TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2019

Court officials say a former New Castle police officer has been indicted on a federal civil rights violation connected to an arrest in May of last year.  The grand jury indicted Ronald Williams Friday after seeing video showing the former cop slamming Perry Lawry’s head onto the floor of an East Washington Street home several times.  The department fired Williams for excessive force following an internal investigation.  An attorney for Williams say the video didn’t show Lawry reaching for a knife after being hit with a Taser several times.

State Police in Lawrence County report a man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a crash in Slippery Rock Township that sent one woman to the hospital. The two-car crash happened Saturday around 5:30 p.m. on Route 422 just east of Mill Bridge Road. 34 year old Alexander Miller of New Castle was arrested for suspicion on DUI. Officials say Miller lost control of his truck and went into the other lane hitting another car head on operated by 54 year old Dawn Caminite of Ellwood City. She was transported to the hospital for “suspected serious injuries,” according to a release from state police.

State police say a 22-year-old man is dead after an Interstate 79 crash in Butler County Friday morning.  Joshua Travis’s truck lost control headed northbound and struck an embankment, rolling several times.  The Allison Park man was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

State troopers say they have a man who ran from the scene of a multi-vehicle crash in Lawrence County Saturday evening.  Two vehicles collided on Route 422 near Fox Road in Slippery Rock Township with a man driving a pickup involved running from the scene.  A woman was pinned inside the other vehicle and was eventually removed by first responders, who took her to the hospital by ambulance after weather conditions wouldn’t allow for a helicopter.  It’s unclear what led to the crash.

A Fenelton man doing time inside Butler County Prison is accused of making weapons inside his cell.  Darin Shay was reportedly found with a large piece of epoxy flooring sharpened to a point inside his cell.  The 49-year-old told corrections officials he only removed the epoxy from a wall because he wanted a sample to have when he got out to put the same flooring in his garage at home.

Ambridge police are charging a 45-year-old man with burglary and theft for a cell phone store break in.  Albert Couplin is accused of getting into the Metro-P-C-S store on the 500-block of Merchant Street in April of this year and made off with Cash.  Couplin had worked at the store and reportedly used a brick thrown through the front door.  Couplin’s preliminary hearing is October 8th.

Pennsylvania Health officials are warning of the spread of a rare mosquito-transmitted viral infection in the commonwealth.  Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or E-E-E has been found in Carbon, Erie, and Monroe counties this year.  The virus is carried by birds and passed to humans and horses by mosquito.  It’s said to have a high mortality rate for the infected.  Through mid-September of this year, the C-D-C says it has had 18 reported cases nationwide.

WFMJ-TV is reporting Greenville police found a large number of drugs during a traffic stop on Saturday night. Officers say they found 42 grams of powdered cocaine and 367 grams of marijuana during the stop. 9-year-old Kaleb Hobson, and 18-year-old Gavin Warner, were in the car. Officials say there was nearly $2,500 in cash in the vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.

A Freedom man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in U.S. District County in Pittsburgh 25 year old Adam Hosie, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti. The court said Hosie possessed images and videos in computer graphic files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, some of whom had not yet attained 12 years of age. Sentencing is set for January 9 of next year. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.