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Police: Lawrence County Drug Task Force Apprehends Heroin Dealer

According to the criminal complaint, in March, the Lawrence County Drug Task Force received intelligence concerning a man referred to as “Flakka,” residing in Beaver Falls. “Flakka” was known to sell heroin from a house on Ellwood Avenue in Ellwood City. On March 23, police made arrangements to purchase $80 worth of heroin from “Flakka,” identified as Michael Alexander James, 22, from Chicago. Following the operation, James was arrested. He was arraigned before Magistrate Jerry Cartwright on May 18 and charged with delivery of controlled substances and possession of controlled substances. He was placed in the Lawrence County Jail after…


Franklin Township to Discontinue White Waste Management Bags

Effective May 31 white waste management bags will be discontinued for Franklin Township. Residents may use the remaining bags that they have purchased. Going forward Waste Management will now offer a sticker service. The stickers are $3 apiece. Each bag placed on the curb for pickup or placed in the dumpsters at the township building will need to have a sticker attached. The stickers can be purchased by either calling 1-800-866-4460 or by mailing a check to : Waste Management Attn: Sticker Service, 625 Cherrington Parkway, Moon Township, PA  15108.


Gibbons Invites Public to Upcoming Town Hall Meeting at Beaver Falls City Building

BEAVER FALLS, May 23 – State Rep. Jaret Gibbons, D-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, will host a third town hall meeting to update residents on local community events and important state government-related issues. The town hall will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at the Beaver Falls City Building, 715 15th St., Beaver Falls. “I look forward to meeting with constituents and the general public at this town hall event to discuss important issues that affect us on both the local and statewide level,” Gibbons said. “Town halls are a great way for constituents to stay informed and be involved in how their…


Gibbons: Treasury Small Business Event Set in Pittsburgh in June

Pittsburgh, May 19 – State Rep. Jaret Gibbons, D-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, said the Pennsylvania Treasurer’s Office Small Business Initiative is coming to the University of Pittsburgh. The event will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Ave. Gibbons said small business is the engine of Pennsylvania’s economy with approximately 1 million small businesses employing 2.4 million workers across the Commonwealth. “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities in Pennsylvania,” Gibbons said. “Often businesses face a number of challenges,…


Police: Brother and Sister Rob Laundromat, Michigan Man Caught with Prescription Pills

Brother and Sister Rob Laundromat A brother and sister were charged with stealing from a laundromat. According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 30, 2015, Desiree Elizabeth McQuiston, 28, of Beaver Falls and Joshua Raymond McQuiston, 29, of Fombell, stole money from vending machines and washing machines at Snowy White Laundry on Portersville Road in Ellport. Investigating officers watched security camera footage which showed a female and male enter the building around 11:30 p.m. The two proceeded to smash machines to steal the money until around midnight. An investigation identified the suspects as the McQuiston siblings. They were charged with…


Ellwood City Family Video Closed Operations on Monday

The Ellwood City Family Video, located on 807 Lawrence Ave., closed operations on Monday. The store’s function will be absorbed by two other Family Video locations in New Castle and New Brighton. Employees at the Ellwood store will keep their jobs at the other locations. The Family Video chain, based in Glenview, Ill., owns the property, which will be rented to DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita Health Partners. It is unknown when the care center will open. “It was the only local place to rent movies and games because, let’s be honest, Netflix doesn’t have everything,” Stephani Damato,…


Ellwood City Borough Council May Meeting Brief

The following is a brief summary of the borough council meeting held on May 16: Awards/Recognition Nikol Damato, junior council member, was recognized for her year of service on council. Jozek, Ellwood’s K-9 who is retiring this month after nine years of service, was recognized by council, the Lawrence County Commissioners, State Police and Jarret Gibbon’s office. The K-9 officer, Sgt. Michael McBride, will now work with Jozek’s son, Ranger, who is already certified. Jozek will retire on the McBride Family Farms, after McBride purchased him from the borough for $1. Council President Connie MacDonald presented McBride with 10 dimes…


Gibbons Introduces Budget Continuation Bill to Keep Funding Schools and Social Service Agencies if Impasse Occurs

HARRISBURG, May 17 – State Rep. Jaret Gibbons, D-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, has introduced a bill (H.B. 2077) that would fund schools and human service agencies if a budget is not enacted by the July 1 deadline to start the new fiscal year. Under Gibbons’ bill, if a budget is not successfully enacted by July 1, all line items from the previous year’s budget will continue to receive funding equal to that of the previously enacted budget, with the exception of the Governor’s Office, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, the Senate and the House of Representatives. These offices will not receive funding until a…


Kaufman House Renovation Project Receives $500,000 State Grant

Zelienople, Pa.- Efforts to restore the historic Kaufman House in Zelienople received a significant boost in the form of a $500,000 state grant, according to Senator Elder Vogel. The grant was part of more than $2.6 million in funding awarded through the Keystone Communities program to support 14 community revitalization projects across the Commonwealth. “This is a great contribution by the state to support a major project by a coalition of organizations that will provide a significant economic boost to Zelienople and the entire region,” Senator Vogel said. “This project will help the Kaufman House rise up from the ashes…


The 3 Rivers Comicon and the Man Behind It

by Anthony Nocera and Jonathan Cortez 3 Rivers Comicon, a two day comic book convention, is coming to Pittsburgh this weekend. Todd McDevitt, the organizer and host, was once a teenager who got into collecting comics thanks to his friend, Matt Brady. While still in high school, Todd became intrigued by the business side of comic books. His business started without an actual location as he simply sold comic books in school and through mail. The first physical New Dimension Comics was in a small storefront by PeeWee’s Hot Dog Shop. Todd’s business would continually grow and eventually become the…