The House State Government Committee has voted to approve legislation, which would expand Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act. The bill – which was authored by State Representative Jim Christiana of Beaver County – would require all government bodies to post an agenda 24 hours before a voting meeting that includes a list of each matter of agency business that would be the subject of official action and/or deliberation. House Bill 1155 now awaits action by the full House.
Fred Miller, Communications director for Lincoln Learning Solutions in Midland, and editor of the Midland Today Magazine will retire on Friday. Miller, of New Cumberland, West Virginia has been a long time colleague of Beaver County Radio News correspondent Sandy Giordano. Lincoln Learning Solutions is in charge of hiring Miller’s replacement. The magazine’s next issue comes out the last week in July. It is a supplement in the Beaver County Times.
Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy this morning responded to accusations made by county commissioners chairwoman Sandie Egley that the sheriff’s department is consistently over budget, has ignored requests to stay within budget guidelines and is unwilling to correct the problem. Sheriff Guy tells Beaver County Radio newsman Pat Septak that yes, he is consistently over budget, but not because he is “unwilling”, rather it’s that he’s “unable” to correct the situation. Guy claims it’s the county that refuses to reimburse him for things he needs to do in the sheriff’s office and that he’s going to continue to be over budget until the commissioners correct the problem. Sheriff Guy also appeared on Teleforum with Mike Romigh today.
Keith Kristek of Baden admitted today that he stole more than $1 million from the Ambridge Area School District and another $46,000 from the borough of Baden while acting as tax collector. Federal prosecutors said he gambled it away. Kristek plead guilty before a federal judge in Pittsburgh during a plea hearing today.
A prosecutor says a school board member and a substitute teacher didn’t properly relay a report that an older student had sex with a 12-year-old girl in the Aliquippa School District. Aileen Gilbert, an Aliquippa School Board member, was arrested Monday. Police have a warrant to arrest the teacher, 45-year-old Ahna Anderson. Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier says the women didn’t immediately report cellphone video of the act.
Some residents in Hopewell Township want to know why their homes are constantly flooding. The eight homes are located in the Village On the Green in the 2000 block of Golfway Road. Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano reports that one resident – Cheryl Leydig – took the matter to the township commissioners meeting. She says she’s tired of her home being flood by water, mud and debris. She wants to know whose responsibility it is to find out why this is happening. Leydig’s home was flooded June 3 for the third time, and she’s unsure what the cost for cleanup and restoration will be. She says her home is the first one affected by flooding when it occurs. Leydig’s neighbors also spoke and asked the township to remedy the situation. Township code enforcement officer John Bates said he will work on the matter today, Township solicitor Mike Jones will be notified of the ongoing situation.
Humane Society officials in Beaver County recovered 65 animals from a home in Brighton Township this morning. Officers seized 60 rabbits, three dogs, and two guinea pigs and brought them to the Beaver County Humane Society. Officers say the dogs were not allowed water in the home, and the only source of water came from an algae-filled pond.
The Beaver County Commissioners Unit and court-related workers are mulling over a tentative contract offer by the county. Joe Mann of the S.E.I. U. tells Beaver County Radio News that the county’s latest offer is a big improvement over it’s previous offer. It includes a one and a half percent raise for the first year with no retro…but the big issue in the talks was health insurance. Workers contribution to their insurance would go up a half percent for the first year, two and a quarter for the second year and three percent in the third. Union leaders will meet with the rank and file tonight to decide whether to set a date for a vote.
A judge is expected to reveal the verdict today in the non-jury trial of accused Beaver Falls arsonist Zachary Metcalf. Metcalf was arrested last fall and is accused of setting multiple fires in Beaver Falls and in the Mount Washington neighborhood. All testimony in the trial was heard last Monday. Metcalf faces 17 counts of arson and one count of criminal trespassing.
Investigators say a man was found shot to death in a car behind a funeral home in New Castle last night. Neighbors reported hearing fireworks around 8 p.m. A short time later, the victim was found dead in his car. The victim has not been identified. No word on any arrests.