TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 14TH, 2019

Ambridge’s suspended police chief is facing new criminal charges.  State Police say James Mann threatened and intimidated officers under his watch, and continued to collect a paycheck from another agency while he was on disability.  Mann was charged back in August with theft, obstruction of law, and filing a false insurance claim.  The chief is also under investigation from the Borough Council after members received several complaints of workplace sexual harassment.

An Ellwood City man has been charged with drunken driving in connection with a weekend crash that left a vehicle flipped onto its hood. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 40 year old John Caccia was making a left turn onto Fountain Avenue from First Street and failed to yield for an oncoming car. The impact caused the other vehicle to roll over and Caccia’s vehicle slid off the road and struck a gas meter at 16 Fountain Ave. No injuries were reported. Police said Caccia had a blood-alcohol level of 0.233 percent.

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is bringing his listening tour for recreational marijuana legalization to western Pennysvania.  Fetterman will visit The Center on Strawberry in Washington on Monday night and Waynesburg University’s Alumni Hall on Tuesday night, with both sessions set for 6 p.m.  The Lieutenant Governor is openly in support of legalization, but Republicans in the Legislature have not supported the idea.  A bill to legalize marijuana is currently being discussed.

Beaver County’s Coroner is searching for the next of kin for a 74-year-old woman who died this week.  Susan Nagy died Monday and had been living at Elderberry Court in Ambridge.  Anyone with information on family is asked to contact the coroner’s office.

A Butler man is awaiting a trial date, accused of raping a teenage girl.  Danny Nichols pleaded not guilty yesterday to a host of charges, including rape and strangulation.  Police say Nichols repeatedly choked and assaulted the girl last year.  He remains jailed under a 200-thousand-dollar bond.

A Darlington Township man is facing animal cruelty charges after not getting his pet proper treatment.  William Parish is accused of not getting help for the dog after a collar became embedded in its neck.  A mail carrier found the dog near Bradford and McCaughtry Run roads and alerted humane officials.  The 46-year-old was charged Friday and gave the dog up for adoption earlier this month.

Inside Butler county is report a Butler man has been charged following an incident in which he allegedly injured a nurse while trying to escape from Butler Memorial Hospital. 38-year-old Kurtis Keefer of Butler attempted to leave the hospital shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday. A nurse on the third floor told police she was letting visitors out when Keefer allegedly attempted to escape by shoving her to the ground. That resulted in a fractured left elbow which required surgery. Keefer will face charges including felony aggravated assault.

Several people are facing charges for using a doctor’s prescription number to fraudulently request medication in Westmoreland County.  Troopers say Sabrina Thomas of Fairbank and Brooke Cross would use Doctor Nabir Jabbour’s DEA number to write prescriptions for several medications without the doctor’s knowledge.  The three others are accused of receiving the medications, with all but Cross arraigned Wednesday.