Tri County Report For August 3rd, 2018

Authorities say A Mercer County man is scheduled to face a judge today, accused of trying to pump drugs into western Pennsylvania.  Henry Bruce will be arraigned in federal court on drug possession charges.  Prosecutors say Bruce was arrested in June with crack cocaine and nearly 20-thousand-dollars in cash.

A doctor in Beaver County is accused of writing thousands of illegal opiate prescriptions.  Doctor Paul Hoover is a pain specialist who has been practicing in Coraopolis and Beaver for nearly 30 years.  Hoover’s accused of writing scripts for more than 80-thousand pills over a three-year-period.  Police say Hoover has been living in California for years and would fly back once-a-month to open on a Saturday and write pain prescriptions for cash.

A Moon Township woman is accused of leaving her young children home alone at her apartment.  Dayra Figueroa-Andino is accused of leaving the one-and-two-year-old kids alone while she went to the grocery store for lunch Thursday.  Police say they aren’t sure how long the children were alone for.  The kids are in the custody of Children and Youth Services..

A drug raid in Ambridge nets more than just heroin and pills.  Police say two young kids were also inside the house on the 100 block of Crestview Village Tuesday night during the raid.  Marissa Lindsey, Elroy Hollins Junior, and Antoinae Williams are all charged for storing and selling drugs out of the house.

The Green Party is going to be on the ballot in the races for governor and U.S. Senate in PA this November.  The party submitted nominating papers for those races and three candidates Wednesday.  Paul Glover and Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick are the party’s picks for their ticket in the race to become Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor.  Neal Gale will join Republican Lou Barletta, and Libertarian Dale Kerns in trying to unseat incumbent Senator Bob Casey.

A Beaver County man is accused of stealing from the vending company that hired him to install surveillance cameras.  Raymond Labon was contracted by Cee Vee Vending in Darlington Township to install the cameras, but police allege the 58-year-old would disable the recording system so he could steal money without being detected.  Labon has been charged with burglary and theft.

A pair of PA lawmakers are introducing a bill that would regulate 3-D-printed guns.  Senators Vincent Hughes and Wayne Fontana say their measure would redefine a firearm in the commonwealth to include those made on a 3-D printer.  The two say the measure, if approved, would prevent anyone from making a firearm unless they have a manufacturing license from the federal government.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not hear an appeal in the case of a former University of Pittsburgh researcher convicted of killing his wife.  Doctor Robert Ferrante was convicted in 2014 of poising Autumn Klein by hiding cyanide inside supplemental vitamins she took.  Farrante’s attorney argues that the cyanide did not kill the woman because her organs were successfully transplanted after her death.  The doctor is already planning another appeal.

Kennywood Park has reopened its Pirate Ship ride after a malfunction yesterday caused the attraction to run nonstop for about ten minutes.  Park officials say the brake system for the pendulum-like ride failed and it took workers some time to activate the backup.  Crews say they have fixed the problem and the ship is ready to take more visitors.  The malfunction came one day after the new Thomas Town train went off the rails.