Tri-County Report for April 28, 2016

• Two people were taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh following a two vehicle crash in Butler County.  State Police report 21 year old Ryan Woodrow of Pittsburgh was traveling south on Route 356 on a motorcycle, when a vehicle driven by 24 year old Kevin Pizor of Pittsburgh turned into it\’s path. Both Woodrow and a passenger, 19 year old Lilly White also of Pittsburgh were thrown off the motorcycle. Both were taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Police said Woodrow suffered two broken legs, and White suffered a fractured foot and collapsed lung. Pizor was cited by police.

• An Ellwood City man is facing theft charges from his employer.  According to State Police in Lawrence County Tryone Freed allegedly charged 3,500 dollars of fuel to the WL Byers Trucking company in Wampum.  Freed then told the company that they would not get there truck back if owner did not turn the fuel card back on. Freed was charged with theft by unlawful taking.

• A two-year Local Law Enforcement Grant designed to curtail illegal gambling has been awarded to Lawrence County. The New Castle News reports the grant was awarded by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.  Lawrence County Commissioner Dan Vogler said the grant application was submitted by District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa. The county will be receiving 75 thousand dollars this year and 50 thousand in 2017.  The money will be used hire staff and pay their salaries and befits and for enforcement and education costs. The focus will be on policing small games of chance and illegal gambling in Lawrence County.

• The State Fire Marshall\’s office has ruled in arson in two recent Amish barn fires.  The first occurred back on April 18th at a barn owned by John Wengerd of New Wilmington. The second fire took place in the early morning hours this past Tuesday at the barn of Rudy Byler also of New Wilmington.  No injuries were reported and police said the investigation is continuing.

 • A Butler County man is facing charges for allegedly allowing his wife to abuse his daughter.  John Ingram was arrested Tuesday for not stopping the beatings.  The six-year-old girl was taken from the home four months ago, but a subsequent investigation found the abuse has been going on for years.  Police say Ingram used make-up to cover the child\’s bruises.  His wife is behind bars on assault charges.  Three other children in the home have also been placed in foster care.

• The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is being fined by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.  Officials say the 40-thousand-dollar fine was levied after two men on the board\’s self-exclusion list were allowed to gamble at the casino.  The facility also reportedly distributed promotional materials to 91 people on the list, which is supposed to keep recovering gamblers from relapsing.

• Three Catholic Friars, charged with covering up child sex abuse, are going to trial.  A judge made the announcement yesterday and the men will now face child endangerment and corruption charges.  They\’re accused of allowing Stephen Baker to work with children in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese even though he was accused of abuse.  Baker killed himself in 2013.

 • A Pulaski Township man was arrested after police found marijuana plant growing inside his home.  According to the New Castle News, 27 year old Paul Rucinski of Route 208 is facing several charges including manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. New Castle City police were acting as part of the Lawrence County Drug Task Force special investigative unit, as they executed the search warrant.  Rucinski was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 10 thousand dollars bond.