TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2019

Pittsburgh police believe a teen from Beaver County is behind an online hate crime threat against several area hospitals.  Police say they spoke with the teen and his family yesterday morning and were able to determine he had no intentions of carrying out the threat.  As of now, the teen hasn’t been charged and his identity hasn’t been released.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting that a Beaver Falls man faces several charges in connection with an accident last month in North Beaver Township. State Police said 53-year-old Daniel Zack is being charged with causing an accident involving damage, careless and reckless driving, and a number of other charges. Police said Zack drove through a home owner’s gate and through the yard down a steep embankment around 6:30 a.m. Aug. 5 along Route 18 and then led the scene.

State police say this Labor Day weekend had fewer crashes than last year.  In all, troopers say there were 684 crashes they investigated this year state wide, down five-percent from last year.

The mother of an Aliquippa murder victim will not go to trial for assaulting relatives of her daughter’s ex-fiance.  Beaver County prosecutors dropped assault and harassment charges against Lisa DelTondo yesterday.  DelTondo had been accused of spitting on the victim after a verbal barrage last year.  Her daughter, Rachael DelTondo, was gunned down 15 months ago in an unsolved crime.

25 year old Sean Rain of Farrell was sentenced to life in prison in Mercer County Common Pleas Court yesterday for killing a man back in 2018. According to the Sharon Herald, Rain was convicted for first degree murder in the shooting death of 30 year old Trivoune Craig. He was also sentenced to 42 to 48 months in prison for carrying a firearm without a license and 18 to 36 months for a person not to possess a firearm. Both consecutive to the life sentence.

Organizers of a blood drive in honor of a Pittsburgh Police officer who died over the summer say the event will ultimately save hundreds of lives.  Over the past month, more than 800 lives were saved by 281 units of blood donated in honor of Officer Calvin Hall.  Hall was off duty when he was shot and killed breaking up an incident at a party in July.

Eight people are injured after a crash in Penn Township, Butler County yesterday morning.  It happened on Route Eight at Airport Road when at least two vehicles collided with three of the eight hurt having to be pulled from the wreckage.  A total of four people were flown from the scene.  There’s no word on the severity of their injuries.

A Greenville woman faces several charges, including DUI following a traffic accident that injured two people, including a child. According to WFMJ-TV Greenville Police the accident took place on West Main and South Second Street Tuesday night and one of the drivers 31 year old Ashely Diehl got out of her car and ran away. Diehl was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of the accident. Police say two people involved in the accident, including a young juvenile, had minor injuries.

A man is in custody for an armed robbery at a Subway restaurant in Center Township, Butler County.  It happened last week at the eatery on Route Eight with 34-year-old Ronald Steighner pulling out a handgun and ordering the employees to the ground.  It’s reported someone saw the surveillance video and recognized the suspect as his own brother.  Steighner’s home was searched and police say they found evidence related to the robbery.  He’s got a court appearance set for next week.

The V-A Pittsburgh Health Care System is holding two town hall meetings this month for feedback on improving care.  The first is next Monday afternoon at the Beaver County V-A Outpatient Clinic on the 300-block of Brighton Avenue in Rochester and the second will be next Thursday in Greensburg.  Both events will feature V-A officials who can answer questions on benefits and provide information.