TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 17TH, 2019

Neshannock Township has a police chief. According to the New Castle news John Rand who has been the officer in charge since 2011 was sworn in as chief of police at the supervisors meeting on Wednsday night. Rand joined the police force I 1997 as a part-time officer and became full time in 1998. He was prompted to lieutenant back in 2000.

A woman is accused of biting store security after being caught shoplifting in Center Township.  Honesti Massey is accused of attacking loss prevention officers at the Boscov’s at Beaver Valley Mall May 4th, with the bite drawing blood.  The 22-year-old’s preliminary hearing is set for May 24th.

A man from Grove City was arrested for inappropriate communication with a minor. WKBN-TV reports 34 year old Richard Baughman was charged with engaging in inappropriate sexual communication with a minor. A Pine Township mother and her daughter reported that Baughman had been sending the girl text messages asking for oral sex. Police say they interviewed Baughman and that he admitted to having inappropriate communication with the girl.

This weekend, the unsolved murder of Rachael DelTondo will be featured on C-B-S’s 48 Hours program.  The former cyber charter school teacher was shot to death outside her parents’ home last Mother’s Day.  Since her death, several people have been questioned and three high ranking Aliquippa cops were placed on administrative leave for varying lengths of time.  The program will air Saturday night.

A bill that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from getting married in PA is moving on to the state House for a full vote.  The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the measure this week.  PA is one of 27 states that don’t currently have a minimum age for children to get married.  Officials add they are unsure how many under-18 marriages happened in the commonwealth because PA doesn’t keep those records.

One pollster says Pennsylvania would go to Joe Biden if the election were held today.  Quinnipiac University’s poll out this week shows the former vice president leading the incumbent, Donald Trump, 53-to-42.  The poll also has Bernie Sanders with a slight lead over Trump, while all others are neck-and-neck.

An apartment fire is under investigation in Aliquippa.  Residents were evacuated for more than an hour yesterday morning around 1:00 as firefighters battled the flames.  Everybody was let back into their homes before the sun came up.  Nobody was reported hurt.  The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

A Waynesburg High School student-athlete is a winner on the track after winning an appeal to compete.  Daniel Layton won the WPIAL title in the 110-meter hurdles yesterday at after the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association allowed him to compete in the league meet.  Layton’s father and coach appealed to the state after league officials said he missed the deadline to register.

Pittsburgh’s legal system is taking part in the bust of a international cybercrime ring.  Documents unsealed today revealed a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh indicted ten members of the transnational ring responsible for 100-million-dollars in malware attacks on banks and businesses.  The victims of malware attacks include dozens of businesses from Western Pennsylvania, Texas, Rhode Island, Florida, California and more.  The takedown of the group known as GozNym, was an effort between  Western Pennsylvania lawyers, the FBI, and law enforcement from Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Germany and Bulgaria.

Five people are in custody in connection to last month’s mall shooting in Monroeville.  Authorities announced the charges yesterday morning saying the alleged shooter is among the group in custody and they are still looking for one more person.  Investigators say 14 shots were fired into the mall after fight between two groups spilled from the mall into the parking lot.  Nobody was struck by any bullets.  The names of the individuals charged haven’t been released.