Tri County Report For April 10th, 2017

A North Beaver Township man died in a fire that broke out Thursday night at a home on Bartholomew Road. The Lawrence County coroner’s office said The victim is 86-year-old Richard Bartholomew. The fire broke out before 11 p.m. in the two-story home. Bartholomew’s son, Nelson Bartholomew, who lived with him, was home at the time and escaped the house without injury. The state fire marshall has been called in to determine the cause of the fire but fire officals say it doesn’t appear to be suspicious. Damage was listed at 75 thousand dollars.

The case of a Mercer County woman charged in connection with the sexual assault of her adopted daughter will go to trial. WFMJ-TV reports during a hearing on Friday , Mercer County Judge Christopher St. John found enough evidence against Charyn Hamelly to send her case to court. According to testimony, Hamelly’s husband Michael Hamelly of Jackson Center is accused of entering his then-teenage daughter’s room to allegedly sexually assault her.  The alleged victim testified she told her adopted mother about the assault, but the woman did not report the crimes.   Charyn Hamelly is facing one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Police are looking for a woman who tried to rob an Eau Claire Borough bank Friday. The suspect demanded money at Farmers National Friday but the teller refused to hand it over so she took off.   She is described as white, with dark hair.

More people in Pittsburgh now know what Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey is working on.  Senator Casey held a town hall meeting yesterday afternoon at the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall.  The senator talked about the U.S. airstrikes against Syria, the opioid epidemic and the Affordable Care Act.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating a case of identity theft.  Police said that a known suspect obtained the indentity of a 50 year old Enon Valley man to take out a loan in the man’s name. Police did not release the suspects name as the investigation is continuing.

Hermitage police are warning business owners about counterfeit money that is circulating around the area. The City of Hermitage’s  Facebook page a posted a message from its chief of police asking residents and businesses in Hermitage, Clark and Wheatland to watch out for fake $100 and $50 bills. The post says people are using the bills to buy gift cards or buying couple dollar items in order to get real change or bills back.

A Monessen High School student is facing charges for allegedly recording classmates in a locker room and distributing the videos via social media.  The 15-year-old is accused of taping nine teens in September and some of the victims did not know they were being recorded. One of the victims’ mothers called the school after she saw the video on Snapchat.

Authorites in Washington County say A Hickory man is heading to trial for allegedly providing alcohol to minors and causing a deadly accident.  Joshua Kusky waived his case to court last week.  He is accused of getting beer and whiskey for 19-year-old Tyler Bowe in January.  Bowe later drove over an embankment and hit a tree and in Smith Township. Four other teens in the car were injured.