TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 24TH, 2019

New Castle police and fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire that resulted in the injury of a firefighter and the death of several animals. According to WFMJ-TV Investigators say no one was at the East Clayton Street home when flames broke out around 1 AM this morning. A firefighter who broke his leg when he fell down some stairs will require surgery. The human society and and local animal shelters were contacted to care for the surviving animals. The home is a total loss.

 

Police in Sharon are investigating a deadly shooting that killed a father of two. WKBN-TV is reporting Police found 24-year-old Khalil Hopson with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he died. The shooting took place around 5:30 yesterday morning at a home on Cedar Avenue. It’s the city’s first homicide this year. The investigation is ongoing.

There’s no word yet on the cause of a fire that gutted a Beaver County home.  Center Township firefighters say the blaze broke out yesterday morning on High Street, forcing the brothers who lived in the home to run for their lives.  Two pets inside the house died in the blaze.

State Police in Lawrence County report a two car accident in North Beaver Township. 19 year old Morgan Colwell failed to stop at the intersection of Columbiana Road and State Line Road and struck a vehicle operated by a 16 year old male. Neither driver was injured.

A grand jury is looking at allegations made against a former state lawmaker from Butler County accused of having sex with a blacked-out woman against her will.  The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting Dauphin County D-A Fran Chardo has the grand jury looking into the allegations made against former state Rep. Brian Ellis.  The woman filed a complaint saying she was at a bar and then a fundraising event in October 2015 for another state House representative the night of the alleged incident.

The Beaver County Election Board is voiding an absentee ballot.  Ambridge Councilman Bob Dunn challenged the ballot filed by Joe Pucci after the councilman said he saw Pucci at the Precinct One voting location Tuesday.  Under state law, anyone who can vote in person must, nullifying the absentee ballot.  Pucci was on the ballot on a list of Democratic nominees for council.  He came in fifth with the top three moving on to the general election.

The Commonwealth is giving anglers a free shot at state waters over the Memorial Day Weekend holiday.  The Fish and Boat Commission is announcing that Sunday is an official “Fish-For-Free” day in Pennsylvania.  Throughout the day, fishing licenses won’t be required to fish public waterways between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., but all other regulations still apply.  No worries if you can’t try your luck Sunday, as the Fourth of July will also be a Fish-For-Free day across the Keystone State.

Sheetz convenience stores are about to sell an extensive selection of C-B-D products.  In an announcement Thursday, the chain said the products will include rubs, patches, vape pens and other items to anyone 18 and older.  Sheetz officials say the items will be for sale at 140 of their stores.

It’ll be a crowded weekend on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for the first holiday of the summer travel season.  Toll road officials say more than two-million vehicles will cross the state over the Memorial Day weekend that starts today.  Highway maintenance projects will be suspended with all lanes opened to handle the extra traffic.  State police will also be more visible to keep drivers safe.

A court hearing for the man suspected in the Tree of Life Synagogue mass shooting is wrapping up.  Lawyers for alleged gunman Robert Bowers continued to say they will enter a guilty plea in exchange for the prosecution dropping the death penalty.  Bowers is facing federal hate crime charges for the October shooting in Squirrel Hill that left 11 people dead and several others hurt.  Today’s appearance was a status hearing and another court date was scheduled for August 5.