Tri County Report For April 23rd, 2019

The investigation continues into a deadly crash in Beaver County.  State police say Denise Feathers of Baden was killed Sunday night when her SUV slammed, head-on, into a car while going the wrong way on Route 65.  The wreck also killed Bryan Highfield of Ambridge, James Williams Junior of Midland and Dana McCandless of Beaver Falls, who were in the other vehicle.

The Sharon Herald is reporting a man and woman are accused of kidnapping two teenagers Saturday night, reportedly holding them hostage until they escaped. 21 year old Jory Loughman and 19 year old Ariel Arblaster, are in Mercer County Jail on multiple charges filed by state police. An 18-year-old man and fifteen-year-old boy told troopers that they were held hostage at gunpoint, tied up and blindfolded at a home on Mercer Butler Pike in Liberty Township, Mercer County. Police say the fifteen-year-old was pistol-whipped. The investigation is ongoing.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting former Vice President Joe Biden is planning a rally in Pittsburgh after announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president.  The Post-Gazette reports two sources close to Biden say he’s planning to make the announcement in Charlottesville, Virginia on Wednesday.  Biden then reportedly plans to fly to Pittsburgh for a rally that same afternoon.

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped in March to the lowest rate on record, as payrolls hit a new record high and the number of people unemployed shrank to its lowest level since 2000. According to the Department of Labor and Industry the unemployment rate drop by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9% last month, the department said. Pennsylvania’s rate had twice previously hit 4% since 1976, which is as far back as the state says its records go.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas price report, the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is a penny cheaper this week at $3.03 per gallon. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.90 a gallon, while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.95. The price is higher in Beaver at 3.00 a gallon. A year ago prices in Western Pennsylvania averaged 2.97 a gallon.

Airport security are reminding travelers to not bring loaded guns with them through checkpoints.  Allegheny County Police were called to Pittsburgh International Airport yesterday morning after a woman visiting from West Virginia had a loaded green camouflage-designed handgun.  The Transportation Security Administration spotted the gun in the woman’s carry-on bag and stopped her.  She was taken by police for questioning and cited on weapons violations.

Multiple Pennsylvania fire departments were called out to a fire that burned down a garage, destroyed two vehicles and caused extensive damage to the home in Hermitage. WFMJ-TV reports firefighters were called to the home on the 700 block of North Neshannock Road for the garage fire. The fire started in the garage, destroying two vehicles and then spread to the home. No injuries were reported, but the home is a total loss. The Red Cross is assisting the homeowners.

New Brighton’s K-9 cop is calling it a career.  Faust worked his last shift on April 6th and officially retired from police work Monday.  The Belgian Malinois – German shepherd mix will spend the rest of this days with the family of his former partner and handler, Matt Montagazzi.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is taking issue with the Harrisburg School District.  DePasquale says the district isn’t cooperating with auditors working for the Department of Education.  DePasquale added that he’s deeply troubled over the board’s vote October 15th to not cooperate, given their past financial scandals and budget issues.  The district has been under state-imposed financial recovery status since 2012.