Tri County Report for February 9th, 2018

Lawrence County received the third of 10 mini casino licenses in Pennsylvania. The owners of the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains submitted the winning bid of $21.18 million for the license Thursday. The center point of the casino license is in New Castle. The new casino must be somewhere within a 15 mile radius of that point.

New Castle City Police has filed felony criminal charges against a woman they say starved her 10-week-old puppy. According to the department’s facebook page 19 year old Karrington Dukes,  of New Castle, is charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, cruelty to an animal, three counts of neglect of an animal and abandonment of animals by owner. The puppy was discovered as they were investigating a reported burglary. Investigators say Dukes left the puppy closed in a bedroom inside her vacant apartment. Dukes is expected to turn herself in on an active warrant.

A missing New Castle woman has been found safe.  Investigators say 23-year-old Danielle Braden left Wednesday in her car and hadn’t been seen since.  New Castle police aren’t saying where they found Braden.

Investigators say two Aliquippa police officers and another person are in the hospital after a Thursday night crash.  Police say the officers were conducting a traffic stop around 9:30 p.m. at Broadhead Road when they were struck by another vehicle.  It’s reported one officer was knocked unconscious and the other suffered some minor injuries.

Investigators say one person was found dead after a fire in Koppel, Beaver County Thursday.  First responders say they were called to Fourth Avenue in Koppel for the fire around 7 a.m.  A man’s body was found in the back of the garage once crews got the fire under control.  Investigators are awaiting autopsy results and a report on what caused that fire.

It is deadline day for state lawmakers to come up with a replacement congressional map for Pennsylvania.  The state Supreme Court gave Republican lawmakers until Friday to come up with a map to replace the one the court threw out last month.  Should lawmakers send Governor Wolf a map he would support, he has until February 15th to let the court know.  If they can’t reach a deal, the court said it would come up with the map itself.  A spokesperson for House Speaker Mike Turzai says they may seek a delay of the Friday deadline.

U.S. Marshals are looking for a Wexford man who didn’t show up to serve a 10-year prison sentence over child sex trafficking.  Police say 56-year-old Daniel Teed pleaded guilty to recruiting girls and bringing them to an apartment in Pittsburgh’s Strip District for sex parties.  Investigators add that Teed had access to weapons, so they consider him armed and dangerous.

Court officials say the trial of a man charged with shooting a St. Clair Township police officer is underway.  During opening statements, the jury heard Officer Lloyd Reed’s final words after prosecutors say he was shot by Ray Shetler in November 2015.  Prosecutors played back the radio transmission from Reed saying he was shot and he needed help.  Shetler’s attorneys allege their client didn’t know Reed was a police officer when he arrived at the scene for a domestic dispute.

Gov. Tom Wolf is calling on President Donald Trump to “follow through” on promises he made during his State of the Union address to work with state and local governments on infrastructure projects. In a letter to the president, Wolf urged Trump to send federal dollars to Pennsylvania so that the state can better tackle projects aimed at improving “deteriorating” infrastructure such as roads and bridges. He said more than 30 percent of the state’s 6,470 county and municipal bridges more than 20 feet long are structurally deficient.

Sunoco is resuming construction soon on the Mariner Two pipeline. Last month, work stopped when the Department of Environmental Protection said the company had violated terms of its permits.  Sunoco was fined by the DEP more than 12 million dollars. Sunoco says while it disagrees with the DEPs decision, they felt it was better to pay the fine and move on with construction instead of engaging in a legal battle. The Mariner Two pipeline will cross much of Pennsylvania.