Tri County Report For August 7th, 2019

The Sharon Herald is reporting a Farrell man will be sentenced Friday after he was found guilty by a jury of raping a 12-year-old. 62 year old Clifford Allen Locke Sr. was found guilty of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and aggravated indecent assault of a child in May. Locke was living with child at the time of the rape that occurred in January of last year.

Police in Union Township responded to a one vehicle accident last night on route 224 near Interstate 376. According to reports the driver struck an overhead sign pole and then his car caught fire after witnesses saw the man’s car crash they raced to help him out. Approximately four people tried to get the man out of his vehicle. After the driver was pulled out of the car he was then taken to the hospital by ambulance. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

A Hermitage woman is facing charges after overdosing at a convenience store in downtown New Castle last month. The New Castle News reports 34 year old Erika Hunter is being charged with child endangerment for the July 29th incident. Hunter had to be revived with naloxone. The child was turned over to a family member and the incident was reported to Mercer County Children and Youth Services.

A convicted killer is being accused of trying to kill two Pennsylvania state troopers in Indiana County.  Simere Alford was charged yesterday with criminal attempted murder of a law enforcement officer among a dozen new charges.  State police say Alford was being driven to the prison in Pine Grove last month when he grabbed one trooper’s gun and fired a shot into the cruiser’s windshield.  Alford was injured by a second shot before the cruiser crashed, injuring one of the troopers.

The Beaver County Board of Commissioners is looking into how to repair roads through Brush Creek County Park.  A developer is considering building a dog park there but the roads would have to be improved.  Beaver County’s road budget is nearly gone but officials are going to see how to find money for the repairs.

State lottery officials say the lottery hit a record four-and-a-half billion dollars in sales this fiscal year, and also reached record highs in profits and payouts.  In Beaver County, Pennsylvania Lottery sales totaled more than 57-and-a-half million dollars.  Prizes paid in Beaver County totaled more than 36-million dollars.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine wants to prevent new tragedies with gun law reforms.  The governor announced a 17-point plan yesterday to address gun violence, including background checks for nearly all gun sales and a so-called red flag law that would take guns from people who are perceived as threats.  DeWine’s plans came out in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Dayton.

If the bill gets the votes, kids across Pennsylvania will be free to run lemonade stands without legal blowback.  Democratic state Representative Gerald Mullery is introducing a bipartisan bill that would end the regulation of child-run lemonade stands.  Currently, people under 18 in the Commonwealth cannot operate such a stand in their front yard without first getting a permit to do so from their municipality.  Mullery says the passage of the bill would free up kids to learn about the value of earning money while not being slowed down by red tape.

A Washington County native who was among the victims in the Dayton, Ohio, mass shooting this weekend is being remembered for his compassion toward others.  A memorial service for 25-year-old Nicholas Cumer [[ KOO-mer ]] was held yesterday at St. Francis University, where he was a grad student.  Classmates say Cumer embodied the values of St. Francis — namely, compassion and service to others.