Tri County Report for August 4th 2016

A 60-year-old Ellwood City man was transported by medical helicopter Wednesday morning to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital after an accident. According to the Ellwood City Ledger the accident took place at the intersection of Pittsburgh Circle and Second Street around 6:45.  Francis Halko’s condition was not released. Police said Halko was eastbound on Pittsburgh Circle and drove onto Second Street and collided with a car driven by 36 year old Hope Prater of Ellwood City. Prater was not hurt.

Beaver County officials are warning people about a bad batch of heroin circulating in the area.  The drugs are being blamed for 26 overdoses over the last week.  One person in Beaver Falls and one in New Sewickley Township did not survive.   A third death in Monaca is also under investigation, but hasn’t yet been linked to the drugs.

An elderly woman is recovering after running her car into a grocery store in Seven Fields.  The driver reportedly hit the gas instead of the brake yesterday while backing out of a parking space and slammed into a pillar, some shopping carts and the door that leads to the cafe area.  The woman suffered a minor injury but no one else was hurt.

Former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky may end up testifying in court later this month.  Judge John Cleland issued an order earlier this week saying Sandusky can take the stand if prosecutors approve it. Sandusky, who was convicted on sex abuse charges in 2012, is trying to get a new trial.

A New Kensington man is guilty of raping a teenage girl during a five-year period.  Franklin R. Martin Junior was convicted yesterday for forcing the 13-year-old girl to perform sex acts, and he threatened to kill her if she told anyone.  Martin was found guilty of rape and 13 related charges.  The Westmoreland County assistant DA says she will ask for at least 325 years behind bars.  The victim is now 18, and Martin will be sentenced in about three months.

The identity of the woman who died after apparently shooting herself Tuesday on a sidewalk on Zelienople’s Main Street has been released. According to police 35-year-old Elizabeth Adams of Portersville was shot in the head around noon Tuesday in front of Mathew Jewelers. Police are calling it a suicide.  The investigation by police is ongoing.  No one else was injured.

Lawrence County, was included on a drought watch issued Tuesday by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The status affects 34 counties, located mostly along the state’s northern tier and the central part of Pennsylvania. A drought watch is the least severe drought classification, with drought warnings and drought emergencies considered more dire. Data from the National Weather Service’s Pittsburgh office indicates From June 1 through Tuesday, the National Weather Service has reported 6.25 inches of rain, more than two inches less than the seasonal average for that period, and nearly five inches less than last year’s rainfall total of 10.95 inches

State police in Butler County continue to investigate a domestic dispute that took place Tuesday night in Winfield Townshp.  Police said the female victim sustained minor injuries, and while leaving the residence heard what she believed was a gunshot and called 9-1-1.  When police arrived they found a male victim with a gunshot wound to the head.  He was taken to UPMC Presbyterain Hospital with critical injuries.  No other details were released by police.

A Sharon man is wanted by Pennsylvania State Police in Mercer County after leading them on a chase that ended in Springfield Township.  Pennsylvania State Police say the chase began on Interstate 79 around 1:30pm on Tuesday after police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Robert James Elder of Sharon.  Police say Elder reached speeds of at least 100 mph before exiting onto Interstate 80 and eventually onto SR 173.  State Police say at some point, Elder was able to stop the vehicle and flee on foot.  Individuals with any information regarding Elder’s whereabouts can contact state police at 724-662-6162.