Tri County Report For May 23rd, 2017

The New Castle News reports that a woman living in the Lincoln Terrace apartments was arrested on drug charges Friday.  42 year old Renee Marich is being charged with possesson with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance along with a gun charge. The District Attorneys office filed the charges after police searched her apartment and a car that she was a passanger in and found suspected herion packaged for sale along with a gun.  Marich was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 100 thousand dollars bond.

Police say the man accused of throwing an explosive device from his car in Beaver County had revenge on his mind.  Allen Lee Urban of Ambridge apparently told cops he wanted to scare people at a local lounge because a bartender had been spreading rumors about him.  The owner of the bar said Urban had previously tossed fireworks onto the bar’s roof.  Urban was hit with a slew of charges on Saturday including propulsion of missiles onto a roadway, possession of explosive materials, risking catastrophe, arson and making terroristic threats.

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai says he is planning on keeping his position as speaker of the house, even if he decides to run for governor.  The Allegheny County Republican spoke at the Pennsylvania Press Club yesterday saying he is seriously considering running and is looking at Labor Day to possibly announce his candidacy.  Republican state Senator Scott Wagner of York County and Pittsburgh health care consultant Paul Mango are also seeking the GOP nomination.

A senior at Mohawk High School  who was hit by a car while riding his bike in Beaver Falls is dead.  Family members confirmed to WTAE that Jordan Bobin died from his injuries after being airlifted to UPMC Presby yesterday.  Investigators say it appears he was trying to cross State Route 18 when he was hit by an SUV.  Mohawk High School officials say they’ll have additional counselors at school today to meet with students and staff.

A woman is behind bars after allegedly hitting a police officer with her car in Butler Township.  Police were called to the Rite Aid at the Point Plaza shopping center last week for a report of an intoxicated woman.  Officers found Shayna McDowell sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle and when they began questioning her, she started the car and tried to leave, hitting an officer in the process.  The officer was not seriously hurt and McDowell was arrested.

Twenty-three people are facing disorderly conduct charges following a protest at the Capitol.  Attendees of the “March on Harrisburg” yesterday were pushing for a ban on gifts to lawmakers.  The bill has been sitting in the House State Government Committee since January.  The Keystone state does not have limits on the amount of gifts lawmakers may receive although state employees under Governor Tom Wolf are banned from accepting gifts.

State Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy is leaving the Wolf administration.  Murphy announced yesterday that she is taking a position in the private sector, but said it has been an honor and a privilege to serve in Governor Wolf’s administration.  Wolf thanked Murphy for her work on the state’s opioid epidemic and the medical marijuana program and said she will be missed.

Pennsylvania State Police are reminding drivers that they will be conduction additonal enforcement activities for the upcomming Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs and speeding and aggressive driving and seatbelt usage will be a focus. There are scheduled DUI checkpoints and roving patrols along with increased radar usage. Police are reminding motorists to buckle up, slow down and don’t drink and drive.

A New Castle man pleaded guilty to drug charges yesterday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court just before jury selection was set to begin. 34 year old Davon Taylor, who was on parole for drug offenses was sentenced to, two to seven years in a state correctional institution. The New Castle News reports Taylor pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana. The charges stem from Taylor selling herion to a confidential informant in June of last year. Taylor was given credit for six months already served.

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial will continue today in Allegheny County court with the second day of jury selection.  Five of the 12 jurors who will decide Cosby’s fate were selected yesterday.  The anonymous jurors picked include a younger white man, a white woman who appears to be in her 30s, a middle-aged white woman, a middle-aged white man whose sister is a sexual assault survivor and an elderly white man.  After another seven jurors and six alternates are chosen, they’ll be moved to a Philadelphia suburb where they’ll be sequestered for the entire trial.  Cosby’s accused of drugging and molesting former Temple employee Andrea Constand in his Montgomery County home in 2004.