Tri County Report For April 11th, 2018

New Castle City police arrested 23 year old Omar Moore of Hamilton Street Monday on drug charges. Officers spotted Moore walking on West Washington Street Saturday night and officers learned there was a warrant out for his arrest. According to the New Castle News  police found crack cocaine on Moore’s possession. Moore was charged with two counts each of possession and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 20 thousand dollars bond.

Officials say Ambridge’s chief of police has been placed on administrative leave.  Ambridge Borough Council unanimously voted to put Chief James Mann on leave amid a Pennsylvania State Police investigation.  It is unclear what troopers are investigating Mann for and council did not mention a reason during their Tuesday vote.

Organizers of a rally at the State Capitol say it is time to end the statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault cases.  A group of activists delivered a petition signed by more than 12-thousand Pennsylvanians who want the law setting legal time limits to prosecute cases changed.  Organizers say they timed the rally to coincide with the new trial of Bill Cosby, who is accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

Governor Tom Wolf was in East Pittsburgh yesterday, touring the wreckage of the landslide that destroyed a large section of Route 30.  The disaster caused three of the four lanes of the highway to collapse on Saturday, forcing several people to flee their homes, and forcing commuters to take a long detour around that area.  PennDOT believes it will take several months to make repairs.

Investigators say a West Mifflin psychology teacher has admitted to having sex with a student.  Police say James Horgan admitted to the sexual relationship, however Horgan entered a not guilty plea in front of a judge Tuesday.  Horgan’s attorney says his client never admitted he had sex with the girl.  Officials say the victim told police she had sex with Horgan four times inside his classroom after school.

Advocates in Harrisburg say equal work deserves equal pay.  A rally at the State Capitol Tuesday continued the push for state lawmakers to work to close the pay gap between men and women and minorities.   Organizers say Pennsylvania ranks 29th in the country for pay equality.

Inside Butler County is reporting At least one person was seriously injured as a result of a crash that occurred at Moraine State Park Tuesday afternoon. There was a report  of a single vehicle accident on Lakeview Road in Worth Township. Emergency personnel responded to the scene to find an SUV into a tree. A woman in the vehicle was partially entrapped. Crews called for a Life Flight helicopter to land at Moraine to transport the woman for further treatment.  No other details were available.

According to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report, Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are still hovering around $2.88 per gallon. On the week, gas prices in the region slightly increased. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.82 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying less at 2.77. Gas prices nationally have held at their highest price of the year – $2.66 – for one week. And motorists are seeing fluctuating prices at the pump from state to state with jumps as high as 12-cents in Utah and declines as much as 7-cents in Michigan since last Monday.

Officials with Governor Tom Wolf’s office say he will sign Tierne’s Law Monday in Harrisburg.  Investigators say Tierne Ewing of Washington County was kidnapped and killed by her estranged husband in 2016 after he was arrested for domestic violence a few weeks prior.  Officials say Ewing’s husband was granted bail and took off his ankle monitor before the killing.  Organizers say Tierne’s Law will give judges additional tools to protect the victims of domestic violence.