Tri County Report For March 29th, 2019

New Castle City Police are investigating an alleged armed robbery from earlier this month. According to the New Castle News police report, a man approached an officer on patrol around 11 p.m. March 20 and said he had been robbed while walking on East Washington Street near Chestnut Street. The man said he refused to give the suspect his backpack and the suspect pointed a silver handgun at him and threatened to shoot him. Anyone with information is asked to call city police.

A new community organization wants to heal divisions among Lawrence County residents.  The group called Oneness is holding its first peace-promoting event Sunday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle.  Organizers say their mission is to bring residents together to talk about unity across racial, cultural and economic lines and prevent acts of violence.

Police say they found more than 350 bags of fentanyl in the home of an Aliquippa man this month.  Eric Hollins is facing charges following the search of his Irwin Street home March 19th.  The 30-year-old is in Beaver County Jail on 15-thousand-dollars bail.

Most Pennsylvanians are in support of raising the state’s minimum wage to 12-dollars-an-hour, according to a new Franklin-And-Marshall poll.  The survey found about 70-percent of those surveyed were in favor of raising the wage in general, with 47-percent saying they were strongly in favor.  Terry Madonna says their polling found a majority support the increase in virtually every demographic and region in the commonwealth.

State Police in Butler County report a Chicora man escaped injury after his vehicle caught fire. According to police 67 year old David Collier was northbound on Gameland Road in Donegal township when it caught fire. The vehicle sustained severe damage. No one was hurt.

There is now an expanded list of crimes that could trigger pension forfeiture for state lawmakers and public employees.  Governor Tom Wolf signed the updated pension forfeiture measure Wednesday that expands the disqualifying crimes to any felony related to their employment.  The measure also required the court to notify state pension boards to stop payments immediately following a conviction.

A recent poll suggests a majority of Pennsylvanians support legalizing recreational marijuana.  The Franklin-And-Marshall College poll out yesterday says it found 59-percent of registered voters are okay with legalizing pot in PA.  That number is up 36-percent from a May 2006 poll that had only 22-percent in favor.  The polling data found voters who identified as independent or Democrat were more likely to be in support compared to Republicans.  The support declined with the age of the respondent.

A postal worker is accused of stealing a gift card from the mail.  Federal prosecutors believe 32-year-old Robert Thurman, of Washington, stole the mail intended for an address in West Palm Beach, Florida in August.  A grand jury returned the indictment Thursday.

Firefighters from Butler County battled a trailer fire Thursday in Connoquenessing Township. The blaze broke out at a trailer on Fawn Road around 6pm. Inside Butler County reports two people home when the fire started, but they were able to get out OK. The Red Cross is assisting them. Several fire departments responded to fight the blaze and the last was on scene for two hours. An investigation into a cause is under investigation.