Tri County Report For April 2nd, 2018

A Butler man was taken into custody and faces a number of charges after he led local police on a chase Friday   that injured a State Trooper. According to State Police in Butler County 50 year old David Coleman is being charged with Fleeing and Eluding, Aggravated Assault, DUI and endangering the welfare of children.  Authorities attempted to stop David Coleman near the area of Hansen Avenue and Renaissance Drive Friday afternoon.  However, Coleman refused to stop and fled the scene. Coleman, whose passenger was a 13-year-old boy, then slammed head-on into a marked State Police vehicle.  Following the crash, a Trooper was then taken to Butler Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.  The teen was not injured in the crash.

22 year old Deamonte Huddleston of New Castle faces a number of charges after he allegedly assaulted a doctor at UPMC Jameson last week. The New Castle News reports that Huddleston was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault and one count of harassment. According to a police report Huddleston became irate at a doctor in the emergency room and assaulted him. Huddleston is in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

We’re now into the month of April, which means there’s a new tax for Pennsylvanians to pay. The state revenue department says customers in Pennsylvania must now pay sales taxes for online purchases, either directly connected to the transaction or afterwards if the company elects not to charge the tax. Pennsylvania is the second state to enact such a rule, following Washington state.

A bridge construction project is scheduled to begin today in Mercer County. The 77-year-old viaduct on Route 318 that spans over the Shenango River will be completely replaced. Drivers will have to use Route 718 to 760 by Farrell then Route 18. The detour will take people about 15 minutes longer to get from one side of town to the other. PennDOT says the 6.5 million dollar project  should be finished by Thanksgiving.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is looking for the public’s thoughts on the release of emissions and air pollutants.  Comments and opinions are now being accepted on how permits for things related to air quality will be regulated.  The forum is open until May 15th, and relates to natural and midstream gas transmission facilities, as well as well sites and pigging stations.  All comments must be submitted by email, and include names and addresses.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and you can tell in Harrisburg. Volunteers planted thousands of flags around the capitol over the weekend in honor of children who are abused in the state, some to death. The capitol building itself is also lit up the color blue. The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance is holding a child abuse prevention event at the capitol on Wednesday.

An Aliquippa man was arrested after he assaulted a woman and knocked an infant to the ground in the process. According to The Beaver County Times 32 year old Rudolph Davies allegedly jumped on a woman and choked her while she was holding a baby. Davis was charged by Aliquippa police with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Protesters of gun violence are continuing to make their voices heard locally.  A group of more than 150 students and adults marched through the Oakland neighborhood on Saturday to demand that changes be made to gun policy.  The event began at Schenley Plaza and continued on Fifth and Forbes Avenues.  It came a week after the March for Our Lives rally garnered the support of millions around the U.S.