TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 13TH, 2020

A man from Arizona is dead after driving his pickup into a Butler County creek over the weekend.  Michael Cain of El Dorado, Arizona, lost control of his truck on Route 68 in Forward Township early Sunday morning.  Troopers say the vehicle crossed the center line, struck a guardrail, and slid over a culvert into the creek.  The crash is under investigation.

An 18-year-old Grove City man has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting Friday evening in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. The Sharon Herald is reporting Issa Noor died at 7:55 p.m. Friday at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh after he was shot at Roberts Street and Bedford Avenue in Pittsburgh at 6:43 p.m. No arrests have yet been made as the investigation in continuing.

Investigators say a man is in custody after a standoff Friday afternoon in Prospect.  It happened near Route 422 at a home where marshals were trying to serve a man a warrant.  When the man refused to leave, a SWAT team was called in with the standoff eventually ending peacefully around 3 p.m.

Parts of Western P-A are still in clean-up mode after strong winds blew through the area over the weekend.  The storm brought down trees and knocked out power in Heidelberg while a large tree fell into the bedroom of a Darlington home Saturday night.  There were no reported injuries and power was restored to most of the region by Sunday morning.

Federal investigators may not have a quick answer on the cause of last week’s deadly pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  National Transportation Safety Board officials say it could take two years for the final report on the wreck that killed five people and injured nearly 60 others.  At issue is a backlog of cases at the agency’s laboratory.  A preliminary report could come out this week.

Some new legislation is being introduced in Harrisburg with the goal of reducing the cost of some prescription drugs.  Today, the Prescription Drug Affordability Board will be introduced at the state Capitol.  The group will work to give insight on how drugs are priced and try to create a mechanism that will reduce what people pay for their medications.

Part of Route 51 in Moon Township is still closed after a landslide earlier this month.  The slide shut down the road indefinitely between Flaugherty Run in Moon Township and Purdy Road in Crescent Township.  PennDOT officials say the landslide is still moving and crews are still working to remove the debris.

A woman from Slippery Rock is accused of stealing a donation jar from a Butler Township convenience store.  Johanne Minetti allegedly took the Children’s Miracle Network jar from the counter at the Speedway on Hansen Avenue in October.  The jar had about 100-dollars in it.  The 49-year-old is also accused in a retail theft at the Kohl’s at Butler Crossing last month, where she reportedly tried to walk off with around 400-dollars in jewelry before being stopped.

A 47 year old Brookfield Ohio man faces charges following a traffic accident early Saturday morning. According to police the man struck an embankment off the route 224 exit on Interstate 376. Police suspect alcohol was involved. The driver was taken to Jameson Hospital where he refused a blood draw. Charges are pending.