Tri-County Report For August 24th, 2018

A jury in Lawrence County has convicted a New Castle man on sexual assault charges. According to the New Castle News 36 year old Samuel Lowry III was found guilty of rape of an unconscious person, sexual assault and indecent assault of an unconscious person. Lowry was accused of entering a woman’s apartment in November of 2014, taking off his clothes climbing in bed with the woman and making sexual advances while she was asleep. A sentencing hearing will be held at a later date for Lowry.

Ambridge’s police chief is accused of threatening other officers as well as fraud.  James Mann was on leave for a non-work-related injury in 2017 when he allegedly filled out time sheets for sick, comp, and vacation time after it ran out.  State police say ten Ambridge officers received threats from the 61-year-old that got worse as the investigation into his hours continued.

A North Versailles man is facing time in federal prison after entering a guilty plea to gun charges Wednesday.  Brandon Mlinac was found in possession of a sawed-off shotgun with an obliterated serial number, an unregistered 20-gauge rifle, and other guns during a domestic dispute in White Oak last January.  Mlinac will be sentenced on December 19th and is facing up to 45 years in prison.

Farrell Police responded to a shooting call in the area of the 300 block of Fruit Avenue yesterday. According to WKBN-TV The male victim, whose name is not being released, was immediately transported to a hospital for treatments of multiple non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The victim was walking in the 100 block of Wallis Avenue when he was approached by four suspects inside a vehicle. One of the shooters fired multiple rounds at the victim which struck him twice. No arrests have yet been made.

Michael Rosfeld will be in court September 11th for a pre-trial conference for the shooting death of Antwon Rose in June.  The suspended East Pittsburgh police officer reportedly fired three shots at the 17-year-old as he ran from a traffic stop.  Rosfeld waived his right to a formal arraignment Wednesday.

A state lawmaker accused of getting into a fight with a campaign worker has been ordered to take a class in anger management.  Democratic Representative Jake Wheatley is accused of pushing the campaign worker for Aerion Abney back in May at a poll location in Downtown Pittsburgh.  Wheatley’s campaign contends that the lawmaker was being verbally taunted before the confrontation ensued.  A harassment charge against Wheatley will be dropped once the course is completed.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is agreeing to participate in just one debate before the November election with his Republican rival, an event to be moderated by “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek. Wolf’s campaign said Wednesday that’ll be his only debate. That prompted Republican Scott Wagner’s campaign to accuse Wolf of being afraid to defend himself in front of Pennsylvanians. The debate to be moderated by Trebek is Oct. 1 at the annual Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry dinner in Hershey.

Pennsylvania State Police are reminding motorist they will be conducting an OVI checkpoint sometime during the first weekend of September in Lawrence, Mercer, Beaver and Butler Counties.  According to a release, the checkpoint will be conducted within Troop D, patrol area between Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2.  Troops say drivers should be prepared to show their ID, registration and proof of insurance at the checkpoint.

An Allegheny County man is accused of making terroristic threats aimed at a Penn State football game earlier this month.  Charles Hitechew of Richland Township allegedly made the threats on Twitter August 8th, saying he would commit the biggest mass shooting in the history of the world at a game this year.  The 22-year-old is free on 15-thousand-dollars bond.