Tri County Report for February 8th, 2018

A New Castle man was arrested after a traffic stop. According to the New Castle News 29 year old Deonte Adams of West Terrace Avenue was charged with two counts each of possession and possession with the intent to deliver, and one count of fleeing and eluding. Police tried to stop Adams on Long Avenue when he failed to stop and tossed something out of the window. During a search of the vehicle police found herion along with crack cocaine. The investigation is continuing.

State police say one person is dead after a four-vehicle in wreck shutdown nearly 100-miles of the PA Turnpike.  Troopers say the crash happened around 11 p.m. eastbound near mile marker 102.  Investigators say a big rig and two other vehicles were involved.

Erie’s winter is already a record breaker.  National Weather Service officials say Erie is in the middle of its snowiest winter on record.  This season, Erie has dealt with just over 149-and-a-half inches of snow.  That snowfall total is a half-inch over the previous record with more than a month to go.

Attorneys for former PSU President Graham Spanier are trying to make the case to the state Supreme Court that charges against their client should be dropped.   The lawyers went before the panel Wednesday arguing that Spanier should have never been charged with child endangerment connected to the Jerry Sandusky scandal because it shouldn’t have been investigated as a crime in the first place.  Spanier was sentenced to 4-to-23 months in prison but has been free on bail pending the appeal.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in North Beaver Township. Police said 20 year old Michaelyn Norco of New Castle was northbound on route 108 when she struck a bridge pier. Norco was not hurt.

New Castle City Police have charged a North Hill man after he allegedly assaulted a woman and threatened her with a gun. 42 year old Justin Jackson faces two counts each of illegal possession of a firearm and simple assault, along with several other charges. The New Castle news reports the alleged incident took place at a home on East Garfield Avenue on Sunday. A warrant has been issued for Jackson’s arrest.

Officials say Pennsylvania is getting 17-and-a-half million in federal emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly.  The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, said Wednesday they have the tools to fight the insect now before it re-emerges this spring.  The spotted lanternfly is a threat to apples, peaches, stone fruits and various tree species.

Grove City Police have arrested a woman who allegedly falsified transactions and gift cards at RX Xpress, where she worked. Police say 20-year-old Jessica Kentz has been arrested and charged with forgery, theft and access device fraud. According to WFMJ-TV Authorities conducted an investigation and found that the total amount of monetary loss was over $9,000. Kentz was arraigned and released on a $50,000 unsecured bond.

A Westmoreland County commissioner wants former Republican congressman Tim Murphy to pay the 230-thousand-dollar bill for the special election to fill his seat.  In a letter sent to Murphy’s campaign committee, Ted Kopas calls it the “right thing to do.”  Murphy resigned from office last year amid a scandal in which he was accused of encouraging his alleged mistress to get an abortion.  Murphy’s re-election committee has given about 182-thousand dollars in donations to Republican campaigns since he resigned from office.

The Wolf Administration is launching a new initiative aimed at helping business owners in Pennsylvania. PA Business One Stop was unveiled by the Department of Community and Economic Development. It’s designed to connect a new or expanding business owner with the resources and requirements needed to meet their goals. Along with DCED, the Departments of State, Labor and Industry and Revenue, as well as the Office of Administration were involved in its creation. The information is available at business.pa.gov.