TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 15TH, 2019

Three people were shot inside of a New Castle home Tuesday night. The call for help came in just before midnight. That’s when police rushed to the scene along Adams Street. Police said someone walked into the house, shot three people and left. Two of the victims were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown and the other to UPMC in Jameson. All are reported to be in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

According to the New Castle News, four New Castle  suspects pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and other charges in connection with a May 2018 drive by shooting in Sharon. 20 year old D’Amonte Bell, 20 year old Marcel Steward, 24 year old Delaughn Searcy who was the driver and the car, and 27 year old Donelle Searcy all face prison time. A Sharon man was shot in the chest and was taken to an Ohio trauma center where he later recovered from his injuries.

A New Brighton woman is facing drug charges after being found hiding a crack pipe in her ponytail.  Shanay Gilbert was arrested June 30th during a domestic dispute at a Third Avenue apartment.  Inside, police found a man with crack cocaine, heroin, and suboxone strips in his pocket.  When police asked the 27-year-old if there was anything else, Gilbert reportedly pulled a crack pipe and a baggie of crack cocaine from her ponytail.  Gilbert’s preliminary hearing is set for August 23rd.  The man inside was wanted on a warrant from the Beaver County Sheriff’s department.

The suspect involved in a shooting that left six Philadelphia police officers hurt is in custody.  The suspect surrendered after an hours-long standoff. The situation started Wednesday afternoon when police served a warrant related to a narcotics investigation.  They were searching a house when they came under fire.  At one point, two officers were trapped inside the house with the armed suspect, but they were eventually rescued, along with several hostages.  All six officers who were shot have been released from the hospital.

Governor Tom Wolf is set to sign an executive order today to introduce about two dozen reforms and initiatives attempting to reduce gun violence in P-A.  The move will lead to several new state offices that will focus on programs intended to cut gun violence and increase collaboration across several public agencies in P-A and across the country, according to Pennlive-dot-com.  Wolf said they aren’t doing enough to stop people from dying.

More than 40 cats are available for adoption after being rescued from a Beaver County home.  Humane officers seized the cats yesterday from an Ambridge house that had been condemned and had no gas, water or electricity.  Three dead cats were found in the house.

Plans to open a mini casino inside the Westmoreland Mall are moving forward.  Pennsylvania Gaming Control officials approved yesterday a developer’s plan to transform the former Bon-Ton store into the Live! Casino Pittsburgh.  The casino will feature 750 slot machines, 30 table games, restaurants and an entertainment venue when it opens next year.

State troopers are asking for help finding whoever is responsible for a burglary in Prospect earlier this month.  It happened at a home on Stoney Batter Road in the afternoon of August 2nd.  A Ruger L-C-nine-S firearm was taken during the burglary.  Anyone with information is asked to contact state police.

The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg says it has paid just over 12-million dollars to 106 abuse survivors.  The update comes one year after the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report marking alleged offenses by clergy across the commonwealth.  The diocese says that money has been paid to the survivors who have accepted the offers so far.