Tri County Report For October 10th, 2019

A 33-year-old Slippery Rock Township man is accused of overdosing while watching two kids at his home.  Stephen Gilkinson was charged by state police Monday after he was found unconscious September 15th.  First responders had to use Narcan to revive Gilkinson, who faces child endangerment charges.

The Sharon Herald is reporting a former Hermitage doctor convicted of molesting two young boys has fled to his home country of Jordan. 49 year old Hisham Mustafa Shawish, formerly of Hermitage and Erie, is being sought on a bench warrant issued by a Mercer County Common Pleas Court judge after he failed to show up Friday for his sentencing hearing. Shawish was found guilty June 18 of indecent assault of a child and corruption of minors.

No one is hurt after a vehicle went down a hill and overturned yesterday on Route 422 in Butler Township earlier this week.  Investigators say Michael Tilko’s vehicle began to hydroplane early Monday morning and he lost control through a construction area on the right side of the road.  The car left the roadway and went down an embankment, eventually overturning.  Amazingly, Tilko was able to avoid injury.

Columbia Gas officials say they are planning to replace around 39-hundred feet of underground gas line in Harmony Township.  The work will happen along parts of Cedar and Norwood avenues as well as Elmer and Oak streets running through early next year.  Customers who have indoor meters will have them relocated outside of their property at no additional cost to the customer, according to Columbia Gas representatives.

The Commonwealth is warning residents that buying hunting and fishing licenses through third party websites could leave them scammed.  Both the state Fish and Boat Commission and Game Commission report a number of anglers and hunters have recently tried to buy their licenses via non-affiliated sites and ended up getting nothing in return.  According to these agencies, the Fish and Boat “Outdoor Shop” online portal is the only proven and reliable way to get licenses and permits.

The Diocese of Greensburg is being accused of covering up the actions of a suspected pedophile priest.  A lawsuit filed yesterday in Westmoreland County claims the diocese moved Father George Pierce from church to church for more than 30 years, despite knowing of child rape allegations.  Pierce died in 2009, five years after the Vatican removed him from ministry.

A New Brighton woman is accused of leaving her kids alone in a broken-down van.  Valerie Fullum was arraigned yesterday on child endangerment charges.  Rochester police say Fullum left a baby and nine-year-old child alone on Route 68 last month while she walked to a gas station.  The older child was found in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition.  Fullum was recently accused of taking a girl to get a birth control implant against her will, but the charges were dropped.

Pennsylvania State Police put a dent in the illegal drug market during the third quarter of the year. PSP spokesperson Ryan Tarkowski says State Police seized more than $8.5 million worthof cocaine, heroin fentanyl l and other illegal drugs. 192 pounds of cocaine and nearly 37 pounds of heroin and fentanyl were confiscated. Tarkowski says drug seizures run the gamut from those made during routine traffic stops to those which result from months and years-long investigations.

A man accused of posing as a seven-year-old girl’s uncle then raping her will stand trial for those charges.  Juwan Mitchell allegedly lured the child away from her grandmother’s home on Hazlett Street in Northview Heights, then assaulted her on September 15th at another home’s basement bathroom.  A detective testified the 22-year-old Mitchell admitted to the assault and claimed he had a lapse in judgement.  Mitchell remains in custody on 200-thousand-dollars bail.