Tri County Report For March 5th, 2019

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Wilmington Township. Police said 84 year old Lois Stiefel of New Castle pulled from the intersection of route 158 and route 18 into the path of a vehicle operated by 51 year old Albert McGee of Ellwood City. Stiefel was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. McGee and a passenger were not hurt.

A man in Union Township is accused of firing a gun outside a gas station over the weekend because he didn’t approve of someone else’s choice of music.  Police said Monday Timothy Adams fired the weapon outside the Sheetz on State Street after an argument that began with the victims watching a video of a rap song.  Adams is facing attempted homicide charges.

According to this week’s Triple-A gas price report, The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is four cents more expensive this week at $2.68 a gallon. Motorists in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw gas prices moderately increase on the week.  With gas prices ranging from $2.20 to $2.64 a gallon. In New Castle the average price is at 2.54 a gallon while drivers is Sharon are paying 2.57. The national average is $2.42, which is three-cents more expensive than last week and 17-cents more expensive than a month ago, but 10-cents cheaper than a year ago.

A Maryland man is accused of raping an intoxicated woman at his off-campus Grove City apartment.WFMJ-TV is reporting 22-year-old Alex Masciarelli of Stevensville, Maryland was arrested on charges of raping an unconscious person, sexual assault and indent assault on an unconscious person. The alleged incident took place back on February 20th at Masciarelli’s off-campus apartment on South Center Street in Grove City. Bond was set at 25 thousand dollars.

Pennsylvania’s secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs says the commonwealth is mirroring a national trend in drug use and abuse.  Jennifer Smith testified at a state Senate committee Monday that cocaine and meth use is up while heroin and prescription drug deaths are leveling off.  Smith told the committee the trend is beginning in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as Johnstown, which she says is typical as the three usually are the first to display new trends across the state.

A man accused in a series of daylight burglaries in Baden is in custody.  Jason Bowker was arrested early Monday morning along with his girlfriend, Jennifer Leo, during a traffic stop on Logans Lane.  The 34-year-old Bowker was charged February 14th for a break in at a home on Schiller Street.  Bowker is believed to be connected to other burglaries in the area and had been charged for another series of incidents in Baden in September.

Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise the starting salary for new teachers was questioned during the Department of Education’s budget hearing before the House Appropriations Committee. Committee Chair Stan Saylor says he can see veteran teachers’ concerns about raising starting salaries for new teachers to $45,000 leading to legal action. Saylor says veteran teachers who’ve earned masters degrees or taken continuing education classes will think they’re worth more money as well. If their salaries also increased Saylor says he can see the need for property tax hikes

Beaver Borough Council will not be buying a church for its municipal complex after all.  The borough manager tells the Beaver County Times the 449-thousand-dollar deal fell through over timeline issues regarding due diligence.  Beaver officials have been looking for a property that would be handicap-accessible to become its one-story municipal complex.

The last vehicles will roll off the assembly line at General Motors’ Lordstown Ohio plant sooner than expected.  GM officials say production of the Chevrolet Cruze will end tomorrow, two days ahead of schedule.  It paves the way to close the factory and layoff more than 14-hundred workers.

A Fayette County woman is behind bars, accused of trying to have her husband killed.  State police charged Roxanne Guty yesterday with conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation.  Troopers say Guty offered a family friend 25-thousand-dollars to kill her estranged husband, but the man instead went to police.