Tri County Report For March 13th, 2017

The New Castle News is reporting that police in Shenago Township have accused a New Castle man with giving a 15 year old girl alcohol and raping her. 23 year old Cody Alexander Myers is being charged with rape, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors along with a number of other charges. The alleged incidents took place from December of 2015 until January of 2016. Myers was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 10 thousand dollars bond.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Lawrence County and a winter storm warning for Mercer County. In Lawrence County the advistory begins at five o’clock this afternoon unitl 11pm  tomorrow night. Three to six inches of snow is possible. The Winter Storm waring for Mercer County is in effect from eight o’clock tonight until 8am Wednesday.  The National Weather Service says there is a possibility of eight to twelve inches of snow and driving will become difficult.

Pennsylvania State Police say charges are pending against an 18-year-old man accused of assaulting two employees of a Mercer County youth detention facility. Police arrested Miguel Laskey on Sunday at George Junior Republic, where Laskey is a resident. Laskey allegedly punched a 48-year-old staff member in the face, knocking him down. Police say Laskey then punched a 26-year-old staff member, before slamming the other employee to the floor and placing him in a headlock. Several other staff members were able to break up the fight.

Work will begin today on a road improvement project on route 65 in Lawrence County.  The Ellwood City Ledger reports the 8.72 million dollar project will occur weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Route 65 between Hillside Avenue in Ellwood City and Shaffer Road at the Slippery Rock and Shenango township line. There will be some traffic restrictions. The project is expected to be completed by November of 2017.

A Farrell man faces the possibility of spending decades in prison when he is sentenced tomorrow for kidnapping, assaulting and raping a woman. Glavin Justin Ivy was convicted of rape, aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint and assault following a four-day trial in November. The victim testified that she was physically and sexually assaulted at Ivy’s home in Sharon on November 18, 2014. Ivy faces a ten to twenty year sentence on each count, will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. WFMJ-TV reports sentencing is set for tomorrow morning at 9am in Mercer County Common Please court.

South Butler Primary School is being disinfected.  Crews spent the weekend cleaning the building after an abnormally high number of students were out sick last week.  The state Department of Health says it was most likely the norovirus. Students won’t be back in class until tomorrow due to a scheduled day off today.

Governor Wolf is urging Pennsylvanians to avoid unnecessary travel during the possible upcoming winter storm.  Travel restrictions may go into effect tonight into tomorrow morning and Wolf says if they do, drivers should stay off the roads so crews and emergency responders can do their jobs.  Wolf is also encouraging people to have emergency supplies on hand.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey is saying Democrats will “fight like hell” against Republican plans to repeal Obamacare and gut Medicaid.  Casey made that comment during a town hall meeting on Sunday in Philadelphia.  Casey spent an hour-and-a-half mainly talking about healthcare, but other topics included Russian involvement in the U.S. election.  Casey was met by a mostly supportive crowd during yesterday’s event.

Crews are going to start working on the Fort Pitt Tunnel.  The tunnel will be closed overnight starting tonight through March 24th.  The closure will start at nine o’clock and will continue until six-in-the-morning.  PennDOT says there will be an exception for Pittsburgh Penguins home games.  On those days, the tunnel will not close until two hours after the game finishes.