Tri County Report For September 19th, 2017

New Castle City Police arrested 32 year old Eric Barbati of Wallace Avenue in connection with three robberies in the city and two bank robberies in New Wilmington and Hermitage. According to the departement’s facebook page Barbati was arrested at his home minutes after he allegedly robbed the Market 24 Service Station on East Washington Street. Barbati faces a number of robbery charges and is in the Lawrence County Jail. Police said he addmitted being involved in all to the robberies in which he was a suspect in the Area.

Pennsylvania senators are reviewing the House’s revenue plan for the state budget.  Lawmakers got their first look at the proposal yesterday, but Senate Republicans want changes, saying it would worsen the state’s long-term finances.   Governor Tom Wolf released a statement last night saying it is urgent that Senators finish their bipartisan work on a responsible budget or the state will face a credit downgrade and more late payments.

A New Castle man was critically injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon on E. Maitland Lane. According to WKBN-TV Neshannock Police identified the victim as William Eckert.Police said just before 5 p.m. Saturday, Eckert was traveling westbound on E. Maitland when he went off of the right side of the road, between Mooney Drive and Brook Drive. Eckert was flown to UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh with critical injuries. An investigation is underway to determine what caused the crash.

Pennsylvania’s attorney general is leading an investigation into the Equifax credit breach that has affected 143 million people, including 5.4 million people in Pennsylvania. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro over the weekend joined with 32 other attorneys general and sent a letter to Equifax, demanding the company hand over information about how and why the widespread security breach happened.Shapiro demanded the company stop charging fees to consumers who’re attempting to freeze their credit after the breach. He’s also wanting to know why the company took six weeks to notify the public about the breach.

The New Castle News is reporting that a woman suffered an arm injury at a New Beaver Borough ATV park Saturday and was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital. The woman, reportedly in her 30’s was flown following an accident at the Mines and Meadows ATV park. Her name and condition was not released.

A man is facing charges for allegedly overdosing while pushing a stroller in Butler county .  Police received multiple calls Sunday about a man acting erratically on East Jefferson Street.  When they arrived, they saw Charles Brookbank stagger down a hill and then fall on top of the stroller.  Officers gave him an overdose-reversal drug and took him to jail.  The five-year-old in the stroller was not harmed and was released into the custody of his mother.

Butler Healthcare is hosting a town hall meeting at the new Abie Abraham VA Health Care facility in Center Township.  The event will be held tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. in the second floor auditorium. The meeting is one in a series meant to help vets get information on available programs.

A company that made battery systems at a former Sony Corp. plant in Westmoreland County is moving to China.  The “Tribune Review” reports Aquion Energy Inc. is heading to China after emerging from bankruptcy over the summer.  A company official told the paper production shut down at the East Huntingdon facility when it went bankrupt.  Most of its 70 workers were let go at that time.

Police are investigating the discovery of a body in Oakland Township. A woman walking her dog Sunday found Kayla Dunlap near the Oneida Valley Dam.  Police say the death is being considered suspicious and foul play was likely involved.