Tri County Report For August 9th, 2019

New Castle police arrested a man who carried a long knife into the high school earlier this week. According to the Department’s Facebook page School administrators called police after stopping 26-year-old Floyd Booker Tuesday. They told police they saw Booker not long after that, running down Hurricane Drive. Booker is facing charges of possession of weapons on school property and criminal trespassing. Students were not in the school at the time of the incident.

State Police in Lawrence County report a Volant man was recently scammed out of three hundred dollars. According to police the 62 year old man was chatting on Facebook who he thought was a friend who told him he had won 90 thousand dollars. The man was then contacted by another person telling him to purchase 300 dollars worth of Apple gift cards in exchange for the 90 thousand dollars. The victim purchased the gift cards but received nothing in return. He also divulged the password to his own personal Facebook account. The investigation is ongoing.

Next Monday, jury selection begins in the trial of an Ambridge man charged with criminal homicide in a double murder last year.  Brandon Richardson is charged with two counts of criminal homicide in the incident at the Sunoco station on Merchant Street last December.  Police say Richardson was being assaulted by five people.  Afterward, two of the men in the group were shot to death.  Richardson’s attorney says it was a case of self-defense but prosecutors argue Richardson should have stopped shooting after the first shot.

Two state legislators are working to introduce an anti-abortion bill next session.  Senator Doug Mastriano and Representative Stephanie Borowicz are touring Central Pennsylvania in the hopes of garnering support for their “heartbeat bill,” which would make terminating a pregnancy illegal if a heartbeat were present.  Previous heartbeat bills passed in other states have been ruled unconstitutional.

A Beaver County couple is behind bars, accused of abusing their infant son.  Economy police arrested Daniel and Malory Yarmoski yesterday after doctors reported the five-week-old boy suffered several broken bones.  The couple’s attorney says, however, the child has brittle bone disease.

President Trump will make his anticipated visit to Beaver County next week.  White House officials announced yesterday that the president rescheduled his tour of the Shell cracker plant for Tuesday.  Trump was scheduled to visit the plant yesterday, but postponed the trip to focus on mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

Jerry Sandusky will be resentenced in court next month.  A state appeals court ruled that the judge was wrong in the number of years he could sentence the former Penn State football coach to back in 2012.  He is due back in court on September 23rd.  Sandusky maintains his innocence.

Teachers across the state are utilizing a viral campaign to get free school supplies.  A teacher in Texas began the “Clear the Lists” hashtag about a month ago as a way to help furnish her classroom.  Every year, thousands of teachers nationwide spend their own money on supplies, which often totals in the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.  With #Clear-the-Lists, teachers create an Amazon Wish List that the general public can purchase and then send to them.

A Westmoreland County man is awaiting sentencing for causing his brother’s death.  Jurors found Markus McGowan guilty yesterday of drug delivery resulting in death charges.  McGowan sold several bags of fentanyl to Matthew McGowan in 2016 the day before Matthew died of an overdose.