Tri County Report For March 19th, 2019

A 29-year-old man is in custody after a deadly shooting outside a New Castle bar over the weekend.  David Williams is accused of shooting 33-year-old Joseph Kelosky in a parking lot near Double D’s Café on East Washington Street early Saturday morning.  Kelosky died at the hospital.  Another person is being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg.  Williams is in Lawrence County Jail.

An investigation is underway into a deadly gas well accident in Lawrence County.  State police say 60-year-old Leonard Long Junior was loading drilling equipment into a truck at Hilcorp’s well site in North Beaver Township yesterday when he was struck by a falling pipe.  No other injuries were reported.

Some Ellwood City Medical Center employees say they again weren’t paid last week.  For the past four payrolls, the staff at the medical center had received minimum wage with the promise to be paid the rest within the next two weeks.  On Friday, some said they weren’t paid at all with no notice as to when they could be made whole.  This would make 14 payrolls since August that were affected.

A bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania is circulating the state Senate.  Senator Daylin Leach and Senator Sharif Street are looking for cosponsors of Senate Bill 350, which would allow anyone 21 and older to use marijuana.  The measure would also allow homes to grow up to six marijuana plants at a time for personal use.  Using marijuana in public would be prohibited in this proposal.

All of the jurors selected to hear testimony in the trial against former East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday.  The jury was formed in Dauphin County in the Harrisburg area due to the pre-trial publicity in Allegheny County.  Rosfeld is charged in the shooting death of black teenager Antwon Rose.  The trial is expected to begin today.

Two men are dead after a crash in Beaver County.  State police say 76-year-old William PAxton of Pittsburgh was driving the wrong way on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Saturday night when he slammed, head-on, into another car.  PAxton and the other driver, 36-year-old Andrew Sworan of Ohio, were killed.  Four other people were hospitalized, including two children.

A state lawmaker is resigning amid allegations he sexually assaulted a woman more than three years ago.  Republican State Representative Brian Ellis from Butler County submitted his resignation letter Monday, saying the move is in the best interests of his family, health, and constituents.  Investigators in Dauphin County have been looking into the claims Ellis had sex with a woman unable to consent.  The resignation is effective immediately.

Pennsylvania’s prisons are going tobacco free.  Beginning July 1st, the Department of Corrections will consider tobacco products contraband.  Inmates will be able to buy nicotine replacement patches from an approved vendor.  They will also be offered smoking cessation programs.

According to this week’s Triple-A gas price report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is 10 cents more expensive this week at $2.79 per gallon. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.66 a gallon while in Sharon drivers are paying 2.73.  At 2.54 a gallon the national price is 7 cents more expensive on the week and 23 cents higher that last month. A year ago prices were less in Western Pennsylvania at 2.76 a gallon.

A Grove City man faces several charges after an incident on Friday. According to police 47-year-old Adam Coulson was charged with Reckless Endangering Another Person, Reckless Driving and Duty of Driver in Emergency Response Area. Coulson is charged after he nearly struck an officer and stopped police car after he approached the vehicle with lights activated at an “unsafe speed.”