Tri County Report For March 22nd, 2017

The McDonalds on State Street in Hermitage was robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning.  The New Castle News reports the incident took place around 4:15 when a man weaing a black Nike sweatsuit and carrying a handgun entered a propped-open back door, and forced the manager to open safe and a cash register. The manager and two employees were not hurt.

A woman is behind bars after allegedly leaving her two small children home alone in Monaca. A neighbor saw one of the toddlers outside alone earlier this month and called police.  Officers say the two-and-four-year-olds were wet, dirty and alone and their home was full of garbage and waste.  Nikia Shelehada was arrested this week on endangerment charges.

The trial is underway for former Penn State President Graham Spanier, who is accused of failing to report and possibly covering up sexual abuse.  Former assistant football coach Mike McQueary testified yesterday that he saw former coach Jerry Sandusky assaulting a boy in a locker room shower in 2001.  McQueary reported the incident and claims he was told by administrators that Sandusky was being kept away from children.  Spanier claims he did what he could with the information he had.  Sandusky was convicted and is serving 30-to-60 years behind bars.

A New Castle man is being held in the Mercer County Jail on $100,000 bond, accused of raping and threatening a woman in the parking lot at Grove City Premium Outlets. WFMJ-TV is reporting 46 year old Albert Tedrow allegedly assaulted  the 46-year-old woman who was driving him to the Mercer County Jail from his job at Adams Manufacturing, where he was on a work release program from a previous conviction. Police arrested Tedrow and charged him with  rape, victim intimidation, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, making terroristic threats and harassment. Tedrow is back in jail and has been removed from the work release program.

Police are investigating a suspicious death in Butler Township.  Initial reports indicate four-year-old Bentley Miller was in a car with a grandparent yesterday when he began having respiratory problems.  Crews were unable to revive him.  Initial reports suggest the child also had substantial injuries to his body. Detectives are looking for Jordan Lambing, who is the boy’s mother’s boyfriend and a possible suspect.

A former Franklin Regional High School student, accused of a stabbing rampage, is scheduled for trial.  A judge set a tentative trial date of August 7th for Alex Hribal yesterday.  Hribal is charged with 21 counts of attempted murder for allegedly using two kitchen knives to stab classmates and a security guard in a school hallway in 2014.   He was 16 at the time of the attack.  A judge has since denied Hribal’s request to plead guilty but mentally ill.

A Sharon man was arrested yesterday for allegedly stabbing his son. The Sharon Herald reports that 54 year old Donald Irby  was charged with attempted homicide and two counts of aggravated assault. 21 year old Luke Irby  was visiting when he was stabbed multiple times.. Luke Irby was listed in serious condition in St. Elizabeth Health Center,  in Youngtown.Donald Irby was arraigned and taken to Mercer County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Another lawsuit is being filed against the Butler School District.  Netherlands Insurance and Peerless Insurance are taking the action to try to avoid paying legal fees from the class action suit filed against the district last month.  Administrators claim the district had plans to file a lawsuit against the insurance companies for their failure to pay.

Governor Tom Wolf is speaking out against President Trump’s budget proposal.  The budget proposal calls for cutting funding to the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program.  The program is designed to help lower-income families afford to heat their homes.  It provides support to thousands of Pennsylvanians during the winter, something the Democratic governor stated that he opposes this idea.

A Beaver County man is being accused of distributing an elephant tranquilizer drug.  U.S. Attorney Soo Song said yesterday that Reginald Davis of New Brighton distributed the drug and it caused the death of one person.  If he is convicted, Davis could spend the rest of his life in prison.