FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

Ex-Counselor Faces Sex Charges
Authorities say a former guidance counselor at Ringgold High School has been charged after having sex with a football player who came to her for help. Police said Thursday that 33-year-old Lianne Danko, of Rostraver, was charged with three counts of institutional sex assault. Her lawyer, David Shrager, says the Ringgold High School counselor is well-liked and respected in the community and will fight the charges. Police say she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student who was seeing Danko to discuss relationship problems. They say they began exchanging intimate text messages and later met in a parking lot to have sex.
Police say another school counselor reported the relationship after a student showed her screenshots of a text message conversation between Danko and the student.
WJPA NEWS spoke with Ringgold Superintendent, Dr. Karen Polkabla, and she says Danko has resigned and she does not believe any of the sexual acts occurred on school property. Th Superintendent has posted a letter to parents regarding the allegations on the school's website. (photo: WPXI-TV)

Murder Suspect In Custody
WASHINGTON (AP) - Police say they now have in custody an ex-convict accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington, D.C., family and their housekeeper. 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint was arrested Thursday night in the city. Last Thursday, firefighters responding to a blaze at a mansion in the city found the bodies of 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, ten-year-old son and their housekeeper. The family's two older daughters were away at boarding school at the time.

Trinity Student Honored
The Washington County Commissioners have honored an eighth-grader at Trinity Middle School. Ricky Howard, Lance Corporal with the Young Marines of Washington County, has been saluted for coming to the rescue of a young girl in his neighborhood when she was being attacked by a rabid fox. Commissisoner Larry Maggi said Howard chased the fox and then "secured apprpriate quipment and neutralized it." Both Ricky, who is 13, and the girl have undergone a series of rabies shots. Unit Commander with the Young Marines, Keith Hagan, said Ricky responded the way he was trained to do. (photo: Ricky Howard in his brown Young Marine uniform, at Thursday's meeting of the Washington County Commissioners)

Oil Spill Cleanup Continues
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) - The operator of a broken oil pipeline that leaked crude into waters off the coast of California says it'll take a while to determine the cause of the spill. Officials at Plains All American Pipeline say crews need to excavate the pipeline, and then it can take weeks or months to determine what went wrong. Tuesday's spill involved an estimated 105,000 gallons of crude. About 21,000 gallons are believed to have made it to the sea. Officials say as of Thursday, more than 9,000 gallons were cleaned up.

Water Worries In California
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expect to get an answer today on their offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks. Regulators with the state Water Resources Control Board have promised a decision soon on the proposal. For the first time since a 1977 drought, California regulators are warning of cutbacks for senior water-rights holders whose claims date back a century or more.

Burglary Suspects Nabbed
State police are investigating a burglary on Belmont Avenue in Canton Township. Police were called Thursday to 2113 Belmont and when they arrived, the victim said he had come home from work and saw two men in his residence. He gave police a description and two suspects were arrested a short time later. Facing a number of charges including burglary are 28-year-old Andrew Crowley of Hickory and 24-year-old Eric Pollock of Burgettstown.

Crash Near Southpointe
A pedestrian has been killed by a freight train here in western Pennsylvania. Officials said the victim was struck at a railroad crossing in Coraopolis at 11:15 Friday morning. A CSX spokesman says the train consisted of two locomotives and 101 cars. Two were carrying sand, and the rest were empty. The track has been closed until further notice.
(Photo: WPXI-TV)

Teens Charged At Kennywood
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) - Police say nine juveniles have been charged stemming from a fight that forced a Pittsburgh-area amusement park to close early on opening day. Police say they identified the youths from Kennywood Park surveillance video identified the youths. They face summary and misdemeanor charges. Summary offenses are the most minor type of offense in Pennsylvania. Police were called to the park May 2 for reports of dozens of young people pushing, shoving, fighting running around and causing a disturbance. Police say the investigation is ongoing and several more people could be arrested. Kennywood says it has since increased security. The West Mifflin Police Department has a substation on the property. The park may also bring back a chaperone policy for minors. The youths are not being identified because of their age.

Toyota Investigates Air Bag Recalls
TOKYO (AP) - Toyota's president is promising to help get to the bottom of the problems with faulty Takata air bags. Recalls have ballooned to nearly 34 million vehicles and nearly a dozen car companies. Doubts are growing about whether Japanese air bag supplier Takata has the financial muscle to deal with all the defects, a job that could take years. Toyota's Akio Toyoda says, "We must aggressively pursue recalls. Otherwise, we can't go forward."

Changes Announced By Boy Scouts
NEW YORK (AP) - The national president of the Boy Scouts, Robert Gates, says the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and is urging change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech Thursday in Atlanta to the Scouts' national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by Scout councils in New York City and elsewhere to defy the ban."The status quo in our movement's membership standards cannot be sustained," said Gates, a former U.S. secretary of defense. Gates said no change in the policy would be made at the national meeting. But he raised the possibility of revising the policy at some point soon so that local Scout organizations could decide on their own whether to allow gays as leaders.

Public Viewing For B.B. King
LAS VEGAS (AP) - There's a public viewing today in Las Vegas for blues legend B.B. King. King, who died May 14 at age 89. Saturday, a memorial service for family and friends will be held at a chapel near downtown Las Vegas. Then Wednesday, King will be honored in Memphis, Tennessee, with a procession with his body down the famous Beale Street. After that, King's body will be driven to Mississippi for another ceremony and burial May 30 at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.
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