Tri County Report For January 9th, 2019

Members of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Special Investigations Unit joined forces with the New Castle City Narcotics Department and the Union Township Police Department for a drug bust Monday. According to the departments facebook page he law enforcement agencies seized around 13 ounces of suspected crystal meth and two ounces of suspected heroin, with a combined street value of more than $24,000. Police also seized four handguns, two rifles, and one shotgun. The suspected owner of the narcotics has been arrested and could face several drug-related charges.

Police are looking for several motorcycles stolen from a Moon Township business.  An undisclosed number of motorcycles were taken from All Pro Motorsports on the 47-hundred block of University Boulevard early Tuesday morning.  Anyone with information is asked to call police.

UPMC has plans in the works to build its second hospital in Italy.  Hospital officials say they have finalized a ten-year renewal of their partnership with the Region of Sicily.  The second hospital will be located near UPMC’s planned Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center, with groundbreaking set for next year.  UPMC’s hospital in the city of Palermo will also be expanding as part of the agreement.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting workers at Ellwood City Hospital still haven’t been paid. Ellwood City Mayor Tony Court confirmed Tuesday afternoon that hospital leaders still have not been able to make their last payroll, at least the ninth time since August that problems with paychecks have been reported there. A U.S. Department of Labor and Industry investigator was at the hospital Monday to question leaders about the payroll delays and how they plan to rectify the situation.

State police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Donegal Township that sent a woman to the hospital. Police said 55 year old Kimberly Graham of Fenelton was northbound on Chicora/Fenelton Road when she lost control struck an embankment causing the vehicle to roll onto its side. Graham was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Knoch student arrested for allegedly posting a threatening video online remains in jail. According to Inside Butler County 18 year old Jason Bowen of Middlesex is in the Butler County Prison on $100,000 straight cash bail. Police say Jason Bowen posted a Snapchat video of himself firing an AK-style rifle, and added the caption, “Training for prom walk.”  Police do not believe there are any credible threats to the district at this time.

Beaver County authorities are looking for the man who stole a charity donation jar.  Rochester police say the man swiped the jar Monday while in the checkout line at the Sheetz station.  The money was being collected to help children served by the Salvation Army.

Cleanup efforts continue in Trumbull County today after a rare January tornado.  The National Weather Service says a twister with winds of 97-miles-per-hour touched down yesterday morning in Cortland, flattening trees and damaging buildings in its path.  Investigators say it’s only the seventh recorded January tornado in Ohio.  No injuries were reported.

The flu continues to be a widespread problem across the Commonwealth.  The state Department of Health released its latest data yesterday, and it shows that two more people have died since last count, raising the fatality count to ten for the current influenza season.  There have been 9268 reported cases state-wide.

A Cranberry Township woman is awaiting trial on multiple counts of felony welfare fraud. According to the Pennsylvania Office of State Inspector General, Kimberly Coleman applied for and accepted nearly $200,000 in state child care and SNAP assistance between June of 2014 and November of 2018. Inside Butler County reports The maximum penalty for each offense is seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Coleman will be tried in the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas.