Tri County Report For November 21st, 2018

An investigation is underway into a New Castle house fire.  Firefighters were called late last night to battle heavy smoke and flames on Lyndal Street.  Investigators say the blaze appears suspicious because nobody was living in the home and all the utilities were shut off.  No injuries were reported.

New Castle City police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting from Monday. According to the New Castle News 27 year old Tihry Lamar Gardner was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and simple assault. A 20 year old woman from Westview Terrace was shot in the leg when several gunshots were fired at her apartment. The woman was taken to a Pittsburgh Hospital for treatment. Gardner was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a New Sewickley fire that destroyed a Beaver County cabinet shop last week.  The blaze on Lovi Road caved in the roof of the building Friday night.  A state police fire marshal is working to determine the cause.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Scott Township. According to police 19 year old Alexis Eardley of Wampum was westbound on Route 108 when she lost control of her vehicle, traveled through a lawn the then struck an embankment. Police said Eardley was able to get out of the vehicle before it caught fire. She was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

A Hopewell Township man is headed to prison for a deadly dose of fentanyl.  Corey Bargerstock was sentenced to seven years in prison for selling the dose that killed 28-year-old Lindsay Kowalyk in July of 2016.  The 43-year-old Bargerstock was sentenced last Friday.

A New Brighton woman is facing charges after she carried urine in her purse to the courthouse in order to pass a drug test. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 42 year old Kimberly A. Rihel was taken into custody Friday afternoon at the courthouse by the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office after she was found to have a bench warrant out of Clearfield County. A search of her purse found the urine. Rihel was charged with two counts of furnishing drug free urine use or attempt.

Beaver County humane officers want to know who dumped two dogs in Monaca Heights.  Humane Society officials say the senior-aged Chihuahuas were found yesterday morning in a cardboard box.  The dogs have severe flea and dental problems and will require extensive veterinary care.

Teachers and students in the Freedom Area School District are getting ready for their first active intruder drill next week.  Officials say it will happen November 28th and, for the first time, will include the student body.  Students as young as third grade will take part in the drill while younger kids will read the book I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared and discuss what to do in an emergency.

A Rochester man is facing charges after a fire that destroyed a Reno Street home this summer.  An ankle monitoring bracelet put Leander Maybin at the scene of the fire on the 200-block of Reno Street August 14th.  Neighbors tell the Beaver County Times the 21-year-old had lived at the home.  Maybin is in Beaver County Jail on 50-thousand-dollars bond.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s new executive director is on the job.  Tim Schaeffer took over for John Arway, who retired after 38 years with the state agency.  Schaeffer had recently served as deputy secretary in the D-E-P’s office of water programs.