Tri County Report For December 5th, 2016

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating an armed robbery from Saturday night in Slippery Rock Township.  According to police the robbery took place at the Tic Toc Convenience Store on Ellwood Road around 9:30. A suspected entered the store carrying a handgun and demanded money from two clersk behind the counter.  He was handed an undetermined amount of money and fled the scene on foot.  Police describe the suspect as a white male  in his early twenty’s, about 5’11” weighing about 180. He was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans with a black bandanna. Anyone with information is asked to call  State Police.

A suspect in connection with a bank robbery in Sharon has turned himself in. 53 year old Dana Hanyes turned himself into Sharon police yesterday morning.  Hanyes allegedly robbed the East State Street PNC bank around noon Friday morning. Investigators believe Haynes is the man who threatened a teller at the bank shortly before noon on Friday, walking away with more than $3,000. Haynes is facing charges of bank robbery and theft. He will be arraigned at a later date.

The Lawrence County Commissioners will introduce the 2017 budget tomorrow that will hold the line on taxes.  The Ellwood City Ledger reports Lawrence County Chief Administrator Jim Gagliano said Friday that county officials are working in anticipation of presenting the preliminary spending plan at the commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, and passing the final budget between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Commissioner Dan Vogler said he didn’t expect an increase over the current property tax rate.

Police are investigating a rash of thefts at a Butler County campground.  Officers say multiple golf cart batteries have been taken from Slippery Rock Campgrounds on West Park Road.  Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

A funeral is today for the mother and son killed in their New Stanton home.  Services for Dana Remaley and eight-year-old Caleb, will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Martin Catholic Church on Route 982 in New Derry.  Fourteen-year-old Jacob Remaley is being charged as an adult for the murders.  Police say the teen shot his mother and brother in their beds as they slept last week.

Police believe speed was a factor in a one-vehicle crash  that killed a Cranberry Township man. Police said the accident took place Thursday night on Powell Road.  The victim was identified as 32 year old Kyle Darville. Police said Darville lost control of his vehicle, struck several guardrails and went off the roadway over an embankment and down a hill.  Darville was the only person in the vehicle and no other injuries were reported.

A man nearing 60 is now free from prison after he was sentenced to life without parole in the 1970s.  Jeffrey Cristina was sentenced at 17 for robbing an 83-year-old man of 15-dollars and a portable TV in 1975.  He and two others took part in the robbery at the man’s Lawrenceville apartment.  The victim later died.  Cristina was resentenced in August to 20 years to life with parole.  Cristina left prison on Saturday.

The campaign to recount presidential votes in Pennsylvania is going before a federal court. An attorney for failed Green Party candidate Jill Stein announced over the weekend an emergency federal court order will be sought today after it was announced Stein and recount supporters in the state were dropping their case in state court. Recounts that have already begun across the state, including in some precincts in Philadelphia, have already trimmed Donald Trump’s margin over Hillary Clinton by 22-thousand votes.