Tri County Report For April 24th, 2017

State Police believe speed was a factor in a fatal car crash Friday night in Slippery Rock Township. According to police 50 year old David Fritch was traveling on Frew Mill raod when his car left the roadway struck a wooden post, then struck a pine tree. Police said Fritch’s vehicle continued to travel and struck a sign post and another pine tree. When police arrived at the scene Fritch was deceased.  The investigation into the accident is contuing.

A man jumped into a river while attempting to flee New Castle police. According to there facebook page, New Castle City Police said they spotted Mark Moore in the Grant Street Housing Complex Friday afternoon. Police said there was an active warrent out for Moore. He  ran away and police say he jumped into the Shenango River under the Grant Street Bridge during the chase.  The New Castle City Fire Department Water Rescue team was called out and  assisted with getting Moore out of the water. Moore was taken into custody and transported to UPMC Jameson for treatment of Hypothermia and a arm injury. Two NCPD officers were also treated for injuries and released. Moore was then placed in the Lawrence County Jail.

A woman is facing charges after overdosing while caring for a four-year-old in Ambridge.  The child called 911 earlier this month to say she needed help.  When responders got to the 18th Street home, they found Allison Welling unresponsive.  She was revived with Narcan and charged after officers found heroin and a hypodermic needle within reach of the little girl.  Police say there have been previous overdose incidents in the residence.

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor is being stripped of his state police protection.  Governor Tom Wolf made the announcement Friday following complaints about Mike Stack’s treatment of state employees.  Wolf is also cutting back on cleaning, grounds keeping and maintenance at Stack’s residence for the protection of state employees.  The inspector general is currently investigating the situation.

The Elwood City Ledger reports that two children, both younger than 3, were treated at Ellwood City Hospital and released after an accident Thursday afternoon on Beaver Avenue. The boys, ages 1 and 2, were passengers in a vehicle driven by 26 year old Samantha Marie Post, 26, of  Jackson Township, in  Butler County. Ellwood City police said Post was traveling west on Beaver Avenue just after 3:30 p.m., when her vehicle went off the road and up a guide wire attached to a utility pole at the intersection with Seventh Street. Post’s vehicle flipped onto its roof and came to rest.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is down.  The Department of Labor and Industry released the March figures Friday saying it was the fourth straight drop for the Keystone state.  The rate is currently four-point-eight percent as compared to the national rate of four-point-five percent.

The penalty phase of Pennsylvania cop-killer Eric Frein’s trial continues today.  Reports indicate his lawyers are going to focus on his father.  Frein was convicted last week for the 2014 attack that killed Corporal Bryon Dickson.  The defense plans to raise questions about Frein’s dad’s influence on him and the pair’s relationship.  Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.  Frein’s lawyers are asking the jury for life without parole.

A 21-year-old University of Pittsburgh student is dead following a fall from a building.  Colin Montesano fell from the roof of a duplex on Meyran Avenue in Oakland Friday night.  He landed in an alley between two apartments and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.  He died a few hours later from blunt force trauma. The University of Pittsburgh is offering grief counseling.

An “unspecified threat” is being blamed for an evacuation at South Butler Middle and High Schools.  The buildings were cleared Friday afternoon when the threat was discovered.  Police determined it was not a credible tip but moved everyone out of an abundance of caution. Nothing suspicious was found and students were allowed to return to finish the rest of the day.

Pittsburgh is learning more about medical marijuana.  The World Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo opened in Pittsburgh Friday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  The event featured keynote speaker former NFL running back Ricky Williams, and there were presentations about the drug’s benefits for sick children and military veterans.  There were also workshops on how to cook with cannabis.  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the medical marijuana bill into law a year ago.