TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 11TH, 2019

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a deadly train crash in Lawrence County.  Troopers say 58-year-old Dwight Spann of New Galilee was killed early yesterday when his SUV was hit by a train along Larchwood Road in New Beaver.   There’s no word yet how Spann’s vehicle became stuck on the tracks. The Lawrence county coroner pronounced Spann dead at the scene.  The accident took place just after midnight.

A Florida doctor is writing a big check to settle a lawsuit with a Greensburg lab.  Dr. Nathan Hanflink is paying 900-thousand-dollars for making false claims and receiving improper payments making referrals to Universal Fluid Laboratories in Greensburg.  He also allegedly caused false claims to be submitted to Medicare for drug testing services, according to U.S. Attorney Scott Brady.

Police in Aliquippa have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing incident on Saturday. The Beaver County Times reports 32 year old Enrico Antoine Jackson is charged with attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and other related charges. He is being held at the Beaver County Jail on $500,000 bail. The woman drove herself to Heritage Valley Hospital for treatment.

The former Pennsylvania wrestling champion who’s accused of threatening police with an assault rifle is awaiting trial.  Logan Macri waived his preliminary hearing on assault and terroristic threat charges yesterday in Washington County.  State police say Macri was shot by officers when he refused to put down his rifle during a domestic dispute in North Strabane Township in April.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is eight cents cheaper this week at $2.92 per gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.77 while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.92. The national price is at 2.74 a gallon, that’s seven cents cheaper than last week. A year ago the average price in Western Pennsylvania was at 3.12 a gallon.

Everyone is back home safe after a fallen tree caused a propane leak leading to the evacuation of three Hanover Township homes over the weekend.  The tree fell onto two 500-gallon tanks on the 100-block of Oak Lane late Sunday evening.  The homes were evacuated for about 12 hours until the gas dissipated.  Since propane is heavier than air, the gas remains lower to the ground longer.  No one was hurt.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched a new campaign targeting teens who are using nicotine products.  Pennsylvania Health Secretary, Dr. Levine says, “We are launching a new multimedia campaign aimed at helping parents begin the conversation about vaping with their children.” The goal of the campaign is to help parents prevent children from vaping and using e-cigarettes. The department says that if you use tobacco and need free help quitting, visit smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

A Butler man remains in jail after allegedly crashing his ATV into a Butler Township police cruiser. 23-year-old Daniel Morehead was arrested on Sunday following an incident on Route 8. Inside Butler County is reporting an officer attempted to pull Morehead over about 9 a.m. on June 9 because he was driving an ATV on the road. Morehead then police on a chase and ended when he struck a police cruiser and two other vehicle. He’s in jail on 25 thousand dollars bond.

State police are warning registered sex offenders in the Commonwealth that they’re being targeted by scammers.  Troopers announced yesterday that an unidentified person or people are calling sex offenders pretending to be law enforcement officials.  The scammers say the offenders are not in compliance with their registration rules and will be arrested if they don’t send along a cash card or agree to a money transfer of some kind.  State police confirmed yesterday they never solicit registered sex offenders for money in order to stay within compliance, and anyone receiving these calls should try and get the phone number of the caller and then contact their local police department.