Tri County Report For July 5th, 2018

State Police in Lawrence County have  charged a New Castle man with attempted homicide following an incident in Union Township last night.  Police were called to a domestic disturbance on West Harbor Road. According to police 25 year old Alexander Anderson, following an argument with a 28 year old female at the home, fired several shots at the woman’s vehicle. Several children where in the car at the time of the alleged shooting. Anderson also faces charges of aggravated and simple assault along with a number of other charges. The investigation is continuing.

A North Sewickley Township man accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl was sentenced to serve time in jail after he made a plea in the case. According to the Ellwood City Ledger , 56 year old Donald W. Sayers was sentenced to between six months and two years in jail after he pleaded to a count of indecent assault. Sayers was accused of sexually assaulting a 18 year old girl back in October of last year. Sayers was also directed to register with the Pennsylvania State Police under Megan’s Law for 15 years.

There could be changes to the way the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education sets tuition prices.  Under a new proposal, university presidents would be given the option to set prices at all 14 state-owned universities within set parameters.  That proposal could be voted on as soon as July 12th or at the Board of Governor’s fall meeting in October.

The Pennsylvania State Police  in Mercer County conducted a sobriety checkpoint Wednesday and ended up issuing citations, warnings and making arrests on more than half of the vehicles checked. Seventy-six vehicles were detained for the checkpoint at Route 208 and N. Liberty Rd. in Pine Township. Of those stopped, 4 arrests were made for DUI, 23 traffic citations were issued and 12 warnings were given. The checkpoint too place starting at 11pm last night until 3am this morning.

The cost to drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will continue to rise. The PA Turnpike Commission voted to increase tolls by another six percent in January of 2019. Some officials blame the rising expenses on the $450 million annual payment that the Turnpike must make to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) by law. Inside Butler County reports this marks the eleventh consecutive year in which turnpike rolls have increased.

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus are looking at several bills to help the growing number of incarcerated female inmates and their children.  A member proposed a bill that would focus on preventive efforts to keep girls out of the system and prevent them from returning to prison once they finally serve their time.  Another proposed bill would create a place for a woman who gives birth behind bars to live with her infant for up to 18 months.

Thousands are without power after strong storms moved through Pittsburgh and the surrounding area Wednesday.  Officials say the slow-moving storm dumped several inches of rain in some spots, dropping trees that blocked roads in O’Hara, Penn Hills, and Plum.  The storm led to the cancellation of fireworks displays in Monroeville and Shaler.

A Pittsburgh man is under arrest for allegedly throwing beer bottles onto Interstate 79 in North Strabane Township while naked.  State police say they found 36-year-old Montez Freeman Tuesday afternoon flailing on the concrete berm with several shattered bottles nearby.  Freeman is in Washington County Jail on five-thousand-dollars bond.

The FBI is now involved in the search for a missing Vandergrift teen who hasn’t been seen in more than a week.  Investigators say 16-year-old Lena Dixon walked out of work at a McDonald’s in Allegheny Township and got into a white Chrysler 300 an hour into her shift June 26th and hasn’t been heard from since.  Anyone with information on her disappearance is asked to call Vandergrift police.