Tri County Report For July 9th, 2018

The New Castle News is reporting that a 19 year old Union Township resident was killed Saturday night when his car apparently lost its breaks and went over an embankment in Ellwood City. The man’s name has not yet been released. The accident took place around 9:45 on Wampum Avenue and Bridge Street. The vehicle went over an embankment and struck several trees causing it to roll over. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Two female passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment.

A New Castle home is destroyed by a Sunday morning fire.  Crews were called to the Phillips Street structure and found the home fully engulfed in flames.  Neighbors tell WPXI-TV the woman who had lived there just moved out a few days ago and it is reported the building was in the process of being condemned.  The cause is believed to be suspicious.

A man and woman were arrested in New Castle on Thursday after shots were fired, leading to a police chase.  New Castle City Police report Officers were sent to the area of Wallace Avenue and N. Jefferson Street for a man firing a handgun. Dispatch advised that the man left in a green color GMC Envoy southbound on Jefferson Street. Police said officers eventually stopped the vehicle on Hamilton Street and arrested the driver, Tara Barnes, and passenger, Anthony Thurman. Drugs a handgun and cash were thrown out of the vehicle during the chase. Thurman is charged with aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm along with a number of other charges.  Barnes faces a number of charges including fleeing and eluding police. The investigation is continuing.

Firemen in Sharon battled a vacant house fire early yesterday morning. According to the Sharon Herald the blaze broke out around 12:45 at a home on Sherman Avenue. Because of unsafe conditions firemen let the house burn. It took about four and a half hours for the house to burn down. No injuries were reported.

State Police in Butler County made several arrests following a sobriety checkpoint over the weekend. According to police 148 vehicle sere contacted and police made seven DUI arrests, five misdemeanor criminal arrests, 21 traffic citations were issued along with 19 written warnings. The checkpoints took place at various locations throughout Butler County.

Court officials say an October trial date has been tentatively set for a former Jeannette High School teacher accused of having sex with a student.  Investigators say 40-year-old Maria Chappell of Mount Pleasant Township had sexual encounters with a 16-year-old boy in her classroom and at a local motel in 2016.  Police say Chappell confessed to the school’s former principal after being confronted.

A Wendy’s in Chippewa Township will be closed for at least two weeks after a Sunday afternoon fire.  Investigators say fryers inside the restaurant erupted in flames and the building was evacuated.  The fire reportedly spread to the ceiling but no one was hurt.

A West Sunbury woman faces a number of charges following a traffic accident in Butler County. According to State Police, 31 year old Jessica Lynn Weber crashed her vehicle on West Sunbury Road in Clay Township. During the investigation police accused Weber of being under the influence of alcohol with two children in the vehicle. Weber was charged with DUI and endangering the welfare of children. No injuries were reported.