TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 14TH, 2019

An Ellwood City man was convicted on drug charges in Federal Court in Pittsburgh yesterday. After two hours of deliberation the jury found 33 year old Taureen Potter guilty of one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and one count of Distribution of Cocaine. U.S .Attorney Scott Brady said Potter sold cocaine out of Ellwood City bars in 2017 and 2018, and he sold cocaine to other cocaine dealers who would further distribute the cocaine. Sentencing is set for October 31st and Potter could receive 60 years in jail. The Lawrence County Drug Task Force was involved in the investigation.

A man is facing charges after allegedly pulling a gun during a road rage incident in Beaver County.  Darius DeWitt is accused of weaving in and out of traffic on Route 65 yesterday in Economy.  A woman left the highway and turned into a shopping plaza where the 21-year-old DeWitt reportedly pulled out the weapon as the woman recorded the incident.  DeWitt drove off, but Economy police were able to track him down when she recorded his license plate.

Highway fatalities are up in Pennsylvania compared to 2017s record low.  PennDOT officials reported there were eleven-hundred-90 deaths on Pennsylvania roads in 2018, up 53 from 2017.  The report also showed deadly motorcycle crashes and heavy truck deadly wrecks were down year-over-year.

The Mohawk Area School District passed its 2019-2020 school budget with no increases in taxes. According the New Castle News the plan includes a deficit of a little over one million dollars and will be balanced by using the districts reserves of 8.4 million dollars. The budget is an increase of 2.9 percent from the current budget. It passed by a 7-1 vote.

A Butler man is facing charges after being accused of driving drunk twice in one day.  Jonathan Dillingham was pulled over early June 1st on the 200-block of Broad Street and was twice the legal limit, according to police.  Later in the day, Dillingham was stopped by police on North Main Street reportedly three-times the legal limit and also in possession of marijuana and crack cocaine.  Dillingham’s preliminary hearings are set for July 8th.

Two people already facing animal cruelty charges are being charged again after more dead animals were found in Winfield Township in Butler County .  Kevin Delehanty and Tamara Rusz are facing the additional charges after 18 dead cats and a dead dog were found on Rusz’s mother’s property the same day as they were to appear in court.  The two were previously charged with leaving six cats to die on their neighbor’s property on Bear Creek Road in November.

A Midland man is accused in a Wednesday night shooting.  John Parsons reportedly shot Matthew Carothers during an argument in Midland Heights late Wednesday night.  Carothers was shot in the midsection.  Parsons is in Beaver County Jail.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident in Slippery Rock Township. Police said 23 year old Brittany Hartman of Allison Park pulled from the intersection of Harmony Road and Branchton Road into the path of a vehicle operated by 22 year old Jenna Trinh of Florida. No injuries were reported. Police said Hartman was cited.

Pennsylvania’s First Lady, Frances Wolf, is lending her voice to the call to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.  The often politically quiet wife of Governor Tom Wolf made the remarks while touring Lancaster Sweet Shoppe Thursday.  The first lady said raising the minimum wage could save Pennsylvania about 150-million-dollars on social services.

Pennsylvania’s Senate is advancing legislation that backers say will help make health care more available through nurses, and less expensive. The Senate voted 44-6 on Wednesday to allow certified nurse practitioners to practice independently of physicians. The Pennsylvania Medical Society opposes the bill. Similar legislation has passed the Senate twice previously before dying in the House of Representatives.