TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 6TH, 2019

A Shenango Township man accused of stabbing his mother more than 300 times has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder with mental illness. 29 year old Dean Craven pleaded guilty before Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge J.Craig Cox. According to the New Castle News Craven stabbed Lauri Craven to death back in January of 2017. Sentencing has been set for July 10th. Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa is prosecuting the case for the county.

Investigators are looking into the cause of a early morning fire Wednesday in New Castle. WKBN-TV is reporting Crews were called just before 1:30 a.m. to a business police identified as East Coast Paving on West State Street. A sign at the business said Whiting Construction. The fire caused some damage to the inside of the business, and crews worked to vent the building of all the smoke. No one was inside at the time.

Officials with Ellwood City Medical Center say they are working to determine if any medical records were compromised during a weekend cyber-attack.  In a statement, the medical center says the cyber virus was first reported Saturday and has been contained.  The hospital’s C-E-O didn’t say how the virus got into their system nor what systems may have been impacted.

Sharon police say Snapchat helped them find a murder suspect.  Alexis Holmes was arrested yesterday in Ohio on criminal homicide and other charges.  Detectives say Holmes disappeared after she planned the robbery that ended with Khalil Hopson’s death last month.  She emerged on Snapchat days later while on vacation.

A Republican state Representative is introducing legislation requiring all Pennsylvanians to present some form of I-D when they vote in every election.  Representative Jeff Wheeland says House Bill 15-79 would allow for photo and non-photo options, like a current utility bill or bank statement.  Voters who couldn’t produce a valid photo I-D would need two forms of non-photo I-D under this measure.

Parking meters are being removed from near the Beaver County Courthouse.  Council voted Tuesday night to eliminate the meters and turn the area into a two-hour parking zone similar to Beaver’s business district.  Borough Manager Dan Madgar told the Beaver County Times the antiquated meters required maintenance and upkeep, costing Beaver money instead of generating it.

Two people are facing charges after an ax fight in New Brighton a month ago.  Maggie Hopple is accused of swinging the ax at Donald Strickland outside her Plum Alley home May 4th.  Police say Strickland was caught on video striking the woman and knocking her to the ground as well.  The two will have their preliminary hearings July 5th.

Police in Franklin Township say a 90-year-old man is accused of exposing himself while urinating near his car in April.  John Sidor reportedly exposed himself near the entrance to a Giant Eagle parking lot and urinated near the driver’s side of the vehicle April 17th.  Sidor then entered the store and relieved himself again when he exited, this time on the passenger side.  Sidor is set for trial in October but is eligible for an intervention program.

The new coach for Central Catholic High School’s boys basketball team could be suspended before he even gets a chance to do his job.  A hearing was scheduled to begin this morning for coach Brian Urso.  He’s accused of asking eighth-graders to attend workouts, an action which WPIAL and PIAA could consider recruiting.  He’s also accused of being the Central Catholic coach while still representing himself as the director of basketball administration at Robert Morris, a conflict of interest which could be in violation of NCAA rules.  Urso faces a one-year suspension.

A measure to set a minimum age to be married in Pennsylvania is moving to the state Senate after passing the House.  The bill’s author says one of its intentions is to help address human trafficking.  The Senate’s companion legislation is awaiting a vote.