TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 22ND, 2019

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh reports a New Castle doctor pleaded guilty to prescribing and distributing dangerous drugs, at federal court in Pittsburgh. 66 year old Dr.Thomas Ranieri pleaded guilty to 14 federal counts. Authorities say from January to June 2013, he prescribed and distributed quantities of drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl “outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.” Ranieri will be sentenced in January. He faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both.

The New Castle News is reporting that a New Castle teen has been charged for posting nude photos of a woman on social media. New Castle City Police have charged 18 year old Seth Heaney of Croton Avenue with unlawful dissemination of an intimate image. The victim told police that a friend also showed her screen shots of a Snapchat conversation with Heaney asking her to post the pictures on social media for money.

Police report that a man from Butler County is accused of walking into a Cranberry Township church and talking about a mass shooting.  Edwin Leech entered Victory Church during an early morning prayer service and reportedly began to scream that he was the second Messiah.  Leech allegedly added he was going to teach them a lesson on how to treat people.  Police say Leech didn’t directly threaten anyone at the church but did admit to having mental problems.

A man from Mount Lebanon will be in a Beaver County courtroom Monday after being accused of hitting a coworker with a metal pipe several times.  Murat Kapitonov is free on 25-thousand-dollars bail following the alleged attack at Champion Concrete on 12th Street July 23rd.  The 42-year-old reportedly hit Dilyavar Oslamov during an argument over a work truck.  Kapitonov told police he only hit Oslamov to defend himself.

A bill aiming at improving pipeline safety and communication in P-A is being considered in Harrisburg.  House Bill 15-68, if voted into law, would create a Pipeline Safety and Communication Board that would improve communication and transparency on public safety issues regarding the pipelines with public and government agencies.  The bill is currently in the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

A  few dozen junior hunters around the Commonwealth will soon get a crack at bagging a wild pheasant.  The state Game Commission says it’s holding a lottery during which 38 youth hunters between the ages of 12 and 16 will be approved to hunt wild pheasant roosters on two Saturday mornings, on either November 2nd or Ninth.  Young hunters who get the OK will then be able to, while accompanied by an adult guardian, go out with an assigned mentor and try their luck.  Applications to be in the lottery are due by September 15th, and those chosen will be notified following a random drawing on the Seventeenth with all the details they need to take part.

Officials say the former president of Slippery Rock University has died.  Robert Aebersold died last week from medical complications in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The 83-year-old served the university from 1984 to 1997 and is credited with developing its dance program and physical therapy program.

Investigators say they made a horrifying discovery in New Kensington yesterday.  They recovered the body of an elderly woman from the bedroom of a home that had the door and all of its vents duct-taped shut.  It’s believed her body was there for months.  Humane officials rescued 19 cats from the property.  An autopsy is being done on the woman to determine her cause of death.  A dog and another cat didn’t survive.