TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 4TH, 2018

A Pittsburgh man is facing charges after allegedly selling heroin to a police informant in Aliquippa.  Ka-Ron Thomas is accused of selling the drugs October 16th near Grand Avenue And Filmore Street.  The 18-year-old is Beaver County Jail in lieu of 75-thousand-dollars bond.

Firefighters are being credited with saving a dog from a house fire in Beaver Falls over the weekend.  It happened on the one-thousand block of Tenth Avenue Sunday afternoon.  When firefighters arrived, they found the one-year-old pit bull in a cage with the homeowners away.  The dog was uninjured but the home isn’t inhabitable.

Butler Police are searching for a man they say assaulted a juvenile.  Officers were called out to a home on Standard Avenue last night after 37-year-old Danny Nichols allegedly strangled the victim.  However, Nichols had left before police arrived.  Anyone who knows where the suspect is asked to call 911.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting  A social service organization in Lawrence County will receive $1.2 million and Beaver County will get $45,000 to help homeless families and pursue homelessness prevention after Gov. Tom Wolf released more than $5 million in funding on Monday. Lawrence County Social Services, Inc is listed as the recipient of the grant. According to its website, the LCSS operates under the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership. The money will be used for Rapid rehousing to help people flee violence or unlivable situations; homelessness prevention; street outreach connecting people with shelters and services; and emergency shelter operations and renovations.

According to this week’s Triple-A gas price report, gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down nine cents, following a six cent a gallon drop last week. The average price is down to 2.71 a gallon. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.46 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.68. The national average is down to 2.46 a gallon, which represents the cheapest national average since July of 2017.

Charges are pending against a man accused of pushing Youngstown State University into a lockdown.  Youngstown police say the man turned himself in yesterday after he was caught waving a gun inside the school’s student center.  The incident led to a two-hour shelter-in-place order for the entire YSU campus.

Two teenagers are facing charges after leading Beaver County authorities on a high speed chase.  Center Township police say the pair was joyriding in a stolen truck yesterday when they refused to stop for officers in Broadhead Road.  Speeds reached 80-miles-per hour when the suspects rammed two police cruisers before crashing.  No injuries were reported.

Farmers in 14 Pennsylvania counties may apply for disaster relief funds due to this year’s severe weather.  Governor Tom Wolf made the announcement Monday saying local farmland owners in Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Schuylkill, and York counties, as well as several others across the commonwealth, may apply.  Eligible farmers may apply for loans up to eight months.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident in Center Township. According to police 57 year old Clyde Jones of Slippery Rock was southbound on route 8 when he struck a vehicle operated by 76 year old Thomas Koessler of Sarver. Neither driver was injured but a passenger in the Jones vehicle 58 year old Cheryl Jones, was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.