Tri County Report For December 18th, 2018

A man and woman were flown to the hospital after head-on collision in New Castle. WFMJ-TV reports the accidents took place on the Mahoning Avenue Bridge around 7:30 last night. That road was closed for about an hour and a half following the accident. No other details were available.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting after a failed robbery attempt in Sharon Monday morning. The Sharon Herald reports Four males were taken into custody after the attempted home invasion and robbery, which happened just before 11 a.m. on Wengler Ave. An officer, who was not identified, fired at the suspects. No one was hurt.  The investigation is ongoing.

Charges are pending against a Butler County man who’s accused of shooting into a home.  Butler Township police say Gage Carrozzi shot the woman yesterday through the front door of her friend’s Hansen Avenue home.  The woman was treated for minor injuries.  Three nearby schools were placed on lockdown after the shooting.

A man is charged with selling fentanyl to a police informant in New Brighton.  The investigation into Robert Carpenter of Aliquippa began in January 2017 when the informant said they could purchase drugs from the suspect.  The buy went down at Valley View Homes before the 34-year-old was picked up.  The DA’s office charged Carpenter with possession with intent to deliver and other charges December 5th.

City officials in Sharon are considering charging for on-street parking.  The Sharon Herald reports no action has been taken, but the town’s manager says he’ll do some research and get back to the city council.  Business owners say employees of shops along East State Street are taking up spaces intended for customers.

Rivers Casino got the official go-ahead this weekend to continue its sports-betting operation from the state Gaming Control Board.  Regular operations began on Saturday after a two-day trial period.  Only cash bets are being accepted at this time on sports including football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.

Pennsylvania’s Insurance Commissioner is weighing in on last week’s ruling by a federal court judge in Texas that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Jessica Altman says the good news is that Pennsylvanians are still covered by health insurance obtained through the Affordable Care Act. But Altman says if the ruling striking down the ACA is allowed to stand, the consequences could be devastating, doing away with health insurance coverage gains made for more than a million PA residents.

Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held wants the public corruption case against him dropped.  Held’s attorney asked a judge to dismiss the charges yesterday, claiming prosecutors don’t have enough evidence to get a conviction.  The Hempfield Republican is facing a new trial after jurors could not reach a verdict.  Held is accused of forcing deputies to perform campaign work on county time.

A woman is banned from Rivers Casino for life after being accused of leaving her ten-year-old in a parked car while she gambled.  Police haven’t publicly identified the woman but would say she is facing charges.  The casino says it has signs warning guests against leaving kids unattended in cars.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are seven cents cheaper this week at $2.61 per gallon. State gas price averages are $2.70 or cheaper across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region; on the week, gas prices are up to six cents less. Heading into the holidays, gas prices are as much as 15-cents cheaper year-over-year in the region. In New Castle the average sits at 2.39 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.47. At $2.37, the national gas price average continues to drive toward the cheapest pump prices seen during the month of December since 2016.