TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2019

There’s no word yet of any arrests after a drive-by shooting in New Castle.  Police say someone opened fire on a Finch Street home early yesterday after a nearby bar fight.  The shooters targeted the wrong house, however, nearly shooting a sleeping baby and its parents.

An Ellwood City teen was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital following a one vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Wayne Township. Police said the 16 year old male lost control of his vehicle after suffering a blown tire. He lost control and struck a utility pole. State Police then teen had to be extricated from the vehicle and was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital. His condition was not released.

According to the Sharon Herald a Hermitage man is in jail after police said he admitted to raping two juvenile relatives over a nine-month period.34 year old William Michael Clarke was charged with six counts of rape of a child, 13 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse , six counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and 19 counts of statutory sexual assault. He was placed in Mercer County Jail on $250,000 bond. Police said Clarke admitted to having sex with the two children multiple times since the beginning of 2019.

State Police in Butler County report a New Castle man was taken to the hospital after his car caught fire on Interstate 79. According to police 29 year old James Masterson was southbound on 79 in Jackson Township when fire and smoke engulfed the vehicle. Masterson was able to pull the vehicle off to the shoulder of the road and escape. He was taken to UPMC Passavant  Hospital in McCandless and treated for smoke inhalation.

Pittsburgh’s mayor is among a group of mayors and police chiefs meeting with the White House to demand gun reform.  Mayor Bill Peduto left for Washington, DC today with all mayors from cities that have seen mass shootings with assault rifles.  Peduto says he plans on sitting one-on-one with Senator Toomey because they have opposing views but a good working relationship.  He wants to find a middle ground on solving the gun violence crisis.

Aliquippa police say they’ve charged two men accused of waving around a gun, then hiding it when police arrived.  Stephon Peake and Markis Jones allegedly were waving guns and doing drugs near the corner of Main and Meadow streets August 1st when police approached.  Jones ran and was later taken into custody.  The next day, police saw surveillance video showing Peake pointing the gun at cars and buildings before giving the weapon to Jones who hid it.  Both have preliminary hearings set for September 23rd.

Two former area Perkins restaurants are now open under a new name. WKBN-TV reports the restaurants in Neshannock Township and Greenville will be known as Mama Jane’s Eatery. The restaurants were closed in a dispute between the local operator, 5171 Campbells Land Company, and the Perkins chain. A manager at the closed Perkins has taken over the new restaurant.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is a penny cheaper this week at $2.74. In New Castle the average is at 2.66 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying more at 2.77. Slowly but surely, gas prices continue to trend cheaper with half of all states seeing pump prices drop two-cents on the week. This caused the national average to push cheaper by a penny down to $2.56. The average is 11-cents less than a month ago and 28-cents cheaper than a year ago.

Investigators say a bathroom wall threat led to the evacuation of students in the Pine-Richland School District.  The threat, which read, I make school go boom, was found on the wall of the middle school in Gibsonia Monday morning.  The students were taken to the nearby high school and the building was searched by police canine units.  Nothing was found and the students returned to class a short while later.  Students will have their bags searched while entering school today.

Despite delays and technical issues, Kennywood’s Steel Curtain is being called an award winner.  The roller coaster won Best New Roller Coaster over the weekend during an American Coaster Enthusiasts’ event in Idaho.  The coaster, themed after the Pittsburgh Steelers, takes riders 220 feet over the Monongahela River before dropping them through nine inversions at speeds of 75-miles-per-hour.