Tri County Report For July 6th, 2017

Pennsylvania State Police are sharing the accident statistics for the Fourth of July holiday.  Officers investigated 741 crashes during the four-day weekend in which 13 people were killed and 259 were injured.  Alcohol was involved in 75 of the accidents and four deaths.  Only one of the 13 people killed was wearing a seatbelt.  Troopers also arrested 474 people for DUI.

The New Castle News reports a man and woman are wanted on warrants after they allegedly overdosed on drugs in a car in front of two children. Police said 35 year old Jason Lanham of Ellwood City and 31 year old Lisa Lanham of West Pittsburgh are both charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children. Jason Lanham also faces one count each of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance and driving while his license is suspended or revoked. The alleged incident took place back on June 27th. Both were revived
at a local hospital and survived. The children were are ages 10 and 7 and were turned over to Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.

A man is dead following a police chase through Middlesex and Penn townships in Butler County.  Police were conducting speed enforcement on Route 8 near Mystic Lanes early yesterday when they attempted to stop a pickup truck.  The driver, later identified as Zachary Carr, refused to pull over, so officers pursued him.  Carr eventually stopped near Airport Road, got out of the vehicle and shot himself.  Officers say he was wearing a bullet-proof vest and had multiple weapons in his vehicle.

Beaver County officials are looking to sell the vacant Beaver Falls judicial office.  The city asked for a minimum bid of 145-thousand dollars in May but now all offers will be reviewed.  County commissioners are trying to raise revenue to avoid another property tax increase. Details about the bidding process will be posted on the county’s website.

Lawmakers are still looking for a way to fund the state’s budget. Meetings were held at the Capitol yesterday but no obvious progress was made.  The budget was submitted last week and requires two-billion dollars in new revenue in order to be balanced.  Options include borrowing from the state’s tobacco settlement and expanding gaming in the state.

The Beaver County coroner’s office is looking for information on an unclaimed body.  Harold Sullivan Sr. died Saturday at Beaver Elder Care in Hopewell Township.  There is no record of where Sullivan is from or who to contact.  Anyone with information is asked to call the coroner’s office.

Senator Pat Toomey is facing backlash over the Republican-backed health care bill.  Protests erupted outside a Toomey town hall meeting in Harrisburg yesterday.  Most of the participants were peaceful, but there were six arrests.  Toomey has voiced support for the new bill saying Obamacare has failed the state.  Protestors say Toomey is failing and needs to listen to what his constituents want.

Two former Penn State administrators are allowed to be on work release as they serve sentences for child endangerment. A judge ruled yesterday that former Vice President Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley are both eligible for the work program. The men will report to serve their two-and-three month sentences later this month.  The judge also denied a request by former university President Graham Spanier to have his conviction thrown out.  Spanier is facing two months behind bars.  All three men were sentenced for their handling of abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

An Aliquippa,  man is facing criminal charges after Youngstown police said he hit a woman with his vehicle, throwing her about 10 feet away. According to WKBN-TV  39 year old Ramon Campbell was stopped in the area of the accident by police officers. Cambell was arrested and charged with felonious assault and domestic violence. He’s now free on $14,500 bond and is due in court for his arraignent today.