Tri County Report For October 23rd 2018

The criminal homicide trial of an Ashtabula Ohio man got underway yesterday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. The New Castle News reports 30 year old Joseph Markijohn II is charged in the shooting death of 26 year old Joseph Pagley III back in December of 2014. The shooting took place at Pagley’s Kenneth Avenue home. Markijohn has been held without bond in the Lawrence County Jail since February of 2015.

A Rochester couple is facing child endangerment charges after a boy was found wandering the streets in near-freezing temperatures last week.  A mail carrier found the 17-month-old boy walking in the 400-block of Harmony Avenue Thursday morning in bare feet wearing a polo shirt and pajama pants.  Evan Stevenson and Maranda Dunn were later arrested with Dunn freed on ten-thousand-dollars bond.  Stevenson remains in custody.

35 year old James Bert White, III, of Farrell has pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to a charge of possessing with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base. The charges stem from a search warrant of White’s Farrell residence where police found a plastic bag containing 23 grams of crack; a digital scale; drug-packaging material; and $1,664.00 in cash. White has a prior drug conviction and faces up to 30 years in jail

An Ohio woman is accused of trying to take a loaded handgun through a TSA checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport Thursday.  The Austintown woman is facing a civil fine, usually around 39-hundred dollars for the offense.  It’s reportedly the 29th firearm found this year at the airport’s TSA checkpoint.

Local officials are planning to meet with Central Valley School District representatives on a plan to add a Monaca police officer at Central Valley Middle School.  It’s reported the position at the Allen Avenue school would be funded through grant money.  The district already has a full-time armed school resource officer primarily stationed at the high school.

A Rochester man arrested following a weekend standoff is being identified.  Thomas Brantner is charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after he allegedly head-butted a woman at a nearby Sheetz, then retreated to his home on the 500-block of Connecticut Avenue Sunday morning.  Brantner is in Beaver County Jail in lieu of 50-thousand-dollars bail.

Pittsburgh will get two-point-five-million-dollars to fund city efforts to combat climate change.  The award comes from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge.  Bloomberg cited the Steel City’s push to turn to more renewable energy sources as a big reason for the award, with more than 13-thousand people now working in that industry.

After years of delays, a state lawmaker’s bribery trial is set to get underway.  State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown is accused of taking bribes from an informant in December 2014.  Lowery Brown has switched attorneys multiple times and has even appealed to the state Superior Court.  Despite the accusations, the Democrat won her Philadelphia primary ahead of the November 6th general election.

Lottery players across western Pennsylvania are dreaming about the plans they’ll make if they win tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot.  The grand prize stands at more than one-and-a-half-billion-dollars after nobody matched all six numbers on Friday night.  Tonight’s drawing is scheduled for 11 p.m.