Tri County Report For September 12th, 2018

New Castle City Police are offering a two thousand dollar reward to an unsolved homicide from last year. According to the department’s facebook page Dakota Olinger was shot in the head last September at a home on Franklin Avenue. It was the city’s only homicide of 2017. Police have followed a number of leads, but need more information which could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. If anyone has information your urged to contact New Castle City Police.

A Hillsville man is in jail on a million dollars bond in connection with several sexual assaults in Ohio. 37 year old Shawn Michael Wendling is accused of the August 13th rape of a woman who was riding her bike on the Berlin Lake Trail in Portage County. WFMJ-TV reports Wendling is also a suspect in several other assaults. At least five summer attacks and sexual assaults at area parks are under investigation in the area.

A man accused of dumping the body of a drug overdose victim in Beaver County is now dead himself.  Beaver County Jail officials say Frederick Cepris took his own life early September 5th inside his cell.  The 39-year-old was charged after allegedly moving the body of 29-year-old Ryan Chiappetta into the man’s vehicle following an overdose in Chippewa Township.

The former bishop of Pittsburgh says he will travel to Rome soon to discuss resigning his position with Pope Francis.  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, now serving as archbishop of Washington, DC, was named nearly 200 times in the grand jury report into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and covering it up.  Wuerl’s name has already been removed from North Catholic High School following the report.

PEMA officials are keeping an eye on the track of Hurricane Florence.  Rick Flynn says his team is in constant contact with FEMA as the storm heads toward North and South Carolina.  PA’s urban search and rescue team, Task Force One, is already deployed to South Carolina ahead of the storm.

President Trump paid his respects yesterday morning to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93, who died during the September 11th terrorist attacks.  During his remarks in Shanksville, President Trump said those 40 men and women “boarded the plane as strangers” and “entered eternity as true heroes.”  Seventeen years ago, the passengers on the flight fought off their hijackers, and forced the plane to crash in a field.

The attorney of the East Pittsburgh Police officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black teenager took aim at the judge in the case this morning.  During a pre-trial conference, Patrick Thomassey questioned whether Judge Anthony Mariani should hear the case against Michael Rosfeld, citing comments the judge made on a local radio program, questioning whether the officer was properly trained.  Mariani said he has no plans to step aside, and that he made the remarks before the case was assigned to him.

Washington County is one of Pennsylvania’s leaders in heroin overdoses.  A state agency’s report released yesterday ranked Washington sixth with a rate of nearly 38 overdose hospitalizations per 100-thousand residents.  The same report placed Fayette, Westmoreland and Lawrence counties in the top ten for rates of pain medication overdoses.

The Beaver Falls Salvation Army is now accepting applications for families who need help this holiday season.  The organization is looking for those who could benefit from their Bundle Up program as well as Christmas assistance.  Applications need to be in by September 20th at their 400 block of 16th Street facility.