Tri County Report For September 1st, 2016

Charges are pending against two men after police seized about 50 pounds of marijuana from a North Beaver Township house last night. According to the New Castle News it all started with traffic stop in the township by police, who allegedly had probable casue to obtain a search warrant for a house on Mount Jackson Road. District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said In addition to the marijuana, which was packaged into quarter-pound bags, officers also confiscated 6 grams of cocaine, several firearms and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.  Charges are scheduled to be filed against the two suspects today.

A man who allegedly overdosed on drugs while working at Glade Run Lutheran Services in Butler County
is facing charges.  Paul Ream Jr. was found face down in a puddle of water in the bathroom of the Butler facility last month.  He was in possession of seven empty heroin bags, two hypodermic needles and various pills. Officials say Ream was supposed to be monitoring five children under 18 during sleep hours.  Glade Run released a statement saying it has a zero-tolerance policy for such activity.

The man accused of abducting and murdering his wife is brain dead.  Tierne Ewing was found dead of a gunshot wound Tuesday night in a barn in West Finley Township.  Kevin Ewing was alive but suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  Police say Mrs. Ewing had a protection from abuse order against her husband, who will be kept on a ventilator while organ donation is arranged.

A section of a well-traveled road in Sharon will be closed today for a sanitary line repair project. Sharpsville Avenue between State Street and Shenango Valley Freeway in Sharon will be closed from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Police are asking that drivers use Dock Avenue as an alternative route.

More information is being released on Tim Kaine’s Labor Day visit to Pittsburgh.  The Democratic vice presidential candidate will visit the city on Monday before joining running mate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland.  Officials say Kaine will be part of the speaking program at the Pittsburgh parade.

Two men are facing charges and police are looking for a third in connection to multiple vehicle break-ins and credit card thefts in Butler County.  The suspects recently used the stolen cards to make purchases at a Target in Findlay Township and Best Buy stores in North Fayette and Cranberry townships.  Police say the men bought five computers worth more than 15-thousand dollars.  Two of the suspects were arrested after police used a GPS to track their rented vehicle.  Detectives say the third suspect is suspected of being a lookout during the thefts.

A new Monmouth University poll is showing some key Democrats leading in Pennsylvania.  Yesterday’s results indicated Hillary Clinton has a 48-to-40-percent lead over Republican Donald Trump for the presidency.  It also found challenger Katie McGinty leading incumbent Republican Pat Toomey 45-to-41-percent in the race for the U.S. Senate. McGinty made a stop in New Castle yesterday afternoon touring the Berner Intenational Factory on Progress Avenue.

Three people are in custody after a heroin bust on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Police stopped a vehicle for a tinted window violation early Monday in Mt. Pleasant Township in Westmoreland County,  and noticed it had a strong odor of marijuana.  The driver agreed to a search and officers found a hidden compartment with more than two pounds of raw heroin worth 700-thousand dollars.