Tri County Report For November 8th, 2018

The New Castle News is reporting a man accused of firing a gun back in August outside of Taggart Stadium is now in the Lawrence County Jail. 40 year old Marc Taylor was extradited yesterday to the Lawrence County Jail. Taylor was arrested by U.S.Marshalls in Youngstown last week. Taylor faces 156 counts of recklessly endangering. Bond was set at 500 thousand dollars.

Nearly a dozen western Pennsylvania residents are being accused of taking part in a fentanyl ring.  Federal prosecutors say residents of Beaver, Butler and Cambria counties were indicted yesterday on possession with intent to distribute charges.  The group was busted after a lengthy investigation into the sales of heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil between 2016 and 2017.

A woman wounded in the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue has been released from the hospital.  Sixty-one-year-old Andrea Wedner was released Tuesday night from UPMC Presbyterian.  Wedner’s mother was 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, who was one of the 11 people murdered in the shooting.  Seventy-year-old Daniel Leger and 40-year-old SWAT officer Timothy Matson are the only two remaining patients left in the hospital.  Both are in stable condition.

An Ambridge woman is accused of sexually assaulting several teenage boys.  Heaven Cheuvront is accused of having sexual contact with several juveniles on June 3rd inside her car at Walter Panek Park.  The 40-year-old is in Beaver County Jail on 50-thousand-dollars bail.

Democrats made significant inroads in both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature during this week’s election. The Republican majorities will remain in the state House and Senate, thanks in part to the large margins that Republicans had going into the balloting. Democrats picked up at least 12 house seats and five Senate seats in the eastern part of the state. Five House and two Senate districts are still too close to call. All but one of those was most recently in Republican hands.

A home health aide is charged after a stolen gun was found at the scene of an Ohio shooting earlier this year.  It’s believed Lisa Johnson took the handgun from the New Sewickley Township family she was working for and sold it for drugs in April of this year.  The gun was found at the scene of a Jefferson County, Ohio shooting in July.  The 39-year-old Johnson is charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

Inside Butler county is reporting Two people were reportedly injured in a crash early Wednesday morning in Middlesex Township. The crash took place just after six o’clock when two vehicles crashed in the southbound lanes of Rt. 8, at Brownsdale Road. The crash caused heavy traffic delays in the area. It’s unclear what caused the crash.

Pittsburgh officials are planning a memorial to the eleven victims of the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.  The Rally for Peace event will be held at noon Friday at Point State Park to remember the victims and push for peace and unity.  Details on who will be in attendance haven’t yet been released.

AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year.  The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. Jim Lehman, President of Triple-A East Central says the thriving economy is one of the reasons for the uptick in travel.