Tri County Report For July 1st, 2019

Two men are facing charges in New Castle after a high speed chase led to a drug bust.  Ladonte Scott and Antonio Gardner were arrested Saturday.  Police say the pair fled from officers before crashing their SUV on Junior High Street.  Officers found heroin, crack cocaine, cash and Ecstasy tablets in the vehicle. Gardner was taken to Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh for injuries he suffered in the crash. Scott was arraigned on a number of charges and place in the Lawrence County Jail.

Cleanup efforts are underway in Beaver County after strong storms this past weekend.  The National Weather Service says a microburst hit Ambridge and neighboring communities on Saturday night, leaving a mess for residents to clean up yesterday.  Several trees were uprooted, but no injuries were reported.

A Sharon man is accused of firing three rounds close to two victims last week in Farrell. According to the Sharon Herald 26 year old Laven Thomas Davis, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the case.  No one was hurt and the investigation is ongoing.

The Lawrence County Commissioners are advising motorists that the bridge that carries Wallace Road over North Fork Little Beaver Creek is now closed to traffic and will remain closed until further notice. Commissioners say an inspection that identified significant deterioration on the bridge. No timetable has been set on when the bridge will reopen.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is confirming his run for Congress.  In a tweet sent yesterday afternoon, DePasquale said he will run for the seat currently held by Republican U-S Representative Scott Perry.  Perry narrowly beat George Scott this past November.

There is concern that 387-thousand-dollars in tax penalties levied against Beaver County by the I-R-S could essentially be passed along to local taxpayers.  During a county commissioners meeting last week, the county’s solicitor confirmed a tax lien has been lifted against the county, but the penalties are still in place for issues with payroll taxes in 2016 and 2018.  The county’s former payroll supervisor, Barbara Rossi, was fired two days after issues with payroll surfaced.  Beaver County could hear back by mid-July if the fines are repealed.

A California man is behind bars, accused of abusing his infant son.  Police say Demetrick Montgomery broke the three-month-old child’s leg in May and failed to get immediate medical help.  Doctors eventually discovered other broken bones.  Montgomery was locked up Friday on a 35-thousand-dollar bond.

Ohio’s new gas tax goes into effect today. Drivers will see the gasoline tax increase by 10.5 cents. The diesel tax will increase by 19 cents. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed a transportation budget in April to increase Ohio’s tax on gas. The bill was aimed at providing money to maintain deteriorating roads and bridges.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Slippery Rock Township. According to police 38 year old Aaron Schwartz of Kennerdell was eastbound on Route 8 when he failed to stop at the intersection of route 108 and struck a guard rail causing his vehicle to roll over several times. Schwartz was not hurt but was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for suspicion of driving under the influence.