Tri County Report For February 14th, 2017

A short lockdown at two schools in the Blackhawk District is being blamed on a nearby bank robbery.  Police were called to the Citizens Bank on Constitution Boulevard yesterday after the thief left with the cash.  Officers asked the district to implement the lockdown while they evaluated the situation.  Administrators say there was no threat to students or staff.  The lockdown was lifted a short time later.

Authorities believe the same person who robbed an East Liverpool Ohio bank last Friday also robbed, The Citizens Bank on Constitution Boulevard in Beaver Falls yesterday.  The FBI and the Chippewa Township Police Department are asking the public for help in identifying the man responsible. He is described as a white man, approximately 6’0″ to 6’2″ tall, weighing about 190 to 200 pounds. The man has dark hair and a mustache or goatee. At the time of both robberies, he wore a dark gray hoodie with a black zip-up shirt underneath.

Several fire departments were called out last night to house fire in Franklin Township.  According to the Ellwood City Ledger the blaze broke out around 7:40 at a home on Knox Avenue. 47 year old George Blazzo was at home at the time of the fire. According to Blazzo the fire appeared to be electrical in nature and occurred in the garage wall behind the dryer in the garage. Damage was done to the front of home and one garage door. No injuries were reported.

The Butler Area School District is offering free blood testing for students and staff of Summit Township Elementary.  The testing will be done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday at Broad Street Elementary.  Parents can call the school office to make an appointment.  Students can also get tested at any Butler Health System lab and bill it to the district.  Summit elementary students are currently attending classes at the vacant Broad Street Elementary building after lead and E. coli were found in the water system.

Pennsylvania has a new law that allows drivers to go through certain red lights.  Act 101, also called the “Ride on Red” law, gives motorists the option to go through the lights if they use common sense and proceed with caution.  The law went into effect Sunday and was created to help when a signal doesn’t detect a small vehicle or a motorcycle.

One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons is facing child sex-abuse charges.  Jeffrey Sandusky was arrested yesterday and is accused of sending inappropriate texts to two underage girls.  Police say he asked the victims for naked photographs and solicited one for sex.  The elder Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach, was convicted of molesting ten boys and is serving 30 to 60 years behind bars.

Police are investigating a rash of car break-ins in Butler.  Officers were called to Saxonburg Road last week after a man was spotted rummaging through vehicles.  Initial reports suggest the incident is connected to several other recent thefts in the area.  Police are reminding people not to keep valuables in their vehicles and to lock their doors at all times.

A man is in the hospital after a fall in Cranberry Township.  The victim tumbled at least ten feet over an embankment near the Turnpike yesterday at Graham School Road.  Crews were able to hoist the man to safety.  The extent of his injuries is unknown.

A car accident overnight Monday sent several people to the hospital including a pregnant woman. The crash happened around 4:00 a.m. Monday on North Sharpsville Avenue, as multiple cars were involved. Several people were taken to the hospital including a woman who is eight months pregnant. According to WFMJ-TV thier conditions are unknown, but it’s believed their injuries are not life-threating.

President Trump won’t be making a stop in northeast Ohio this week, after all.  The Ohio Air National Guard says the President has canceled his appearance at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, but no reasons were given.  The President was scheduled to sign a bill relaxing environmental restrictions on coal mining.