Tri County Report For June 8th, 2017

State Police in Lawrence County report the identity theft of an Ellwood City woman. Police said a suspect represented a company causing a loss of twenty-three hundred dollars worth of iTunes gift cards to the woman. Also police report someone tried to open a Saks Fifth Avenue credit card in the name of  a 33 year old woman also from Ellwood City but where unsuccessful.  The investigations are continuing.

A police raid on a New Castle home turned up weapons, cash, and drugs, including the powerful and sometimes deadly opiate fentanyl. According to the New Castle News Members of the New Castle City Police Narcotics Bureau and the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Special Investigative Unit searched the home at 806 Morton Street shortly before 7:00 a.m. Wednesday. The search turned up an assault rifle, and two 9mm handguns, one of which was reported stolen from Coraopolis. 39 year old Marc Taylor was charged with possession of drugs, intent to deliver drugs, receiving stolen property and a weapons violation.

A gambling bill is on its way to the state Senate.  Yesterday, the House passed the legislation, which would allow licensed casinos to bring gambling to the Internet, airports and other satellite locations.  It would also allow bars to operate slot machine style video games.  Supporters say it could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and fees.  Governor Tom Wolf has not indicated if he would support the legislation.

A teenager is in the hospital after falling from a waterfall at McConnells Mill State Park.  The 18-year-old fell about 20 feet onto some rocks yesterday.  Witnesses say the boy was breathing and had no visible injuries or bleeding but his condition is not known.

Police are investigating the death of a baby in Ambridge.  Few details have been released but the one-month-old girl’s mother called 911 yesterday and when EMS crews arrived, the child had no pulse and possible head trauma.  There was also blood in the mother’s bed.  No charges have yet been filed.

A Butler woman is facing charges for allegedly attacking another woman during an argument.  Tiffany Crawford accused the victim of stealing money from her on Sunday in an apartment on Pillow Street.  The victim claims Crawford grabbed her purse and started taking money, then held her down and strangled her.  The woman ran to a nearby pizza shop for help but Crawford allegedly followed her and tried to drag her out.  The victim was not seriously injured.

Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey is getting more competition.  Paul Addis, a former energy executive, announced yesterday that he will jump into the GOP pool of candidates challenging Casey in 2018.  Addis lives in Philadelphia and was previously a top executive at both AEP Corporation and Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy.

State lawmakers are looking to make a change to the amount of tax dollars that go to cyber charter schools.  The new legislation was introduced this week and would cap the amount cyber charters receive from their school districts per student so that the districts would pay the same as they spend for their own cyber programs.  Lawmakers say the plan could save taxpayers close to 300-million dollars.

The death of a Sharon man found in his home Tuesday has been ruled a homicide. WFMJ-TV reports the Mercer County Coroner’s office said 68 year old  Lawrence Henderson died from a cut by a knife on the left side of his neck. On Tuesday, neighbors noticed the side door of Henderson’s home at 842 Spruce Avenue in Sharon was open for more than a couple days. When one of them entered the home they found Henderson dead on the floor. No one has been charged at this time.