Tri County Report For July 7th, 2016

State Police in Lawrence County report a car/motorcycle accident yesterday in Wilmington Township.  Police said the accident happened right before noon on Old Mercer Road.  22 year old Gregory Szweczyk of New Castle was traveling south on Old Mercer Road, operating a motorcycle, when a car driven by 74 year old Nancy Ryan of Volant pulled from a driveway into the path of Szweczyk, who was thrown from the motorcycle. He was taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment.

New Castle police used a stun gun to subdue a man Tuesday night while being taken into custody on disorderly conduct and public drunkenness charges. The Ellwood City Ledger reports, 52 year old Mark Norge of Taylor Township was charged with resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct after being taken into custody on Monday. He was arraigned Wednesday before District Judge Jennifer Nicholson and placed in Lawrence County Jail after failing to post $2,500 bail.

A Butler County man is behind bars for allegedly harassing his ex-girlfriend.  Police were called to a house on Lindsay Road early yesterday for a report of a trespasser.  Derek Henderson of Jackson Township, was banging on the house’s doors and windows, even after the victim told him to leave.  The woman told officers she ended her relationship with Henderson last month.  Henderson allegedly admitted he had been drinking before he drove to the victim’s home and will also be charged with DUI.

A Charleroi man is behind bars after allegedly admitting he was going to give marijuana to a teenager and then try to have sex with her.  Dylan Streets was arrested earlier this week for corruption of minors.  Donora police were called to Highland Terrace for a report of suspicious activity and found Streets, with some teens and a backpack of marijuana.  A subsequent investigation found Streets has an active case for sexual offenses involving a minor and is on the state’s Megan’s Law list.  A search of his cellphone found texts to a 14-year-old girl and Streets later allegedly admitted he brought the marijuana with the intention of giving it to the kids and making sexual advances at them.

Robert Morris University has a new dean of the School of Business.  Michelle L. Patrick from Pennsylvania’s West Chester University was named to the position yesterday.  She will take over effective August 15th.  Patrick has been with West Chester since 2013 as dean of the College of Business and Public Management.  She was the associate dean the six years prior.  Lois Bryan has served as acting dean since June 2015.

Sharon Police say a man was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday just before midnight. According to media reports The man told police he and his friend pulled their motorcycles into a backyard on the 700 block of Stanbaugh Avenue when another man approached him and ordered him to his knees. The man says the suspect pulled out a gun and took his cell phone before riding off with the his motorcycle. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect can contact Sharon police.

The city council in Harrisburg has reduced the penalties for possessing marijuana and smoking it in public.  Possessing a small amount of pot will now be a summary offense – similar to a traffic citation – carrying a $75 fine. Smoking pot will bring a $150 fine. If a person commits a third offense within five years, they must be charged with misdemeanor possession – which is the charge mandated under state law. Pittsburgh previously passed a similar ordinance to lower penalties for marijuana possession.

A Butler County man is facing charges following a hit and run accident last weekend. According to police, 19-year-old Bricker Dittmer of Fenelton was traveling on Route 422 westbound near the Lyndora exit last Saturday  just before 10 a.m. Dittmer allegedly crashed his vehicle into a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Adam Skorch of Saxonburg then left the scene. No one was injured but Skorch was able to get a photo of Dittmer’s license plate. Dittmer will be charged with hit and run as well as reckless driving.

Country music star Kenny Chesney is all square with the city of Pittsburgh.  He paid a 132-dollar fee for his 2013 performance at Heinz Field.  The city has collected the three-percent nonresident fee since 2005.  The fee is expected to bring in more than five-million-dollars this year for performances and sporting events.  The city council introduced a bill yesterday that will change the loophole that allowed Chesney to pay only 132-dollars while Taylor Swift paid over 70-thousand.