TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 15TH, 2020

A Neshannock Township woman is facing more than 2,000 criminal charges for misusing a Pennsylvania American Water Co. credit card for personal use while she worked there. According to the New Castle News police in Shenango Township have filed charges against 49 year old Heather Cook of Green Tree Circle. The incidence of credit card charges span various dates between 2015 and 2017, involving more than $106,000. Cook was fired from her job on Sept. 15, 2017.

Family members say they lost two pets during a fire this week in Brighton Township.  The Thompson family says they weren’t home when the blaze started in the kitchen of the 100-block of Edgewood Drive home Monday evening.  The fire caused substantial smoke and fire damage.  A GoFundMe has been set up to raise five grand to help the family, with it about a third of the way to its goal

Elections officials say Lebanon County D-A Dave Arnold has won the special election to fill an open state Senate seat.  Arnold defeated Michael Schroeder Tuesday in the race to fill former Senator Mike Folmer’s seat after the Republican resigned amid a child pornography investigation.  Arnold will likely be sworn in later this month.

Officials with U-P-M-C say the first trial of a wireless eyeball implant is underway.  A woman from Ohio had the chip installed last week to act like an artificial retina.  If effective, the treatment may be used to help people battling age-related macular degeneration, which causes 14-million people to lose their sight.  Four more patients will take part in the trial in the coming months.  It may be several years before the method gets broader approval to become an accepted treatment.

The Sharon Herald is reporting that 19 year old Leonard Frye Jr., who is charged in connection with the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl who died in October waived his right to a hearing on the latest set of charges filed against him in the case. Frye is charged with 23 felony charges including multiple counts of rape of a substantially impaired person, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 16 and statutory assault. Frye remains in Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond.

Work is underway at Heinz Field on some upgrades to the stadium.  Pittsburgh Steelers officials say they are building its new flagship store where a ticket window was located along Art Rooney Avenue.  The two-story store, which is expected to be completed by July, will be 12-thousand-square feet and will stretch to the 50-yard-line.  The team is picking up the construction’s 13-million-dollar price tag.

Police in Sharon are investigating a shooting and stabbing involving a Youngstown man on Monday. Officers were called to the 500 block of Lafayette Avenue at around 8 pm. Monday, where they found shell casings and two cars that had been struck by bullets. The victim who police have identified only as a 33-year-old Youngstown man, was found a couple of blocks away along the 600 block of S Irvine Avenue. He was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

A viral video is circulating the internet showing roaches and dirt on coffee containers at a Downtown Pittsburgh 7-Eleven.  A former employee who shot and posted the video January 5th tells W-P-X-I T-V that he wants other people to be aware of the problem at the Smithfield Street convenience store.  Allegheny County Health officials tell the station they are following up on several complaints made about the store.