Tri County Report For July 14th, 2017

New Castle City Police arrested a West Side man following a traffic stop on Monday. The New Castle News reports 21 year old Ortarius Williams of Kerr Street is being charged with two counts each of possession and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. After police pulled Willams’ car over at the insection of Moravia and George streets, police found over nine grams of marijuana. Williams was arrigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 15 thousand dollars bond.

Police in Ellwood City are investigating a report of gunshots. The incident took place  early Wednesday morning at a residence along 13th Street, where An unidentified man fired three shots. No one was injured in the shooting, which took place just after 3 a.m. The Ellwood City Ledger reports the investigation is ongoing.

A man is in the Westmoreland County Prison after police charged him with molesting his girlfriend’s daughter.  Police say 38-year-old Robert Thompson started molesting the now 13-year-old girl when she was eleven.  The alleged victim told police Thompson had been touching her inappropriately since she was eleven and they started having sex last year.  He has a preliminary hearing set for next Thursday after being arraigned this week on a list of sex charges involving a child.

Washington County officials are looking to demolish a building that partially collapsed and left a woman trapped.  They are waiting for the O-K from property owners on either side to agree with the demolition.  It comes after a woman was trapped under a refrigerator and debris following the partial collapse of a building in downtown Washington.  WPXI-TV reports the woman was loaded into an ambulance after being trapped for more than nine hours.  Washington County officials said crews had to stabilize and lift two floors that were on the fridge that pinned the woman.  The woman’s fiance was also injured in the collapse around nine o’clock yesterday morning on North Main Street.

Sedimentation and erosion problems are catching the attention of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission after flooding problems in the town of McDonald.  In a statement issued Wednesday,  the Turnpike Commission says some of its staff, employees from its construction contractor and disaster recovery personnel were on-site in the Washington County community late Tuesday night.  The Commission says staff was assisting neighbors and beginning the recovery process.  Residents said storms Tuesday night turned streets into muddy brown rivers that flooded basements.  Several businesses reported flooded parking lots.

Another Butler County School District is dealing with high levels of lead in there drinking water.  Inside Butler county reports the South Butler county School District said on Wednesday that recent tests of lead came back with levels over the Department of Enviromental Protection’s levels. The district says a total of 38 waters sources including sinks and fountaions have been shut off. Officials said additional testing is being done to help identify the problem.

Montgomery County’s final bill is in for the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.  The high-profile trial cost the county more than 219-thousand-dollars.  The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners released the figures yesterday.  The biggest chunk, nearly 99-thousand, went to pay sheriff’s office personnel overtime.  The trial ended last month after jurors could not reach a verdict.

A Greensburg woman is in jail after being arraigned for allegedly allowing men to inappropriately touch a seven-year-old girl.  Court records show Rebecca Lynn Shadle of Eastmont Estates is being held on 100-thousand-dollars bond for alleged trafficking of minors and other charges.  Shadle told investigators she had sex with men for money and allowed men to touch and kiss the girl.  Police are investigating whether a three-year-old girl who was in Shadle’s care was molested.

Workers digging at an office complex in Hermitage struck a natural gas line yesterdaymorning, causing nearby businesses to be evacuated briefly. The incident took place at the Canterbury Square office complex on Kerrwood Drive. The Sharon Herald reports The fire department cleared the buildings and a few people, opening nearby businesses, were evacuated.