Tri County Report For June 12th, 2018

New Castle City Police report the arrest of a  man involved in a robbery at the Last Minit Mart on Wilmington Avenue yesterday morning. According to the departments facebook page, 28 year old  Shawn Jones was arrested at a Harding Avenue residence after police were able to identify him as the suspect. Police said Jones also admitted to a robbery at a Vine street residence back on June 5th. Jones faces charges burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief. The investigation is ongoing.

There is a new man heading the embattled Aliquippa Police Department.  City officials are turning to Captain Robert Sealock to lead the department after Chief Don Couch was put on paid administrative leave for personnel issues and acting Chief Joseph Perciavalle was arrested for sending a 17-year-old girl a sexually explicit video.  It’s reported Perciavalle was allegedly texting the teen who was one of the last people to see Rachel DelTondo alive before she was killed in her parents’ driveway.  The teen is also reportedly the daughter of an Aliquippa sergeant.

A Beaver County bottled water company is expanding thanks to a loan from the state.  Creekside Springs which is headquartered in Ambridge is receiving a 400-thousand-dollar loan from the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development.  The company plans to add seven jobs over the next few years with the expansion, which includes purchasing equipment, upgrading an existing bottling line and installing a new production line.

PA House Speaker Mike Turzai is appointing himself to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s 20-member Board of Governors.  The Allegheny County Republican says he wants to ensure schools are preparing students for jobs that are available while resisting proposals to increase tuition, room, or board costs.  Turzai replaces Rep. Matt Baker, who left the General Assembly for a job in the Trump administration.

The owner of a Washington addiction treatment clinic will go to trial on federal drug charges after prosecutors say she treated her clients like a cash business.  According to court records, Jennifer Hess and five physicians at Redirections Treatment Advocates illegally dispensed an addiction treatment medication to patients.  Hess would then fraudulently submit Medicare and Medicaid insurance claims to cover the costs of the drugs.  No trial date has been set.

The Mohawk Lady Warriors softball team will play for the PIAA Class 2A state championship game this Friday following a 3-1 win over District 6 champion Mt.Union. Kaylee Boring went 3 for 3 with an RBI and Alyssa Young and Courtney Upham also knocked in runs to lead Mohawk to the win.  Trinity Voss threw a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts, and Young went 2 for 3 with a triple for the Warriors (18-2), who will play District 3 champion Upper Dauphin (16-8) in the PIAA championship game at 11 a.m. Friday at Nittany Lion Softball Park.

The Pennsylvania Senate is in unanimous support of a bill that expedites the adoption process in PA.  In the proposal, courts would be required to set a hearing date no more than 30 days after the child’s birth parents formally relinquish parental rights.  Current law doesn’t have such a deadline mandated.  The measure is now under consideration in the state House.

A Chippewa Township police officer is resigning after being accused of harassing female coworkers.  Officials say Officer Jonathan Lutton resigned after being accused of making unwanted sexual comments and gestures to a female officer over the past year.  Charges haven’t yet been filed.  Lutton has reportedly said he will fight the allegations.

A teen is being charged as an adult in the shooting of a lifeguard at the Clairton Park swimming pool over the weekend.  Officials say 15-year-old Trenton Leach is suspected of shooting the 17-year-old lifeguard at the pool Saturday evening.  It’s reported another person was arrested for gun charges as well.

Capitol Police say they arrested nine people for disorderly conduct during the Poor People’s Campaign rally in the state Capitol Monday.  Officials say the individuals were taking part in a civil disobedience protest sitting in front of the House chamber doors.  Last week, 31 were arrested after laying on the pavement symbolizing those who’ve died due to lack of access to healthcare or clean water.