Tri County Report for February 23rd, 2018

State Police in Lawrence County continue to investigate the death of and 18-month old baby girl. According to police the victim was found unresponsive yesterday morning by her parents at their Mahoning Township residence, who then called 9-1-1. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Richard Johnson. An autopsy showed no outward signs of foul play, however further test are pending.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a flood watch for Lawrence and Mercer Counties, in effect until Sunday night. One in a half to three inches of rain is expected for the area this weekend. Meanwhile a flood warning remains in effect for Beaver County.

Students at Moon Area High School will see an increased police presence on campus today.  School officials dismissed students early Thursday after a threat was discovered around 1:30 p.m.  The school board president says the district will have a more visible presence on campus for the foreseeable future.

A New Castle man has been held over for court on homicide charges. The New Castle News reports 52 year old Roy Lee Johnson of W. Reynolds St., who is charged in the shooting death of 30 year old Sierra Madison of Sharon. -Madison’s body in the back parking lot of Tony’s Pizza, at the corner of Stambaugh Avenue and East Budd Street in Sharon last month. Johnson is charged with first and third degree murder and is being held in the Mercer County Jail on one million dollars bond.

A Pittsburgh-area state senator is introducing a bill that would ban military-style semi-automatic weapons in PA.  Senator Wayne Fontana from Allegheny County says this bill would prohibit about 150 different gun models, as well as magazines that can hold more than ten rounds.  Senator Fontana says he’s also working on another bill that would allow family members to petition a court to temporarily suspend someone’s access to firearms if it can be proved they are a harm to themselves or other people.

A New Castle man pleaded guilty to trying to meet who he thought was a 12-year-old boy for sex.  Federal investigators say 44-year-old Bradley Moore posted an advertisement on Craiglist seeking to “participate in real incest.” WKBN-TV reports An undercover special agent with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office then contacted Moore, saying he was the father of a 12-year-old boy who would be open to a sexual relationship with the poster. On October 14, Moore then traveled from Ohio to Cranberry Township to meet the child. He’ll be sentenced in federal court on June 13. He faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The woman who had an affair with former U.S. Representative Tim Murphy, leading to his resignation, says she is running for Congress.  Shannon Edwards announced on Wednesday she intends to challenge Democratic incumbent Mike Doyle.  Murphy resigned last year after it became public that the pro-life Republican had asked Edwards to get an abortion.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is calling on Congress and President Trump to find a solution for DACA recipients.  In a conference this morning, Peduto says U.S. lawmakers should provide a pathway to citizenship, saying most recipients have spent much of their lives in the country and identify themselves as Americans.  President Trump repealed the DACA program last year, and has given Congress a deadline of March 5th to come up with a solution.

Officials with Keystone Shooting Center in Cranberry say they are offering free firearms training classes for educators in March.  Organizers say they will discuss situational awareness and getting a plan in place before a bad situation plays out.  President Trump had suggested that teachers should be armed to defend children and themselves.