Tri County Report For June 15th, 2017

A Grove City man is dead following a lawnmower accident.  Police say John Walochik was riding a zero-turn mower at an American Legion post Tuesday morning when it slid into a retention pond.  An American Legion employee called 911 after seeing Walochik’s limbs sticking out of the water.  His death has been ruled accidental.

A West Middlesex man is facing criminal charges over alleged threats to kill police officers in Coitsville and Campbell Ohio.  According to WFMJ-TV 58-year old David Dunkel made telephone calls to the Coitsville Police Department on Tuesday and left messages, threatening to kill all Coitsville and Campbell officers. Reports say Dunkel left two messages on the police department’s secretary’s voicemail, four minutes apart. Yesterday afternoon police found Dunkel passed out at his Evergreen Road home in West Middlesex.  He was taken into custody without incident and is facing charges of aggravated menacing and obstructing official business.

Jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial reviewed portions of his accuser’s testimony Wednesday as they deliberated for a third day over whether the 79-year-old star drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia estate. . She testified that Cosby gave her pills that left her woozy, helped her to a couch and then violated her while she was passed out, unable to say no or fight his advances. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The city of Pittsburgh is still buzzing about the estimated 650-thousand people who attended the Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade downtown.  Yesterday’s crowd is believed to be the biggest crowd in Pittsburgh’s history.  If accurate, it’s 200-thousand people more than the crowd that took in last year’s Pens celebration.

A Washington County couple is facing 48 counts of animal cruelty. William Moore and Marci Klinzing were charged Tuesday after the Washington Humane Society got a report of animals living in deplorable conditions in their home.  Dogs, cats, rabbits and various birds were removed from the residence and officials say it is the second time in six months.  The animals were allegedly kept in unsanitary, overcrowded or unsafe cages and there were cats in the walls.

State Police in Mercer County are investigating a break-in from Monday night. According to police the incident took place just after 11:00 at the Kwik-Fill Gas Station in Pine Township. Police said when they arrived a rock and been thrown through a window. A number of cigarettes were reported stolen and police are looking at surveillance video.

A Washington man is behind bars for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl. Christopher Holiday was arrested Tuesday after the victim’s father reported the incident.  He told police Holiday was a guest in his home when the incident occurred last month.

A plea deal is on the table for the man accused of gunning down Jaylen West at a party on Feb. 28, 2015 in Sharon. The Sharon Herald reports 33 year old Michael Dwayne Bagnall of Farrell has until the start of his trial Aug. 21 to decide if he wants to take it. His trial was scheduled to start on Tuesday.  Bagnall is charged with first- and third-degree murder, prohibited possession of a firearm, and aggravated assault for allegedly shooting West five times. According to Pennsylvania law, murder in the first degree carries the death penalty or life in prison without parole