Tri County Report For September 22nd 2017

An Ellwood City man who was shot by New Castle City Police following a high speed chase last December following two armed robbiers, is now a suspect in a third robbery in Ellwood City. The New Castle News reports 35 year old Shawn Hobel of Center Church Road faces charges for his alleged role in a hold-up at the Uni-Mart on Sixth Street just before midnight on December 11th. The charges were filed this week by Ellwood City Police.  Hobel led police on a chase back on December 13 and was shot as he threatend to shoot a woman who was with him on Interstate 376. Hobel was shot multiple times by a City police officer.

A Butler man is facing charges for allegedly stalking his neighbor.  Police arrested Ronald Worst last week after the victim took video of him lurking and looking into her house.  He is now looking at loitering, prowling and stalking charges.

Another traffic reminder that a detour that could add more than an hour to travel times will be in place on the Pennsylvania Turnpike this weekend as crews demolish and replace a bridge in New Sewickley Township. The turnpike will completely close to traffic at 9 p.m. Friday between the Beaver Valley and Cranberry exits. The closure is necessary for crews to tear down and replace the bridge that carries the turnpike over Brush Creek. The closure will last about 55 hours and is scheduled to repopen Monday morning at 4am.

The superintendent of the Butler Area School District says threats will not be tolerated.  There have been three bomb threats in the last two weeks and Dr. Brian White says the district is planning to seek restitution and the fullest level of discipline.  Police do not believe the three threats were connected.

The New Castle News reports 48 year old Robert Rodgers of Ellwood City has been arrested on 22 counts of child pornography after downloading images of underage girls on his computer. The Lawrence County District Attorney’s office said the hard drive on Roger’s computer contained numerous photos of nude or partially nude females under the age of 18. Rogers was arraigned and freed after posting 25 thousand dollars bond. The case was originally investigated by the FBI then turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.

President Donald Trump’s approval rating is down in Pennsylvania.  A new Franklin & Marshall College Poll was released this week and showed support for Trump has gone from 37-percent in May to 29 percent this month.  The poll says most of the president’s core supporters are older, white, rural, Pennsylvanians.

State Police in Lawrence County report a driver crashed into the cement wall of a toll plaza in the eastbound lane of Interstate 376  Thursday afternoon. The driver, a man in his 60s, hit the “bull nose” and then bounced into the cement wall leading to the toll booth. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police said possibly alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Planes are cleared for takeoffs and landings at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.   The runway has been closed for repaving for the last week.  The Unity airport’s sole carrier, Spirit Airlines, offered service at Pittsburgh International Airport while the project was underway. The airline began flights again at Arnold Palmer yesterday morning.