Tri County Report For May 4th, 2017

The State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Wilmington Township Tuesday morning.  The blaze broke out at a home on Route 956 owned by Keven Walters in New Castle.  Damage was is excess of 250 thousand dollars. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters worked to bring a house fire under control early Tuesday morning in Wayne Township. No injuries were reported and a cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A Mercer County woman is facing 50 charges,49 of them felonies, for allegedly sexually assaulting an 11-month-old infant girl and sending recorded images of it through online chat messages. According to the New Castle News State police in New Castle have charged Mary Belinda Jacobs of Farrell, in connection with the alleged offenses, which reportedly took pllace at a house at 111 E. Wallace Ave. where Jacobs reportedly had been living at the time. She was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie and is in the Lawrence County jail on $100,000 bond. She faces a number of charges. She faces a number of charges including one count each of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated assault of a child, incest of a minor younger than 13, sexual assault and indecent assault of a person younger than 13, and 11 counts each of photographing, filming or depicting a sex act on a computer.

Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey is speaking out against a deportation.  A mother and her five-year-old son were recently deported from Berks County to Honduras.  Casey says they were seeking asylum in the U.S. because the woman was in danger.  He says “This is outrageous. This is America. They shouldn’t be sending these people out of the country. They’re no threat.”

Three people are facing charges in connection to a nationwide puppy scheme.  The suspects, two of whom are students at Slippery Rock University, were arrested this week and are accused of scamming people looking for baby boxers.  Police say the trio advertised the dogs on JamiesPups.com and Craigslist.com, collected money from the victims and then never delivered the animals.  Detectives believe they made tens of thousands of dollars.

A coroner says a 1-year-old boy found dead in a small pond in his western Pennsylvania yard accidentally drowned. Mercer County Deputy Coroner Cris Loutzenhizer tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that little Enos Mast’s family is part of an Amish community along the border with Lawrence County. The family had breakfast on Sunday and the boy and nine older siblings went outside to play. The older children lost track of the little boy, who was found a few minutes later in shallow water about 2 feet from the pond’s edge.

Triple-A says that low demand has steadied gas prices in Western Pennsylvania. In it’s weekly fuel gauge survey The average price sits at 2.66 a gallon which is the same as a week ago. The national average is at 2.30 a gallon.

A North Beaver Township man is facing charges for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with three juveniles, two of them when they were younger than 13 years old. The New Castle News reports 52 year old William Arthur Brommer has been charged in connection with alleged multiple offenses that were reported to have occurred between 2007 and 2008.  Brommer is charged with aggravated indecent assault of someone younger than 16 years old; indecent assault without the consent of another; indecent exposure, and two counts of indecent assault of persons younger than 13. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.