TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 9TH 2019

A New Castle man faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16 year old girl. According to the New Castle News 35 year old Roberto Gardner is being charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault without consent of another along with a corruption of minors charge. The alleged incident took place in February of this year. Gardner was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County  Jail on five thousand dollars bond.

Police believe a North Sewickley Township man shoved a woman into a television during an argument.  Joshua Kennedy is accused of pushing the victim into the T-V, causing the woman to suffer shoulder injuries September 28th at their home on the 100-block of Belton Road.  Kennedy’s preliminary hearing is set for October 11th.

No one is hurt after an R-V fire Tuesday morning on Interstate 79 in Slippery Rock, Butler County.  The vehicle was towing a trailer when it caught fire on the northbound ramp yesterday morning.  The driver was able to pull the vehicle off the road safely.

A conviction against a Washington County man will not be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court rejected the case today which involved a 2015 first-degree murder conviction for Jordon Clemens.  He was sentenced to death for the 2012 fatal stabbing of Karissa Kunco in Washington.  The state Supreme Court previously ruled the sentence was fair based on the evidence presented during trial.

Federal authorities in Pittsburgh say a Beaver Falls man, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of bank robbery. 40 year old Michael Neppach is charged with robbing the PNC Bank on route 19 in Cranberry Township back in October. Authorities say Neppach got away with over one thousand dollars in cash.  The FBI and Cranberry Township Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case. Neppach faces up to 20 years in prison.

The man arrested for a Butler County armed robbery is out of jail.  Ronald Steighner was released yesterday after prosecutors withdrew the charges, citing an ongoing investigation.  Steighner was accused of holding up the Subway in Center Township at gunpoint last month.

A teacher in the Ambridge Area School District is being nominated to become Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.  Nicole Darroch, a STEAM or science, technology, education, art, and mathematics educator, was nominated by the Beaver County Education Trust.  Darroch is vying to be one of a dozen finalists statewide.  She was the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Teacher of the Month in 2017.

Still no word on a shooting in Butler County from over the weekend.  Police were called to a house in Jefferson Township Sunday, where they found that 47-year-old Robert Mayer had a gunshot wound in his chest. There was no report on the severity of the injury or any details surrounding the shooting.

Sports betting arrived in Washington County yesterday.  The Meadows Casino opened its new sports book to the public for testing between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.last night.   Casino officials received their permit to open the sports betting parlor last week.  If the tests go well, a grand opening is planned for Thursday.

More than 700 guns that had been sitting in evidence rooms around Allegheny County are destroyed.  The Allegheny County D-A’s annual firearm collection event took in guns from 18 police departments as well as Pittsburgh Public School police and the Port Authority police.  The weapons were placed in the grinder at the Tube City recycling center in West Mifflin after the Monday collection event.