Tri County Report For May 8th, 2019

The New Castle News is reporting that all charges were held for court yesterday for a man involved in the shooting death of 35 year old Michael Riser back on April 11th. 27 year old Anthony Thurman is charged with criminal homicide, criminal attempt homicide along with a firearms violation. Riser along with another man, 30 year old James Stewart were both allegedly shot by Thurman while sitting in a car on Winter Avenue. Stewart drove to UPMC Jameson where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg while Riser was pronounced dead. Thurman remains in the Lawrence County Jail being held without bond.

A proposal to expand a private school tax credit program is moving on from the state House of Representatives.  The measure nearly doubles the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and would expand eligibility limits for families looking to qualify for the private school scholarships created by the program.  All House Republicans and four Democrats voted in favor of the measure.

Two Farrell men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery from last month in Sharon. According to police 23 year old Malik Graham is charged with conspiracy, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, robbery and burglary. 21 year old Cory Hilton is charged with conspiracy, robbery, burglary, receiving stolen property, criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault and possession of a prohibited firearm. Both were arraigned and are in the Mercer County Prison on 100 thousand dollars bond.

There’s no word yet on the cause of a fire that damaged a Beaver County home.  Independence Township firefighters battled smoke and flames yesterday morning on Thompson Hill Road.  Two people living in the home were able to escape without injuries.

A state lawmaker from Lawrence County wants to make a major change in concealed-carry laws.  Representative Aaron Bernstine recently announced plans to abolish the requirement to have a concealed carry permit in Pennsylvania.  The New Beaver lawmaker says the right to carry a gun should not be questioned, but pro-permit activists say gun owners should have proper training.

A missing 90-year-old man from Hopewell Township is found safe.  Family members hadn’t seen William Palumbo since his vehicle was spotted near the Steubenville Pike Eat-‘N-Park in Robinson Township Tuesday afternoon.  Police aren’t saying where Palumbo was found or what led to his disappearance.

Several hundred young people are urging lawmakers in Harrisburg to increase the sales age for tobacco in Pennsylvania.  More than 600 members of the Tobacco Resistance Unit spoke with lawmakers prior to a rally Tuesday at the state capital.  The group wants the age raised from 18 to 21 for all tobacco products.  It’s reported 12 other states have already made a similar move.

A Greensburg man is heading to prison for sexually assaulting a teenage girl.  Daniel DeAugustine was sentenced yesterday to eight years behind bars for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and other charges.  DeAugustine was convicted in February of assaulting a 15-year-old girl back in 2015.

Fire officials in Greenville report a trailer fire Monday night. The blaze broke out on the 100 block of North State Line Road in around 10 pm. A couple and there nine month old son got out safely, but their family dog died. The American Red Cross is assisting the family that’s now displaced. State police and the fire marshal are investigating the cause.