Tri County Report For February 13th, 2017

The victim of a shooting in New Castle Saturday night is in stable condition after being shot in the stomach. According to the department’s facebook page police arrested 17-year-old Lanny Baker, who admitted to shooting the male victim in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven and BP gas station on Highland Avenue. The shooting happened just before ten o’clock that night during an altercation, according to police. Baker is being charged as an adult with charges including criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a minor. The male victim was taken to St.Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

The State’s Fire Marshall’s Office in investigating an arson fire at the Twilight Mobile Home Park in Mahoning Township. According to police the incident took place Friday morning just before 7:30 at a vacant mobile home. The suspect is a 15 year old Edinburg teen, who is also a Junior firefighter for Mahoning Township. During the investigation the suspect confessed to setting the fire.  No injuires were reported.

Police are investigating the death of a baby in Aliquippa.  Officers were called to the Valley Terrace Apartments Friday afternoon for a report of an unresponsive two-month-old.  There is no word on whether the death is suspicious.

A man is in custody following a stabbing in Beaver County. Police say Steven Call was asked to leave a Bocktown Road home in Racoon Township early Saturday, but refused.  A fight broke out and Call stabbed the victim in the chest. He was flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Connellsville High School is apologizing for racist chants heard at a recent basketball game.  The school was having “Hick Night” at the game and students were allegedly yelling “Build that wall!” and “Get them out of here!” at black Uniontown players as they entered the gym.  The Connellsville fans were wearing flannel and camouflage and at least one had a Donald Trump campaign sign.  The assistant superintendent says administrators have spoken to students about the incident.

State Police in butler County are investigating the death of a Mars woman.  53 year old Raenne Meyerl, was found dead inside her Pearl Avenue home by her boyfriend. Police believe Meyerl died of a herion overdose. The investigation is continuing.

Thousands are without power in western Pennsylvania.  As of early this morning, nearly two-thousand West Penn Power customers in Westmoreland County were without power due to high winds.  Armstrong, Allegheny, Butler and Washington counties each had more than 600 people without power.  Duquesne Light reported nearly seven-thousand people were without power early this morning.

President Trump will be making his first visit to Ohio since his inauguration this week.  The President is scheduled to visit Youngstown on Thursday to sign a bill repealing environmental regulations on coal mining. Supporters of the measure say it will keep 70-thousand people working in the nation’s coal industry.

A Pennsylvania man has started serving a thirty day jail sentence for a traffic accident in Brookfield Ohio that claimed the life of a West Middlesex man. 38 year old Robert Arms of Tarentum, was booked into the Trumbull County Jail on Friday after pleading no contest in December to one misdemeanor count of vehicular homicide. Wayne Ayers of West Middlesex died a month after his semi-tractor trailer was struck by a LA-Z-BOY box truck that State Troopers say failed to yield along State Route 82 on February 24th of last year. The box truck was operated by Arms.