Tri County Report For February 26th, 2018

City Police in New Castle are investigating a double homicide last night. According to the department’s facebook page officers were called out to a home on Franklin Avenue around 10 o’clock were they found one man dead from a gunshot wound and another man who was also shot. The second victim was taken to UPMC Jameson where he later died. Anyone with information is asked to contact New Castle City Police.

Police say they have three people in custody after a drug bust in New Castle.  Police say they arrested Tristen Morgan, Victoria Mitchell, and Marcus Thomas following a traffic stop Friday morning.  Investigators say the three ran a few red lights and had been speeding at the time.  Cops say they discovered a gun, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl hidden in Mitchell’s pants.

State police say they’ve arrested the man who placed a camera in the women’s bathroom at a Mercer County convenience store.  Investigators say 23-year-old Kyle Leppert of Grove City placed the camera inside the restroom at the Kwik Fill Reed Apple Store on Leesburg Grove City Road in Springfield Township.  Troopers say the camera was pointed in such a way that the viewer would be able to look at women who used the facilities.

A rally with thousands of union workers is expected to disrupt traffic this morning in Pittsburgh.  Organizers say the march will start Monday at Mellon Square Part at 8 a.m., then pass William Penn Place to Liberty Avenue.  The march will continue to the federal building and past the federal courthouse to UPMC before returning to Mellon Square Park.  The group is rallying as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on a cause that could impact union funding.

Officials say a landslide has destroyed a Pittsburgh home and shut down part of Route 51.  City officials say the home was destroyed by the landslide on Greenleaf Street just two days after residents were told they had to evacuate.  The ramp from Route 51 to West End Circle is shut down at least through Monday morning rush hour.  More than 23-hundred people in seven Pittsburgh neighborhoods temporarily lost power after a few utility poles were knocked down.

Ellwood City Council began action last week to remove a 5.83 percent reduction the Ellwood City Medical Center is receiving on rates for its electrical services from the borough-owned electric department. According to the Ellwood City Ledger, Councilwoman Marilyn Mancini, who made the motion to end the reduction, noted the hospital is no longer a nonprofit. It was bought last year by a Florida-based for-profit medical group. The paper also said Hosptial administrators did not respond to a request for comment on the situation last week.

An alleged serial rapist is being held for trial in Beaver County. According to the Beaver County Times 32 year old Jonathan D. Vance, is accused of raping several women over 15 months beginning in 2016. Eight women, whom The Times will not identify, have testified over three non-consecutive days before District Judge Janet Swihart. Many of the women who testified in the preliminary hearing said that, at the time of their assaults, they were regularly accepting money for sex. Most said they were addicted to drugs at the time. Vance remains in the Beaver County Prison awaiting his trial.

State Police in Butler County report an arrest of an Armstrong County teen-ager in connection with a threat at Karns City High School. According to police 18-year-old Garrett DeBacco of Cowansville was arrested Friday for the threat that was made last Tuesday morning. DeBacco allegedly wrote the threat on a bathroom wall.  The school was evacuated and students sent home. He’s being charged with  Threat to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction.

February is officially a rainfall record breaker.  Entering Sunday, Pittsburgh International Airport has measured six-point-nine-seven inches of rainfall in February.  The previous record was six-point-five-two inches set in 1887.  Since the beginning of 2018, the airport has measured eleven-point-two-five inches of rain, six-point-four-two inches higher than normal.

Police say 12 people are being charged in a basket-brawl earlier this month that took place during a game between Clairton and Monessen.  Investigators say the 12 include both students and parents who got involved February 6th.  In a release, cops say no one came forward to say they were involved, so that led them to review surveillance footage.