Tri County Report For September 26th, 2017

A Pymatuning Township couple has been charged with felony cruelty to animals after officials found a dead kitten and dead guinea pig in their apartment. According to the Sharon Herald 31 year old Michael Mayerchack and 31 year old Tabatha Campbell who are married, live on Maple Drive.They each have been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals and neglect of animals. The charges stem from an incident where police where called by the property manager and found the dead animals along with four live kittens and a live adult cat. Humane Society of Mercer County removed all of the animals. They were arraigned and released after posting bond with the condition that they not possess animals.

A truck driver is facing DUI charges after an accident in Jackson Township.  Police say Myron Harber lost control as he was getting off I-79 yesterday morning and his truck overturned.  A subsequent investigation determined he was allegedly under the influence.

New Castle City police have charged an East Side man for allegedly breaking another man’s arm and knocking out his teeth. 26 year old Teniqu Booker of Harrison Street is charged with the incident that took place on August 24th. According to the New Castle News the victim told police that Booker threw him around and punched him in the face. Booker is being charged with aggravated and simple assault.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

One person is in the hospital after a fire that destroyed a home in Moon Township yesterdfay morning.  Dispatchers say a neighbor called them about the fire on Rosemont Drive after hearing the homeowner’s cries for help.  Firefighters have not said anything about that person’s injuries.  Investigators are now working to determine what sparked the flames.

Republican state Senator Mike Regan is introducing a Senate resolution following demonstrations at NFL games.  Regan called the players who refused to stand during the national anthem, “anti-American” and said their protests were a deliberate, orchestrated effort to disrespect the flag of the United States.  His resolution would officially condemn such protests.  Regan also praised Pittsburgh lineman Alejandro Villanueva for being the only Steeler to come out of the locker room during the anthem Sunday. Villanueva later admitted he was only there by accident and was planning on being inside with the rest of the team.

A Prospect man has been jailed on charges that he sexually assaulted two sisters over about a nine-year period starting when they were about 6 and 7 years old. State Police in Mercer County report 31 year old Trent Tompkins has been charged with rape, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. Mercer County Children and Youth Services contacted state police June 8 about two girls, ages 16 and 17, who had been sexually assaulted. The alleged incident took place between  2007 through last summer. Tompkins is in the Mercer County Jail on bond.

A portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is open again following a closure over the weekend. Using a process called Accelerated Bridge Construction, after just 52 hours, the new bridge over Brush Creek in Beaver County is in place. Officials say its the first time the process was used on the PA Turnpike. While the work was happening, drivers headed east had to get off I-76 in New Castle, on I-376. Drivers headed west had to get off in Cranberry, creating an 80-mile detour.

Crews along the Pennsylvania Turnpike have spent much of this month removing the call boxes which were first installed in 1988. Cell phone technology have rendered the boxes obsolete, with usage going from more than 18 thousand calls a year in 2000, to less than 800 last year. Officials add it’s much safer for motorists to remain inside or near their vehicles to report an incident or emergency. Turnpike travelers can call Star-1-1 on their cell phones.