Tri County Report For December 20th, 2018

The New Castle News is reporting that charges against 19 year old Kyle Harris of New Castle in connection with a fatal shooting have been held over for court. Harris is accused of shooting 15 year old Zack Milford of New Castle at a North Liberty Street home back on December 8th. A gun that Harris was holding discharged striking Milford in the chest. Harris is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property. Harris’ formal arraignment is set for Febuary 5th.

Governor Tom Wolf says Pennsylvania should take a serious look at legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.  Wolf made the comment during a Twitter conversation Wednesday, adding other states are successfully implementing legalization.  Several Pennsylvania cities have decriminalized possession of marijuana in small amounts.

The holiday travel season is going to be a busy one on the PA Turnpike.  Officials say today will be one of the heaviest days with about 675-thousand vehicles on the toll road.  Some six-and-a-half-million vehicles are expected to travel the turnpike between now and New Year’s Day.

A 37-year-old man is facing charges after a raid of his Beaver Falls home Wednesday.  Jonathan Powell was charged after police found cocaine, marijuana, two handguns and a rifle inside his home on the 13-hundred-block of Fourth Avenue.  Powell is in Beaver County Jail in lieu of 150-thousand-dollars bond.

A man wanted for a bank robbery in Washington last month is in custody.  Francis Falcon was arrested Wednesday for the November 30th robbery at Washington Financial Bank on East Wylie Avenue.  The 36-year-old reportedly got away with more than 400-dollars during the robbery.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled yesterday that judges in Beaver County made the right decision when they ordered Beaver County officials to reassess all taxable property. County officials now have 30 days to decide whether or not they will appeal the Commonwealth Court’s ruling to the state Supreme Court or move forward with the county’s first reassessment in 36 years. Under the original ruling, the multi-million dollar reassessment was slated to be conducted in 2020. Those requirements are on hold.

A Grove City man has been declared a sexually violent predator after being convicted of committing sex offenses against three children. WFMJ-TV reports Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Robert Yeatts this week put the label on 34-year-old Jeffrey Norcross who was found guilty in June of fifteen charges including indecent assault, corruption of minors, rape, and sexual assault. Norcross faces thirty to sixty years in prison. Norcross was arrested in September of 2016.

A Brighton Township woman is accused of animal cruelty after her malnourished dog was found running free.  Stephanie Brooks is accused of mistreating the Great Dane named Mister Clyde after police were called to a home on Valley Drive where the dog was running loose on December 8th.  Officials say the dog looked as if it had been mistreated for some time.

More charges have been filed against an alleged serial burglar in Butler County. According to Inside Butler County 51 year old Robert Keifer is accused of carrying out at least 20 burglaries across western Pennsylvania, including in Cranberry Township. Over the course of the alleged crime spree, Keifer stole nearly $9,000. He is being held in the Washington County Jail.