Tri County Report For September 20th, 2018

State Police in Butler County Report that a Forward Township man shot by police after officers say he walked out of his home with a gun and pointed it at troopers, has died. Police were initially called to 73-year-old Walter Wiemann’s home on Nursery Road- near Reibold Road in Renfrew- just before noon Tuesday. After being shot Wiemann was initially flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh for medical treatment but later died. State Police say the investigation is continuing.

New Castle City Police have charged 71 year old Joseph Betters Jr., of East Long Avenue with the alleged indecent assault of two women. According to the New Castle News both women told city police they worked for Betters and the alleged incidents took place at his business, “Joe’s of L.A.” on East Long Avenue. He’s been charged with two counts of indecent assault without consent. Police said a summons will be issued to appear in court on the charges.

A New Brighton man is accused of assaulting a paramedic Saturday.  Johnathan Harris was found Saturday evening lying in the street on the eleven-hundred-block of Sixth Avenue.  While emergency responders were taking him to the hospital, the 45-year-old grabbed the medic by the throat and wouldn’t let go until he was struck in the face.  Harris and his girlfriend reportedly smoked crack and injected heroin together before a verbal argument that began the series of events.  Harris is in Beaver County Jail in lieu of 100-thousand-dollars bond.

Aliquippa police are looking for an armed robbery suspect after he slipped away from a standoff scene.  Officers spent several hours at a Jones Street home yesterday in hopes of arresting Jesse Bates in connection with a holdup last week.  Police say several other people left the house when they arrived, but Bates was not inside after an extensive search.

PennDOT officials say one of the wettest years on record is fast becoming one of the costliest.  As of September 13th, officials say there’s an estimated 105-point-five-million-dollars worth of flood and slide damage to state-maintained roads and bridges.  That figure is the highest its been in ten years.

A new judge is assigned to the Antwon Rose case after the previous one recused himself Wednesday.  Judge Anthony Mariani was assigned to the case August 17, but attorneys for Officer Michael Rosfeld say he could be biased based on comments he made on PCNC-TV’s NightTalk before being assigned.  Judge Alexander Bicket will now hear the case.

This year’s record rainfall in Pennsylvania has emphasized the need for flood insurance. PA Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman says it’s wise to have flood insurance, even in areas where it’s not required in order to obtain a mortgage. Altman says much of the flooding in Pennsylvania and elsewhere this year has taken place outside traditionally flood-prone areas. According to FEMA, since 1977 Pennsylvanians filed close to 58 thousand claims for more than 1.2 billion dollars, stemming from flooding which occurred in every county in Pennsylvania

An Aliquippa woman is pressing charges after she says a church trustee physically assaulted her during a Girl Scout troop meeting.  It allegedly happened at the First United Methodist Church of Aliquippa.  The man reportedly burst into their meeting at the church recently saying the girls weren’t welcome there.  Charges were filed Wednesday.

State police are warning people of scams that look like they’re helping the victims of Hurricane Florence.  Troopers ask residents to be suspicious of phone calls asking for money or other personal information and don’t give donations by way of cash, gift cards, or money transfers.  When in doubt, give to charities you know and trust.

A portion of Route 422 in Summit Township was closed in both directions on Tuesday evening following a wreck. According to Inside Butler County The crash- between a tractor trailer and a car- happened about 5:15 p.m. near Carbon Center Road. The driver of the car was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital for treatment. The truck driver was reportedly not injured. The roadway was closed for about a half hour.