Tri County Report For August 12th, 2019

A New Castle man will spend at least the next 27 years in prison after his guilty plea in connection with a homicide in Sharon. The Sharon Herald reports 54 year old Roy Lee Johnson was sentenced to 27 to 52 years in prison in the shooting death of 30 year old Sierra Nicole Madison-Clark of New Castle. The shooting took place back in January of last year. Madison-Clarks body was found behind a Pizza shop on Stambaugh Avenue.

Today is Day one of the 66th annual Lawrence County Fair. Admission today is just five dollars and includes rides along with events in the grandstand. Tonight at 7:30 in the grandstand drag races will take place. The fairgrounds are located on route 108 just east of New Castle and across from Laurel High School.

An Ellwood City man has been charged in connection with a June 30 crash in which his pickup went through a building. According to the Ellwood City Ledger police filed charges of drunken driving and driving at an unsafe speed last week against 24 year old Christopher Robert Sarver. Police said Sarver was the driver of a vehicle that caused “catastophic damage” to a building at Route 488 and Railroad Street in Ellport. Sarver who had a previous DUI conviction in 2018 had a blood alcohol level of .207 percent.

Organizers of a memorial motorcycle ride are tallying up the proceeds that will help future police officers.  The Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Scholarship Ride drew more than 700 motorcycles yesterday on a 41-mile trek through Westmoreland County.  Shaw was killed in the line of duty while working in New Kensington in 2017.  The event funds a scholarship for police training.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are mourning the loss of one of their coaches who died suddenly over the weekend.  Darryl Drake, who was the team’s wide receivers coach, was found dead Sunday morning.  There’s no word on what may have caused the 62-year-old’s death.

Five children are dead after an early morning fire in Erie yesterday at a residential building that included a day care.  The victims were between the ages of eight months and seven-years-old.  The owner of the day care was flown to U-P-M-C Mercy for treatment.  The Erie Times-News reports the kids were at the day care because their parents worked overnight.  Investigators believe the fire started on the first floor of the building in a living room.

No one was reportedly injured in a fire early Friday at a plant in Zelienople. According to Inside Butler County Firefighters were called to BNZ Materials on Front Street about 1:45 a.m. for fire in the saw dust collection system. Crews were able to contain the blaze to a storage bin, with minimal damage being done to the warehouse. BNZ Materials is a global manufacturer of insulating fire brick and structural insulation.

A reminder that the Koppel Bridge will close tomorrow and be closed for the next 72 days. PennDot announced the closure that will require motorists traveling between Koppel and North Sewickley to take a lengthy detour. PennDOT estimates that the bridge will reopen Oct. 24. The closure will allow crews to connect a roadway to the new bridge. The closure is expected to begin just after midnight on Tuesday.

State Police in Butler County have charged a Hilliards man after a shooting incident on Friday. Police said 30 year old Joshua Howland got into an argument with an 18 year old Harrisville man when he allegedly fired several shots before fleeing the scene. Howland was later arrested and faces a number of charges. No injuries were reported.