Radio News for April 11th, 2017

Man Faces Trial for Strangulation of Girlfriend

James Lucas killed his girlfriend in Atlantic

Meadville, PA –

After a preliminary hearing yesterday James Lucas will be going to trial for every charge related to the strangling death of his girlfriend Julie Wiley. It’s alleged that after being struck by her during an argument in March Lucas strangled his girlfriend to death with a belt at his trailer in the village named Atlantic located in Crawford County’s East Fallowfield Township. Lucas is being held in Crawford County Jail with no chance for bail.


CDC is Moving

A former medical center in Oil City will be the organization’s new headquarters

Venango County, PA –

Child Development Centers in Venango County is moving its headquarters from Franklin to Oil City. The new headquarters will be at the former Butler Health Systems of Seneca Medical Center on Bissell Avenue, which was donated to them last year. The current headquarters in Franklin will remain open and house its behavioral health staff. The new headquarters has become necessary for the non-profit Child Development Centers after it took over the primary headstart services on both the state and federal levels in Crawford and Venango Counties.


Troopers on the Hunt for Woman Behind Botched Bank Robbery

The search is on Since Friday

Eau Claire, PA –

State Police are searching for a woman who attempted to rob a bank in Butler County. The woman entered Farmers Bank in Eau Claire on Friday and demanded money but was refused, she then fled from the bank in an unknown direction. The suspect is a white female about five feet and six inches tall with dark hair and was wearing blue jeans, a dark coat, and a hat with sunglasses. It is not known what her eye color was, which direction she fled, or if she had a vehicle or carried a weapon. If you have any information that may help please call the Butler County State Police at (724)284-8100.


Erie Trial Postponed Again

US Justice Department investigates claims of police brutality

Erie, PA –

The trial of Montrice Bolden has received its third continuance since June of last year as the justice department investigates his claims of excessive force. Erie Police Officers say Bolden tried to grab one of their weapons and they used the force necessary to stop him but Bolden claims he did no such thing. Bolden’s trial for drug possession and aggravated assault and other crimes remains in limbo while the Justice Department reviews the case.

It was late in the evening on the 27th of June 2016 when police officers say they found Montrice Bolden in the parking lot of TJ’s Traffic Jam smoking marijuana inside the cab of his Chevrolet Tahoe. The criminal complaint states that Bolden had loose bits of the drug on his clothes and handed over a half smoked blunt but became uncooperative when they tried to remove him from the vehicle. Police claim that during a struggle Bolden flicked a lit cigar at one officer which struck him on the neck and then punched another officer in the left eye before trying to flee the area.

The complaint goes on to state that as officers attempted to gain control of Bolden he reached for one of the officers guns and attempted to remove it from the holster and hit the magazine release causing the ammunition to fall to the ground. It states that during the struggle officers sustained wounds to their elbows and knees and that Montrice Bolden ignored many verbal commands and please to stop resisting arrest. They say Bolden was caught with a variety of narcotics and marijuana as well as K2 which is a synthetic form of cannabis. He allegedly admitting to using the drugs to a nurse while at UPMC Hamot Medical Center while being treated for fractures to his skull and eye socket and later developed nerve damage. The Justice Department has since stepped to investigate whether excessive force was being used by police in subduing Bolden.


Is Mike Stack Abusive to State Employees?

His treatment of state employees may be focus of Inspector General’s probe

Harrisburg, PA –

The Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania and his wife may be under investigation for being abusive to state employees. Mike Stack is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General, unconfirmed reports are that his treatment of his security detail is suspect. The Pennsylvania State Police provide security for the Lt. Governor and according to unconfirmed reports Stack and his wife have been verbally abusive to Troopers on multiple occasions. Representatives of the OIG do not comment on the nature of their investigations so the reports remain unconfirmed.