Tri County Report for May 14th, 2018

Investigators say an ambulance collided with another car while leaving the scene of an accident in Lawrence County over the weekend.  Police say the ambulance was leaving an accident on State Road near Harlansburg Road in Hickory Township Saturday evening when it struck another car.  The crash forced the ambulance down an embankment and into a field below.  It is unclear how many other injuries were sustained in the second crash.

State Police in Butler County report a fatal one car accident early Saturday morning in Franklin Township. According to police 44 yea rold Jason Williams of Butler was southbound on Prospect Road when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. A passenger, 33-year-old Brandon Lucas of Prospect, died in the crash. Williams was flown from the scene to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.  Authorities do not believe either motorist was wearing a seatbelt.

A Pulaski Township, Beaver County home is destroyed after a Friday fire.  Fire crews say they were called to the home on 45th Street Friday afternoon.  A mom and daughter who lived there were able to make it out safely with their pets.  Fire officials say the home is a total loss.

Representatives with the Pennsylvania Department of State say anyone who is thinking of snapping a selfie of their vote may want to consider their timing.  Officials say if you take a photo in a polling place, you may not disclose how others vote or how you are about to vote.  Representatives say once you’ve voted, you are free to post those photos on social media.

Two men are dead in a crash that involved a school van.  It happened last Thursday morning on State Route 157 in Cranberry Township.  Investigators say the driver, Michael Falla, swerved to avoid a crash but hit the back of the van.  The impact sent Falla’s vehicle into the path of an oncoming car.  Falla and his passenger, Bryant Atwell were pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the third vehicle was taken to a hospital.  Nobody in the school’s van was hurt.  It’s unclear what school it belonged to, or who was on board.

Organizers say thousands endured wet conditions to take part in the Pittsburgh Race For The Cure Sunday morning.  Officials say more than 18-thousand participants took park in the 5k run to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer and research.  About two-thousand breast cancer survivors were among those taking part in the race.

The case of a Sharon teenager charged as an adult in the fatal shooting of his 15-year-old classmate could be moved to juvenile court. The Sharon Herald reports 16 year old Christopher M. Dickson Jr. is in Mercer County Jail on a $1 million bond in connection with the August shooting of Anthony  Keppel. A hearing is scheduled for May 21 in Mercer County Court of Common Pleas to discuss the request to move the case. According to Pennsylvania law, if Dickson were tried and convicted in juvenile court, he can be held only until he is 21. Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karsons said he will oppose the request saying  the county has sufficient evidence for probable cause to believe he is guilty of the charges and the case has to work its way through the process.

A Western Pennsylvania state representative says she was forced to close her offices after a threat last week.  State Rep. Pam Snyder says someone posted a Facebook threat focusing on her offices and staff.  Snyder says police were notified and are investigating.\