Tri County Report For January 10th, 2018

Two men are are charged after a police chase in New Castle led officers to finding firearms and drugs. According to WFMJ-TV the incident took place yesterday in the area of East Washington Street and ended on Whippo street.  The driver failed to stop and tried to flee in the vehicle. Officers pursued the vehicle onto Whippo St., when the driver, Durand Lawson, got out of the vehicle and ran to a home where he forced open the door. Another man indentifed as Robert Sutton came out of the home and threw a firearm into the grass. Lawson was found upstairs in the home. Lawson is charged with felons not to possess firearms, carrying a firearm without a license, fleeing and eluding and a vehicle registration violation. Sutton is charged with felons not to possess firearms, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A five year old boy was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident yesterday morning in North Beaver Township. According to State Police 24 year old Ayla Bricker of East Palestine, Ohio was eastbound on route 108 when she lost control of her vehicle and struck an embankment. Bricker’s vehicle then struck a tree. A five year old in a booster seat was ejected from the vehicle and taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. Police said the boy was not seat belted properly. Bricker was not hurt.

Officials say no one was hurt in a Tuesday afternoon accident involving a Mohawk School District bus.  Police say the bus was stopped at the intersection of Mohawk Road and Edinburgh Road at 3:10 p.m. when it was rear ended by another vehicle.  That vehicle was struck from behind as well.  First responders checked out and cleared the 10-to-11 students that were on the bus.  It’s unknown if the bus was dropping off students at the time of the accident.

PA Department of Health officials say 45-hundred new cases of the flu and 12 flu-related deaths were reported in the last week.  That brings this season’s flu totals to more than eleven-thousand cases and 18 deaths.  Health department officials add this year’s flu is the third fastest spread in the last eight years.

Human Services officials say they have fixed a social security glitch that bumped 22-thousand clients out of PA’s Medicare buy-in program.  A systems error is to blame for disenrolling those clients from the program December 1st.  Despite being told the problem is fixed, some say they are still getting less money in their monthly social security checks.

Penn National Casino is suing to stop mini-casinos from opening in PA.  In Federal Court Tuesday, attorneys with Penn National Gaming said the 10 proposed mini casinos would cause significant and unique harm to their Grantville casino and racetrack.  Legislators had hoped the mini-casinos would net the Commonwealth 100-million to help balance the state budget.

The first GOP straw poll for governor is not a great sign for three Western PA hopefuls.  York County State Senator Scott Wagner grabbed 91 of the possible 140 votes cast by Republican committee members. State House Speaker Mike Turzai of Marshall got 30 votes. Former Pittsburgh area health consultant Paul Mango took 17 votes, and Pittsburgh attorney Laura Ellsworth was fourth with two votes.  The votes were cast by party committee members from the Northeast, East, and Central parts of the Commonwealth.

The water may be back on in Conway, but residents still need to boil it.  Water crews say residents must boil water until at least Thursday afternoon following the water main break earlier this week.  The break was discovered and repaired Monday night at 3rd and 13th streets.

State Police in Butler County have arrest two people so far in connection with an incident that took place last month in Clay Township. 29 year old Jane Greiner of Petrolia and 28 year old Brandon Wissinger of Sarver are being charged with attempted homicide, buglary and a number of other charges. The two are accused of breaking into the home of 74 year old Robert Patterson and assaulting him with a gun. Patterson was unable to call for help and was found by a relative 12 hours later. Police said the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are pending.