Tri County Report For January 30th, 2017

A New Castle man is in the Lawrence County Jail accused in the stabbing death of his mother yesterday morning.  State Police in Lawrence County report 27 year old Dean Craven of Ellwood Road is being charged with criminal homicide, along with aggravated assault. Police said Craven got into an altercation with his mother, 57 year old Lauri Jean Craven at her residence in Neshannock Township, when he stabbed her a number of times. Dean Craven remained at the home until officers arrived and was arrested without incident. Lauri Craven was pronounced dead at the scene.

Governor Wolf is speaking out against the President’s travel ban executive order.  He was in Philadelphia yesterday speaking on behalf of the Assali family, who has been living in Allentown for decades.  Six family members were detained in Philadelphia and sent back to the Middle East over the weekend.  They had been working for an immigration visa since 2003.  The governor added the U.S. should be a place where people can escape oppression.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is fighting President Trump’s travel ban.  Shapiro joined a group of 15 other attorneys general nationwide to challenge the constitutionality of the order.  Shapiro is promising to protect individual freedoms from the federal government.  Trump says the order is necessary for American security.

Police in Ellwood City have charged a man with threatening a woman with a gun.  Accordin to the Ellwood City Ledger 44 year old Michael Griggle of Todd Avenue in Ellwood City faces charges of simple assault, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and harrassment.  The charges stem from an incident back on January 21st, where Griggle allegedly threaten a woman at his home.  Police said Griggle it the woman in the face and left visable injuries. Griggle was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on five thousand dollars bond.

A petition is circulating, calling for the resignation of Butler School District Superintendent Dr. Dale Lumley.  The Change.org document was created last week, and claims Lumley put the children at risk by not informing parents that high lead levels were found in the water four months ago.  Lumley claims the district’s water operator did not inform him of the findings but has apologized to parents saying he should have known.  The water operator has been suspended with pay.

A man is facing charges in connection to several break-ins at a New Brighton restaurant.  John Wellman is accused of forcing entry into the Main Street Deli last week.  Wellman jumped out a window to get away from responding officers and when they caught him, he allegedly grabbed one’s weapon, causing it to fire twice.  Wellman is also suspected of burglarizing the same deli previously.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Concord Township.  According to police 28 year old Jeffery Parkinson was eastbound on Zion Church Road around 11:30 Friday night when he lost control of his vehicle, traveled into a yard and rolled over.  Police said Parkinson was not injuried but does face charges of driving under the influence.

A former SCI-Greene correctional officer is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty in a contraband scheme at the state prison.  Michael Berry collapsed when the verdict was read Friday but was checked by medics and cleared.  Berry and two other guards were charged last year for allegedly trading contraband for confidential information.  The other guards were acquitted.