Tri County Report For July 25th, 2019

State Police in Lawrence County arrested a Volant man on several charges. 47 year old Michael Grossman was charged with Burglary, Simple Assault and harassment. Police alleged Grossman assaulted 21 year old Jacob More of New Castle early yesterday morning. Police also said Grossman was wanted by police in Neshannock Township. The investigation is ongoing.

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court is turning down a request by Jerry Sandusky for a new trial.  The court rejected most of the former Penn State assistant football coach’s arguments Wednesday, seven years after he was convicted of sexually abusing ten boys.  Sandusky’s appeal argued his lawyers and investigators made significant errors during the case and he was improperly sentenced in 2012.  A federal court appeal is likely.

A teen accused of making online threats toward Knoch High School won’t be headed to jail.  A prosecutor for Butler County says they reached a plea deal with 19-year-old Jason Bowen allowing him to serve a year parole and two years of probation for the Snapchat video he posted in January showing him with a semi-automatic rifle.  The video was captioned that he was training for prom walk.  The threat led to a lockdown at South Butler schools.  Bowen isn’t allowed to be on school property or to use social media as part of the agreement.

President Trump went to Wheeling last night for a private fundraiser hosted by the president and CEO of Murray Energy, Robert Murray.  Supporters and protestors lined the route of the president’s motorcade to the event.  They exchanged jeers and taunts but generally remained peaceful.  Employment in coal mining in West Virginia has risen 16 percent since Trump took office.

The Wolf Administration is hoping to make it easier for people to access state government services by consolidating ways for the public to contact agencies through what’s being called the Keystone Login. Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday announced a “customer service transformation ” over the coming years that will include a single online portal for people to reach all state government services. The streamlining will also apply to telephone contacts or in-person visits to state agencies.

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce’s new executive director starts Monday.  The organization named Jordan Grady to the role to help meet the growing needs of the business community throughout Butler County.  The Slippery Rock graduate will be focusing on membership recruitment and retention, coordinating and expanding benefits, and opportunities for sponsorship with members.

A Sharon man has been charged with setting fire twice to a home across the street from his own home. WFMJ-TV is reporting that 52-year-old Leonard Frye was arrested after an informant told them that Fry admitted setting fire to a vacant house at 279 Oak Way last October, and once again this past June. Frye has been charged with two counts of arson and two counts of risking a catastrophe. Bond was set at 100 thousand dollars.

A resident of California has been sentenced in federal court to 10 years’ in prison and five years’ supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy for possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl in Western Pennsylvania. 44 year old Nakia Perkins had the sentenced handed down yesterday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. Authorities targeted a large scale Drug Trafficking Organization operating in Butler, Beaver and Allegheny Counties.

For the second time this week, officials at Pittsburgh International Airport say they’ve confiscated a loaded gun at a security check point.  This time a man from Tennessee was found with the gun in his carry-on yesterday morning.  Overall, there have been 22 weapons confiscated at Pittsburgh International Airport so far this year, compared to 34 found last year.