TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 23RD, 2019

New Castle City Police have charged a Mahoningtown couple with abusing a five month old baby girl. According to the New Castle News, 31year old Thomas Perod and 29 year old Ashley Leonard both face a number of charges in connection with the injuries the girl suffered between September of 2017 and January of 2018. Police said the girl was diagnosed with broken ribs two skull fractures and other injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Two former Sharon police officers have been charged in connection with a missing weapon that belonged to one of them during their time with the department. According to the Sharon Herald 31 year old Matthew Paul Lehman and 25 year old Kaillie Marshall, who were living together at one time, were disciplined because of the incident and are no longer Sharon police officers. Mercer County district Attorney Peter Acker said the missing gun was used in a New Castle home invasion.  Both face a number of charges.

An Ambridge couple is facing more than 400 charges stemming from the seizure of dozens of cats from their home.  Police say 40 cats, ranging in age from 16 weeks to three years, were rescued after police were called by a neighbor who thought there were only a half-dozen cats inside.  Animal rescue officers describe the living conditions as horrific, and that the home was infested with flies and fleas.  Police say the 41 cats have recovered and are healthy and are ready for adoption.

Three people are facing charges after allegedly vandalizing a park in Butler.  The three are accused of causing 16-grand in damage to Father Marinaro Park.  Police in the city say they noticed the vandalism last week.

A judge is denying the appeal of a man from Uniontown in the death of his nearly two-year-old daughter.  Michael Wright was sentenced in May to up to 40-years in prison for Lydia Wright’s death in February 2016.  The girl was reportedly left strapped in car seat at her home for more than 12 hours and weighed ten pounds when she was taken to Uniontown Hospital.  In the appeal, Wright’s attorney claimed there wasn’t enough evidence to convict his client.  The girl’s mom, Andrea Dusha, is serving up to 19-years for the girl’s death.

A report out this week says Pennsylvania’s roads are getting better.  The Reason Foundation’s report released yesterday puts the commonwealth at 35th in the nation for cost-effectiveness and condition.  That rank is up six spots from their last report.  P-A still ranks low in structurally deficient bridges and is 39th in total spending per mile.  New Jersey now ranks dead last in overall highway performance.

Another county commissioners meeting will be on the road next Tuesday. The Commissioners will meet at the Mahoning Township Park pavilion behind the municipal building on State Street at noon Tuesday. Throughout the year, the commissioners plan to one meeting each month at various locations throughout the county. The public is invited to attend.

The coroner in Washington County has identified the pedestrian killed by a train in Charleroi Tuesday as 49-year-old Lisa M. Lees.  The coroner says Lees was struck and killed as she walked across railroad tracks near Seventh Street and Railroad Way.  Her death was ruled accidental.  Her death is the 16th rail or train fatality this year in Pennsylvania.