Tri County Report For July 2nd 2018

A Grove City man was flown to the hospital following a one vehicle accident Friday night in Butler County. According to State Police, 41 year old Matthew Wilson was north bound on Grove City Road in Mercer Township when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. Wilson was flown to St.Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. There was no report on his condition.

A rape investigation led police to find that a Freedom man took inappropriate and nude photos of residents at a personal-care facility. According to the Beaver County Times 24 year old Zachary L. Dinell,  was charged June 4 with the sexual assault of an unconscious woman. Police said officers investigating the assault searched Dinell’s phone and found several saved photos that were “obscene and pornographic.” Dinell was charged Friday by New Brighton Area police with 34 counts of invasion of privacy related to all six of the victims and seven counts of possession of pornography of a child, which reflect photos taken of the 14-year-old juvenile. The investigation is continuing.

State police say no one is hurt after a tractor trailer caught fire on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday.  Troopers say it happened in an emergency pull-off area between the Irwin and Pittsburgh exits after the brakes caught fire.  The fire backed up traffic on the toll road for nearly an hour as crews extinguished the blaze.

The Catholic Diocese of Greensburg is removing a priest from service after an allegation was made against him dating back 50 years.  Officials say Reverend James Clark, who had been assigned to several Uniontown parishes, was removed following the allegation made to the state’s hotline to report possible abuse of children.  Officials say the allegation pre-dates Clark’s ordination, back to when he worked as a janitor at the former St. James school in Apollo.

State Police in Butler County report a one car accident Friday afternoon in Jefferson Township that sent one man to the hospital. Police said 28 year old Matthew Schantz of Vandergrift was northbound on Pike Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, travelled off the roadway and struck a tree. Schantz was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.

Some Westmoreland County employees are being paid Monday after a reported bank glitch delayed paychecks last week.  Officials said the error at PNC bank caused any county employees who don’t have PNC accounts to not receive their direct deposits Friday.  Representatives say all employees with PNC accounts were paid on time.

According to Triple-A A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Independence Day. Despite gas prices being the highest over July 4th in the past four years, a large number of travelers are still planning a road trip. Analysts predict nearly 40 million Americans will hit the road which could cause travel times in big cities to be twice as long than a normal trip. Tomorrow is expected to be the busiest travel day of the holiday week.

Organizers say a crowd of about 300 protested the death of Antwon Rose in East Liberty Sunday.  The group blocked the intersection of Penn and Highland avenues.  Organizers are demanding bond be revoked for Officer Michael Rosfeld, who shot Rose as he ran away from police June 19th.  Rosfeld’s bond was set at 200-grand unsecured, allowing him to remain free with electronic monitoring before his court hearings without having to post any money.

Officials with Sewickley Academy say they’ve cut ties with a volunteer lacrosse coach who was charged after driving through a crowd of protestors in Pittsburgh last month.  Investigators say 58-year-old Gregory Wagner of Sewickley drove through a group protesting the death of Antwon Rose on North Shore June 22nd.  Investigators say three people reported injuries.  Wagner is also a Bell Acres councilman.