Tri County Report For September 14th, 2018

Ellwood City police are looking for a man who became violent when asked to leave his favorite bar.  Detectives say Michael Henry fired a gunshot into the ceiling of Weisz’s Hazel Manor this week because he didn’t want to leave at closing time.  Henry is not only wanted for the shooting, but he’s no longer welcome at the establishment.

State Democrats are calling for changes in how police officers are trained and disciplined following the shooting death of Antwon Rose at the hands of an officer in June.  Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa Junior presented new legislation at the Allegheny County Courthouse that would create a new statewide oversight board.  If passed, the board would be in charge of preparing and administering certification exams for police officers, would investigate complaints and doll out discipline.  The bill would also create a team that would try to resolve conflicts between communities and their local police departments.

Beaver County Behavioral Health is receiving a 400-thousand-dollar grant to support their efforts in substance abuse prevention and mental health services.  The grant came with the support of U-S Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey as well as U-S Representative Keith Rothfus.  The funds are expected to be used to help identify youth and young adults who have a high clinical risk of psychosis and hopes to reach 650 people in the next four years.

Average lead levels in the blood of children in Allegheny County are declining.  A new report from county health officials found that about two-percent of children tested positive for elevated levels of lead at the start of this year, which is down from six-percent in 2010.  County officials are crediting the decline on pushes to change out old lead pipes, as well as abatement programs to remove lead paint from homes and buildings.

A New Kensington man who’s accused of collecting child pornography will take his chances at trial.  Joshua Pottle rejected a plea deal yesterday that would have sent him to prison for more than 12 years.  Pottle could face 50 years behind bars if he’s convicted at trial next month.

Weekend commuters should keep in mind that about 16 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are scheduled to be closed tomorrow night.  A bridge between exits 146 and 161 is coming down, meaning Interstate 76 is set to shut both ways from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday.  Route 30 is the recommended alternate.  However, should the weather be too rough, the project will be postponed to another date down the road.

A Washington man is facing drug and gun charges.  Romone Barnes was indicted Tuesday after he was caught possessing and distributing fentanyl in June and September of last year.  The 32-year-old Barnes was also reportedly found with a gun in July that year, despite five previous drug-delivery related convictions.

A man from Grove City is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital after being critically injured in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night in Butler Township. According to Inside Butler County 23-year-old John Ficca lost control of his bike and struck a ditch and a drainage pipe. The accident took place about 9:15 p.m. on Crisswell Road. Ficca was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.  The crash remains under investigation.

Students in the Indiana Area schools will see more police today after a threat against two students.  Indiana Borough police say school officials learned about the threat yesterday, but believe it was made sometime in the past three weeks.  The suspect is a juvenile who had been a student of the Indiana Area schools.