Tri County Report for June 20th, 2019

The chance for severe weather continues today across Western P-A.  Several rounds of showers and storms are expected with some bringing heavy rain and high winds, according to forecasters. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Lawrence County until 8pm. Drier, less humid conditions move in late tonight into the weekend.

A New Brighton woman was injured following a one vehicle accident in Perry Township. According to State Police 75 year old Joan Lambert was westbound on Portersville Road when she lost control, crossed over the centerline and struck an embankment. Police said Lambert did not go the hospital, despite being hurt.

A Beaver County man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of bank robbery. 34 year old Patrick Acierno pleaded guilty to four counts before Senior United States District Judge Donetta W Ambrose. The robberies occurred last year. One was at a PNC bank in Cranberry, the other was WesBanco Bank in Monaca. Sentencing is set for October of this year.

Organizers expect to break ground on a 60-million-dollar North Shore hotel later this summer.  The Landing Hotel Pittsburgh will be attached to the Rivers Casino on the east façade.  The hotel is expected to create 128 jobs and should be completed by early 2021.

According to the Sharon Herald After almost five hours of deliberations, a jury in the Sean Rain Jr. murder trial returned Monday evening with a guilty verdict. The 25 year old Rain was convicted in the June 23. 2018, murder of 30 year old Trivoune Craig of Farrell. Craig was found dead in his car, with seven gunshot wounds to the face. Rain was charged and convicted of murder in the first degree and carrying a firearm without a license. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 4.

A man from Monaca is accused of waving a gun during an altercation in Aliquippa earlier this month.  Alyjah Elmore reportedly brandished the handgun during the incident on the 300-block of Todd Street June 6th.  The altercation centered around an argument over a woman and a four-year-old child was nearby at the time.  Elmore was taken into custody following a search and has a preliminary hearing set for July 10th.

Bond is set at $50,000 for an 18-year-old man from Harrisville, Pennsylvania who was arrested by Grove City police following an alleged drug transaction. WFMJ-TV reports 18-year-old Patrick Lindsay arranged a meeting last Friday in Memorial Park to provide a 13-year-old with marijuana. After the drug arrest more information became available to police and Lindsay was arraigned Tuesday on 19 counts of child pornography, as well as five more charges including possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and corruption of minors.

A Syrian refugee is under arrest after allegedly planning to attack a Pittsburgh church.  Mustafa Alowemer was arrested and charged Wednesday for targeting the church in Perry South he identified as Christian and Nigerian.  Federal investigators say they met with Alowemer four times between April and last week where the 21-year-old talked about his plan and shared details about his target church.  Alowemer came to the U-S as a refugee in 2016 and recently graduated from a high school in Pittsburgh.

Cleanup efforts are underway in Indiana County after the second tornado touchdown in the past month.  National Weather Service officials confirmed yesterday an EF-1 twister with 105-mile-per-hour winds touched down Sunday in Commodore.  The tornado snapped several trees, but no injuries were reported.