Tri County Report For January 17th, 2019

New Castle police are looking for the person who left a bullet in a school hallway.  Officers were called to New Castle Junior-Senior High School yesterday when officials found the bullet on the floor.  A check of surveillance video was unable to uncover a suspect and no evidence of a threat was found.

The Butler County teenager accused of threatening his classmates will stand trial.  Jason Bowen was held over yesterday after prosecutors detailed their case.  Bowen is accused of posting a picture of himself firing an AK-style rifle on social media and indicating a threat against Knoch High School.  His attorney says the post was distasteful and insensitive, but he wasn’t going to act.

A Mercer County man has been sentenced to serve time in jail for animal cruelty. Thirty-two-year-old Michael Mayerchack appeared in Mercer County Common Pleas Court earlier this month where he was given a sentence of one to three months, followed by 45 months of probation. Meyerchack, who was convicted of two counts of animal cruelty, was arrested in September 2017 along with Tabitha Campbell after a Humane Society investigator found a dead kitten and dead guinea pig inside the couple’s home. Under Pennsylvania law, the death of any companion animal when caused by neglect is considered a felony offense and is punishable by up to seven years in jail.

State officials want to know what Mount Airy and borough officials plan to do with its waste once a proposed mini-casino opens its doors. According to the Ellwood City Ledger the state Department of Environmental Protection wants Big Beaver officials to submit an official sewage facility plan to the state before it will give its blessing to Mount Airy Pittsburgh. The plan would outline the borough’s wastewater and sewage-disposal needs and its proposed treatment solution. The facility would be just off Interstate 376 at the intersection of Shenango Road and Fairlane Boulevard in Big Beaver.


Pennsylvania’s Fish and Boat Commission is proposing to extend the no wake zone at Pittsburgh’s Point. The commission’s board approved an amendment Tuesday to the current zone on the Allegheny River from the Ninth Street Bridge to the Veterans bridge.  The proposal is being considered for final approval at the commission’s July meeting.

State Police have arrested a Greensburg nurse accused using her position to divert prescription medications.  Investigators with the attorney general’s office say 43-year-old Julie Zetkulic took fentanyl and hydromorphone while working as a nurse at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital last year.  She is also accused of taking a medication that is used to treat seizures and anxiety.  Hospital officials say none of the medications were withheld from patients.

An anti-hazing law is now in effect in the commonwealth.  The Timothy Piazza Anti-Hazing Law requires all higher education institutions to report any hazing incidents from the past five years.  By making the incidents public, the hope is prospective and current students will be able to make educated choices about where they go to school and what groups they join.  Schools are also required to update the information twice per year.

A Westmoreland County man is pleading guilty to dozens of game law violations.  The investigation into Cory Wolford of Washington Township began months ago, with a game warden finding a variety of wildlife parts, animal pelts and skulls at his home.  Wolford was fined more than ten-grand for the violations and may have his hunting and trapping privileges revoked for 25 years.

An Aliquippa woman is facing charges after a 3-year-old boy in her care was found wandering around outside in near-freezing temperatures. The Beaver County Times is reporting 28 year old Kristin Vernon was charged with two felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The boy was wearing jeans and a T-shirt, but no socks, shoes or jacket when officers found him outside around 8:45 a.m. Dec. 29, according to the police report. Vernon was sleeping in an upstairs bedroom.  The temperature was 34 degrees at the time.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is working to save hundreds of auto jobs in northeast Ohio.  DeWine is scheduled to meet today with the head of General Motors in an effort to bring a new line of vehicles to the Lordstown Assembly Plant.  The Trumbull County factory will close in March after GM discontinued the Chevy Cruze.