TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2ND, 2019

The New Castle News reports a Detroit man who led police on a chase from Ellwood City to the city of New Castle is in the Lawrence County Jail. Ellwood City police arrested 23-year-old Andre Shontez Lee in New Castle after he sped away from them on Skyline Drive Wednesday night following a reported domestic fight. He was charged with fleeing police, accidents involving damage to property, reckless driving, driving at unsafe speed and driving while his license is suspended. Bond was set at 15 thousand dollars.

Police say a Butler man pulled a gun on some neighbor kids after their ball went in his yard.  Scott Spahn is accused of threatening the kids with a revolver and refusing to give their ball back.  Spahn was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault and terroristic threats and is in Butler County Jail on 200-thousand-dollars bail.

Some state lawmakers are introducing their own bill that would allow college athletes to be paid.  The bill would allow students to sign endorsement deals, letting them earn money for their name and likeness.  The measure would also permit the young athletes to hire an agent.  Allegheny County state Representative Dan Miller calls the bill a worker’s freedom issue, adding the athletes help their coaches earn big salaries while they don’t financially benefit as well.

There will not be a debate this year for the candidates for Beaver County Commissioner.  The county Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday it won’t be hosting the debate for the four vying for the positions, saying not enough candidates were willing to participate.  The Beaver County Times reported two of the four outright said no while a third said they would only participate if all four took part.  In 2015, the chamber debate was also cancelled after three candidates declined to participate.

A Sharon man accused of sexually assaulting a nine year old girl has been held over to Common Pleas Court in Mercer County. The Sharon Herald reports 37 year old Adam Lynn is charged with aggravated indecent assault of a child, aggravated indecent assault of an unconscious child, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault of a person younger than 13.  The alleged incident took place in 2017. Lynn is already listed as a sexual offender subject to lifetime Megan’s Law provisions, stemming from an indecent assault conviction in 2000. He’s in the Mercer County Jail on 250 thousand dollars bond.

A woman is in custody for the alleged theft of hundreds’ of dollars in merchandise from the Cranberry Mall last week.  Sabrina Eisenberg was charged Tuesday after around 480-dollars in stolen merchandise was found in her vehicle September 27th.  Eisenberg has more than three prior retail theft convictions and is wanted in several surrounding counties, according to W-P-X-I T-V.

Smoking is being banned at Veterans Administration facilities, but some argue it’s not healthy.  The new V-A rules, went into effect yesterday, prohibit all tobacco products on their campuses and outpatient facilities nationwide.  Opponents of the law fear the change will be tough for veterans with addiction or mental health issues.  Patients who violate the new policy could be issued a citation and removed from their care facilities.

Sports betting could soon be coming to Washington County.  Pennsylvania gaming officials are expected to approve a sportsbook at The Meadows today.  Casino managers say The Meadows Sportsbook will feature 17 televisions with betting kiosks and sports wagering experts when it opens next week.

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would raise the salary cap on local elected officials.  The bills, if approved, would allow townships and boroughs the option to increase salaries for their leaders, based upon the size of the community.  The largest communities could see the amount of compensation rise from five-grand to near 84-hundred-dollars per year.  The bills could come up for a vote starting October 21st.