Tri County Report For September 23rd, 2016

State Police in Lawrence County report a one car accident in Mahoning Township.  According to police, 18 year old Devon Holmes was traveling north on Hillsville Road when he lost control of his vehicle after going over a railroad crossing and struck a wooden fence.  Holmes was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.  Two other passangers in the vehicle were not hurt.

Police are looking for the man who robbed a Dollar Tree in Aliquippa.  Officers say the suspect displayed a gun and demanded money at the Brodhead Road store Wednesday.  After getting some cash, he tried to carjack a woman on Wood Street.  No injuries were reported.

Two women were arrested Thursday for their roles in an alleged drug transaction in the city of New Castle. According to the New Castle News 30 year old Tiffany Natzik of Vine Street and 42 year old Kelly Sue Houk of Liberty Street were taken into custody after a confidential informant reportedly purchased heroin from Natzik while under police surveillance. The controlled narcotics purchase had been arranged by members of the district attorney’s special investigative unit and the New Castle Police Department. Natzik is charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver and possession of controlled substances along with several other charges. Houk face one count of conspiracy for possession with the intent to deliver. Both women were arraigned and place in the Lawrence County Jail on bond.

The Butler County Prison is adding an inmate addiction treatment center.  Officials made the announcement this week at the county prison board meeting.  The switch is expected to save about 170-thousand dollars a year, which is what the prison currently pays the Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Addiction Center for treatment services.  The move will also allow more inmates to receive treatment.

A man who encountered three suspected burglars at gunpoint last month was charged Wednesday with weapons possession violations. 49 year old Michael Lucas of Ellport was charged with possessing of a firearm without a license.  The Ellwood City Ledger reports Lucas encountered three people just before 9pm back on August 11th at a State Street residence in Ellport who he thought were burlgarizing the residence, which he previoulsy owned. The three people were hired to clean up the home by the current owner. No one was hurt.

Union faculty and coaches at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities could strike by the end of October. A five-day negotiating session ended late Wednesday at a stalemate. State system officials say they have offered to increase faculty compensation by 12 percent over the life of the multi-year contract. The raises would be depended upon the union accepting a healthcare plan that state system officials say is already in place for other university employees. The proposal was rejected. The two sides agreed to meet for eight more negotiating sessions, including some this weekend.

The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department is celebrating after a successful visit from Donald Trump.  The department reported no major issues during the Republican presidential nominee’s visit to the Steel City.  He spoke at the convention center at the Shale Conference.  There was a peaceful protest at Tenth and French streets before the visit.  Trump also made a stop at the Duquesne Club yesterday.

People will soon be able to visit three national parks in southwestern Pennsylvania for free.  The National Park Service announced yesterday that starting October 1st, entrance to the Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site and Johnstown Flood National Memorial will be free.  Several visitor centers will also become free a week from tomorrow.  The Flight 93 National Memorial and Friendship Hill National Historic Site will remain free.