Tri County Report for August 18th, 2016

New Castle City Police have made an arrest  in the search for an attempted murder suspect in the city.  According to the department’s facebook page, 25 year old Dajure Taylor has been arrested in connection with a shooting that happend back on July 12th. After his arrest, police say Taylor was interrogated by detectives where he admitted to shooting the teen victim. New Castle City Police Department and United States Marshals Western District Of Pennsylvania Office worked together to make the arrest.The Marshalls seized several firearms when apprehending Taylor.  He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Two men from the Cleveland area have been arrested as part of the investigation of a bank robbery Tuesday in Hermitage. The Sharon Herald reports an unmasked man presented a robbery demand note at 12:40 p.m. at Citizens Bank on  E. State St., police said. The man fled with money from the bank in a vehicle driven by another man. Police followed the vehicle into Ohio where it was stopped by Hubbard police. The FBI assisted in the investigation.

State Route 208 is open again to traffic according to Pulaski Township Police. PennDOT closed the road just west of State Route 551 in early July to replace a bridge. 1,800 vehicles cross the bridge each day according to PennDOT.

Officials are confirming that mosquitoes that could spread the Zika virus have been found in western Pennsylvania.  The Department of Environmental Protection says the Asian Tiger mosquito has been detected in Allegheny, Beaver and Fayette counties.  The mosquito is not the primary carrier of Zika and is less likely to spread the virus, but officials say it could happen.

Kathleen Kane is no longer in office.  The former state attorney general resigned Tuesday after being found guilty of leaking grand jury information and lying about it.  Kane spent her last day at her Scranton office yesterday saying she has no regrets.  She also said, “I loved my job.  I’m proud of the work that we’ve done.  But at the same time, it’s time for me to focus on other things and it’s time for Pennsylvanians to continue to move forward.”  Kane says she will now concentrate on her sentencing and potential appeal.  First Deputy Bruce Castor has been sworn in to fill the position.

A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for purchasing items using counterfeit credit cards at the Grove City Premium Outlets. 30 year old Jeisy Camejo-Escandell of Miami along with another woman bought the items at the Grove City and Washington Outlets in June of last year.  She could face up to five year in prison, a fine of 250 thousand dollars or both.  Sentencing is scheduled for December 6th.

A faculty strike is a real possibility at the 14 Pennsylvania-owned universities and colleges. State education employees that belong to the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, have been working under an expired contract for more than a year. Negotiations on a new deal are underway but representatives from both sides say talks have not been smooth. Union leaders say a faculty strike could be looming. Next week, APSCUF leaders will decide whether or not to let rank-and-file members vote for a strike.

A broken train is being blamed for traffic tie-ups in Coraopolis.  A coupling failed on the train yesterday causing a car to separate.  The train blocked all six crossings in town while crews checked all of the couplings.  A medical emergency was reported while the train was stuck and emergency crews were unable to reach the patient.   Paramedics found a gap in the train, crossed the tracks on foot and then rode to the incident in a borough truck.  Crews got the train moving again several hours later.

Neshannock Police are warning people to lock their car doors after receiving a rash of theft complaints from unlocked vehicles. Police said overnight Tuesday, someone went through several unlocked cars, stealing change. The vehicles were parked in driveways along the Graceland Road area. Police are also asking anyone who sees something suspicious to report it.