Tri County Report For May 1st 2019

New Castle police are looking for the suspect in an armed robbery.  An arrest warrant was issued for 19-year-old Kevin Gardner, who police say held up the Last Minute Mart on Wilmington Road last night.  A 16-year-old suspect was arrested at a South Front Street house after police found items taken during the holdup.

Three southeastern P-A state lawmakers are planning on introducing legislation to end the death penalty in the commonwealth.  Senators Sharif Street, Katie Muth, and Representative Chris Rabb say the punishment is costly, flawed, and unsuccessful as a deterrent.  The democrats say since 2010, states with the death penalty have an 18-percent or higher increase in homicide rates over states that got rid of capital punishment.

Health officials are reporting an adult case of the measles in Pittsburgh.  Allegheny County Health Department says an unvaccinated adult had traveled internationally and contracted the disease.  That person visited some grocery stores while contagious:  the Giant Eagle on the 55-hundred-block of Centre Avenue in Shadyside on the evening of Friday April 26th and the afternoon of Sunday April 28th as well as the Aldi on the 56-hundred-block of Baum Boulevard in Friendship Friday April 26th.  The person has been treated and released from U-P-M-C Shadyside.

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is getting a new trial.  A federal judge threw out his misdemeanor child-endangerment conviction, one day before he was supposed to start his jail sentenced.  Judge Karoline Mehalchick said Spanier was improperly charged under a 2007 law for things that happened in 2001 regarding former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.  Spanier was supposed to start a two-month prison sentence today.  State prosecutors now have three months to retry him under the 1995 version of the state’s child endangerment law.

A Beaver County man is accused of assaulting his wife and two E-M-T’s in March.  Brian Brown of Independence Township is facing drunken driving, terroristic threats, and other charges for the March 27th incidents that ended on the 400-block of Independence Road.  Brown is accused of being combative with first responders following a crash, then police found his wife had suffered minor injuries during a domestic dispute back at his Village Road apartment.  Brown’s preliminary hearing is set for May 20th.

State Police in Butler County are searching for a man and a woman they say purchased gift cards with a stolen credit card. Police said the incident took place at the Dollar General on New Castle Road in Franklin Township Monday morning. The suspects purchased 500 dollars in visa gift cards with the stolen card. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Butler County.

Two people are behind bars and thousands of dollars in drugs are off the street after a raid in Ambridge.  Police made the bust yesterday morning on 14th Street after a lengthy investigation.  Officers seized nearly 50 grams of crack cocaine, some marijuana and two guns.  Mary Hamilton and Maurice Mosley were arrested on drug possession and distribution charges.

A Beaver County road rage suspect is facing a host of charges after leading police on a high-speed chase.  Aliquippa police say Elizabeth Becek refused to stop for officers yesterday morning, fleeing at speeds of 80-miles-per-hour over 25 miles.  Becek is accused of ramming Center Township and Aliquippa police cruisers before she was forced to surrender.

P-A Game Commission officials say they’ll be watching the Saturday opening to firearm deer season this November before choosing 2020’s season start.  Agency officials say they want to understand the pluses and minuses to opening early before they commit for next year.  The commission says it also will take feedback from hunters who took advantage of the early start.