Tri County Report For January 15th, 2019

A Beaver Falls man will be sentenced next month after being found guilty of severely injuring a baby.  John Crawford was found guilty Friday on six counts after an incident in November 2017.  The four-month-old boy was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with a broken leg and bleeding on the brain, which many be consistent with shaking the child.  Sentencing is set for February 15th.

A Hempfield Township woman will spend at least 23 years in prison after the court accepted her plea in the 2015 shooting death of her husband. She was sentenced yesterday in a Mercer County courtroom.  According to the Sharon Herald 49 year old Amy Beth Emmett,was accused in the shooting death of her husband William Emmett. She shot him three times in the neck and chest in the parking lot in Sharon near Sharon Regional Health System on East State Street where he worked.

It’s Inauguration Day in PA.  Governor Tom Wolf and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman will be sworn in at noon during a ceremony at the State Capitol Fountain in Harrisburg.  This evening, the two will host their Inaugural Celebration at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

The University of Pittsburgh has responded to a lawsuit filed by the parents of Antown Rose.  The lawsuit centers around East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, who is charged with criminal homicide in Rose’s death.  In their complaint, Rose’s family claims Pitt didn’t do enough to raise red flags about Rosfeld, who worked as a police officer for the university before going to East Pittsburgh.  Pitt’s attorneys say officials could not have reasonably foreseen that Rosfeld would allegedly shoot and kill someone in a criminal fashion after leaving

Sun glare is suspected as a factor in the death of an eleven-year-old Butler County boy as he waited for his school bus.  State police say Mark Fife, his brother and sister were standing along Geibel Road in Summit Township yesterday when the driver turned and hit them.  Mark’s sister suffered a broken ankle and his brother was hospitalized with serious injuries.  Troopers don’t expect to charge the driver, who knew the family as a Butler Area schools employee.

Still no paychecks for workers at Ellwood City Hospital. The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting that Mayor Anthony Court who sits on the hospital’s advisory board, said Monday that no one from the hospital has reached out to him and he has not heard about any movement with the checks that were due 10 days ago. It’s at least the ninth time since August that payroll problems have been reported at the former Ellwood City Hospital, which for-profit Americore acquired in October 2017.

WKBN-TV is reporting the former assistant sports information director at Grove City College pleaded guilty to several charges January 8, after being accused of using his phone to take photos of students in a locker room. Robert Audia pleaded guilty in a Mercer County court to one count of sexual abuse of children and 11 counts invasion of privacy. Police recoverd dozens of videos and photos of students, many of them naked from his cell phone.  Audia is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report prices in Western Pennsylvania are two cents higher this week at 2.46 per gallon. Prices locally are lower as drivers in New Castle are paying 2.23 a gallon and drivers in Sharon are paying 2.28. At a penny more expensive on the week, the national average is at 2.25 and increased for the first time since October. Despite the increase the average is still 14 cents cheaper month over month and 28 cents lower than a year ago.

Pennsylvania State Police confiscated nearly $17 million in illegal drugs statewide in the fourth quarter of 2018. According to a press release from state police From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, state police seized 224 pounds of cocaine, 26 pounds of heroin, 49 pounds of fentanyl, 470 pounds of processed marijuana, 135  pounds of methamphetamines and 2.6 pounds of crack cocaine. Throughout 2018, state police seized more than $66 million in illegal drugs from highways and communities.