Tri-County Report For August 10th, 2017

New Castle City police arrested 32 year old Angelo Johnson following a traffic stop on Tuesday. When police pulled the vehicle over he told police he had a handgun in his waistband and asked if he could give it to the 22-year-old female driver. Police took possession of the handgun and Johnson was arrested without incident. Police said Johnson who at first gave name a false name, was wanted on four Lawrence County bench warrants. Police filed additional charges against Johnson that included several firearms violations. The New Castle News reports Johnson was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 10 thousand dollars bond.

A man is in custody and suspected of raping at least 15 people in Beaver County.  Jonathan Vance was arrested Tuesday night following a lengthy investigation.  Police say several victims described the same suspect and vehicle, which eventually led to Vance.  The alleged rapes took place in Beaver Falls, North Sewickley Township and Big Beaver Borough.  So far, Vance has only been charged with one rape but more charges are expected.

A six-year-old boy, shot by his brother in West Mifflin, is dead.  Investigators say Julian Hoffman’s ten-year-old sibling shot him once in the head yesterday in the New Colony mobile home park on Dover Lane.  The brothers were alone when they found the weapon.  The older boy reportedly called his mom at work after the shooting and then 911. The pistol was purchased legally by the children’s mother.  It is not clear if charges are being filed.

A Washington County man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl is now in custody.  Pennsylvania State Police say 31-year-old Timothy Hewitt surrendered to troopers yesterday.  According to investigators, Hewitt assaulted the child in 2012 in his Buffalo Township home.  The victim just recently came forward with the accusations.

The hearing for 16 members of a now closed Penn State fraternity charged in the hazing death of a pledge is expected to resume today.  It’s the fourth day of the hearing to determine if there’s enough evidence to allow the prosecution to go forward.  Nineteen-year-old Beta Theta Pi pledge Timothy Piazza died following a fraternity party after suffering critical injuries when he fell down some stairs.  Members of the frat waited about 12 hours before calling 911 to get help for Piazza.

A Mercer County dentist will face charges in district court after police say he threatened to kill an officer. According to WKBN-TV the charges stem from an incident at the home of Duane Gruber, who was making threats to Mercer County 911 last month. After a heated confrontation with police, Gruber shoved the officer then went into his garage, got a loaded shotgun, and pointed it at the officer, threatening to kill him. He faces a number of charges including aggravated assault and terroristic threats.  His dentistry license is currently suspended and his office is closed.

Construction of a new bridge on Lamor Road  in Jefferson Township, Mercer County, is complete and the road is open to traffic. According to PennDot, That portion of Lamor Road had been closed since construction began in the first week of July. Replacement of the bridge allows PennDOT to remove it from Mercer County’s structurally deficient bridge list.

Youngstown State University officials are responding to an online petition to boot a convicted rapist off the school’s football team.  The school released a statement yesterday saying Ma’lik Richmond earned a place on the team, but won’t play in any games while he benefits from the camaraderie and mentoring football provides.  Richmond was convicted in 2013 of raping an unconscious teenage girl at a party while he was a student at Steubenville High School.