TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 27TH, 2019

Two people were taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident on Interstate 79 in Cranberry Township. State Police report 46 year old John Zazado of Millsboro was northbound when he slammed on his brakes to avoid approaching traffic and turned into the median. Zazado and a passenger, 89 year old Alonzo Lawver of Clarksville were both taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment. Police said Zazado was cited.

There will be an added police presence at Moon Area High School through the end of this week after two men were stopped with a B-B gun Monday.  Officials say the district remains safe and the incident was contained.  While police wouldn’t say if anyone was charged in the incident, the letter said the district would push to punish anyone to the maximum extent who brought any sort of weapon on the property.

A former state lawmaker from Butler Township will likely avoid charges for an alleged sexual assault in 2015.  The grand jury report didn’t name the lawmaker, but it is believed to be 50-year-old Brian Ellis, who was accused of having sex with a female state employee after she had blacked out.  The grand jury made several recommendations on how the General Assembly should handle future similar misconduct allegations going forward, including creating an independent Office of Legislative Responsibility to look into these types of claims.  Ellis resigned in March and has continued to deny the allegations.

A woman from Ambridge is accused of attacking her former boyfriend with a knife.  April Baynes reportedly attacked the man last Wednesday in Crestview Village with a knife as he was getting out of a car, then began punching his female passenger.  The 25-year-old was reportedly caught on surveillance video waiting for the man then running after his car with the knife.  Baynes is free on 30-thousand-dollars bail ahead of a preliminary hearing today.

A former team doctor for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team says Coach James Franklin pressured him into medically clearing hurt players for action.  Doctor Scott Lynch was removed as the team’s orthopedic surgeon and the university’s director of athletic medicine this past March.  Lynch said he brought the allegations to A-D Sandy Barbour and several other officials only to have them demand he be relieved of his assignment.  Lynch is seeking at least 50-grand in damages.

Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing eleven people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill last October.  Monday, federal prosecutors announced their intentions for their case against Robert Bowers, who is accused of opening fire on the house of worship.  Last week, two Jewish congregations sent prosecutors a letter requesting they seek a plea deal and not to pursue the death penalty.

Ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is four cents cheaper this week at $2.77 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Drivers in New Castle are paying 2.77 a gallon while in Sharon the average price is at 2.84. At $2.59, the national gas price average is on track to be potentially the cheapest Labor Day weekend average in three years. A year ago the average price in Western Pennsylvania was at 3.09 a gallon.

A teen will spend up to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to a drive-by shooting that happened before Antwon Rose was shot in East Pittsburgh last year.  Zaijuan Hester entered the plea on aggravated assault and weapons charges for the drive-by in June of Last year.  Later, the vehicle Hester and Rose was in was pulled over in East Pittsburgh, with Rose shot as he ran from the Officer Michael Rosfeld.