Tri County Report For December 9th, 2016

A North Hill man will serve four to nine years in state prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl. The New Castle News reports that 35 year old Steven Plum of Laurel Blvd. was sentenced yesterday by Lawrence County Common Pleas President Judge Dominic Motto. Plum pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault and was also ordered to a Lifetime Megan’s law registration. The charges stem from an incident at his home back on March 4th. The victim told police that Plum supplied her with alchohol and marijuana and that she was intoxicated when Plum allegedly sexually assaulted her muliptle times.

More information is being released about the Ambridge district judge accused of misconduct.  Officials say Judge Andrew Hladio improperly and romantically pursued multiple clerks in his office.  Board members are now trying to place him on an interim suspension.  Hladio denies the allegations.

Allegheny County will not review voting machines from last month’s election.  Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph James rejected a bid yesterday from Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein to forensically examine voting machines throughout the county.  The judge had agreed to allow a review of results from the machines in 52 precincts but not a forensic exam of machines.  The request was denied December 2nd and the appeal was dismissed.

A Brookfield Ohio man accused of shooting two men in Hermitage is in the Trumbull County Jail awaiting extradition to Mercer County. WFMJ-TV reports 28-year-old Justin Hepfl was arrested in on Thursday, just hours after he allegedly shot two men outside the Chalet Apartments on Dutch Lane. Police believe that Hepfl knows the two victims, 20 year old Eli Porter, of Sharon, and 24 year old David Brock, of Sharpsville. Porter was shot in the back and was still hospitalized in serious condition. Brock was shot in the thigh and is listed as being in stable condition. Police believe the shootings were the culmination of an earlier dispute. The investigation is ongoing.

Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a home in Buffalo Township.  The blaze broke out yesterday and while no one was there, it appears four dogs were killed.  Officials say a neighbor saw the flames in the home’s kitchen and called 911.

Police are investigating a hit-and-run accident in Butler Township.  Officers responded to Fairground Hill Road for a report of a crash early yesterday but did not find a vehicle.  A subsequent investigation discovered Elizabeth Kordich lost control of her SUV, rolled it, hit a tree and then left the scene.  She later told police she swerved to miss a deer.

The VA’s Pittsburgh Healthcare System is trying to identify employees and other patients who may have come in contact with a veteran who has been diagnosed with tuberculosis.  The VA says the veteran is being treated for the disease.  The veteran most recently visited a VA outpatient clinic in Beaver County.  The VA says once people who may have come in contact with the veteran are identified, they will be offered free tuberculosis testing.  The Beaver County Health Department is working with the VA to address this matter.

Police in Ellwood City have charged a Slippery Rock man with altering a prescription.  According to the Ellwood City Ledger, 53 year old David Leviere of Patterson Road was charged with acquisition by misrepresentation and possession of a controlled substance. Ellwood City police said Leviere presented an altered prescription about noon on November 10th at the Rite Aid pharmacy on Fifth Street in Ellwood City. According to police, the prescription, written by a doctor based in Harmony, was changed in an attempt to get a more potent dose of a narcotic.