Tri County Report For April 17th, 2018

An Edinburg man is in the Lawrence County Jail for allegedly stabbing his brother Friday afternoon. According to the New Castle News 71 year old Francis Fusco is being charged with felony aggravated assault in connection with the alleged stabbing of David Fusco. Mahoning Township police were called to an Erie Street residence just after 2:30 concerning a fight between two men. When police arrived they found David Fusco lying in the yard with multiple stab wounds. Fusco was taken to St.Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown for treatment as the investigation is continuing.

The trial for the man accused of brutally killing a Pitt student last year has been set.  Court officials say Matthew Darby will stand trial July 20th for the stabbing and beating death of his ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Alina Sheykhet.  Investigators say Sheykhet was found dead inside her Oakland apartment in October.  Prosecutors say they are seeking the death penalty.

Governor Tom Wolf has signed Tierne’s Law into law in Pennsylvania.  The bill is named for Tierne Ewine of Washington County, who was abducted and murdered by her estranged husband days after he made bail.  The law will give judges a risk assessment tool to better set bail for a domestic violence suspect.  A representative of Moms Demand Action says Tierne’s Law will help to prevent future domestic violence homicides.

Congressman Conor Lamb is now the only Democrat running for Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District.  On Sunday, Ray Linsenmayer announced he is suspending his campaign and urged his supporters to stand behind Lamb.  He made the announcement at Lamb’s campaign headquarters in Carnegie at a joint news conference.  Lamb will likely face-off against Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus in November.

PennDOT officials say the number of deaths on Pennsylvania roadways was at its lowest since the commonwealth started keeping records nearly 90 years ago.  Representatives say there were eleven-hundred-37 traffic deaths in 2017, down 51 from the previous year. Officials say they noticed drops in impaired driver and pedestrian deaths and well as deadly crashes where the victim wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.  Deadly wrecks involving seniors, running red lights, and work zone fatalities were up however.

Two Mercer County men were killed in an accident Saturday in Clarion. According to the Sharon Herald 29 year old Mark Marcucci, of West Middlesex was pronounced dead at the scene in a one vehicle accident. Kevin Yarabinec of Sharpsville was taken to a hospital where he later daid.  The  pickup truck, which contained two other people, was traveling on Miola Road in Highland Township shortly after midnight Saturday. State Police reported that the truck was a half mile north of Bigley Road when it left the road, drove over a culvert and struck a tree. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

The landslides across Pittsburgh cost the city 12-million dollars to repair the damage left behind.  Several rainstorms this year have already caused hillsides to washout, damaging and destroying several homes and highways.  City leaders say they had only earmarked one-point-two-million dollars for landslide-related repairs in their budget.  They are now looking at other ways to foot the bill.

Pennsylvania is now recognizing the concealed-carry permits from two more states while dropping recognition from another.  Attorney General Josh Shapiro says Alabama and Idaho are now on the list of 29 recognized states that have concealed carry reciprocity agreements with the commonwealth.  Shapiro says Pennsylvania’s agreement with Virginia will end in 30 days because they do not consider certain elements in background checks that PA requires.

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the commonwealth will implement all recommendations made by the Medical Marijuana Board last week.  PA dispensaries will sell dry leaf marijuana later this summer.  It is considered to be a more affordable form of the medicine.  Dry leaf can only be vaporized, since smoking medical marijuana is prohibited by Act 16.