Tri County Report For July 25th, 2017

Closing arguments are schedule for today in the trial of an alleged herion dealer  in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.  The New Castle News reports 44 year old Frank Elias Christian of Friendship Street, is accused of selling nearly 12 thousand dollars worth of herion to a confidential informant in February of last year. Christian is being charged with delivery and possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communications facilty.

A Big Beaver borough scrap metal business is facing criminal charges after “numerous violations” were found during an investigation into its records. The Ellwood City Ledger reports The Vehicle Fraud Unit of the Pennsylvania State Police conducted an audit of PSC Metals Inc. in June.  Investigators discovered violations related to “various vehicle titles and scrap metal purchase receipts.” The business has been charged with failing to keep accurate records, as well as several summary offenses related to the investigation.

A retired Westmoreland County priest is facing sexual abuse charges.  State Attorney General Josh Shapiro made the announcement yesterday naming Reverend John Thomas Sweeney as the suspect.  Sweeney is accused of forcing a ten-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him at St. Margaret Mary Elementary School in Lower Burrell in 1991.  Sweeney’s parish assignments also included Holy Family in Latrobe, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Saint Hedwig in Smock, Saint Mary in Freeport, Saint James in Apollo and Holy Family in West Newton.

Raids in Beaver County and Brookline are tied to a real estate fraud investigation in Maryland.  The FBI and immigration agents say two men from Ghana laundered stolen proceeds when a retired couple was swindled out of 350-thousand dollars.  Agents and local police searched a home on Fordham Avenue in Brookline, a home on Marlene Drive in Chippewa and a tire shop on Main Street in Aliquippa as well on Friday.  The suspects allegedly posed as real estate agents to steal their victims’ life savings, and then dispersed the funds to their cohorts throughout the U.S.

President Trump is making a stop in Mahoning County.  The president is scheduled to headline a rally tonight in Youngstown to address issues facing the nation.  It’s scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown.

Passenger traffic at Pittsburgh International Airport has increased for 14 consecutive months, and traffic volumes in June were the busiest for that month since 2007. Bolstered by new flights to Florida and expanded service to Boston, as well as international flights that include Paris and  Frankfurt  nearly 833,000 people traveled through the airport in June. That number is compared to the 780,000 people who used the airport in June of last year.

A project is underway to give motorists on Interstate 376 a smoother ride in Mercer County. The project includes resurfacing 4 miles of I-376 in Shenango Township and Mercer County. A short section of Route 760, just north of the intersection of Interstate 376, is also included in the project. The Wolf Administration says the project will be done by November 7. WFMJ-TV reports The contractor for this project is Lindy Paving,  of New Galilee.

A wanted registered sex offender is sitting in the Allegheny County jail after being arrested for allegedly violating his parole for a 1983 rape conviction.  Police had been looking for 57-year-old Anthony Wallace since June 13th when it was discovered he was no longer living at his registered address.  He was arrested yesterday when a sheriff’s deputy who knew of Wallace’s case thought he saw him on Penn Ave in Wilkinsburg.  Wallace is now awaiting new Megan’s Law Violation charges.