Tri County Report For September 8th, 2016

State police are searching for a law enforcement impersonator in Lawrence County.  David Rowbotham of Wampum is accused of calling a New Castle woman and telling her there was a warrant out for her arrest.  He’s charged with criminal coercion and wiretap violation among other things for recording the conversations with the victim.

Police say a Midland man is facing charges for allegedly using marijuana with his son.  Police received a call from a woman who said Brian Benson was smoking with the eight-year-old.  The victim told police he tried the marijuana with his dad and it made him feel funny.  Benson denies the allegations.

A Mercer County couple charged in connection with the sexual assault of their adopted daughter made their first court appearance. 58 year-old Michael Hamelly is facing more than 300 charges stemming from incidents that happened more than a decade ago.  According to testimony, over a period of two years, Hamelly would enter his then-teenage daughter’s room where he would allegedly sexually assault her.  The alleged victim says she told her adopted mother about the assault, but the woman did not report the crimes.  54 year old Charyn Hamelly is facing  one count of endangering the welfare of a child for failing to report the crimes.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the husband of a transplant patient who died after a mold outbreak at the facility, are settling their lawsuit.  Officials announced yesterday that Shelby Slagle’s husband will receive over one-million dollars in the agreement.  Slagle died in 2015 after a heart transplant.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a specially ventilated room in the intensive care unit may have been to blame for the mold.

Officials are investigating a service garage in Adams Township.  A man told police he recently dropped off a car at Lube Pro on Route 228 and when he picked it up ten days later, it had 850 new miles on it.  The victim claims the vehicle also smelled like cigarette smoke.  The owner of the facility is also accused of operating an unlicensed car dealership.

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is asking a judge to order her estranged husband to hand over a million dollars.  Kane filed the paperwork last week, claiming she needs some of the joint assets to pay attorney fees for her perjury conviction because she is now unemployed.  Kane resigned last month after she was found guilty of leaking grand jury information and lying about it.

Pennsylvania has a new voter registration text messaging service.  The Pennsylvania Department of State launched “2Vote” yesterday.  Eligible citizens can text “PA” to “2Vote” for direct access to the online voter registration application and other voting information.  Officials say the platform gives potential voters fast and easy access to the voter education tools, and claim staying on trend allows the state to reach younger voters.  Almost two-million eligible Pennsylvanians are not registered to vote.

State Police in Butler County report a one car accident in Slippery Rock Township.  According to police 25 yea rold Michael McPherson was southbound on route 258 when he lost control of his vehicle crossing over the northbound lane sliding into a small ditch.  The vehicle then landed on it’s side.  McPherson was not hurt.

Hermitage police have obtained an arrest warrant for 55 year old  Richard D. Beaver, who is accused of stabbing a Farrell man in the chest Sunday. According to the Sharon Herald Police were called to the 1300 block of Bolde Drive in Shenango Park Apartments, where a 53-year-old man had locked himself in an apartment following the stabbing. The victim, Kenneth Ham was taken to the hospital for treatment. Ham identified Beaver of Hermitage as his attcker.  The investigation and the search for Beaver is continuing.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating the theft from an electric company’s vehicle.  Police said about 53 hundred dollars worth of equipment was stolen from a vehicle owned by Thompson Electric of Munroe Falls Ohio, sometime between September 1st and this past Tuesday.  The vehicle was located in a wooded area in Wayne Township. The investigation is ongoing.