Tri County Report For February 15th, 2019

A Lawrence County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of theft of government property. 31 year old Joshua Bable of New Castle is accused of receiving over 13 thousand dollars in Railroad Retirement Board unemployment benefits to which he knew he was not entitled. The alleged incident took place between April and December of 2016. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

A man from Aliquippa is admitting to selling cocaine across Allegheny County.  Rickie Dawkins entered a guilty plea Wednesday for his role in a drug ring in 2017.  The 52-year-old was previously convicted of selling drugs in Beaver County in 1991 and 1993.  Dawkins could face up to 30-years in prison when he’s sentenced in June.

A Beaver Falls man could spend up to five years in prison after being found guilty yesterday of selling cocaine and fentanyl.  Anthony Taylor was arrested at his Ninth Avenue home in 2017 for cocaine, fentanyl and other drug paraphernalia.  Taylor’s sentencing hearing is set for June 11th.

State Rep. Tedd Nesbit has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on drunken driving charges to the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas. According to the Sharon Herald the 51 year old Nesbit was charged Jan. 28th  by state police with drunken driving, drunken driving with a blood alcohol level of at least .16 percent and summary traffic violations following a Dec. 8 traffic stop in Findley Township. All charges were waived to Common Pleas Court, where he will face a formal arraignment. That court date has yet to be scheduled, and a visiting judge will preside over the case.

Beaver Borough Council is making an offer to buy a church and make it Beaver’s municipal complex.  Tuesday, council voted to offer 449-thousand-dollars to buy Trinity Anglican Church on Beaver Street.  Officials would like to convert the building into a handicap-accessible one story municipal complex.

Beaver County authorities are looking for the suspect in a string of burglaries.  An arrest warrant was issued yesterday for Jason Bowker after he failed to turn himself in.  Baden police say Bowker smashed his way into several homes over eight months, taking items that he sold to fund a drug habit.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is digging in his heels over proposed ordinances restricting guns in the city.  Speaking with reporters yesterday, Peduto said he’s prepared to defend the laws all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, should the legal battle over them go that far.  Gun rights groups have promised to sue the city should leaders pass bills prohibiting certain types of semi-automatic rifles, ammunition and accessories.  The ordinances also include a “red flag” law that would allow a judge to remove someone’s firearms if they are deemed a threat to themselves or others.

Federal authorities have indicted a Beaver Falls man on drug and firearm charges. According to a press release 26 year old Terrance Shawn Elmore is facing charges of possession of guns while having been previously convicted of felonies, possession of a weapon in furtherance of a drug trafficking, and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and a mixture of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine. Elmore is facing a possible life sentence in prison, a fine of $2 million or both if found guilty.

More than a dozen people are being accused of running an illegal gambling ring in western Pennsylvania.  The state attorney general’s office says 13 people were arrested yesterday on charges of running an illegal gambling operation.  The group is accused of operating a sports betting and lottery system for several years in Westmoreland county.