Manhunt for James Dee Rainey Ends with Arrest
James Dee Rainey was arrested Tuesday afternoon by State Police Troopers in the yard of a home in Woodcock Township after a nearly 24 hour long manhunt which delayed schools and kept some people home entirely. The hunt began with a chase at around 5:30 Monday afternoon after Rainey provided police with a false identity and then drove away when a trooper tried to speak with one of his passengers. When officers from West Meade joined the pursuit Rainey began firing intermittent shots at officers with a handgun. The chase ended in Woodcock Township after Rainey crashed his car and fled into a wooded area after taking more shots toward police.
From Monday night into Tuesday, State Police Troopers were joined by officers from Meadville, West Mead, Cambridge Springs, and even Pittsburgh. Police caught up to Rainey at about 3:45PM on Tuesday and arrested him after tips from area residents. Rainey is charged with six counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and more. Two other suspects with Rainey were also arrested.
Emlenton Teen Hospitalized After Crash
A 17 year old girl from Emlenton was flown to Allegheny General Hospital after a one vehicle crash in Clarion County’s Perry Township. 18 year old Zachary Whitling was the driver; he lost control of his 2003 Subaru Outback while traveling east on State Route 326 and collided with a utility pole at high speed. Whitling suffered only minor injuries and police had a blood draw taken to test for DUI.
Two Men Face Major Charges after Drug Arrest
Derek Dudley of Jamestown and Wesley Wertz of Adamsville have both been charged with drug related crimes by the Pennsylvania State Police following their arrests for drug possession on Monday. Between the two men troopers allege they discovered 25 grams of marijuana, paraphernalia, and substances suspected to be crack cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
State News: Pawlowski Sentencing Delayed
The sentencing in the corruption case of former Allentown mayor Ed Pawlowski has been delayed until late October while a judge examines his appeal. Pawlowski faces around 15 years in Federal Prison after being convicted of 47 charges related to corruption.