TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 18TH, 2019

The suspect in a deadly double shooting in New Castle is behind bars.  Police say Anthony Thurman turned himself in yesterday to face criminal homicide charges.  Thurman is accused of killing Michael Riser and injuring another man last week on East Winter Avenue.  He’s being held without bond in the Lawrence County Jail.

Faulty clothes dryers being blamed for a carbon monoxide leak at a Shenango Township nursing home.  Shenango Township firefighters evacuated the Tree Tops Assisted Living Facility last night when a husband and wife complained of CO poisoning symptoms.  Utility crews were able to find the source of the leak and took the clothes dryers out of service.

The Ellwood City Medical Center’s CEO says it isn’t their fault some workers’ paychecks weren’t cashed this week.  In a statement Wednesday, Beverly Annarumo says one bank teller at a local bank branch refused to cash a few payroll checks.  Annarumo says the bank admitted to their error yesterday and the situation was resolved.  For the past seven paydays, hourly workers were given minimum-wage checks with the rest of their pay made up within two weeks.

The suspect in a shooting on New Castle’s west side last month waived is right to a preliminary hearing yesterday. According to the New Castle News 27 year old Randall Angry Jr., of Linesville is accused of shooting 32 year old Todd Walker of Glenn Avenue back on March 21st. Angry faces charges of criminal homicide aggravated assault, simple assault, along with several gun charges. He remains in the Lawrence County Jail without bond.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is approving a bill saying people can’t be held liable for damage to a car if they force themselves in to save a child.  The measure does require people use no more force than necessary and believe the child is in imminent danger and cannot exit the vehicle on their own.  The good Samaritan must still make a reasonable effort to find the driver and call police.

Ambridge’s suspended police chief is awaiting a trial date.  A Beaver County judge ordered James Mann held for trial yesterday on a host of charges.  Mann is accused of stealing from the police department and threatening his officers.  He has been suspended without pay since August.

The state House of Representatives is moving along a pair of bills that could help the victims of child sexual abuse.  One measure increases penalties for anyone who fails to report the abuse while the other says no confidentiality agreements can keep victims from talking to law enforcement.  Each was recommended by a grand jury investigating child sexual abuse in the Catholic church.  The two are off to the state Senate for consideration.

A lawyer is agreeing to represent Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto against civil lawsuits over gun laws if necessary.  Mayor Peduto confirmed Tuesday that his legal defense would be taken care of in the event that private criminal charges are filed against him.  The city faces at least three lawsuits after passing three laws, one of which bans assault-style rifles.  The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office said it won’t do anything with private criminal complaints filed by citizens until the new laws take effect and are enforced against someone.

State Police in Mercer County report a fatal crash yesterday morning in Wolf Creek Township. The county coroner identified the victim as 40-year-old Michael Sacco, of Cochranton. Authorities say Sacco was driving south on State Route 173 in Wolf Creek Township when he went off the west berm of the road before hitting a tree just before 7 a.m. Sacco was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma. The investigation is ongoing.

The state House is passing a bill allowing the PA Fish and Boat Commission to set its own license fees.  The measure would allow the commission to raise fees to keep up with costs, while lawmakers would retain the ability to reject the increases.  The cost of a fishing license hasn’t gone up since 2005.  The state Senate is now considering the measure.