Tri County Report For June 4th, 2018

State Police in Lawrence County have charged two people following their arrest Saturday afternoon in Union Township. According to Police 33 year old Timothy Peak of New Castle was operating a vehicle on West Washington Street that had a mechanical failure and ended up in a ditch. An investigation by police found Peak to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Both Peak and a front seat passenger, 29 year old Amanda Ehrhart also of New Castle were found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Both face criminal charges.

One person was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Muddy Creek Township. State Police in Butler County report 67 year old Kathleen Miller of Freedom was southbound on Route 19 when she crossed the center line and struck a vehicle operated by 55 year old Randy Beckinger of New Castle. Miller was taken to UPMC Cranberry for treatment. Beckinger was not hurt.

The final phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial is underway, and organizers say it should be open by the 17th anniversary of the crash.  A 93-foot-tall tower is being installed near the park’s entrance that includes 40 metal wind chimes, representing the 33 passengers and seven crew that were killed when the plane crashed September 11th, 2001.  The Tower of Voices is set to be dedicated on September 9th.

Flooding and damage were reported in multiple counties after thunderstorms swept through western Pennsylvania on Sunday.   In Lawrence County, downed trees fell onto powerlines along Hillcrest Avenue. Power was knocked out in Westview Heights near New Castle. Roads also flooded  in Chippewa, Beaver County. No injuries have been reported.

A Beaver County man is organizing a fundraiser to reopen the Beaver Falls wave pool.  Tyrone Ziegler says he is trying to raise 500-thousand-dollars to reopen the Tigerland Wave Pool that was shut down in 2002.  Ziegler says if he finds the financial support he’s looking for, the wave pool could reopen next summer.

Investigators say a Butler County woman accused in the disappearance of a Florida woman last month has used 18 different aliases since 1996.  Police say Kimberly Kessler had lived in 33 cities spanning 14 states over that time.  Her family reported her missing in 2012, though they hadn’t seen her since 2004.  Kessler was found driving Joleen Cummings’ SUV hours after the woman was last seen on May 12th.  Police say they have reason to believe Cumming’s isn’t still alive.

A Hermitage man has been charged after allegedly exposing himself to a Farrell woman last Tuesday. Hermitage Police say the incident happened on Broadway Avenue in Wheatland. Authorities say 28-year-old Anthony Craig LaCamera allegedly pulled up next to the woman at the intersection of Council and Broadway Avenue when he exposed himself. LaCamera has been charged with indecent exposure and open lewdness.

A lottery ticket worth $650,000 was sold in Butler County. According to Inside Butler County The Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket sold at the Jiffy Mini Mart on North Main Street Extension matched all five balls in Thursday’s drawing. The Jiffy Mini Mart will earn a $5, 000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Organizers say three people were able to ride Kennywood’s iconic Thunderbolt 50 consecutive times Sunday.  The amusement park is celebrating the roller coaster’s 50th season in operation.  Officials say two of the riders were selected through a sweepstakes.

A Leechburg woman is accused of making nearly a dozen inappropriate phone calls to 911 in Armstrong County.  Police say 56-year-old Tammy Scalise made multiple calls asking to be driven to a hospital alcohol rehabilitation program.  Scalise’s preliminary hearing is June 11th.