Tri County Report For September 6th, 2018

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating a recent rash of vehicle break-ins. The incidents took place late last month in Hickory Township. Police said about 14 unlocked vehicles had a number of items stolen. Among the items missing included various amounts of cash, a handgun along with a rifle. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police.

The man convicted of a murder in Sharon from years ago has been sentenced. According to the Sharon Herald Kaine Fowler was given a life prison sentence without the opportunity for parole.  A jury found him guilty back in August for the killing of Troy Hall in June of 2016. Police say while Fowler was in jail on a different charge, he admitted to the crime to another inmate.

Governor Tom Wolf and State Corrections Secretary John Wetzel are instituting new protocols to protect prison staff and inmates at all state prisons after 30 employees became ill when they were exposed to unknown substances.  Under the new guidelines, all mail will be sent to separate facilities to be processed before it is delivered to inmates.  Prisons will also be doubling guards at all visiting rooms, and adding body scanners to screen staff and visitors.  All prisons will soon be equipped with drones as well to be used in situations where guards’ safety may be at higher risk.

A man crossing West State Street in Union Township yesterday afternoon was struck by a car. According to the New Castle News the accident took place around two o’clock. The man was flown to St.Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. No other details were available.

The search is underway in Beaver County for the suspect in a possible child luring incident.  Hopewell Township police say a man in a black pickup truck offered a student money to get into his vehicle yesterday morning at Westwind Boulevard and Steur Lane.  The student instead ran to a nearby home to call police.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting a Beaver Falls man was charged with reckless endangerment and simple assault after he tried to attack a man with a sword. Beaver Falls police said they were called out around 11:20 a.m. Saturday to the Morado Dwellings apartments for a report of a male bleeding from the head after he was struck with a sword during an altercation.  58-year-old Damon Leon Bryant was arrested by police.  The investigation is ongoing.

Parking meters will soon be a relic in Monaca.  Borough officials say work will begin this month to remove meters from downtown, saying they didn’t collect enough money to cover operating costs.  Borough Council is scheduled to vote soon on an ordinance that would make the downtown area a two-hour parking zone.

President Trump will visit western Pennsylvania to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  The White House says the president and first lady will attend a ceremony next week at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville.  President Trump attended a commemoration ceremony at the Pentagon last year.

A Plum Borough School District substitute teacher is banned from school property after being accused of what the district is calling inappropriate behavior.  The district says it got a phone call in March from a parent alleging Lewis Thon did something wrong and he was escorted off the grounds after police and Childline were notified.  It’s believed the incident in question took place in 2016, before Thon was a long-term substitute with the district.

PennDot says Drivers should expect some traffic restrictions as work is scheduled to get underway today to give them a smoother ride on eleven more miles of Interstate 80 in Mercer County. Workers begin concrete patching, sealing, and asphalt paving on the eastbound and westbound lanes from Interstate 80 from milepost 4 to milepost 15 in East Lackawannock, Shenango, and Lackawannock townships. Construction within the extended work zone area is expected to be complete by October 30th.  Federal funds will cover the $1.3 million project.