Tri County Report For March 20th, 2018

A New Castle man was killed in a two vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in North Beaver Township. State Police in Lawrence County report 20 year old Emily O’Brien of Ellwood City was southbound on route 18, when she told police, she thought a vehicle traveling in the northbound lane operated by 46 year old David Arnold Jr. of New Castle had drifted over into the southbound lane. O’Brien then lost control of her vehicle, crossed the double line and struck the Arnold vehicle. Police said Arnold, who was not wearing a seat belt was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into the accident is continuing.

The U.S. Supreme Court is going to keep the revised Pennsylvania congressional district map in place.  The court turned down a request by Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers in the State Legislature Monday.  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the 2011 GOP-penned map for new version that will be used for this May’s primary.

The criminal homicide trial of a former state corrections officer in Mercer County is set to get underway today in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court . According to the New Castle News, 46 year old Joseph Cohen is charged with criminal homicide and two counts of aggravated assault in the death of 25 year old Demon Higgins. Cohen allegedly shot Higgins back on March 15, 2016 behind an apartment building in the 200 block of West Lincoln Avenue. Police arrested Cohen the next day and he’s been in the Lawrenc e County Jail without bond since then.

On the first day of spring, Lawrence and Beaver  Counties are under a winter weather advisory.  The advisory is from 8:00 this evening until 8:00 tomorrow night. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh says there is a possibility of two to four inches of snow and a chance for slippery road conditions for the morning commute tomorrow. There also warning drivers to be aware f for reduced visibilities at times.

The Sharon Boys Basketball Team will play for the Class4A state championship Thursday afternoon following there 65-48 win over Quaker Valley last night at the New Castle High School fieldhouse. It’s the first trip to the state finals for Sharon since 1957. The Tigers will take on Imhotep Charter for the state title in Hershey.

Governor Tom Wolf says he wants high-speed internet available to all Pennsylvanians.  Monday, Governor Wolf announced the creation of the Office of Broadband Initiatives who will push statewide expansion of high speed internet forward.  Former Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith, who’s in charge of the new office, says about 800-thousand Pennsylvanians are locked out of high speed internet, with 500-thousand of them living in rural areas.

Powerball officials are confirming the sole winning ticket from Saturday’s 456-million-dollar drawing was sold in Manheim, Lancaster County.   Lottery officials say the ticket was sold at the Speedway gas station, which receives a 100-thousand-dollar bonus for selling the ticket. The winner has one full year to come forward and claim the prize.

A bill that would ban anyone under 21 from buying military-style semiautomatic rifles has been introduced in the state house. The bill is one of four unveiled in Harrisburg this week aiming at limiting who gets certain types of firearms.  The other bills would prevent people with a mental illness from receiving a gun permit and would limit possession and sale of large capacity firearm magazines.

A Beaver County water main break is still giving repair crews difficulty, so Ambridge residents spent another day unable to drink the water.  Crews say the break is on one of the oldest lines in Ambridge about 50-feet down a ravine.  Repair teams had been working on the break since Sunday morning.

Uber is parking all of its self-driving car fleet in Pittsburgh following a crash in Arizona.  An accident in Tempe this morning reportedly involved one of the ride-sharing company’s self-driving vehicles.  Uber says they are not sure if the crash was a result of their car, or human error.