Tri County Report For February 13th, 2019

Western Pennsylvania residents can brace for a breezy day today.  Forecasters are expecting wind gusts that could reach up to 50-miles per hour across most of the area.  Coupling with ice that may still be on some trees and power lines, power outages are possible.  A warmup is expected into tomorrow before a possible wintry mix could hit into this weekend.

Fire yesterday morning destroyed a Scott Township home. According to the New Castle News, the fire broke out just after 11 o’clock at a home on Houk Road. An 82 year old woman was not at home at the time of the fire. Flames already had engulfed the house by the time firefighters arrived. The cause is under investigation. Firefighters from Scott Township were assisted by Slippery Rock, Hickory and Shenango townships.

The sentencing date for former Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karson initially set for Wednesday, has been delayed until next month. According to the Sharon Herald the sentencing hearing for Karson has been reset for March 20 at the request of his attorney. The 73 year old Karson was convicted of ten criminal charges last month following a trial in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. Karson submitted his resignation following his conviction.

A Beaver Falls man will spend up to 45 years in prison after being convicted of rape.  Richard Holewski had been accused of five separate incidents dating back to when the victim was seven-years-old and until she was 21-years-old.  The 49-year-old was sentenced Tuesday after being found guilty last November.

The state is reporting that the flu-related death count in Pennsylvania has risen by six since last week.  According to the numbers released yesterday, the fatality count in Pennsylvania due to the flu has risen to 37 for the current season, 24 of whom are age 65 and older.  There have been 30-thousand, 592 reported cases total state-wide, more than 57-hundred more than a week ago.

Ambridge residents want their suspended police chief to get the boot.  Dozens of people packed last night’s Borough Council meeting to demand the firing of James Mann.  The borough suspended Mann without pay when criminal charges were filed last year, but the residents and police union leaders want more action taken.  Mann is accused of harassing and threatening employees.

The state Department of Health is receiving one-point-two-million dollars toward sexual violence prevention and education.  A spokesperson says the money will be used to provide training and help to dozens of rape crisis centers statewide.  The funds are being provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Moon Township officials are warning residents of a recent car break-in spree.  They say several cars were broken into on Foxwood Road and Aberdeen Court early Tuesday morning.  Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity on their outdoor camera system is asked to contact state police.

Researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine say medical marijuana may stop the growth of colon cancer cells.  Officials say they found at least ten compounds they would consider fairly effective against colon cancer cell growth.  It’s uncertain how medical marijuana would impact other types of cancer.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is suing Verizon over promised incentives it didn’t deliver on.  The suit claims Verizon told customers they would receive an Amazon Echo or a free Amazon Prime subscription for selecting certain two-year contracts.  Some consumers never received the promised items while Verizon continued to market the deal.