Tri County Report For March 6th, 2018

City Police in New Castle have charged a south side man after he allegedly shot at a family member early Saturday morning. According to the New Castle News 27 year old Ward Wellington Wise of South Jefferson Street was charged with criminal attempt at homicide, aggravated assault, and several firearm violations. The alleged incident took place around 2am at the Big Run apartment complex owned by the Lawrence County Housing Authority. No one was injuried. Bond for Wise was set at 100 thousand dollars.

Butler police say they’ve charged a man for attacking his girlfriend at his home last week, at one point using a machete.  Investigators say Derek Pope held Alexzandria Burkett against her will after she said she was moving out.  Burkett tells police Pope strangled, pushed, threw her around the room, and even bit her before she finally got free.  Burkett tells police Pope used a machete to poke holes in the walls of his house, cutting Burkett on the elbow in the process.

A former New Castle man has pled guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to robbing two banks in Mercer and Lawrence counties and four convenience-store robberies in the New Castle area during a three-week period last year. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office 32 year old Eric Barbati pled guilty to robbing the PNC Bank in Hermitage on September 5th of last year and the Huntington Bank in New Wilmington on September 11th. The four convenience store robberies took place between August 26th and September 17th.  Barbati will be sentenced in July

Governor Tom Wolf is telling the U.S. Supreme Court it’s too late and too costly to change the commonwealth’s new congressional map now.  In a brief filed Monday, Wolf said any change of course would create confusion among voters and would cost tens of millions of dollars to fix.  The state Supreme Court threw out the previous map saying it was an illegal gerrymander made by Republicans.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one car accident in Union Township. According to police 27 year old Danielle Boyd was westbound on interstate 376 when she lost control of her car as she exited the ramp to route 224 and struck a tree. Police said Boyd was not hurt.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has filed a lawsuit against Uber, claiming the ride-sharing company violated Pennsylvania’s data breach notification law.  Shapiro accuses Uber of knowing about the breach for a year before they shared details about the cyber attack in November.  Under state law, companies that experience a data breach must notify customers within a “reasonable” amount of time.  According to the AG’s Office, more than 13-thousand Uber drivers in Pennsylvania had their personal information compromised.

Police in Butler say a call about a burglary led to a large amount of drugs off the street.  Investigators say an eyewitness spotted Joshua Hollobaugh and Saleem Boyd breaking into a home on Roosevelt Boulevard Monday.  Police say the caller gave a great description of the two as well as their white car, which police easily pulled over a short time later.  Cops say they found syringes, plastic baggies, and stamp bags full of heroin and crack cocaine in the car.

Grove City police are looking for a suspect involved in a fight in the parking lot of Marathon gas station on West Main Street. Police say the incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.  According to the report, a white male in his mid-20s got into an argument with a 66-year-old male over a traffic dispute.  WFMJ-TV reports the younger man allegedly started punching the other man and left the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grove City Police Department.

A Butler woman is accused of trying to run over her own daughter Sunday night.  Investigators say Shelly Godfrey was fighting with a man Sunday afternoon when she bit and hit him.  Godfrey left and began circling the block until finally spotting a crowd on the sidewalk that included her daughter.  Godfrey rapidly accelerated and narrowly missed her daughter, as well as a police cruiser a few blocks away.