Newslive 365 for April 26th, 2017

Man Arrested for Pointing Gun at Two Victims

Fortunately the weapon did not shoot

Columbus, PA –

Aaron Barstow stood in the home of Larry Barker and leveled a .25 caliber revolver between the eyes of Duane Sopher then pulled the trigger. Nothing happened. Barstow turned to point that same weapon at Barker but the two men tackled Barstow and wrestled the weapon from his hands. State Police from Corry arrested Barstow at about 6:40pm that same day and now resides in Warren County Jail with bond set at $100,000. He faces two charges each of reckless endangerment, harassment, and aggravated and simple assault. His Preliminary hearing is today at Warren County Courthouse.


Police Searching for Leads in Tire Theft

Four tires stolen off of a truck in a car sales lot

Seneca, PA –

On Saturday someone stole all four wheels and rims off of a 2017 Ford F-250 at Joe Taylor Ford. If you have information about the theft please call Franklin State Police at (814) 676-6596.


PA House and Senate Seek to Improve DNA Evidence Laws

DNA evidence cannot currently be requested by already convicted persons

Harrisburg, PA –

In an effort to reduce the number of wrongfully convicted prisoners in Pennsylvania’s prison system lawmakers in both parties and both houses of Congress are seeking to update the rules surrounding the use of DNA evidence in post conviction trials. As it stands the state of Pennsylvania currently has no framework in place to allow convicted persons the ability to ask for new DNA tests to overturn their prison sentences or criminal records. Anthony Wright is among the only prisoners to be freed in Pennsylvania based off of DNA evidence and he only caught that break after a ruling by the Supreme Court. He testified Monday in front of state lawmakers about his 25 year struggle to prove his innocence from a prison cell and how it was DNA that eventually secured his 2016 release.

It seems like each chamber will be producing their own bills to change the laws surrounding DNA evidence in court cases which has sat in its current state since 2002. Mercer County’s Tedd Nesbit will be sponsoring the House version of the bill while Stewart Greenleaf who is the Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman will be penning the senate version.


Erie Area School Makes Top 5 High Schools in State

The Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy ranked #4 Statewide

Erie, PA –

One Erie Area School has been named as one of the top 5 schools in Pennsylvania. Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy is the fourth ranked school in the entire state with a 99% graduation rate and a 61% college readiness rate. The Academy is ranked 374th in the nation. The other top five schools are more or less equally spread across the state are Unionville High School in Kennett Square at number five, Conestoga High School in Berwyn at number three, and New Hope-Solebury High School in New Hope, Pennsylvania at number two. The highest rated school in Pennsylvania is Julia R. Masterman Secondary School located in Philadelphia which came just shy of breaking into the national top 50.


Giles Pleas Guilty to Multiple Charges

Giles was arrested and charged with various felonies in an April to September 2016 crime spree.

Meadville, PA –

On Monday Jeffrey Giles pleaded guilty to several counts of theft including the armed robbery of a Kwik Fill and of a woman in the Downtown Mall parking lot, both in Meadville. In all he pleaded to five separate crimes all stemming from an April to September spree last year and could be sentenced to 94 years in prison and $150,000 in fines. Giles pleaded guilty to most of the charges involved in the theft of a .22 caliber Colt pistol last April, the theft of jewelry and other items during a West Meade Township Burglary on September 1, the theft of a van from Ernst Conservation Seeds and the armed holdup of a Kwik Fill in West Meade Township on September 18, and also pleaded guilty to the charges stemming from the September 27 robbery of a woman at knife point at the Downtown Mall in Meadville for which he was finally apprehended.