Tri County Report For February 22nd, 2019

Two people were arrested following a traffic stop in the city of New Castle on Wednesday. According to the New Castle News 37 year old Ryan McCandless of Ellwood City and 33 year old Robert Plum of Beaver Falls face a number of drug charges. Police said McCandless was also wanted on a domestic warrant in Lawrence County. A search of the vehicle found drugs and over 22 hundred dollars in cash. Both men were arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on fifty thousand dollars bond.

A man from Detroit is accused of selling heroin in East Rochester.  Jazz Wright was charged earlier this month after an informant made a drug buy May 31st of last year in the East Rochester Plaza.  The 35-year-old is in Beaver County Jail in lieu of 25-thousand-dollars bail.

Police in Ambridge report a man is accused of trying to light a woman on fire during a domestic dispute last week.  Michael Burns of Ambridge was charged Wednesday after the attack last Friday at a home on 12th Street.  The victim told investigators the 46-year-old Burns headbutted her before trying to set her on fire by burning a couch.  Burns is in Beaver County Jail on 200-thousand-dollars bail.

Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier could soon be headed to jail after being told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would not take up his appeal.  The court said Thursday they would not hear Spanier’s appeal of a child endangerment conviction related to his handling of allegations surrounding Jerry Sandusky.  Spanier hasn’t yet begun to serve his sentence of two months in jail and two months on house arrest.

A state lawmaker wants a statewide vote on recreational marijuana.  State Senator Jim Brewster says he is going to introduce legislation asking to put the question on the November general election ballot.  The referendum would be non-binding and would only be used for informational purposes to indicate how much support there is for legalization.

A man from Venango County could face charges after he was caught at Pittsburgh International Airport with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag.  TSA agents detected the 22-caliber handgun yesterday at a checkpoint.  Officials say this was the fifth gun stopped at PIT this year so far.  Back in 2018, TSA agents in Pittsburgh caught 34 firearms.

A former secretary for the Borough of Jamestown faces fourteen charges after investigators say she improperly used borough funds to boost her paycheck and buy goods and services for herself. WFMJ-TV is reporting 48 year old Annamarie Geiwitz, of Adamsville, is free on $25,000 bond following her arraignment on charges which include theft, receiving stolen property, and using a credit card without authorization. The next court hearing for Geiwitz is scheduled for March 13.


State Police in Mercer County report a semi rolled over yesterday morning on interstate 79 in Jackson Center. According to police the accident took place just before 9am. The driver was going southbound on I-79 and hit a guardrail, went off the road and then hit a median where the truck rolled over. The driver was taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.

A committee of Penn State’s trustees are voting in favor of a roughly two-and-a-half-percent increase in housing and meal plans.  The proposed increase will be voted on by the entire board today.  If approved, the increase will be effective for the fall semester.

Security is being ramped up at Hempfield Area High School today because of an active rumor mill.  School officials say there were be more police at the school after rumors circulated yesterday about students bringing guns to school.  An investigation didn’t find any evidence to back up the rumors, but the increased police presence is just a precaution.