TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

Chartiers Man Jailed
A man from Chartiers Township has been arrested after police say he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl. 36-year-old Davoun Fuse is charged with aggravated indecent assault, attempted rape, and child abuse after the alleged incidents spanning between January and April of this year. Police say he also allegedly took a cellphone video of the girl while she was in a bathroom. Fuse is lodged in the County Jail on $100,000 dollars bond and faces a preliminary hearing in July.

hite Disbarred
Former State Representative Jesse White has voluntarily resigned from practicing law. According to a State Supreme Court order, the 39-year-old has been “disbarred on his own consent” that he misappropriated nearly $100,000 dollars of client money. He says he resigned "because he knows that he could not successfully defend himself against the charges of professional misconduct" White remains on suspension and has been ordered to pay costs to the disciplinary board.

Railroad Crossing Replacement Near Fredericktown
PennDOT District 12 announcing that a section of Route 88 in East Bethlehem Township will be closed as crews perform repairs on a section of railroad track. Work will begin on Friday, July 7 and continue until the next day, Saturday, July 8th as they replace the railroad crossing just north of Fredericktown on Route 88. A posted detour will be in place. Also, in the same area, crews will be replacing the railroad crossing that leads Beallsville Road to Route 88. This closure will be from Tuesday, July 4 and continue until Wednesday, July 5. A posted detour will also be in place.

Healthcare Vote Delayed
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is delaying a vote on a Senate health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes. He says they are "still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place." Republican senators are headed to the White House Tuesday afternoon to talk to President Donald Trump about the future of the bill.
McConnell says the White House is "very anxious to help" and encouraged senators to go to the meeting. McConnell said health care is "a big complicated subject," and complicated bills are "hard to pull together and hard to pass." He told reporters on Tuesday that he was very optimistic.

GOP Bill Would Give Tax Breaks To Millionaires
WASHINGTON (AP) - New analysis shows that millionaires would get tax cuts averaging $52,000 a year from the Senate Republicans' health bill. Middle-income families would get about $260. The analysis was done by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. It found that half of the tax cuts would go to families making more than $500,000 a year. At the other end, families making $20,000 a year would, on average, get a $190 tax cut. The Republican health bill would repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health law. The law imposed a series of tax increases mainly targeted high-income families. The Senate Republican bill would repeal the taxes, though not all at once.

.S. Drugmaker Affected By Cyberattack
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The second-largest drugmaker in the United States is confirming it's been affected by a cyberattack. In a message sent using its verified Twitter account, Merck confirmed Tuesday that its computer network was "compromised" as part of a global attack. Officials said the Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company was investigating the incident but provided no further details. Merck has global locations including in Ukraine, where a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software causing mass disruption across Europe appeared to be hitting especially hard. Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices, where one senior official posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, "the whole network is down." Dutch-based transport company TNT Express, which was taken over last year by FedEx, also said Tuesday that it is suffering computer disruptions. Spokesman Cyrille Gibot says that "like many other companies and institutions around the world, we are experiencing interference with some of our systems within the TNT network. We are assessing the situation and are implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible and we regret any inconvenience to our customers." He declined further comment.

Google Fined
BRUSSELS (AP) - Google could be facing more penalties, on top of the record 2.4 billion euros it's been fined today by European authorities. Regulators found that Google is taking advantage of its market dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own businesses. Google now has 90 days to stop favoring its own links to online shopping, or face additional fines. The company says it's considering an appeal, and that it's just trying to make it easier for consumers to find what they want.

Travel Ban Impact
WASHINGTON (AP) - Iranians at Tehran's international airport say they don't expect to encounter any difficulties traveling to the United States despite the Supreme Court's partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump's travel ban. The Iranian government did not immediately comment on the ban, which would apply to Iran and five other Muslim-majority countries. The ban would exempt those with "a bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States.

$120,000 Ticket Sold In North Strabane
There's a winning Treasure Hunt ticket out there worth $120,000 that was sold at the Marathon Gas Station on Racetrack Road in North Strabane Township. According to the PA Lottery, the ticket that correctly matches all five numbers was sold Friday. The ticket must be claimed before a winner can be identified.

Canonsburg Parade To Begin With Flyover
The annual Canonsburg 4th of July parade will feature something new and rather high flying this year. According to State Representative Brandon Neuman, he says a volunteer from the 9-11 Airlift Wing will kick off this year's parade with a flyover in a c-130 plane. The 55th annual parade takes place on July 4th at 10:00 a.m. and gathers around the intersection of Pike Street and Morganza Road.

