Tri County Report For July 26th, 2018

State Police in Lawrence County have charged a New Wilmington teen in connection with a fatal accident from November of 2017. According to police, 19 year old Karic Fry was charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia along with several traffic violation. The crash occurred on Interstate 376 in Neshannock Township. 80 year old Donna Nelson died from her injuries that she suffered in the crash. Fry who is the auditor in Wilmington Township was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 25 thousand dollars bond.

A Hermitage man is facing drug charges after police discovered an alleged one-pot methamphetamine lab in his parents’ house. According to the Sharon Herald 38 year old Preston Jay faces a number of charges following his arrest on Tuesday.  Jay’s parents told police they were unaware about there son cooking the meth. Jay was arraigned and placed in the Mercer County Jail on bond.

A man charged in the death of a New Kensington officer is intending to marry a key witness in the case.  Rahmael Holt is charged with shooting and killing Officer Brian Shaw during a November traffic stop.  Investigators claim Holt’s girlfriend, Vanessa Portis, drove him around as he remained on the run following the shooting.  Prosecutors want to prevent the wedding, saying it could interfere with the case.

Investigators are calling the deaths of two men found inside an Ambridge home Tuesday night suspicious.  Neighbors called police to report a strong smell coming from a home on Elm Avenue.  Police think two elderly men lived at the home, with one taking care of the other.  Officials are trying to determine their identities and causes of death.

Uber’s self-driving fleet is back in Pittsburgh.  The ride-sharing service says its autonomous SUVs rolled out yesterday, but with a driver in complete control of the vehicle.  Drivers will not be picking up riders, but instead collecting mapping data that will be used to test the vehicles’ self-driving features.  The vehicles return four months after one struck and killed a woman in Arizona.

A young girl is seriously injured after being attacked by a Rottweiler at a Butler County home Tuesday evening.  Officials say the six-year-old will need reconstructive surgery after the attack on Shanahan Road in Center Township.  It’s unclear what prompted the attack and the owner is said to be planning to euthanize the dog.

The National Weather Service is saying flooding across central Pennsylvania is reaching record levels.  The service announced yesterday that the river gauge on Swatara Creek in Hershey has now reached the second-highest level ever seen since record-keeping began in 1975.  The creek hit 16-point-five feet yesterday.  A flood warning remains in effect for portions of the Susquehanna River and Swatara Creek, as well as for a number of other area creeks.

A Beaver Falls woman accused of cashing more than $15,000 in fraudulent checks at banks in South Strabane Township made a plea in the case and was sentenced to serve time in jail. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 22 year old Anastasia Kline pleaded guilty to one count each of forgery and theft. She was sentenced in Washington County to serve between one and two years in jail, followed by three years of probation. The incident occurred back in September of 2016.

Grants recently awarded by the state Department of Education to eight Pennsylvania universities seek to boost the number of teachers and school principals in the commonwealth. The state Department of Education says the $2 million in grants will be used by the eight universities to develop and implement year-long residency programs for would-be teachers and school principals. The department says the number of undergraduate education majors in PA colleges and universities is down by more than 55 percent over the past two decades.