Tri County Report For February 20th, 2019

Lawrence and Mercer Counties are under a winter weather advisory until six o’clock tonight. A Mixed precipitation is expected. Total snow accumulations
of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of
an inch expected. Driving could become hazardous during the morning and afternoon commute.

New Castle City police say a Kittinanning woman who had been reported missing since Valentine’s day has been found. According to the departments facebook page, following numerous interviews and interrogations and traffic stops attempting to locate 28 year old Katie STONER. During the investigation an officer did make contact with STONER and she voluntarily come to the police station unharmed. Police say Stoner was residing at a residence in the City of New Castle.

Governor Tom Wolf is setting up a group to focus on creating and training workers in Pennsylvania.  Tuesday, Wolf signed an executive order establishing the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center.  The group’s goal is to improve coordination between employers and economic development efforts to create a better-skilled workforce.

State Police in Lawrence County report the break-ins of 11 cars Monday night into Tuesday morning in Slippery Rock Township. According to a news release hey all happened on Old Route 422 and Patrick Drive. The person or people responsible took guns, a metal detector, a chainsaw, sunglasses, jewelry, electronics and wallets, among other items left in the cars that were all unlocked. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at 724-598-2211.

A triple homicide suspect had all charges against him held over for court yesterday. According to the New Castle News Anthony Lavon Cooper faces three counts each of criminal homicide and a conspiracy charge. Cooper along with two other suspects are accused in the October 16th shooting that claimed the lives of 31 year old Nicole Pumphrey, her 31 year old boyfriedn Lawrence Cannon and her 10 year old daughter Amariah Emery. All three were found shot to death at a home on North Street.

Beaver County authorities are looking for the person who ransacked a house while the homeowner hid inside.  Midland police say the suspect smashed their way into the home yesterday, forcing a mother and eight-month-old child to hide in a bathroom.  Detectives don’t know yet if the brazen burglary is related to a host of thefts from unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood.

An Aliquippa woman is accused of stabbing a man over the weekend.  Antraqury Lindsey was charged after the attack early Saturday morning at the Mulberry Apartments on Seventh Avenue in New Brighton that left the man with several serious injuries.  The victim is said to be in stable condition.  Police have a warrant for the 25-year-old woman’s arrest.  There’s no word on what may have prompted the attack.

Beaver County’s first deputy treasurer is announcing he wants the lead job.  C-B Netherland of South Beaver Township has served as the county’s first deputy treasurer for the past three years.  The 32-year-old announced Monday he wants the Republican party’s nomination for the position.

In its second month, gamblers in Pennsylvania have doubled the amount they wagered in sports bets.  The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says 32-million dollars was bet in January, up from about half that in December.  One-third of the bets were made at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, followed by Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are about eights cents more expensive this week at 2.59 a gallon. According to Triple-A East Central gas price report prices in New Castle are at 2.44 gallon, while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.62. The national average is up six cents this week at 2.33. That’s the largest one week increase so far in 2019. Prices a year ago in Western Pennsylvania were at 2.82 a gallon.

A Mercer County school district took the first steps Tuesday towards raising property taxes for the next school year. WFMJ-TV is reporting Sharpsville’s superintendent says there is an increase in operating costs and a lot of mandates not funded by the state. The school board last night passed a preliminary budget with a 4 mill tax increase. Board member say they’ll work between now and June to look at areas to make some cuts if necessary and to get the number lower is possible.