Tri County Report For April 19th, 2017

The Pennsylvania State Police are releasing a list of the drug seizures they made during the first quarter of the year.  So far this year the State Police have confiscated over ten-million dollars worth of heroin.  They have also taken over one-million dollars worth of methamphetamine and over 300-thousand dollars worth of cocaine off the streets.

The Ellwood City Police are going to offer citizens a chance to get rid of their unused prescription drugs.  The police department is hosting a prescription drug take back event on April 29th.  People will be able to drop off their unused drugs at the municipal building at 525 Lawrence Avenue from ten a.m. to two p.m. that day.

State Police in Butler County have charged a New Castle man with indecent exposure from an incident last month. According to police, 50 year old Richard Wimer Jr., was traveling on Interstate 79 in Lancaster Township back on March 27th, when he allegedly drove past a 54 year old female from Point Marion, Pa., and was touching his gentitals while his pants were pulled down to his waist. Along with indecent exposure, Wimer was charged with open lewdness.

A police pursuit that began in Mercer County,  ended in downtown Youngstown Ohio, but not before two people were injured in a crash along the way. State police say they began chasing a Ford Ranger  operated by 50 year old Paul Hill for a traffic violation and suspicion of DUI near Interstate 80 and Interstate 376  last night. The chase also led police to Kings Chapel Road, to Old Pulaski Road onto route 208 and then on to route 422. Hill crossed the Ohio line and was struck a car on Oak Street.  The  chase ended when Hill struck a semi-tractor trailer at the intersection of Commerce and Fifth Avenue.  Hill was taking to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. He faces a number of charges as the investigation is continuing.

The hunt for Steve Stephens has ended in Erie.  Pennsylvania State Police say the alleged murderer shot and killed himself inside his car yesterday morning.  Investigators say Stephens killed another man at random in Cleveland on Sunday and the posted a recording of the murder on Facebook.  He then sparked a multi-state manhunt when he ran from authorities.

According to Triple-A’s weekly fuel gauge survery, gas prices continue to increase in Western Pennsylvania. The latest survey has gas at an average at 2.66 a gallon, that’s five cents higher than a week ago. The national average is at 2.41 a gallon which marks the highest prices so far this year.  Some analysts believe prices will average around 2.80 this summer.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joined with lawmakers, college leaders and anti-sexual assault advocates on Tuesday to unveil a proposal to stem the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses.A key measure is a bill that would require colleges to give amnesty from punishment for unrelated misconduct if students report suspected sexual assaults. If passed, Pennsylvania would become just the third state to give amnesty for students who’ve been drinking or using drugs if they alert authorities that they’ve been a victim or suspect they witnessed a sexual assault.

Closing arguments are set to take place in Pike County today in the trial of accused cop-killer Eric Frein.  The prosecution rested its case yesterday.  Frein’s lawyers presented no evidence and called no witnesses.  Frein is facing a possible death penalty if convicted of the 2014 ambush that killed Corporal Bryon Dickson outside the Blooming Grove barracks.