Tri County Report For September 12th, 2017

The New Castle News is reporting that the Huntington Bank in New Wilmington was robbed yesterday afternoon. Police said the robbery, which took place about 2:15 p.m., involved a lone while male who handed the teller a note. No weapon was seen during the incident. Police said there is an excellent chance that the suspect is also a suspect in some other area robberies. No other details were released.

Vice President Mike Pence says the actions of the passengers on United Flight 93 may have saved his life.  Pence spoke at the Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash site yesterday in honor of the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks. Pence told the crowd he was in Washington with Congress that day and could have been a victim had it not been for the brave people that fought back on that plane.

A missing two-year-old boy from Sharon has died and a death investigation is underway. The boy, whose name is Annakin Gammon, was found on Sunday evening in a swimming pool in Masury. WFMJ-TV reports the swimming pool was fenced in. Police say the boy found his way through an opening in the garage of a home by the corner of Syme and Alfred streets near State Line Road. Gammon was taken to Sharon Regional Hospital where he later died.

A Butler man is facing charges for allegedly stabbing his roommate during a fight.  Police were called to a home on West Diamond Street early yesterday for a report of a disturbance and found the victim suffering from wounds to his arm, chest and leg.  Scott Bolte admitted to officers he stabbed the man five times with a folding knife.  The wounds were not life-threatening.

Members of Pennsylvania’s Emergency Management Agency are on their way to Florida.  Twenty-three men and women from the Incident Management Team left yesterday.  The crew will be helping the U.S. Forestry Service clean up debris near Orlando.

The state House is back in Harrisburg after summer break.  Members are now tasked with coming up with a plan for the state budget.  Governor Tom Wolf previously said if he doesn’t have a plan by Friday, he’ll be forced to start freezing spending.  A group of House Republicans claim they found surplus funds in state accounts that could help, but Democrats insist some of that money has been counted twice, meaning the math won’t work.

Allegheny County Police officers have identified a man who was killed when he was hit by a train while walking on the tracks in Leetsdale this weekend.  Officers say 51-year-old William Davidson was walking with his back to the oncoming train early Saturday morning.  According to investigators, the train crew sounded the horn and tried to brake in a failed attempt to avoid hitting the man.  Investigators are still trying to determine why Davidson was on the tracks.

Drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will no longer see those yellow emergency call boxes line the roads.  Starting yesterday, PennDOT crews where removing the boxes posted on every mile marker along the highway.  PennDOT officials say the boxes are now obsolete since travelers always have cell phones to report crashes.  Crews will remove more than one-thousand boxes before the end of the month.

The construction of a medical marijuana dispensary in Westmoreland County is one step closer to reality.  The Greensburg council unanimously approved plans for the dispensary yesterday.  The last thing standing in the way of construction is the transfer of the land where the dispensary will be built to Keystone Integrated Care.  Once it’s built it will be the only medical marijuana dispensary in the county.