TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 17TH, 2019

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating a double shooting early this morning that left on person dead in Shenango Township. According to police the shooting took place on Bryson Mill Road.  There’s no word on the severity of the second person’s injuries or what led to the shooting.

 

An Akron Ohio man who attempted to rob the PNC Bank on Wilmington Road last October was indicted yesterday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. 33 year old Vernon Marquis McGhee-Luster is also accused of robbing two other banks, one in Erie and another in Butler County. The three-count Indictment, returned on July 10 was unsealed yesterday. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both for each count.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a manhunt in Mercer County. According to police, Travis Brandt is facing charges after he sped off while officers tried to stop a car reported stolen. WFMJ-TV is reporting Brandt is facing charges of receiving stolen property, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Two other suspects fled on foot. No other arrests have yet been made.

A Beaver Falls woman is dead after a fire last Friday.  Maria Amygdalos died in the blaze at her Sixth Avenue home in the College Hill neighborhood.  The fire is believed to have started due to careless smoking catching a couch on fire.

It is going to cost drivers more to use the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 2020.  Officials say tolls will rise six-percent in January for both E-Z Pass and cash customers.  The increase is intended to cover rising debt service costs and to maintain the toll road.

Nonunion employees for Beaver County are getting a raise.  The salary board approved a three percent raise for the second straight year after going without raises in 2016 and 2017.  The raise will cost the county just shy of 400-grand, but some matching funds from the state reduces the impact down to a quarter million dollars.  Elected officials’ salaries are not impacted by the raises.

A Johnstown man was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital after he crashed his tractor-trailor in Butler County. According to State Police 37 year old Ryan Kimmel was eastbound on Route 422 in Jefferson Township when he attempted to pass a vehicle when he struck the vehicle operated by 47 year old Gregory Ostwinch of Butler. Kimmel then struck a cement barrier, traveled over an embankment and rolled over. Kimmel was flown to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is going to dedicate millions of dollars toward stopping the spread of the spotted lanternfly.  As part of the recently signed P-A Farm Bill, the state’s Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account will provide three-million dollars while the U-S-D-A is contributing six-million-dollars toward the fight.  The spotted lanternfly was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since spread to 15 counties.

An inmate at Washington County jail is accused of assaulting corrections officers.  Nathaniel Griffin of Canonsburg is accused of attacking and biting three officers last October after an incident inside a cell.  A large portion of the incident was captured on surveillance video.  Griffin is behind bars after being accused of raping a former co-worker while she was unconscious in May of last year.

Grief counselors will be available at Norwin High School after a student’s death at a YMCA camp.  The teenager who died in a fall at the Deer Valley Camp in Somerset County was identified yesterday as 15-year-old Nathan Kanczes.  YMCA officials say Kanczes was attending a wilderness camp this week when he was critically injured in a fall and later died.