Tri County Report For August 28th 2017

No injuries were reported yesterday morning when flames from a pick-up truck spread to a home in Shenango Township.  According to the New Castle News the fire took place at ahome on Willowhurst Circle around 5:45 yesterday morning.  Two men who were in the home got out safely. One of the men, 25 yea rold John Campbell was taken to UPMC Jameson and was treated for smoke inhalation.

A child is recovering after being hit by a car in Ellwood City.  The 12-year-old boy was hit while he was riding his bike at Crescent Avenue and 4th Street Friday.  He was conscious when he was taken to the hospital but his current condition has not been released.

Classes begin today at Slippery Rock University.  The school just wrapped up the Weekend of Welcome for new students, who attended educational workshops, social activities, and tours.  Administrators say this is Slippery Rock’s largest freshman class, with over 16-hundred students.

The murder trial of a Sharon that began last Monday ended Friday with a conviction. According to the Sharon Herald Michael Bagnall was found guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of 23-year-old Jaylen West during a February 28, 2015, party on Quinby Street. Bagnall was out of jail on parole at the time of the shooting. Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Daniel Wallace will sentence Bagnall later.

A woman is facing charges after being caught with a loaded handgun at Pittsburgh International Airport.  The gun was found when the woman sent her purse through an X-ray machine at a checkpoint last week.  The TSA has found 21 guns at the facility’s checkpoints so far this year.

Butler County is moving towards taking over the Butler Transit Authority.  The authority was formed in 1989 by Butler City and Butler Township.  Butler City Council approved a motion last week though, to enter into a new agreement with the county and the Township.  The agreement outlines the terms and conditions of the city’s withdrawal, which will take several months.

Part of Pennsylvania Task Force One is going to Texas.  Forty-five members of the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force left Philadelphia yesterday for an unknown amount of time.  The team is highly trained in search and rescue efforts.

Firefighters in Sharon battled a house fire early yesterday morning. Fireman were called out to a home on Lorain Street around 4 o’clock. Firefighters first on the scene reported flames had spread throughout the house, which appeared to be vacant. WFMJ-TV reports Fire departments from Hermitage and Farrell also rushed to the scene. No injuries were reported.

Philadelphia’s tax on sweetened drinks continues to fizzle.  The tax brought in six-and-a-half-million dollars last month.  That’s about a million less than some had expected at this point.  However, city officials say that money is still doing a lot of good, including creating two-thousand pre-K seats and eleven community schools.

State Police in Butler County report a two car accident Friday afternoon.  According to police 51 year old Joseph Mellish of Cabot was stopped for traffice on New Castle Road near the intersection of Purvis Road when his car was struck from behind by 57 year old Jerrold Shank of Mercer. Police said neither driver was hurt, and Shank was cited.