Tri County Report For March 20th, 2019

An Aliquippa man is headed to prison for the death of a hospital security guard.  John Fletcher entered a no-contest plea to involuntary manslaughter charges last month in the death of 44-year-old Randy Winterrowd.  The victim collapsed during a fight with the 26-year-old at Heritage Valley Beaver’s psychiatric unit in 2017 and died a month later.  Investigators say Winterrowd’s medical event occurred during the altercation.  Fletcher was sentenced Tuesday to up to four years in prison.

Today is the second day of Michael Rosfeld’s trial in Pittsburgh.  Tuesday was marked with opening statements from both sides and Antwon Rose’s mother becoming emotional as the 17-year-old’s autopsy photos were shown.  In the afternoon, testimony focused on the drive-by shooting that preceded the East Pittsburgh incident, with Rose said to be in the car but not the gunman.  Rosfeld is accused of shooting an unarmed Rose as he ran from a traffic stop last year.

10th District State Representative Aaron Bernstine  has joined with two colleagues to introduce a bipartisan bill creating a program to help high school students gain work experience while still in school. House Bill 796 would establish a pilot grant program which would encourage schools and local businesses to collaborate to provide work-based learning opportunities for high school students. Bernstine said the pilot program would bring our business leaders and students together to transform our education system and prepare Pennsylvania students for Pennsylvania jobs. Reps. Kate Klunk (R-York) and Jared Solomon (D-Philadelphia) are co-sponsors of the bill.

A Washington County man will not go to death row for killing a man during a home invasion.  The jury in Brandon Wolowski’s trial decided on a life sentence yesterday for first-degree murder and other charges.  Defense attorneys lobbied for prison, citing Wolowski’s age when he killed Matthew Mathias in 2013 and an abuse-filled childhood.

PennDOT and the Department of Environmental Protection are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania. The statewide community cleanup begins now and runs through May 31. Volunteers can organize a local event and register it at, or sign up to participate in an already-registered event. Gloves, trash bags and safety vests will be provided by PennDOT, DEP and the Glad Products Co., a national sponsor.

The state Game Commission is reporting Pennsylvania deer hunters just had their most successful year since 2005.  The recent 2018-2019 harvest, which closed in January, saw 374-thousand, 690 deer taken in.  That’s about ten-percent more than last year, and the most since the 2004-2005 season.  Hunters using bows or crossbows harvested about a third of the deer, scoring about 50-thousand more than they did the prior season when unseasonably warm weather and rain impacted many bow-hunting days.

The Department of Health is reporting that a second child has died in Pennsylvania due to flu-related complications.  The victim’s identity and location has not been announced, but the state has confirmed there have now been two pediatric flu-related deaths over the current flu season.  There have been a total of 91 deaths state-wide, a massive jump of 16 victims since last week, which also includes eight people under the age of 49.

Inside Butler County is reporting a woman was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in Pittsburgh on Monday afternoon after driving her car off Route 8 in northern Butler County. The crash took place just before 3 o’clock. The vehicle reportedly came to rest under a large advertising sign after hitting a tree. It’s unclear what caused the accident. No other details were available.

Two Pennsylvania senators have introduced legislation to ensure paid sick leave to all workers in the state. Senate Bill 13 would require Pennsylvania companies to provide paid sick leave. State Sens. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia, Montgomery) and Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery) said under their proposal, people could use paid sick leave for their own care or the care of a family member, including a spouse, children and parents. They said at least 400,000 Pennsylvania workers would benefit from paid sick leave