Tri County Report For October 3rd 2018

New Castle City Police have arrested two men in connection with a robbery outside of a Mahoningtown bar Saturday on Liberty Street. According to the department’s facebook page 52 year old Tony Rice and 58 year old John Popovich face a number of charges and are in the Lawrence County Jail. A third suspect 49 year old Stacy Rice is also wanted by police. The victim told police when he exited the bar, he was assaulted by the three and had his wallet, gold chain and 9 mm handgun were stolen. Video from the establishment did show the incident.

A man from New Castle who had been missing since Saturday was found dead Tuesday afternoon. According to State Police the body of 56-year-old Thomas Kimbell was found along railroad tracks just east of Moravia Street in New Castle. A family member reported him missing Monday. Kimbell was first convicted and sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder of four people in Pulaski Township. He was found not guilty in a retrial back in 2002. No foul play is suspected.

Police in Beaver County say a Raccoon Township man is facing charges after allegedly shooting another man in the stomach during a drug deal gone wrong last week.  It happened Friday night on the 200 block of School Road in Independence Township.  Noah Brinkley was arrested Saturday for the shooting that reportedly started over a potential cocaine sale.  The 21-year-old is in Beaver County jail in lieu of 250-thousand-dollars bail.

A Koppel man is charged after a woman says she was handcuffed and sexually assaulted multiple times.  Gabriel Lance was charged Friday after the alleged assault on September 14th at Lance’s home.  The woman had reportedly gone to the house to pick up some items she left there.

A bill is headed to Governor Wolf’s desk allowing for speed cameras in active highway work zones.  The proposed five-year pilot program would take a photo of a speeding driver’s license plate.  Drivers going more than 11 miles-per-hour over the speed limit would first receive a warning, then a 75-dollar fine for the second offense, and a 150-dollar fine for all ensuing offenses.  Supporters say the program will work to protect highway workers.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident in Brady Township. According to police 40 year old Patricia Huntington of Slippery Rock was southbound on the William Flynn Highway when she crossed the center line and struck a pick-up operated by 59 year old David Phillips of Renfrew. Both drivers along with a passenger in the Phillips’ vehicle, 58 year old Gina Severino also of Renfrew were all taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.

PA’s tax collections are running ahead of estimates so far this fiscal year thanks to strong corporate profits.  Revenue officials said this week Pennsylvania is about 210-million ahead, or three-percent up on the official estimate.  It’s speculated federal tax cuts are helping to boost corporate growth.

A Waynesburg man will spend the next year in prison for stealing thousands of dollars from his employer.  Kevin Conklin was sentenced yesterday in federal court for mail fraud and tax evasion.  Conklin stole more than 650-thousand-dollars from Mountain Energy Company while overseeing its finances.  Prosecutors say the money was used for personal expenses.

Officers working for Pittsburgh Public Schools Police are asking the school board to allow them to patrol the halls while armed.  During a district meeting last night, officials for the police department argued that officers have the proper training to carry guns in schools, and should be allowed to carry them in order to protect students.  Opponents of the idea argue that the district needs to focus more on student support and mental health resources.  Back in July, PPS passed a resolution opposing state legislation that would allow teachers and staff to carry guns on campus.

The Pennsylvania State Police will not use helicopters for crowd announcements going forward at football games after a low-flying chopper was recorded over a Penn State tailgate.  The helicopter toppled tents and blew debris before last Saturday’s game against Ohio State.  A spokesperson says the pilot flew higher when he noticed the items moving on the ground.