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Beaver County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 2015 is scheduled to be released tomorrow by the Controller’s Office, which provides additional proof that the prior Board of Commissioners racked up millions of dollars in budget deficits that were effectively kept hidden from county taxpayers. The CAFR is a backward-looking report released each year by …
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The Aliquippa Police Department in conjunction with the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office Detectives Bureau have filed criminal charges against an Aliquippa School Board member and a substitute teacher after authorities say the two failed to report suspected child abuse. According to a statement from District Attorney David Lozier, both School Board member Aileen Gilbert …
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Beaver County’s judges have formally recused themselves from hearing a lawsuit brought by elected Treasurer Connie Javens and her adult daughter Renee Javens Zuk against six anonymous commenters on the Beaver Countian. The two women filed the litigation back in April alleging defamation against the “John Doe” defendants. An order of recusal was signed by …
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The Democratic Party of Beaver County launched a new website today and announced it will be placing a greater emphasis on social media as well. Democratic Committee Chairman Lou Gentile told the Beaver Countian that the sites are designed to help rebrand the party in Beaver County and to involve the next generation of Democrats. …
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“Mommy I love you — In club they shooting […] He’s coming — I’m gonna die — He’s in the bathroom with us” – Final text messages from Eddie Justice to his mother Mina I turned on the news this morning to find one of my former hangouts had become the scene of the worst …
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Ambridge Area High School JROTC instructor 1st Sgt. Carl Leslie Curtis entered Beaver Count’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program after entering a plea bargain with prosecutors this February on a drunken driving charge. Curtis’ arrest for DUI had gone unnoticed or unacknowledged by the Ambridge Area School District until it was brought to their attention …
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An investigation by county officials has determined the Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office violated the county’s sexual harassment policy when he allegedly sent several suggestive messages to a female county employee earlier this year. The Beaver Countian first became aware of sexual harassment allegations involving Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Michael back in May when …
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Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy said he was “unable” to comply with his budget during a radio interview today, telling listeners that Commissioners gave him an “unreasonable” and “unrealistic” budget for the year which does not provide the funds necessary to perform core duties of his office. Sheriff Guy’s radio interview came in direct response …
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The Beaver County Sheriff’s Office has already spent its entire overtime budget for the year, is currently over budget with its full-time wages, has been working its part-time deputies over full-time hours, and has continued to fund questionable practices by some members of its K9 division. Now Commissioners have instructed the county’s law department to …
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The Board of Commissioners and County Controller have begun eliminating dozens of positions in county government. For now only vacant positions — some of them made so by a recent early retirement buyout offer — have been eliminated, but officials warn layoffs are also likely before the end of the year. The move comes as …
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U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) spoke with reporters about a variety of topics during a stop in Beaver County today, including the terrorist attack in Orlando and his thoughts on gun control proposals. Incumbent Republican Senator Pat Toomey is currently seeking reelection and will be facing off against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty in November. Toomey’s …
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A man authorized to collect taxes for the Ambridge Area School District and Baden Borough has been charged with stealing more than $1 million in property taxes. Keith Kristek, age 57 of Baden, acted as the tax collector for both the Ambridge School District and Borough of Baden because the elected tax collector, identified in …
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