Tri-County Report For March 26th, 2019

The New Castle News reports that a woman was arrested on multiple drug-related charges after narcotics officers raided her South Side home on Friday. Police charged 25 year old Brooke Anne Stafford, with four counts each of possession and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Police found cocaine, crack, herion, and crystal meth. They found Stafford and a 5-year-old boy sitting on a living room couch. She was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 10 thousand dollars bond.

A Chippewa Township woman accused of dumping the body of a drug overdose victim in White Township was sentenced in the case. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 37 year old Carly Wiley pleaded no contest and  was sentenced to spend 11 months in jail followed by two years probation. Wiley was one of two people charged Aug. 31 with dumping the body of 29-year-old Ryan Chiappetta in his vehicle in White Township after he died of a drug overdose at Wiley’s Chippewa Township house.

State Police in Butler County report the man responsible for writing an email threatening the Butler Senior and Intermediate high schools Monday is now facing charges.25 year old Benjamin Jacox of Butler was charged with one count of Terroristic Threats. Jacox was arraigned and booked into the Butler County Prison. Police allege Jacox sent the threatening message about the school to the Butler Eagle Newspaper. He was arraigned and is in the Butler County Jail.

No arrests reported after hundreds of students walked out of class yesterday.  It was part an hours-long protest after a jury acquitted East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld of the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose.  Students say the rallies were also a way to celebrate Rose’s life.  The Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent says the district did not support students leaving school during the day to protest.

Penn Power has a new solution to deal with nesting birds along route 18 in Mercer County.  They’ve installed new fiberglass cross arms on two dozen utility poles over the Shenango River Lake.  The crossarms discourage nesting because they are not large or stable enough.  As an alternate option for the Osprey population, Penn Power built nesting platforms along the lake away from the energized lines.

State Police are investigating a shooting that happened inside a Washington County movie theater Saturday night.  Police say a fight took place between six men who were causing a disturbance and another man who asked them to stop at the Regal Cinemas in North Franklin Township.  When the fight went from a theater to the hallway someone’s gun went off.  A teenager was shot in the leg and was flown to the hospital.

While the criminal case against Michael Rosfeld is over, he still faces two civil lawsuits.  The East Pittsburgh police officer was found not guilty of the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose on Friday.  The attorney for Rose’s family filed both federal and state lawsuits against Rosfeld after that jury verdict.  The attorney says Rose’s family is hopeful for a different outcome in the civil suit.

According to the week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania held steady this week at $2.79 per gallon In New Castle prices are averaging 2.68 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.73. With an eight-cent jump on the week, at $2.62, the national average continues to trend more expensive since mid-February.  Increasing demand and tightening gasoline stocks have been helping to drive prices upward, and with spring around the corner, motorists could see prices increase further in the weeks ahead as demand continues to increase. The price a year ago in Western Pennsylvania was 2.77.

A program which encourages families start saving for a newborn’s future post-secondary education is now statewide. The Keystone Scholars Program provides $100 to every child born in Pennsylvania or adopted by a PA family on or after January 1st, 2019 to be used for the child’s post-secondary education when the time comes. Legislation expanding the program was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Wolf last June.