Tri County Report For April 12th, 2018

Investigators say six men have been charged in a drug bust at a New Castle home this week.  Police say they received several tips about drugs being sold at the Uber Street home, just a  block from of a school.  Officers say they seized cocaine, heroin, ten firearms, cash, and cellphones inside the home during the Tuesday raid.Charges are being filed against 31 year old  Dajuan Dawson, 31 year old  Jucara Robinson, 24 year old  Nathaniel McKnight, 29 year old Paris Lippet, all of Uber Street, face weapon and drug charges. 26 year old Myron Gardner of West Lincoln Avenue, is facing similar charges. And police are charging the owner of the home, 55 year old Dorthy Weathersby. The investigation is ongoing.

State Police and Center Township investigators say there are now five cases against a self-proclaimed psychic arrested last week.  According to court records, 27-year-old Sophey Mills bilked one of her alleged victims out of 18-thousand dollars.  Investigators say they have been looking into Mills since the start of this year.  They believe she may have more victims than those who have already come forward.

Sexual misconduct allegations have roiled the Pennsylvania Legislature this past year, including the revelation that two cases resulted in sizeable payouts. And an investigation is underway into claims a House member was abusive toward two women, including a fellow state representative. The Associated Press filed records requests with every state legislative chamber to document complaints brought over the past decade. The Pennsylvania House said it was not required to disclose the number of complaints. But it has revealed two settlements totaling $280,000. The Senate has had no complaints.

The Freedom Area School District is about to spend $1.4 million to install artificial turf and replace the track at Bulldog Stadium. According to the Beaver County Times  that work will start at the stadium in early May, and the project will be ongoing until early August. The stadium will remain closed during that time, which means graduation ceremonies will take place in the high school auditorium instead. Superintendent Jeff Fuller said  The upgrades and renovations won’t just benefit student athlete. Students in kindergarten to grade 12 use the field during the school year, and plenty of community members use the track during the day for walking or other exercise.

The trial of a transgender woman charged in connection with the attempted murder of a former co-worker at the Hermitage Walmart is set to begin Monday in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. According to the Sharon Hearld,   23 Zachary T. McClimans,  of Sharon,  is accused of shooting  42 year old Jayson Hall, back  on Nov. 4, 2016, inside the store. Hall allegedly made threats and disparaging comments related to McClimans’ announcement of his decision to transition to a woman.  McClimans has been in the Mercer County Jail on 300 thousand dollars bond since the shooting.

Representatives say members of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers have voted to ratify all three new contracts within the school district.  In February, the teachers had threatened a strike until the agreements were reached.  The Pittsburgh Board of Education now must vote on the contracts, which expire in June 2020.

Crews say a collapsed catch basin has caused a large sinkhole in Elizabeth Township.  The foreman of the township’s road department tells WPXI-TV the repair became more complicated when a broken pipe was discovered inside the hole near Smithfield and Lodge streets.  The repairs are expected to be completed by the end of the day Thursday.

Prosecutors say at least four Pittsburgh police officers have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating an arrest outside PPG Paints Arena earlier this year.  In a viral cellphone video, a Pittsburgh police officer is seen punching a man to the ground.  Police had said the officer used force when 47-year-old Daniel Adelman of Ohio tried to interfere with an arrest.  Adelman suffered concussion-like symptoms and a separated shoulder, and required stitches after the incident.  An initial internal investigation cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.

Voters in Lawrence County have just a few more days to register to vote.  The registration deadline for the May primary election is on Monday.  Anyone needing to update their information or who’s registering for the first time is being urged to do it now.  Those people can visit the Department of State website or votesPA.com.