Tri County Report For November 29th, 2017

New Castle City police arrested a Mercer County man yesterday following a standoff on the lower East Side. According to the New Castle News 22 yea rold Nefis Brown of Jackson Center who was wanted on burglary and firearms charges, hid inside a home on Crawford Avenue just after 11:30 yesterday morning. Police first surrounded the home the fired tear gas into the home and found Brown hiding in the rafters in the attic. No injuries were reported and Brown is facing additional charges.

A hunter is recovering after falling from a tree stand in Buffalo Township.  The victim was a quarter of a mile into the woods behind Lernerville Speedway over the weekend when the fall occurred so EMS crews had to make their own path to reach him.  He suffered multiple fractures to his leg but was conscious and talking.

Pennsylvania State Police are sharing the accident report from the five day Thanksgiving holiday.  Troopers investigated 981 crashes, 85 of which were alcohol-related.  Four people were killed and 209 were injured.  The number of crashes was more than five-percent higher than the same weekend last year.  There were also 629 DUI arrests, which was 19 more than 2016.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central fuel gauge survery, Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania dropped by a penny this week to an average of $2.82 per gallon. In New Castle prices are at 2.80 a gallon. In Sharon drivers are paying less at 2.75 a gallon. The national gas price average has been trending cheaper for 10 days.  At $2.51, the  price is three cents less than last Monday.  One year ago drivers were paying 2.31 a gallon.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation was targeted by thieves in Butler County.  PennDOT says someone broke into a warehouse over the weekend and stole eleven batteries from company trucks.  They say it happened at a storage unit on Currie Road in Worth Township.

Two state congressmen are making sure fallen New Kensington police Officer Brian Shaw’s heroism is recognized. Representatives Mike Doyle and Keith Rothfus honored Shaw on the House floor yesterday, with Doyle saying he wanted his colleagues and the whole nation to know about Shaw’s bravery.  Shaw was shot and killed during a traffic stop earlier this month.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is reminding people about the ‘Hunters Sharing the Harvest Program.’  The program allows those who have too much deer meat to donate it to families in need without having to pay to have it processed.  Get more information at

The state Department of Labor and Industry’s unemployment compensation system is out of service.  The website says vendor-related technical issues are causing the problem and employees are unable to receive phone calls or access the system.  Crews are working to correct the issue.  In the meantime, claims can still be entered via the Labor and Industry online portal.

Pennsylvania reported record-setting gun purchases during the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. According to the State Police ennsylvania Instant Check System – the state’s system to run background checks to determine if a person is eligible to buy a firearm or obtain a license to carry – processed 9,187 transactions, 500 more than a year ago. Pennsylvania mirrors a trend nationwide. On Black Friday, the FBI processed just over 203 thousand background checks for gun purchases, a 9.4 percent increase over the previous single-day high  in 2016.