Tri County Report For March 19th, 2018

State Police in Lawrence County report a fatal one car accident in Hickory Township Saturday night. According to police 26 year old Jon Eric Campbell was westbound on Harlansburg Road when he vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment and then became airborne.  Campbell’s vehicle then struck a tree and and rolled over several times. Police said Campbell was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Several homes received property damage, as a tire crashed into one home. Police believe speed was a factor as the investigation is continuing.

Court officials say a Washington County man was convicted in the rape of two children over 13 years in Washington County.  Prosecutors say 45-year-old Steve Czako was accused of raping and assaulting the two between 2002 and 2015.  Czako faces more than 20-years in prison when sentenced at a later date.

Someone, somewhere in Pennsylvania is likely around 457-million dollars richer, as a single winning ticket was sold somewhere in the state.  Powerball officials have yet to say where the ticket was sold, but someone bought the Saturday night big winner in the Keystone State, that’s for sure.  The cash value of the prize works out to about 274-million bucks, making it the eighth-largest jackpot in the history of Powerball.

Rescue crews say they had to rappel about 50-feet down a Beaver Falls cliff to rescue a man who had fallen Sunday.  Crews say the man fell near 21st Street and Fifth Avenue before 9 a.m. Sunday.  Rescue crews say the man was injured and may have been suffering from hypothermia.  There’s no word on his condition or what led to his fall.

A church organist is charged with stealing money from a church safe in Lawrence County.  Investigators say 41-year-old James Hackett of Wampum was spotted on a surveillance camera taking marked money from St Joseph’s church safe in New Castle.  Police say Hackett admitted to stealing from the safe three Sunday’s a month since November, totaling between ten-to-15 thousand dollars. He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on bond.

Water crews say they spent much of Sunday fixing a water main break in Ambridge.  Ambridge’s mayor says a 24-inch line break is near the Ambridge Water Plant.  Crews were able to put a temporary fix into place just before 10 p.m. Sunday night.  Workers will be back on scene Monday to finish the permanent fix.

A Fenalton man faces a number of charges after he failed to stop for police early Saturday morning. According to State Police in Butler County, 23 year old Carle Slupe failed to stop for police during a traffic  stop in Summit Township  and led police on a chase at speeds in excess of 90 mph. Slupe was charges with driving under the influence and fleeding and eluding police. No injuries were reported.

Day 2 of the South Butler County School District teacher strike on Friday included release of the latest date when the South Butler County School District teachers strike will end. Inside Butler County reports that the State Department of Education informed the teachers that they need to return to class by April 3rd. No new negotiations have been scheduled. Teachers have been working without a contract since 2014.

A Pittsburgh bomb squad says they were called to investigate a suspicious package downtown Saturday.  Police say they were called to the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Smithfield Street around 11 a.m. Saturday.  The unit found the bag, determined it was nothing of significance, and reopened Liberty Avenue around noon Saturday.