Tri County Report For July 12, 2018

The Beaver County District Attorney’s office says a letter an inmate received claims an Aliquippa police officer shot and killed Rachael DelTondo in her mother’s driveway in May.  Investigators say they are working to determine the authenticity of the letter sent to 21-year-old Wayne Cordes of Aliquippa, who had been facing assault and robbery charges.  Cordes received a plea deal in exchange for his testimony about the letter sent to him while he was in jail.  Police say DelTondo was shot ten times at close range May 13th.

A Grove City Man was arrested yesterday following a standoff with police. 44 year old Shawn Griffin of Sunset Ave., was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after allegedly assaulting a woman and threatening police with a gun. According to the Sharon Herald Members of the Mercer County Critical Incident Response Team forced their way into the home and set off cans of tear gas. Gifford was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats and harassment. He was arraigned and place in the Mercer County Jail on 75 thousand dollars bond.

An embattled Aliquippa assistant police chief is facing new charges for allegedly secretly recording a conversation between himself and Police Chief Donald Couch.  This accusation is weeks after Joseph Perciavalle was arrested for allegedly sending an explicit video to an underage girl.  Perciavalle is currently suspended during the investigation.

Investigators say they’ve filed new charges against a Slippery Rock man previously convicted for sexual abuse of children.  Police say Mac Lieberman cornered an eleven-year-old in a computer room at a New Year’s Eve party in Muddy Creek Township in 2015 and exposed his genitalia.  Cops say the girl only recently came forward.  Lieberman is being held in jail.

Bridge work on Route 208 in Pulaski Township is scheduled to begin today.  Officials say work is scheduled to start on Route 208 bridge over Deer Creek between Valley Road and Oak Ridge Road.  According to PennDot, single-lane traffic will be controlled by traffic signals throughout the day.

A Beaver County Police officer is recovering after he was injured in a crash with another car in Hopewell Township yesterday morning.  Dispatchers say the crash happened along Gringo-Independence Road just after 8:00 a.m.  Video of the scene shows the officer’s SUV with heavy front-end damage.  Investigators have not said what led to the wreck.

The Netflix original series that put western Pennsylvania on Hollywood’s radar is coming back.  Production for the second season of Mindhunter will begin in Zelienople in Butler County tonight.  Crews will be closing parts of Main Street near the Strand Theater from about 7:30 p.m. to midnight.  The hit show revolves around two FBI agents from the 1970’s who developed the agency’s system for profiling serial killers.

Crews say they had to battle a huge fire at the Anchor Hocking glass facility in Monaca Wednesday night.  Officials say they were able to contain the fire within 20 minutes.  First responders say employees were safely evacuated and no one was hurt.

Organizers say Republican hopeful for governor Scott Wagner held a town-hall in Greensburg Wednesday evening.  Wagner took questions from a crowd at the Garden and Civic Center Auditorium, the fourth of his six planned stops during the first leg of his general election campaign.  The most asked-about topic during the town hall was natural gas and what can be done to expand development and jobs in the industry.

Court officials say a Sewickley Township man was found not guilty of the most serious charges in a deadly crash three years ago.  Officials say 31-year-old Matthew Poston was found guilty of leaving the scene of a crash on Lowber Road that killed his passenger, 33-year-old Gary Moore, but acquitted him of vehicle homicide and drunk driving.  Poston will be sentenced within the next month.

Governor Tom Wolf is taking steps to implement a 30-million-dollar workforce development initiative.  On Tuesday, Governor Wolf signed an order having the Workforce Development Board coordinate between agencies involved in PAsmart.  Wolf says the goal is to connect people with science and technology education as well as with apprentice programs.