Tri County Report For February 5th, 2018

New Castle City Police continue to investigate an accident that claimed the life of a woman on East Washington Street. According to police, 51 year old Anna Martinez was standing in the middle of the road on East Washington Street on Thursday night when a vehicle struck and killed her. Police said it was snowing heavily and the accident took place in a dark area in between street lights. Martinez was taken to UPMC Jameson where she later died.

One man was taken to the hospital after he was shot several times Saturday morning in New Castle. According to New Castle City police’s facebook page the shooting took place just after 1am at a home on Park Avenue. Police said the victim was shot several times and was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. The investigation is ongoing.

Fire officials say four people were hurt in a weekend house fire in Butler County.  Crews say the blaze broke out in the 100 block of Germaine Road in Butler Township Saturday morning.  It is reported that one of the four injured had to be flown to the hospital.  Crews are working to determine the cause.

State Police are asking the state legislature to update DUI laws to account for medical marijuana.  Troopers say that alcohol DUIs are trending down, but drug DUIs are up.  Currently, state law says any more than one nanogram of THC per milliliter of blood is illegal.  By that statue, anyone legally prescribed marijuana who gets behind the wheel is DUI.

Police say they found an abandoned and neglected dog inside a home in New Castle while investigating a robbery Friday.  Cops say the dog was in a bedroom at Westview Terrace with no food or water and couldn’t even stand due to it being so malnourished. The dog is now recovering with the Lawrence County Humane Society.

Thirty-nine fire and ambulance companies in Beaver County have received state grants that will allow them to improve stations, purchase or repair new equipment, or invest in training for employees. According to the Ellwood City Ledger All combined, the grants represent a $480,000 investment by the state into local fire and ambulance companies. The grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. State Senator Elder Vogel Jr., said everyone owes “a debt of gratitude to our volunteer fire and EMS crews.”

The Washington County Coroner’s office says they can confirm at least two Carfentanil deaths so far this year.  Carfentanil is about 100 times more powerful than the already deadly fentanyl and is typically used as an elephant tranquilizer.  The coroner says that they believe a third person has died from Carfentanil as well.  The coroner adds that the two confirmed Carfentanil deaths also showed the presence of cocaine.

Police are searching for a 20-year-old man accused of shooting and seriously injuring another man in Beaver Falls last month. According to the Beaver County Times the shooting took place back on January 23rd around 10:40 p.m. in the 800 block of Ninth Street in Beaver Falls. Police have charged Jalen Jamar Livingston with attempted homicide, aggravated assault,along with several other charges. A 24 year old man was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital for treatment. A warrant has been issued for Livingston’s arrest.