Tri County Report For October 4th, 2017

New Castle City Police continue to investigate the city’s first homicide of 2017. 22-year-old Dakota Olinger was found shot to death at a home on Franklin Avenue Friday night. Police say Olinger was shot once in the face and once in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  No arrests have yet been made. Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 724- 656 3588.

The WPIAL is punishing Ellwood City High School and Valley High following a brawl during a football game.  With less than two minutes left in last Friday’s game, players on both sides started fighting.  The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League put both teams on a year of probation and reprimanded the coaching staffs yesterday.  Valley has been told to suspend head coach Muzzy Colosimo for one game or the district will be suspended from the post-season.

A man is recovering following an ATV accident in Beaver County.  David Lyons was driving up a steep embankment off Hopewell Ridge Road in Center Township Monday morning when the vehicle started sliding backwards and then rolled over on him.  Lyons called 911 and helped guide responders to his location.  Doctors say he suffered serious injuries to his chest and back.

The Butler School District is confirming that there are still elevated levels of lead and copper in the water at Summit Elementary.  Butler Superintendent Brian White revealed the information at Monday’s school board meeting explaining engineers think the problem could be in the fixtures, which are being replaced.  If that doesn’t solve the problem, the school’s lateral piping may need to be redone.  Summit Elementary has been closed since February and students are using the vacant Broad Street Elementary building.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are discussing possible stronger consumer protection laws.  State Attorney General Josh Shapiro spoke about the issue yesterday, saying it is time to act in order to protect the interests of Pennsylvanians.  Two new pieces of legislation are scheduled to go to committee next week.  The measures would make sure there is immediate reporting of breaches and also that companies that have been breached can’t charge consumers for credit protection.

More stories are emerging about Western Pennsylvanians in Las Vegas during Sunday’s mass shooting.   Joe DeMore, the warden of the Butler County Prison, was at nearby Planet Hollywood when the shooting began and had to hide in a stairwell for 15 minutes.  DeMore posted on Facebook Monday that he had never been so scared in his life.  Beaver County native Rosemarie Trautman-Melanson was shot in the chest and is in critical condition.  Over 50 people were killed when a gunman opened fire into an outdoor concert venue from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and then took his own life.

The Department of State is reminding Pennsylvanians that they only have one week left to register to vote in the November election.  The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 10th.   Get more information at

21 year Markeace Perkins of New Castle was sentenced on Tuesday to two to five years in a state correctional institution after pleading guilty to a charge of possession with the intent to deliver herion.  According to the New Castle News, Perkins was arrested on July 10th at the Eldorado Motel in Shenango Township. Police found 3.4 grams of marijuana along with having a loaded handgun and 1.2 grams of herion.  The marijuana charge was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.