Tri County Report For November 12th, 2018

New Castle City police report two people were killed following a two vehicle accident Friday night in a construction zone. According to the department’s facebook page 28 year old Robert Bogdan of Edinburgh was westbound on Sampson Street when he crossed into the eastbound and struck a vehicle. Bogdan was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in that vehicle, 44-year old Billie Esposito from Edinburg, was transported to UPMC Jameson where she was pronounced deceased. The two occupants of the other vehicle, 27-year old Chelsea Say and 28-year old Frank Dodd from New Castle, were transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Fire destroyed a home in Shenango Township early Friday morning. According to the New Castle News, the fire broke out around 1am at a home on Hamilton Street. When firemen arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is looking to add seasonal staffers to help battle the effect of winter on the Commonwealth’s roadways.  As cold weather returns, PennDOT is announcing it needs workers to handle a variety of positions.  Open jobs include everything from mechanics to dispatchers to other types of laborers.  The work is scheduled to last through to March, with some jobs reportedly offering potential to lead into permanent positions.

A Brighton Township man is heading to prison after entering a guilty plea to burglary charges.  John Ours entered the plea Wednesday to charges of stealing scrap metal and tools from Esmark Steel in Vanport Township in August 2017.  The 32-year-old will spend up to six years in prison.

Suspended Leechburg Police Chief Michael Diebold wants money from his estranged wife.  Diebold recently filed for alimony and spousal support in Armstrong County, claiming he is unable to financially support himself.  The veteran lawman has been in and out of jail since January, when he was accused of trying to solicit a police officer who posed online as a 14-year-old girl.

Health secretary Doctor Rachel Levine says now is the best time to get your flu shot.  Levine says the flu season has a significant increase in December and becomes most serious in the new year.  Last year, more than 250 people in Pennsylvania died from complications from the flu.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Treasury are hoping to return hundreds of unclaimed military medals to the vets who earned them.  It’s reported more than 850 medals are in the Treasury’s unclaimed property vault, ranging from Purple Hearts to Bronze Stars.  Service awards often end up with the Treasury as unclaimed property through forgotten safety deposit boxes.

Two people were taken to the hospital following an accident Saturday afternoon in Slippery Rock Township. State Police in Butler County report 21 year old Tyler Loux of Slippery Rock was southbound on Grove City Road when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer when he lost control and sturck a car operated by 38 year old Richard Webb of Butler. Both drivers were taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment. Police said Loux was cited.

An icy roadway is said to be the cause of a one vehicle accident in Wilmington Township Saturday morning. State Police said 18 year old Waddel Vogan of New Castle lost control of his vehicle on route 158, spun around before going off the left side of roadway, striking a wooden fence then a tree. Vogan was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.