Tri County Report For August 17th, 2017

New Castle City Police continue to investigate a shooting at Oak Leaf Gardens on Tuesday.  According to the New Castle News police are looking for both a victim and a suspect. Police Chief Bobby Salem said four shots were fired and police don’t know if the victim was hit by a bullet. Salem said officers were reviewing video and trying to speak with witnesses.

A man is in the hospital after being injured by a piece of heavy machinery in Jackson Township.   Police in Butler County say the victim was working on Edward Lane with a mini excavator yesterday when it rolled, trapping him.  Firefighters called the rescue a “significant extrication.”  His condition is unknown.

Congressman Tim Murphy is blasting President Trump’s comments on the violence in Charlottesville.  Murphy, a Republican, released a statement yesterday saying in part, “The President’s latest remarks don’t acknowledge that the tragedy in Charlottesville was the direct result of racial hatred fueled by white supremacists and neo-fascists who showed up spoiling for a fight.  They employed unrestrained hateful rhetoric and street theatrics that ended in a terrorist action by one of their followers.”  The statement adds, “There is no moral equivalence here. We can’t overcome evil without naming it.”  The 18th Congressional District includes parts of Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

A federal civil lawsuit involving the teacher sex abuse scandal in Plum will move forward.  A judge ruled that a female student has cause to go after both the district and Plum Borough.  In the lawsuit, the female student accuses the district and the borough of allowing former teacher Jason Ruggieri to sexually assault her in 2011 when she was 17.  The lawsuit also names a police officer, Superintendent Timothy Glasspool, former principal Ryan Kociela and former teacher Jason Cooper.  Both Cooper and Ruggieri are now in prison after they were convicted of sexually abusing female students.

A Butler County man has died from injuries that he suffered from a two vehicle crash back in June. Inside Butler county reports 60 year old Glenn Robinson of Cabot suffered severe lower body injuries and was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital. The crash took place at the intersection of Route 356 and Bonniebrook Road. Police said it was a head-on crash between Robinson’s pick-up and an SUV. It’s unclear what caused the accident.

Pat Toomey is responding to President Trump’s Tuesday press conference.  In a statement yesterday, the Republican senator said, “There is no moral equivalency between neo-Nazis, bigots, and white supremacists, and those who oppose them. Our country has no room for corrupt ideology or violent acts.”  Toomey’s communications director also pointed out yesterday that when Toomey disagrees with the president, he publicly says so, as he did with this statement.

Pennsylvania law enforcement is cracking down on drunk drivers through Labor Day.  Police say the weeks leading up to the holiday are some of the most dangerous times on the road.  Officers will be stepping up their efforts with checkpoints and roving patrols.

Police in Shenango Township responded to a rollover crash yesterday afternoon around two o’clock.  The New Castle News reports the accident took place on the entrance ramp to the Route 422 Bypass on Butler road. Reportedly a 30 year old woman was trapped in the vehicle. No other information was available.

Police in Hermitage arrested a man they said tried to rob a Hermitage woman in the parking lot of Aldi. The 66-year-old woman called police just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. She said a man approached her in the parking lot, asking for money. He then lifted his shirt to show a gun in his waistband. The suspect then fled after the woman told him that she had no money. Police later arrested 28-year-old Joshua Lee Klingensmith after a brief chase. The car in which Klingensmith was in had been reported stoen. WKBN-TV reports Klingesmith was charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, recklessly endangering another person, fleeing and eluding police, reckless driving and driving under a DUI-related suspension. No injuries were reported.