Tri County Report For July 12th, 2017

A Sharpsville man who’s car struck a motorcyclist, who later died was in court yesterday.  The New Castle News reports 54 year old Scott Young had all charges against him being held for court.  Young struck 47 year old Paul Rosta of Union Township with his car as he pulled from an alley onto South Jefferson Street on August 25th of last year.  Rosta suffered massive leg injuries and died two weeks later in a Pittsburgh Hospital. Young in being charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravages assault by vehicle along with several other chares.  He is free on bail.

The driver of a pickup truck is dead after hitting a Pennsylvania State Police SUV in Middlesex Township.  Police say 47-year-old Joseph Hufnagel of Butler was killed when he was ejected from his truck during the crash and died at the scene.  They say Hufnagel was driving east on route 228 around a curve when his truck strayed into oncoming traffic, hitting the trooper’s SUV head-on.  The trooper suffered non life-threatening injuries in the crash.

Pennsylvania has a new initiative to deal with the abuse of prescription drugs.  Attorney General Josh Shapiro made the announcement yesterday that his office will supply 300-thousand drug deactivation and disposal pouches to 12 counties in the state.  The pouches deactivate unused prescription pills when warm water is applied and pouches are sealed.  In a news release, Shapiro says 80-percent of heroin addicts start with prescription drug abuse.

A Butler County man is being sentenced to 30 years in prison for child exploitation.  The sentence given to 55-year-old James Mark Leroy yesterday also includes lifetime supervised release once he gets out.  The Butler County business owner was convicted in February of taking boys to Florida and Michigan to engage in sex acts.  Federal prosecutors said during the trips Leroy gave the boys alcohol and prescription pills while engaging in criminal sexual acts.

Governor Wolf is expected to sign a bill later this week that would give power to the office of the Inspector General.  Senate Bill 527 would give the Office of the Inspector General subpoena power and limited law enforcement authority.  The legislation also says the Inspector General will be appointed by the governor.  The prospective law was authored by Republican Senator Ryan Aument and Republican Representative Mindy Fee.

Drivers racing through PennDOT construction zones could face a 100-dollar fine if caught on camera.  A bill targeting work zone speeders has gotten through the Senate and is now on its way to the House.  The speed limit in an active work zone is 45 miles per hour.  Some critics say they don’t like the idea of “Big Brother” looking over them and others say 100-dollars is a small price to pay.

An urgent call for blood donations is going out from the Central Blood Bank.  It’s a red alert as blood supplies locally in Western Pennsylvania fall to “dangerously low levels” according to the blood bank.  Blood bank officials say there’s typically a decline in donations during this time of year, but the drop off this year has been severe. The blood bank is putting out a call for 800 donations this week at its 22 community donor sites and fixed mobile sites throughout Western Pennsylvania.

A New Castle man faces a number of charges after being arrested at a Shenango Township motel Monday night.  The New Castle News reports 21 year old Markeace Perkins is facing several counts of possession and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and a firearms violation. Perkins was arrested at the Eldorado Motel after a search warrent discovered marijuanna and a loaded handgun. Perkins was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on bond.