Tri County Report For August 17th, 2018

New Castle City Police have arrested two men in connection with a burglary at a business on South Cascade Street yesterday. According to the department’s facebook page, 35 year old Charles Trott and 27 year old John Houk were arrested after officers were responding to a burglary in progress call after the owner of the business observed two males breaking in on the security cameras. Both HOUK and TROTT are being charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal trespass. They have been placed in the Lawrence County Jail.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a house fire Tuesday morning in Rochester.  The blaze broke out on the 500 block of Reno Street.  Crews were able to knock the fire down in about 15 minutes, but not before it caused extensive damage to the second floor.  No one was injured.

Police in New Castle are looking for a suspect, wanted for a burglary that happened Saturday on Leasure Avenue.  41 year old Donald Talley is being charged with the crime.  Police said Talley is also the suspect in other recent burglaries around the New Castle area.  Anyone with information on his is asked to contact the New Castle City Police Department at 724-656-9300. Tips can also be left online at

The former boyfriend of a Greensburg woman who’s accused of raping a five-year-old boy is also facing charges.  Charles Hunter was arraigned yesterday on a host of charges, including rape.  Greensburg police say Hunter urged Corby Kinzey to perform sex acts on the child and record them for posting on social media.

A road rage incident is being blamed for an accident on Route 68 that ended with a car on its roof in Industry, Beaver County.  Police believe a man in his 50s repeatedly rammed the car of a woman who had a PFA against him Thursday morning as she tried to flee.  The man eventually lost control and flipped his car.  The suspect was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital.  Police say he is facing charges.

An advocacy group for sexual assault survivors is calling for Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik to step down, following the release of the state grand jury report detailing child sex abuse by Catholic clergy.  The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, is calling on local Catholics to stop donating to the Diocese of Pittsburgh until Zubik resigns or proves that he has taken steps to protect kids.  In the report, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro accused Zubik and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former bishop of Pittsburgh, of protecting child predators.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner was in Butler County yesterday. Scott Wagner held a Town Hall meeting at American Legion Post 474 in Zelienople and spent about an hour and a half discussing his plans and answering questions. According to Inside Butler County Wagner began by laying out the details of his recently announced education plan which includes an additional $1 billion spent on education but with no new tax increases. Wagner also spoke about his plan to eliminate property taxes as well as balance the budget.

The Penn Hills boys soccer team is being suspended during a hazing investigation.  District officials say the alleged incident happened Tuesday during an early morning practice when a boy was injured while wrestling with teammates.  A district official says they will contact police if they determine something criminal happened.

Westmoreland County sheriff’s deputies say a driver apparently plowed into a concrete wall on purpose.  Detectives say the 19-year-old man was killed yesterday when his car smashed into a retaining wall of Tarentum Bridge Road in New Kensington.  The death is being classified as a suicide.