TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2019

A suspect who police say fired shots in New Castle ditched the van he was driving in Youngstown after a police chase. The pursuit started about 1 a.m. Wednesday. According to police, New Castle officers were chasing the driver after they say he may have been involved in a report of shots fired. WKBN-TV reports The chase went over the state line into Mahoning County and the city of Youngstown. The suspect got away as the investigation is ongoing.

A man and woman are in custody following a drug bust this week in Butler.  Anthony Wilson and Angela Staley were arrested Tuesday night following a search of the home on the 500-block of East Locust Street.  Butler County Drug Task Force members discovered more than a gram of a substance they believe to be fentanyl as well as drug paraphernalia and over one-grand in cash.  The two are in Butler County Prison after being arraigned.

Sharon police are investigating the death of a Shenango Valley man after his body was found in a vacant home Tuesday evening. The Sharon Herald reports police identified the victim as 33 year old Dwayne J. Jordan. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The governor of Pennsylvania is officially in support of the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes.  Governor Tom Wolf made the announcement yesterday after unveiling a report that alleges a majority of Commonwealth residents support legalization.  He also says he’s calling on the state Legislature to decriminalize minor cannabis-related offenses and to expunge the past convictions of people convicted of minor cannabis-related crimes.  Wolf says his criminal justice reform proposals would have an immediate and positive influence on thousands of families across Pennsylvania.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Little Beaver Township Tuesday night. 21 year old Brianna McClintock of Enon Valley was southbound on Little Orchard Road when she lost control and crashed into a ditch striking a tree. McClintock was taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital for treatment.

The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Jeannette High School football game says he opened fire to protect himself.  Greg Harper’s attorney told a Westmoreland County judge yesterday that Dameian Williams was shot while he was beating Harper outside McKee Stadium this month.  Harper was ordered to stand trial for criminal homicide.

An investigation is underway into a fire that destroyed an Aliquippa home.  Firefighters battled heavy smoke and flames yesterday morning on Davis Street.  A woman living inside the house was able to escape without injuries.  Investigators say utilities to the house were shut off and the woman may have set a fire to keep warm.

A recently resigned pastor at a Wexford church is facing accusations he sexually assaulted a teen at a church in Minnesota.  Rick Iglesias resigned the role at Oxford Hill Church in July after the 64-year-old told another pastor about what he did at his former church between 2010 and 2012.  Investigators believe the teen was a freshman and sophomore in high school at the time.  Local church officials say so far no one has come forward locally with any credible allegations here.

Butler Area School District is on alert after a threat was posted online by an Intermediate High School student yesterday.  A letter was sent to parents Wednesday saying a student posted a photo of the building with a disturbing comment.  Police were notified immediately and the student was identified.  The student will face disciplinary action as well as potential charges.

The state Senate is moving along legislation that would raise the minimum age in Pennsylvania to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21.  Approved by a 43-to-six margin, the bill is now on its way to the House for consideration.  If signed into law as currently written, the legislation would also create new penalties for tobacco use in schools and allow schools to upgrade their on-grounds tobacco use policies.