Tri-County Report For July 22nd, 2016

Three men are facing charges in connection to an elaborate credit card scheme in Ambridge.  The suspects allegedly stole several identities and credit card numbers and then used them to create 50 fake credit cards.  They were arrested at the Rite Aid on Merchant Street earlier this week after they used the fake cards to buy eleven-thousand-dollars worth of merchandise.  The men reportedly used the cards at stores all over Beaver County.

New Castle firemen battled two seperate fires Wednesday night in Mahoningtown.  The New Castle News reprots the first fire broke out just after 1:30 at a home on Ceder Street.  Fire officials said the fire started from an overheated lamp for a pet snake. Damage was estimated at 10 thousand dollars.  A fire broke out earlier in the evening at a home West Clayton street than ingnited on a kitchen stove.  The couple living in the home tried to put out the fire and were covered in soot and inhaled smoke. They were treated by ambulance personal at the scene. No damage estimate was given.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Perry Township Wednesday night.  According to police 70 year old John Sumner of Ellwood City was westbound on route 488 when he struck a deer causing him to lose control of his vehicle.  Sumner then struck a guardrail.  He was taken to Ellwood City Hospital for treatment.

An Westmoreland County man is going to prison for killing a dog he adopted from a  County animal shelter.  Jason French pleaded guilty and received the up to 23-month sentence yesterday.  French was arrested in November for strangling the Labrador retriever.  His public defender says her client is a paranoid schizophrenic.

A Slippery Rock man faces simple assault charges from an incident that took place Tuesday afternoon.  State police in Butler County were responding to a report of trespassing in Brady Township, when Joseph Waibel was taken into custody relating to a prior domestic violence incident. Charges are pending agains Waibel.

An Aliquippa man is in custody after being on the run for almost a year.  Norman Harvey had been wanted since last August for a burglary at an Ohio jewelry store.  He was arrested without incident yesterday morning and will be extradited to Ohio to face charges.

Pennsylvania is getting almost two-million dollars to fight the Zika virus.  The money is part of a 60-million dollar nationwide initiative to monitor the disease, control the mosquitoes and fund research.  The grant will be available to the state next month.

The Republican vice presidential nominee is promising to win Pennsylvania in the November election.  Indiana Governor Mike Pence made a surprise appearance yesterday at the Pennsylvania delegates’ breakfast at the Republican National Convention.  Pence told the delegates the objective is not just to elect Donald Trump, but also to win the Keystone State in the process.

Governor Wolf is going to speak at next week’s Democratic National Convention.  Officials made the announcement yesterday, adding Wolf to a previously released list that includes First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Bernie Sanders, former President Bill Clinton, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.  The gathering will take place in Philadelphia Monday through Thursday and will also feature Senator Bob Casey, Senator Al Franken, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Penn State’s tuition is going up.  The trustees’ Finance Committee gave preliminary approval to the two-point-three-percent hike yesterday.  In-state students entering the University Park campus will now pay about 690-dollars more than last year’s total cost.  Smaller tuition increases are also expected at most of the branch campuses.