Hearings Resume Today At Beaver County Courthouse On County Budget

The Beaver County Commissioners today continue work on the 2017 Beaver County budget. Budget hearings resume this afternoon in the commissioners’ conference room of the county courthouse. Here is the schedule for today: at 2pm…The commissioners will meet with the folks from district court…at 2:30, the assessment office…at 3:00, they’ll meet with the treasurer’s department and at 3:30, the register of wills. All budget hearings are open to the public.

Wrong-Way Crash On PA Turnpike Kills Two People And Injures 1 In Cranberry Township

Authorities say a wrong-way crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cranberry Township claimed the lives of two people and injured a third. State police say the two-vehicle crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday in the westbound section of the turnpike that runs through Cranberry. Police said 85-year-old Robert Humble of Cranberry was driving the wrong way when he crashed into a vehicle driven by 56-year-old Helen O’Halloran of Ridgeville, Ohio. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in O’Halloran’s vehicle was flown to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was reported in stable condition. The westbound lanes of the turnpike were closed for more than four hours. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Teen Headed To Trial For Two Other Teens’ Killings In Aliquippa

A teenager is headed to trial for two other teens’ killings in Aliquippa. With emotions running high and before a packed courtroom, a 17-year-old accused of fatally shooting two other teens in Aliquippa went before a judge Thursday. Lawrence Reddick Jr. is charged as an adult in connection with the deaths of William Cade Booher and Dane Mathesius. According to a criminal complaint, Reddick and two other teens conspired to rob Booher of marijuana and money. Police said Mathesius and Reddick set up the drug deal, citing phone records that showed they were in contact with each other just before the shooting. The killing happened in late September, when police said the two victims and a 13-year-old boy drove to Aliquippa to sell Reddick 22 grams of marijuana worth about $140. The 13-year-old was with the victims sitting in the front passenger seat. On Thursday, the teen testified about the drug deal, the shooting and what he witnessed. He said, before the three arrived in Aliquippa, there was talk that it might be a setup. The teen testified that Reddick got in the car and Booher asked if Reddick had the money. Reddick said yes, then pulled out a gun and cocked it.  Autopsy results showed that six shots struck Booher, who was in the backseat: five to his head and one to his neck. Mathesius was shot once in the chest. More than a day after Booher was shot and killed, Mathesius’  body was found behind a nearby abandoned home. Ronald Foster Jr. and Deontae Jones are also charged in connection with the shooting. Reddick’s case has been held for trial. The next step for defense attorneys is to try to get the cases moved to the juvenile court system.

Aliquippa Basketball Coach Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

The Aliquippa head basketball coach has been charged with possession of child pornography. Nick Lackovich, the head coach of Aliquippa’s boys basketball team and a Beaver County probation officer, was arrested today after police said they found child porn on his computer. Police said the images were found while they were investigating Lackovich’s alleged role in hosting a dogfighting operation. He’s charged with two counts of sexual abuse of children by knowingly possession child porn. Lackovich turned himself in to a magistrate this morning. According to a press release from the Beaver County District Attorney’s office, his lawyer said he plans to retire from Beaver County and resign as the Aliquippa basketball coach.

Center Township Police Officer Arrested After Being Accused of Stealing Drug-Related Evidence

Criminal charges have been filed against a Center Township police officer who authorities said admitted to theft and attempted concealment and destruction of evidence. A 54-count criminal complaint was filed Thursday against police Officer Jeffrey Stone. Stone is charged with theft, receiving stolen property, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and obstructing the administration of law. Stone resigned last month after he was confronted over missing narcotics in the police department’s evidence room. A state police investigation confirmed that heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, prescription drugs, and cash had been stolen from the evidence room. Stone was the primary evidence room custodian. The Beaver County district attorney’s office said in a statement that, bags had been tampered with, the drugs and cash removed and replaced and then resealed, thus compromising evidences in ongoing criminal cases which are now in jeopardy. Stone turned himself in to the magistrate’s office and was given a $25,000 bond. The officer is expected to be released later today after posting bond.

Press Conference At CCBC This Morning Previews Next Week’s Jobs Expo

A press conference was held  at the CCBC dome this morning  to announce the upcoming career expo and cracker plant training to be held next Thursday at 6 p.m,. According to Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano,  speakers  included College president Dr. Chris Reber who welcomed  all.  Dr. Reber   said that the college is pleased to host next Thursday’s expo. There will be displays showing which trades are available throughout the dome. Charles “Skip” Homan who is the board chairman Larson Design Group, and chairman of the Beaver County Partnership for Community and Economic Growth.Mr. Homan said  the primary mission to get Beaver County growing again.”With a diverse group of leaders   we want to find out how we can  change the trend in the county>”he said there are well over 100 people involved, and more want  to get involved in the Beaver County partnership.” Jack Manning president of the Beaver County chamber of Commerce also spoke. Manning said the chamber is prepared to develop and promote the county for economic growth.”he said there is 7.6%  unemployment rate in the county, and  there are 1,000 job openings in the county.”We want the jobs to come to the county, manufacturing is critical to our economy.” Other participants in the program were Dave Wytiaz, administrative director at Beaver County  Career and Technology Center, Greg Hojdila IBEW Training director, Local Union 712, and mike mcDonald, Business manager Local Union 833 Construction and General Laborers. Union.

Aliquippa School Board Hires New Girls Basketball Coach

The Aliquippa School Board hired Michelle Witt as the high school girls basketball coach at last night’s meeting.  Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano reports that she will earn $5,844 for the 2016-17 season.  Mark D;Alessandris resigned recently to coach  girls basketball at Avonworth. High school guidance counselor Kim Tonio was named the  liasion for the Lincoln Learning Solutions Credit Recovery After School program.  High School principal Alvin Gipson  explained that the program is for  seniors who  don’t have enough credits.  He said that the program is for 25-30 students.  Grades 9-12  are eligible, he added.  Mr. Gipson said we’ll concentrate on the seniors first  and next year have a program during the day for sophomores and juniors.  We’ll use our resources to get the parents to come in. Dr. Peter M Carbone told the board  that counselors identify the students who are eligible for the program, when board member Catherine Colalella  asked what the program was about. Board president Terry Swanson  congratulated Mr. Tonio for his efforts to bring the program to Aliquippa.

Hopewell Area School Board Meets To Discuss Shake-Up In Its Teacher Staff

Hopewell School Board met last night  and approved the retirement of 6th grade teacher Joyce Gratson.  Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano reports that Gratson has taught in the district 22 years and  her retirement is effective 2/3/2017. A full time special education  teacher for grades k-4 was approved for Margaret Ross Elementary School effective today.  A special education aide  position was eliminated, and one was added at the junior high school with board approval because some  elementary students are now in junior high. The board’s regular meeting is on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.