Tri County Report For November 28th, 2017

More information is being released about a woman accused of leaving her dead newborn in a bag under her father’s Shenango Township porch.  Brittany Robinson was charged Sunday with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.  Police say Robinson’s dad was hanging up Christmas lights when he found the baby in a crawlspace at his home.  Detectives believe the infant was born alive but autopsy results are pending.  Robinson told police she didn’t know she was pregnant, gave birth in the bathtub Friday and couldn’t find a heartbeat or pulse.

Police in New Castle are investigating a shooting that took place Sunday night on Boyles Avenue. According to the New Castle News a 16 year old boy had suffered a bullet wound to his left calf muschle. Police said the teen who lives on the city’s North Hill refused to tell police who shot him or why he had been shot. The teen was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment and was later released. Police said the teen is wanted on a bench warrant from the county’s juvenile probation office for a previous incident.

A man is behind bars after allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager in Butler Township.  Police say Lee Rapsinski started talking with the 13-year-old girl on Snapchat last month and exposed himself to her on video.  They say the pair met up on Veterans Day and the victim claims Rapsinski drove her to some nearby woods and molested her.  Authorities say the girl’s mother’s boyfriend spotted the pair and got into a fight with Rapsinski, at which point police showed up.  They say when an officer approached his car, Rapsinski drove off, dragging the officer several feet.  Rapsinski was charged last week.

A man is facing DUI charges following an accident that injured a child in Chippewa Township. Jeremy Hill was charged yesterday for the crash, which occurred on Blackhawk Road last week.  A 13-year-old girl suffered a broken leg in the wreck.

United States Congressman Mike Kelly is holding a telephone town hall meeting.  The event will take place tonight at 7:10 and constituents can dial in.  Kelly, who represents Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District, will reportedly address “general issues” during the call.  The 3rd Congressional District includes Armstrong, Butler, Mercer and parts of Clarion, Crawford, Erie and Lawrence counties.  Go to Kelly.House.Gov for more information.

Hundreds of thousands of hunters are venturing into the woods.  Firearm deer-hunting season opened yesterday and game commission officials say turnout was normal to a bit light.  The season runs until December 9th.

New Kensington Police Chief Jim Klein is taking a job with UPMC.  Klein says he is retiring from the department and has accepted the position of captain of police and security service with the healthcare giant.  The news was announced to the department the day Officer Brian Shaw was shot to death but was not made public until yesterday.  A replacement has not been appointed and Klein’s last day has not been determined but will be before the end of the year.
A man is in custody following a police chase on a farm tractor in Butler County.  Officers got a call Saturday telling them Jonathan Shuler, who was wanted on a warrant, was driving the tractor in Summit Township.  Police tried to pull Shuler over but he would not stop.  He led officers off-road into a field but eventually got stuck in the uneven terrain and was arrested.

New Castle City Police have filed charges against a New Galilee man in connection with a rollover crash on Cherry Street back in October. 37 year old Michael Cwiakala faces charges of driving under the influence, DUI with the highest rate of alcohol, abandoning a vehicle and several other charges. The New Castle News reports Cwiakala was driving the vehicle that left the road and rolled over and slid on its roof back on October 23rd. He was taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment but refused to submit to a blood alcohol test. He was sent a summons to appear in court on the charges.