TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 7TH, 2019

Investigators say a New Galilee man died of natural causes prior to a crash in Big Beaver last week.  Anthony Rockar was found in his vehicle after the one-vehicle crash on Route 168 near Larchwood Drive Thursday morning.  The coroner hasn’t given more details as to what were the natural causes.

More details are expected to emerge today from a shooting in Beaver Falls.  Police say one person was hospitalized last night after being shot on Fifth Avenue.  There’s no word yet on the victim’s condition nor any arrests.

An Evans City man was killed in two vehicle accident Friday morning in Forward Township. According to State Police 44 year old Robert Hauserman was operating a motorcycle on Marbuger Road when he struck a Forward Township Municipal truck that was stopped performing  road maintenance. Hauserman was pronounced dead at UPMC Passavant Hospital.

Charges are pending after a large-scale marijuana bust in New Stanton.  State police say a Pittsburgh man was caught last week with 14-thousand-dollars in marijuana and THC-laced edibles in his car.  Troopers believe the man was headed to Indiana County, but can’t say whether he was planning to sell the drugs during Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s homecoming festivities.

A Republican who last week announced that he is running for U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb’s seat next year is on probation in North Carolina for fraudulently taking money from farmers to start a cooperative. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 46 year old Brian Thomsen an Ingram resident, is also not registered to vote in Pennsylvania. Thomsen was placed on 24 months of probation on Dec. 3, 2018, after pleading to multiple charges of larceny and cheat-property/services in Chatham County District Court, according to online records. Thomsen claims the charges were politically motivated.

According to the Sharon Herald  a car accident Friday afternoon at a Sharon car dealership left a driver injured and multiple cars damaged. The accident happened around 3:30 when the driver was traveling east on the Shenango Valley Freeway drove over the curve near Walnut Avenue and onto the property of Phil’s Auto Sales and Service. The driver was taken to Sharon Regional Medical Center for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

A man from West Virginia is dead after a Washington County crash last week.  Investigators say 38-year-old Jerry Saragas of Wheeling died after a head-on collision on Route 22 in Hanover Township Thursday morning.  It’s believed Saragas lost control of his vehicle in the eastbound lanes and crossed into the westbound side.  Saragas wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, according to police.

Charges are pending after a large-scale marijuana bust in New Stanton.  State police say a Pittsburgh man was caught last week with 14-thousand-dollars in marijuana and THC-laced edibles in his car.  Troopers believe the man was headed to Indiana County, but can’t say whether he was planning to sell the drugs during Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s homecoming festivities.

Investigators believe an Allegheny County 9-1-1 dispatcher assaulted his two-month-old son.  Michael Koban has been suspended following allegations that came to light last month.  The 34-year-old Koban had been watching two of his sons, aged two-months old and 17-months-old, when he alerted his wife that the younger child fell from a swing in the living room and struck his head.  During their evaluation, doctors determined the baby had a skull fracture and several healing rib fractures which may have been caused by a squeeze or strike.  Koban’s search history on his phone also indicated he searched for shaken baby syndrome and brittle bones in babies.  Koban was arrested October 3rd.