Tri County Report For August 7th, 2017

A Russinan National was arrested by State Police in Lawrence County on a number of fraud charges. 22 year old Bektur Baibolot of Pittsburgh was arrested as he tried to pick up several items at the New Wilmington Post Office. UPS officals notified police that various individuals had both been phoning and appearing at the Post Office claiming to represent physicians in the area and that several parcels were being shipped to the physicians. The items were three Dyson vacuum cleaners valued at 24 hundred dollars. Police allege Baibolot purchased the items with stolen credit cards. The man is currently in the U.S. on a visa and is seeking asylum. He’s in the Lawrence County Jail on 75 thousand dollars bond.

State Police are trying to identify the man who robbed a bank near Grove City.  A surveillance picture of the man who robbed the Mercer County Federal Credit Union on Friday is being released.  After the robbery the man took off in a black Ford Taurus that may have had Ohio license plates.  The thin black man with a goatee and mustache is five-feet-six-inches tall and was wearing a blue plaid fishing hat, large sunglasses, boots and khaki shorts.

State Police in Lawrence County continue to investigate a two vehicle accident in Scott Township from Saturday morning. According to police 18 year old Summer Gebo of Ellwood City was westbound on the Eastbrook-Harlansburg road when another vehicle made and illegal pass and struck the right side of Gebo’s vehicle, causing her to travel off the roadway.  The driver fled the scene of the accident.  Gebo was not hurt.

A quick response by several fire companies limited damage in a Friday morning house fire in Ellport.  The Ellwood City Ledger report the fire broke out Friday around 10:45 at a home on Deemer Aveune. Wurtemburg-Perry Township fire Chief Mark McDevitt said damage was limited to a basement stairway, with smoke throughout the house. No cause for the fire or damage esitmate was determined. No injuries were reported.

A Butler City police officer is recovering after getting in the middle of a domestic dispute.  Sergeant Dave Villotti was called to a Third Avenue home last week and found Thomas Romspert holding the victim in the residence against her will.  Officers convinced him to let the woman go but he barricaded himself in the attic.  A K-9 officer was sent in and forced Romspert to the floor.  Villotti suffered a rib injury while trying to cuff Romspert, who was combative.

Police are looking for a Greene County woman accused of selling a child for sex.  Daphne Kisner was arrested last week and is facing trafficking charges for the incident, which allegedly occurred last year.  Police say Peter Moldovan the Fourth paid Kisner 20 dollars to let him take the child to a motel in Ben Avon for sex.  Kisner reportedly told the girl “to be careful and not get pregnant.”  Anyone with information on Kisner’s whereabouts is asked to call police.

Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a home in Slippery Rock Township.  The flames broke out in the Kiester Road residence Friday and a passerby saw them and called 911.  The occupants were not there and no injuries were reported but nothing was salvageable.

A Hermitage man wanted for leading police on a chase in March was arrested Monday after another chase. 26 year old David Swartz was arrested in Shenago Township in Mercer County after reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. WKBN-TV reports Officers chased him from Pymatuning Township through Clark, Hermitage, and West Middlesex. They said he almost ran several cars off the road and hit another head-on. Swartz is charged with several offenses, including fleeing police. He’s in the Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond.