Tri County Report For August 10th, 2018

New Castle City police arrested an East Side man following a raid at his home on Raymond Street Wednesday. According to the New Castle News 36 year old Jeremy Lee Hurd was charged with six counts of manufacturing, deliver or possession of a controlled substance. The city’s narcotics division along with the County drug task force special investigative unit along with City police made the arrest. Hurd was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 75 thousand dollars bond.

A gun dealer from Slippery Rock is accused of selling weapons without background checks.  William Midberry, who is also known as William Schmidt, was indicted Wednesday for making false entries on federal firearms purchase forms and selling guns without performing a background check.  The 37-year-old operated the Slippery Rock Outfitters shop.

A Rochester Borough couple is accused of child endangerment and assault of a child in their care.  Ashley Irvin and Gregory Herskovitz are accused of abusing the three-year-old by frequently spanking him to the point of bruising, hitting him with a hairbrush, and grabbing him by the ears.  The two are in Beaver County Jail on 25-thousand-dollars bond each.

A man is in custody after stealing a donation can from the Tigerland Wave pool from a gas station.  Kenneth Terlecki ran with the can from the A-Plus gas station on Eighth Avenue Monday.  The can had about 60-dollars inside to support an effort to reopen the long-closed wave pool.  Terlecki’s preliminary hearing is set for September.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg released a report yesterday morning, acknowledging what leaders say are “past failures” in dealing with priests accused of sexually abusing children.  In the report, the Diocese says an internal review found indications of improper conduct from some clergy dating back to the 1960s.  No priest names were released in the report, but the Diocese does plan to publish that list separately on its website.  The Greensburg report comes ahead of the public release of a state grand jury report on child sex abuse by clergy in six Pennsylvania diocese.

A conservative action group is getting more involved in the race for Pennsylvania’s newly-formed 17th Congressional District.  The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Heritage Action is targeting the election between Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus and Democratic Congressman Conor Lamb as one of 12 races they need to get involved in to retain a Republican majority in the U.S. House.  That likely means more money will be going toward pro-Rothfus ads in the district.  A recent poll from Monmouth University gave Lamb a 13-point edge over his Republican rival.

A Unity couple is convicted of charges related to the repeated rape of a girl.  Bruce Palmer and Marie Farabaugh were found guilty Thursday after several hours of jury deliberations.  The now-20-year-old victim had tried to reveal the assaults dating back to before 2015, but she wasn’t believed by adults at the time.  The 34-year-old Palmer is in Westmoreland County Prison while 40-year-old Farabaugh is free on a recognizance bond.

Federal Authorities have charged a Butler County woman with allegedly defrauding Social Security. According to a news release, 50 year old Amy Lynn Snow allegedly received and converted Supplemental Security Income benefits to which she knew she was not entitled. Snow is also charged with knowingly and willfully making two false statements material to her entitlement to receive Supplemental Security Income. Snow faces a three count indictment. The Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

The Elizabeth Forward School District is moving forward with plans to hire four armed security guards.  School board members say they will hire four retired police officers who all have more than 20 years of police experience.  The district will also have a school resource officer on hand from the Elizabeth Township Police Department.