Tri County Report For April 29th, 2019

All charges against a New Castle man have been held for court. According to the New Castle News 23 year old Delaughn Searcy is accused of repeatedly firing a gun in a North Hill neighborhood April 17th, with four of the bullets striking a house in the 700 block of Locust Street. He’s also accused of lighting a piece of clothing on fire while in the city jail. Searcy faces a number of gun and drug charges along with an arson charge. He’s being held in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

A woman is facing charges after police say she overdosed on heroin with her two kids at a home in Beaver.  Natalie Braunbeck is charged with endangering the welfare of children after she and a man were found unresponsive in her 800-block of Canal Street apartment April 8th.  The two were eventually revived.  The ten-and-six-year-old kids were unhurt.  Braunbeck’s preliminary hearing is set for May 20th.

The president of Slippery Rock University has something to say to Dr. Phil McGraw.  The television talk show host appeared to slam the school in a recent magazine article about the college admissions scandal, saying Slippery Rock wasn’t a so-called trophy school.  University President William Behre posted a letter on Facebook this past weekend, telling McGraw that Slippery Rock provides a high-quality education that’s affordable for working families.

More than 500 people are out of work in the fallout from the closing of General Motors’ Lordstown plant.  Youngstown-based Falcon Transport abruptly closed its doors Saturday, cutting dozens of drivers and other employees.  The trucking company was a major contractor for GM before the automaker closed the Lordstown plant last month.

A family of ducks is back together after the work of Beaver County firefighters.  An off-duty Chippewa Township firefighter was at Walmart yesterday when he spotted an adult duck circling a storm drain with ten ducklings stuck inside.  The fire department was called in to remove the storm grate and go into the pipe to retrieve the ducklings.

State Police in Butler County report a female juvenile was taken to the hospital after being struck by a car on Evans City Road. According to police the 16 year old was struck by a pick-up while attempting to cross the road. She was first taken to Butler Memorial Hospital and was transported Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. No other details were released.

Today is the deadline to register to vote in Western Pennsylvania’s municipal primary elections.  State officials say anyone who has not registered, recently moved or has not declared a party must do so by the end of the day.  The primary election is set for May 21st.  Information on voter registration can be found online at

The principal of Quaker Valley Middle School in Sewickley is being named P-A Principal of the Year.  Anthony Mooney is receiving the honor from the Pennsylvania Principals Association.  Mooney was called a great leader who is well respected by his colleagues, students and their families by the president of the Quaker Valley School Board.

A Butler man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Franklin Township. According to State Police 21 year old Collin Walker was northbound on Prospect Road when he lost control of his vehicle crossed over into the southbound lane and overturned. Walker was taken to the hospital for treatment of a minor injury.