TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 14TH, 2019

Yesterday the New Castle City Police Department, the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Special Investigative Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the state Attorney General and with the assistance of other Law Enforcement agencies executed Federal search and/or arrest warrants throughout the City of New Castle. According to the City Police Facebook page the operation is still ongoing. No other details were released.

A woman accused of leading police on a chase through Center Township and Aliquippa will stand trial later this year.  Elizabeth Becek waived her preliminary hearing Monday and will stand trial this September.  The 50-year-old is accused of reckless endangerment, running a stop sign, fleeing or attempting to elude police, and other charges for an April 30th incident on Route 51.  It’s believed Becek had been drinking and the incident may have started with road rage.

The New Castle Country Club has been sold. According to the New Castle News the owner of Avalon Holding Company of Warren Ohio, which owns three other golf courses, a tennis club and the Avalon Inn Resort. The new name will be Avalon Field Club at New Castle. Ron Klingle CEO of Avalon Holding said the club was purchased for it’s debt about 800 thousand dollars. Klingle expects to spend another 5 million dollars on upgrades to the facility.

A professor at Penn State – Beaver is now on administrative leave after being accused of trying to kidnap two women while driving an Uber over the weekend.  Richard Lomotey picked women up in Homewood early Saturday morning to drive them to Penn Hills, then is accused of diverting from the route because the two were attractive.  The women were eventually able to escape.  The university confirmed Lomotey is an assistant professor of information sciences and technology at the Center Township campus.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas price report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is two cents cheaper this week at $3.08 per gallon. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.99 a gallon while in Sharon drivers are paying 3.10. Gas prices are decreasing despite the Energy Information Administration’s latest reports which show an increase in demand to summer-like levels and a decrease in gasoline stocks. The national price is at 2.86 a gallon down three cents from last week.

Investigators say 23 people in western P-A are among the nearly 180 statewide facing welfare fraud charges.  The charges were filed Monday totaling 886-thousand dollars over the first quarter of 2019.  If convicted the suspects face up to seven years in prison and a 15-thousand-dollar fine.

Aliquippa residents continue to press for justice, one year after the murder of a woman outside her parents’ home.  Monday marked the anniversary of Rachael DelTondo’s shooting death, with still no word of any suspects.  Beaver County authorities have been careful to keep clues private, but are urging the community to remain patient as they perform a thorough investigation.

The search is underway in Beaver County for a missing teenager.  State police say 17-year-old Decklin Oshop was last seen Sunday leaving his family’s Darlington Township home.  Troopers believe Oshop is traveling with his juvenile girlfriend in a silver 2008 Honda Civic.  His picture is being shared on social media in hopes of drumming up leads on his whereabouts.

A bill is being introduced at the state Capitol to close the religious and philosophical exemptions in Pennsylvania’s immunization law.  Senate Bill 653 only would allow for anyone with a pre-existing health problem to be exempt from being immunized.  Senator Daylin Leach says he’s introducing the bill to help stop the spread of easily preventable but deadly diseases.

A Sharon man pleaded no contest Monday to charges stemming from the burglary and arson last year of a house on South Oakland Avenue. According to the Sharon Herald 34 year old David Matlock pleaded no contest to arson and burglary, both felonies, Monday before Judge Daniel Wallace.  Matlock is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 2. Matlock was accused of climbing with an unidentified juvenile through an open window just after 7 p.m. Aug. 12th , at a home on S. Oakland Ave. in Sharon. Police said he stole electronics from the residence, set the house on fire and ran away.