes in the city. 21-year-old Zachary Metcalf is charged with starting nine fires in Beaver Falls and two in White Township between August and September. Beaver Falls Police Chief Charles Jones confirmed to Beaver County Radio that he did make that statement to police, but Chief Jones says they’re not considering that an official motive for the long string of arsons in this case.
Six-Hour Standoff Ends Peacefully
A nearly six-hour standoff involving police in Harmony Township has ended with police arresting a man early this morning. Pittsburgh-area media report the standoff began after Robert Rankin allegedly walked around his yard in Harmony with a shotgun after an argument with his girlfriend.
Revised Wolf Tax Plan To Be Released Today
Governor Tom Wolf won’t say whether he’s been able to attract any support from Republican lawmakers for a tax plan he supports. Wolf yesterday warned that steep education funding cuts are inevitable if he can’t persuade enough lawmakers to back higher taxes. He’ll lay out a revised tax plan today.
Police: “Bored” nuke plant worker downloaded child porn
Police say a nuclear plant worker in Shippingport downloaded hundreds of child pornography pictures because he was bored. FirstEnergy Corporation says the company promptly reported the images when they were found in October 2013, and fired the worker from the Beaver Valley Power Station three days later. The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation says 51 printed images of children ages 10 to 16 were found in Raymond Fischer Jr.’s open locker, and hundreds more on his work computer. He faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 13.
Beaver Considering Banning Skateboarding; Public Meeting Tonight
New skateboarding rules are being considered in Beaver. A meeting is being held tonight to find out what the public thinks of an ordinance that council is considering that would ban skateboarding after dark…and would require helmets to be worn during the day. Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the municipal building on Third Street. The public is welcome to attend.
Beaver County Radio
Girls’ High School Soccer: New Brighton 7, Neshannock 1 (Final)
It was Seniors Maya Watkins and Anna Kelly that led the way for the New Brighton Lady Lions as they defeat Neshannock on Senior Night (October 5). The win puts the Lions at 9-1 in Section 1-A, and 10-2 overall.
WBVP/WMBA’s Bob Barrickman and Eddy Crowe have the highlights of the game.
Neshannock Takes The Early Lead
Anna Kelly Ties The Game 1-1
Anna Kelly Gets Her Second Goal (2-1)
Maya Watkins Hat Trick (Lions’ 3rd, 4th, & 6th Goals)
Lynsee Monac Makes It 5-1
Michaela Watkins Scores (7-1)
Final Call Of The Game
Today is Voter Registration Deadline
Today is the last day Pennsylvanians can register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. State officials are reminding residents they can register online for the first time as long as they have a PennDOT driver’s license or PennDOT identification card. Pennsylvanians also can still register in person at many state and county offices.
Military Honors Provided for Beaver County Veterans
A special honor over the weekend for a group of veterans that provides military honors for other vets of Beaver County. Carl Hughes is part of the Beaver County Special Unit. He tells Beaver County Radio that they are a 14-member group that provides a 10-minute ceremony that consists of an eulogy, a rifle salute and Taps. He says they try to do this for every honorably discharged veteran in Beaver County when they are called by the funeral directors. Over the weekend, the group provided military honors for Adam Stone. He’s the gentleman at the Shell Cracker Plant, whose remains from 1812 were recently unearthed. The Beaver County Special Unit re-inturred him Saturday at Beaver, with the rest of his family they found.
Tentative Contract Agreement Reached in Central Valley School District
Students in the Central Valley School District did have class this morning, despite earlier plans that called for a teacher’s strike. Over the weekend, Superintendent Nick Perry released a statement on the district’s website that says the district had reached a tentative agreement with the Central Valley Education Association on a contract extension. So classes were held today as scheduled.