Tri County Report For October 4th, 2016

A portion of Interstate 376 was shut down for about five hours yesterday morning following tractor-trailor accident. The crash took place just before seven o’clock in Shenango Township, Mercer County.  State police said 28 year old Thomas Camp of Buffalo, New York, was westbound when he traveled accross both lanes and overturned.  Camp, along with passanger 27 year old Justin Stover, also of Buffalo were taken to UPMC Horizon for treatment. Over 300 gallons of packaged almond milk spilled from the trailer.

An Aliquippa teen is facing charges in connection to a deadly shooting.  Police announced yesterday that Lawrence Reddick is wanted for the death of 16-year-old William Booher, who was killed during a drug deal gone bad.  A witness told officers Reddick pulled out a gun and demanded money before shooting Booher several times in the head on Wade Street.  Police are also looking for Dane Mathesius, who was present for the shooting but has not been seen since.

Two people face a number of charges following a traffic stop Sunday night in Butler County.  According to State Police, 27 year old Justin Peters of Butler faces charges of Driving Under the Influence along with drug possession.  42 year old Stacy Bergbigler, also from Butler, is being charged with drug possession. The investigation is continuing. by police.

An Amish worker from New Wilmington was killed Monday during an industrial accident at a sawmill in Wheatland. According to WKBN-TV The Mercer County Coroner confirmed that 37-year-old Steven Yoder’s death was accidental. He said Yoder died from a penetrating trauma to the head. Hermitage Police and rescue crews were sent to Omega, Inc. just before 2 p.m. for the workplace accident. Police said Yoder was wearing safety equipment at the time of the accident. The coroner said a sawmill mishap caused wood to be thrown and hit Yoder in the head.

Rivers Casino is partnering with Susan G. Komen.  The casino is donating leftover slot vouchers to the breast cancer organization.  Visitors can also donate ten-dollars to receive ten-dollars in free slot play.  The casino will also host a brunch on October 15th to support breast cancer survivors.  The Grand View buffet is donating two-dollars for every buffet from October 10th to 12th.

A hunter is recovering after an accident in Cranberry.  Police say a woman fell about 20 feet out of a tree stand in a wooded area behind Rose Drive Sunday morning.  A Stokes basket was used to get the victim to an ambulance.  Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A portion of Route 356 in Winfield Township was closed for five hours Sunday following a crash that seriously injured at least one person. State Police in Butler County report the driver of a pickup truck was traveling north on Route 356 when he crossed the center line into opposing traffic and collided with a car. It was a near head-on crash with both drivers’ sides of the vehicles colliding. Two women were trapped inside the car and had to be cut out by firefighters. One was flown to Allegheny General Hopsital with serious injuires, the other woman was taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the pick-up was not hurt.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is making progress with the Zika virus.  The school announced it has had early success with two experimental vaccines.  The vaccines prevented the transfer of the virus from female mice to their babies.  The study was published online yesterday in the EBioMedicine journal.  Pitt researches hope to use some of the more than one-billion-dollars in funding recently approved by Congress to help fight the virus.