Charges Filed In Marijuana Bust
Police in Cecil Township have identified a man who they say ran a marijuana growing operation at his home in Canonsburg. 73-year-old Frederick Zacour was charged Friday after a neighborhood dispute last week led police to the discovery of the plants and growing equipment at his home at 30 Vertical Drive. Police said a neighbor called and complained because there are children who live in the area and there was an increase in traffic in the neighborhood. Police said Zacour told them he has smoked marijuana all his life. He faces a preliminary hearing in July.

Canton Man Held For Court
A Canton Township man has been ordered to stand trial after a hearing Monday in Washington County Court. 21-year-old Christopher Holiday is held on charges including attempted rape of a child, indecent assault of a person under the age of 13, and indecent exposure after allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in her home back in May. Now, this incident also prompted an assault on Holiday by 25-year-old Steven Yarborough after he tried to intervene when Holiday was assaulting the girl. Holiday and Yarborough both remain in jail.

Construction Worker Injured In Donora

A construction worker was injured Tuesday after being electrocuted and falling from a roof. Now, this happened in Donora along Kenric avenue around 12:30 where a man working on an aluminum ladder came in contact with the power lines before he fell several feet to the ground. The worker was a member of a crew replacing shingles at the home. No update on the man's identity or condition.

Assad On Video
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian military media has published a video of President Bashar Assad inspecting the Russian Hmeimim air base in western Syria and climbing into the cockpit of a Russian SU-35 fighter jet. The military media outlet says Assad was accompanied by the Russian Army's Chief of Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, to inspect the base near the coastal city of Latakia.

Syria Chemical Attack Preparations

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says it has found "potential" evidence that Syria is preparing for another chemical weapons attack. Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued an ominous statement Monday evening that says the U.S. "has identified potential preparations" for another chemical attack by the Assad government that it says "would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children."
He says the activities are similar to those made before an April chemical attack. The Trump administration launched missile strikes in retaliation for that attack, which it blamed on Assad. Spicer warns that "if Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price." The White House has provided no immediate evidence to back up its claims.

State Budget Deadline Fast Approaching
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Tax-averse Republican lawmakers trying to address Pennsylvania's massive budget shortfall are hitting a rough patch over how much more gambling to legalize. Tuesday is the fourth-to-last day of the fiscal year, and leaders of the House and Senate Republican majorities remain behind closed doors discussing spending and revenue plans. Senate Republican Leader Jake Corman says the House GOP won't sign off on gambling legislation unless it allows slot machine-style video games at thousands of bars, truck stops and liquor license holders. Supporters say the machines will raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the state and local governments. But Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration says it'll hurt revenue from the Pennsylvania Lottery and licensed casinos.

Expressway Gets A Green Light
The much debated Mon-Fayette Expressway link connecting Route 51 in Jefferson Hills to the Parkway East near Monroeville has landed the approval of The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. The Board voting Monday 47-4 to include the $2.2 Billion dollar, 14-mile extention in the plan. Three representatives from Pittsburgh area groups and one from Butler County voted against. The Commission had tabled a decision on the project back in March to see if the funds could be used on other projects. The Turnpike Commission says the funds could not be used for other projects in the region unless state lawmakers passed legislation to allow it. (Photo: Facebook courtesy Larry Maggi)

Zubik's Surgery A "Success"
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says Bishop David Zubik'S
surgery Monday morning to repair damaged discs in his back was successful, according to his doctors. Bishop Zubik is resting comfortably at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown and hopes to return home soon. Bishop Zubik is grateful for continued prayers for strength and healing during his recovery. The bishop leads about 630,000 Catholics in 192 parishes in and around Pittsburgh in a six-county area of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Religious Liberty Ruled
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has ruled that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs. The justices on Monday ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri. The church sought a grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground, but was denied any money even though its application was ranked fifth out of 44 submissions. Chief Justice John Roberts said for the court that it "is odious to our Constitution" to exclude the church from the grant program. Roberts said that's true even though the consequences are only "a few extra scraped knees."

DeVos Praises Decision
WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is praising a recent Supreme Court decision that found Missouri violated the First Amendment by denying public money to a church for a playground because of its religious status. DeVos says the ruling makes clear that "programs designed to help students will no longer be discriminated against by the government based solely on religious affiliation." DeVos supports the use of public money to help students attend private schools, including religious ones.


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