Tri County Report for March 2nd, 2018

Two people are being treated at the hospital following a crash in Butler County yesterday morning involving a tri-axle truck.  Police say a car operated by 21 year old Zachary Ilgen of Slippery Rock collided head-on with the truck  on New Castle Road near Ashley Lane in Worth Township.  Ilgen was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hopsital for treatment. He’s listed in critical condition.   The investigation into the crash is continuing.

The New Castle Boys basketball team will play for the WPIAL Class 4A championship tomorrow afternoon at the Peterson Events Center. The Canes were a 63-43 winner over Belle Vernon Wednesday night and will now take on Quaker Valley tomorrow afternoon. Quaker Valley, who comes into the game undefeated beat  New Castle twice during the regular season. You can hear the game on NewsRadio 1200 WKST. Tipoff is at 1:00.

Geneva College administrators are warning students to keep an eye out for a suspicious van on campus.  Officials say the white van has been creeping around the area with the driver approaching students in broad daylight.  In one incident, campus police say the man approached a woman in her car, asking if she’d like to see some items in his van.  The man then reportedly asked if she was looking for work.

The Sharon Herald is reporting Employees at Wheatland Tube and Sharon Tube are in line to receive $1,000 annual bonuses after President Donald Trump’s announcement Thursday of tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum.  Zekelman Industries executive vice president Mickey McNamara, said 2,300 employees, including those at Wheatland Tube and Sharon Tube, earned the extra pay for helping keep the manufacturer competitive in an unfair market.  The President said he will enact tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum beginning next week. McNamara said the bonus payments will be issued once the tariffs go into effect and continue as long as they remain in place.

Police are charging a Cranberry Township woman with DUI after failing a field sobriety test with her daughter in the car.  Investigators say Renee Goughnour couldn’t keep her eyes open and was slurring her speech as she tried to use the Wendy’s drive-thru Tuesday afternoon.  Cops say the five-year-old child is in the care of other family members.  Goughnour has been arrested for DUI twice before.

A Greene County man is waiving his child pornography case to court.  Authorities say Trevor Scott Rush waived 20 felony counts related to child porn before his preliminary hearing on Wednesday afternoon.  Investigators searched Rush’s home in Jefferson last month and allegedly found hundreds of videos and images of young girls performing sex acts.  Rush is out on bond until his next court date on March 19th.

A Plum High School teacher acquitted in a teacher sex scandal back in 2016 has been placed on administrative leave while police investigate a misconduct allegation against him.  The district will not give details about the allegations against Drew Zoldak, but say the Allegheny County Police Department is handling the case.  Zoldak was accused of intimidating a female student who accused another teacher have having sex with her.

A deputy U.S. marshal shot and killed in Harrisburg in January was struck by a bullet from a fellow task force member.  Dauphin County D-A Fran Chardo says during the arrest of 30-year-old Shayla Pierce inside the 18-hundred block of Mulberry Street, 31-year-old Kevin Sturgis appeared at the top of the stairs yelling “are you looking for me?” Investigators say Sturgis opened fire and a task force member was shot in the elbow.  Another team member returned fire and one of those bullets passed through a wall and struck Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill.  Chardo says officers were justified in their use of force and Sturgis was responsible for his own and Hill’s death.