Tri County Report For December 17th, 2018

The New Castle News reports a Sharon man was arraigned on Friday on charges in connection with a burglary at a grocery store in Farrel. 24 year old Robert Zeman is being charged with burglary, criminal trespass along with several other charges. The incident took place at the Farrell Golden Dawn on New Castle Road on December 5th. Zeman was shot by police and was taken to St.Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. Bond was set at 75 thousand dollars. The investigation is continuing.

A Pittsburgh woman was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Butler County. According to State Police 21 year old Miriah Mullen was southbound on Interstate 79 in Worth Township when she lost control of her vehicle, traveled into the median and rolled over several times. Mullen was taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.

Federal prosecutors say an Aliquppa woman has pleaded guilty to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws. 33 year old Ashley Miller was accused of conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Sentencing is set for April 4th of next year. Miller faces up to five years in prison a fine of not more than $5,000,000, or both.

A number of gun-related bills have been introduced in Pittsburgh, less than 2 month after 11 people were killed and 6 others injured in the worst attack on the Jewish Community in US history. Gov. Tom Wolf says the time is right for gun safety measures to be proposed statewide. Wolf says banning bump stocks, closing the gun show loophole, and universal background checks all have broad bipartisan support.

Giant Eagle stores in western Pennsylvania are pulling lettuce off their shelves over contamination concerns.  The supermarket chain says its red-leaf and green-leaf lettuce is being recalled because of the risk of E. coli contamination.  Customers who bought the lettuce with PLU codes 4075 or 4076 should throw it out and take their receipt to Giant Eagle for a refund.

Suspended Leechburg police Chief Michael Diebold will get out of jail a day earlier than expected.  A Westmoreland County Common Pleas judge says Diebold will be released when he serves the minimum of nine months behind bars, which is calculated to be the 27th of next month.  That time includes the time he was in jail before his guilty plea.  The 41-year-old took a plea deal after soliciting sex from an undercover law enforcement agent posing as a 14-year-old girl.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident that took place in Mercer County. Police said 60 year old John Erimias of Hermitage was traveling on route 760 in Shenango Township when a black oil substance was coming from an exhaust pipe of a truck that Erimias was following. The substance struck the front end of Erimias’ vehicle including the windshield. He then pulled off the roadway. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at 724-598-2211.

A Westmoreland County community will say goodbye to a fallen hero today.  Calling hours for 24-year-old Army Sergeant Jason McClary will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cornerstone Ministries in Export.  The funeral will be tomorrow morning.  McClary died earlier this month of injuries suffered in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan.

It’s about to get a little easier for folks living in Westmoreland County to fill their prescriptions for medical marijuana.  A medical marijuana dispensary is scheduled to open on Thursday.  The new Solevo Wellness dispensary is located on East Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg.  Company officials say they expect to serve between 80-to-100 people with medical marijuana cards daily.