Tri County Report For October 25th, 2018

The FBI and  Zelionpole police are looking for a man who robbed the NexTier Bank at 226 S. Main St.yesterday afternoon. Authorities said the robber, identified as a black male between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches tall wearing a black sweat shirt and pants, a white T-shirt, a black mask and sneakers, demanded money from as teller around 3:30 p.m. and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Police said he did not display a firearm. Anyone with information should call the FBI tip line at 412-432-4000.

An Ellwood City man is facing DUI and stolen property charges after crashing a vehicle into a North Sewickley Township home in April.  Timothy Patterson was charged Monday after the April 4th incident in which a vehicle struck the chimney area of the home on the 12-hundred block of Mercer Road.  No one was injured in the crash.

Ground is broken on Miracle League Baseball Field in Moon Park.  Organizers held a ceremony at the site with local and Pirates officials Wednesday.  The field and adaptive playground are intended to give families with special needs children a place to play.  The facility is expected to be completed by next summer.

Dozens of Beaver County communities are scrambling to find the money for road salt.  The Beaver County Regional Council of Governments meets today to discuss a huge spike in salt prices for this winter.  One company is offering to sell the salt for 61-dollars a ton, which officials say is 20-bucks more than surrounding counties are paying.

Penn State police are looking into claims a woman was drugged and sexually assaulted by four men outside of a concert Saturday evening.  The assault reportedly happened in a parking lot at Bryce Jordan Center following Metallica’s performance.  There’s no word on any suspects in the case.

Giant Eagle is pulling one of its salads off the shelves amid salmonella concerns.  The supermarket chain says the smoky mozzarella pasta salad sold in its prepared foods departments has the potential to make people sick.  Products with a PLU code of 76578 should be thrown out.

The penalties are getting tougher for repeat DUI offenders.  Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill Wednesday that allows felony charges for any drunk driver on their third offense, or if their blood-alcohol content is point-one-six or higher.  The current penalty is a 500-dollar fine and imprisonment of 60 to 90 days.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board is voting against arming the district’s police force.  The school board voted 8-to-1 Wednesday night against a suggestion by their chief, who said the officers need to be armed to do their jobs.  At least one board member said the schools’ proximity to city police is closer than other suburban areas.

The New Castle City Police Department is now accepting applications for the positions of Police Officer with the City of New Castle. Applications are available at the New Castle City Police Department or they can be downloaded from our website at www.newcastlepd.com under the careers tab. Completed applications must be submitted at the the New Castle Police Department no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, November 23 rd.