Tri County Report For March 26th, 2018

Investigators say a New Brighton man is dead after being dragged by a car during a domestic dispute.  Police say 27-year-old Ryan Minett was killed after being dragged for about a half-mile before falling and hitting his head.  Cops say Minett’s girlfriend, Jessica Royall, was driving the car Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. on Cross Creek Drive off Rochester Road in Cranberry Township.  Police say Royall will likely be charged with DUI and aggravated assault by vehicle.  Royall is in Butler County prison.

The New Castle City Police Department Narcotics Bureau and the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Special Investigative Unit arrested a New Castle man on drug and gun charges after a search of an East Side home on Friday. 26 year old Maurice Perkins  was charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver, as well as two counts of possession of a controlled substance and single counts of firearms carried without a license, along with several other charges. Perkins was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

First responders say a large fire broke out at a Beaver County recycling center Sunday afternoon.  Fire crews say they were called to PSC Metals in Big Beaver around 2 p.m. Sunday.   Investigators say they believe the blaze began in an electrical panel of a shredder in the building. Officials say it took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

An Allegheny Township man will spend up to seven years in prison for his role in a deadly crash in Lower Burrell last year.  Prosecutors say 47-year-old Vaughn Krepps ran a red light on Route 56 and Leechburg Road and struck a car driven by 36-year-old Bradley Johnson, who died from his injuries.  Krepps’ girlfriend, 49-year-old Jennifer Chenot, was charged with conspiracy after she drive him away from the crash scene.

Beginning April 2, Route 62 in Mercer County will be closed for railroad bridge work. According to PennDot Canadian National Railroad will begin repairs to the concrete arch over the roadway in Coolspring Township. A detour will be set up using Interstate 79, Interstate 80, and Route 19. The work is scheduled to be complete by April 5.

Police say they ended up in a fight with a highly intoxicated man in the middle of a North Shore off-ramp Saturday morning.  Investigators say Joshua Janosek went the wrong way up a Route 28 exit ramp and was stopped by police  Cops say Janosek was so intoxicated he handed police his debit card when asked for his license.  Police say Janosek briefly scuffled with them in the middle of the off-ramp as they tried to take him into custody.

A wanted sex crime suspect was arrested in Mercer County last week. According to WFMJ-TV State Police conducting routine inspections along Interstate 80 on Tuesday pulled over a box truck with tinted windows and no registration displayed on the back. Police discovered that the driver, 53-year-old Jimmy Lee Flournoy of Georgia was wanted for failing to appear in court in Clayton County Georgia. According to court records, Flournoy was charged in November with two counts of sexual battery and cruelty to a child. Flournoy was arraigned and is in the Mercer County Jail awaiting extradition back to Georgia.

The Pennsylvania State Police urges motorists to drive carefully when traveling during the upcoming Easter Holiday. Troopers will be enforcing the traffic laws including speeding, aggressive driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  And the remind drivers and passengers to buckle up.

Police have filed charges against a Butler man accused of driving drunk, crashing and killing a Saxonburg woman. Inside Butler County reports 39 year old  Aaron Burd, was charged Thursday with 19 offenses, including vehicular homicide. The crash happened last summer in Slippery Rock and killed 26-year-old Tanya Tyson. According to court documents, Burd was more than two-and-a-half times the state’s legal limit for alcohol and had cocaine in his system when he crashed a roadster kit car on Slippery Rock Road. Tyson was pronounced dead at the scene. Burd has been released from jail on bail. He’s due back in court in May.