Tri County Report For April 25th, 2018

A New Castle police officer is on administrative leave after a video of him using force to detain a suspect goes viral.  In the video, the officer is seen slamming a man’s head on a door inside a house several times.  Police say they were called to the house for a domestic disturbance Monday involving an intoxicated man who assaulted another man.  Cops say they had tried twice to subdue the man with a Taser without success.  The suspect is facing several charges.

Police are investigating a crash in Ellwood City.Police say the wreck happened around 1 p.m. yesterday at Country Club Drive and Mercer Road.  Investigators say a person was trapped and a medical helicopter was flown to the scene.

A Rochester man will serve at least 25 years in prison after he was convicted of repeatedly raping a child over a decade beginning in the late 1990s. The Beaver County Times reports 47 year old Richard Fehir Jr., was convicted back in January,  of 16 felony charges, including rape, rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault. Beaver County Judge Dale Fouse sentenced Fehir to between 25 1/2 and 51 years in prison. The victim was five years old when the sexual assaults began.

A state lawmaker says legislation he created will better regulate recovery houses in the commonwealth.  State Senator Tom McGarrigle introduced a bill that will have all Pennsylvania recovery houses licensed or certified with the state, complete with annual inspections, background checks and counseling experience.  The state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is working out how the new regulations should work ahead of the June 2020 start.

Police are warning neighbors about a man who they say is approaching kids.  Farrell police say the man is driving a silver pickup that was last spotted on Farrell Terrace.  Cops say a witness spotted the man in his 70s throw a stuffed animal toward a group of kids playing outside.  Investigators say if you see the man or his truck please call 911.

Investigators say a 65-year-old man is accused of trying to lure teenage girls in Butler.  Police say Edward Osche approached two teens as they walked on East Brady Street Sunday and asked them to get in a car.  Cops say the girls declined and called police with the license plate number on the car.  Investigators say Osche told them he came to Butler because it was a nice day and he wanted to look at women.  Police add that Osche said he noticed one of the teens was wearing a skirt and offered the ride so he could better see her legs.

Investigators are looking for clues in connection with a Monday afternoon shooting that left a Farrell man injured. But they are still not identifying the victim. According to the Sharon Herald the 26-year-old Farrell man who suffered multiple gunshot wounds is expected to recover. The man was flown to UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh.  Police still have no suspects and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Officials at Penn Hills School District are considering major cuts because of a budget shortfall.  Directors approved a resolution in a 7-1 vote Monday to notify the state Department of Education about proposed program changes.  Those changes include possible furloughs for teachers and other program cuts in order to help close a more than eight-million-dollar shortfall in next school year’s budget.

Pennsylvania hunters may now use semiautomatic shotguns during most of PA’s deer, bear, and elk seasons starting in the 2018-2019 season.  On Tuesday, PA Game Commission board members gave a unanimous OK to the regulatory OK, expanding a ruling that had previously allowed semiautomatic shotguns for deer and bear seasons in areas near Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.  For elk, the shotgun must be 12-gauge or larger.