Tri County Report For April 11th, 2019

State Police in Lawrence County report a semi-truck accident Tuesday night in North Beaver Township. According to police the semi was westbound on Interstate 376 when the driver  struck the guardrail and continued down the 75 foot embankment. Troopers say the truck traveled around 300 feet after going down the embankment. The driver a 52 year old was not trapped in the vehicle but did complain of neck, shoulder and chest pain. He was taken to UPMC Jameson for Treatment.

New Castle police have the suspect in a weekend robbery.  Detectives arrested James Hill yesterday after finding him hiding in a closet at his home.  Hill is facing robbery and other charges after police say he held up the Dollar General on Moravia Street.

A man from Ellwood City is headed to jail after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend and causing a police standoff.  Isiah Carr will spend up to about two years in jail after pleading guilty to simple assault April 3rd.  Carr was accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his girlfriend as he drove her home from a friend’s house early January 28th.  That afternoon, Carr was involved in a short standoff at the Pleasantview Homes apartment complex that eventually ended peacefully.

PennDOT is remembering roadworkers killed on the job with a display at the Capitol Complex.  There were 89 displays set up in the lobby of the Keystone Building with each bearing the name of a PennDOT employee killed on the job since 1970.  During a memorial event Wednesday, some of the family members of those killed begged drivers to pay attention, saying they don’t want another family to go through what they have.

At least four years in prison await a Washington County sex offender.  Jose Cortes was sentenced yesterday to four to 12 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.  Cortes was scheduled for trial this week for a series of assaults on a five-year-old child in 2016.

Allegheny County health officials say two more people have died from flu related complications.  The deaths of a woman in her 90s and a man in his mid-60s brings the death total this season to 14.  Health officials say while the flu is on the decline at this point in the season, it is still circulating.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is about to serve his jail time for his role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.  Judge John Boccabella gave Spanier three weeks to report to jail and said he could serve his two month minimum sentence in the jail near his home in State College.  Spanier has remained on bail since being convicted in 2017 for misdemeanor child endangerment.

State Police in Mercer County are investigating an alleged rape on Monday. Police were dispatched to Grove City Medical Center in response to a sexual assault victim. The victim and she said her ex-boyfriend forcibly raped her. Officers say 30-year-old Kurtis Sensesak was taken into custody following the incident. He’s in the Mercer County Jail as the investigation is ongoing.

At least one state lawmaker is calling for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to be impeached.  Representative Daryl Metcalfe tweeted that he has asked lawyers to have a resolution drafted to impeach Peduto for his “illegal gun control ordinances.”  Yesterday, Mayor Peduto signed three ordinances banning assault-style weapons, its ammunition and banning people with mental health conditions from owning guns.  Peduto responded to Metcalfe’s tweet by listing a number of bills the Representative supported that failed.

The Butler County Humane Society’s shelter is back in business after a parvovirus outbreak.  Officials reopened the shelter yesterday after three weeks of cleaning and quarantining sick dogs.  The Humane Society says it’s accepting monetary and supply donations to help cover the costs of cleaning the shelter and treating animals affected by the highly-contagious and sometimes-deadly virus.