Murder and Robbery Suspect Caught by Police
The biggest story of the weekend is about a robbery and shooting that took place at a fast food restaurant in Edinboro. A black male who came in on a Kawasaki motorcycle attempted to gain access to the cash registers and safe of Wendy’s restaurant just off of I-79 in Edinboro shortly before 2:30 on Saturday afternoon. During the course of the robbery one of the restaurant’s employees was shot twice by the suspect before they fled the scene. The victim, 22 year old Alexander Cavanah, died later in the day at an Erie Hospital after succumbing to his wounds. The chief suspect, 20 year old Markese Lampley, of Erie was arrested along Interstate 90 in Millcreek Township after a brief chase a little more than 24 hours later. He faces charges including first and second degree murder and robbery, as well as multiple summary charges, and had multiple prior warrants for violent crimes. The Pennsylvania State Police are crediting the speedy arrest to information called in by concerned citizens.
Tractor Trailer Pile-Up Injures One
A collision involving three tractor trailers on Interstate 80 in Clarion County injured a Woodhaven New York man and left the west bound lane closed for several hours. 59 year old teamster Jaun Cruz was traveling through Monroe township when his truck jacknifed for undiscerned reasons, left the road to collide with a tree, and then while still jacknifed coasted back on to the interstate into the path of two more trucks. Cruz was taken to Clarion hospital after the crash.
Two Men Charged in December Theft
A man named Brandon Smith who was already in Venango County Jail, and another named Christopher Schulzt of Cochranton have been arrested and charged with both theft and receiving stolen property in relation to the theft of several appliances from a location in Franklin. The investigation that led to the arrests was a cooperative venture between The Sugarcreek PD and the Mercer County State Police.
PA’s Trail of the Year
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Ghost Town Trail as Pennsylvania’s trail of the year. Ghost Town trail had an estimated 80,000 unique visitors last year and runs for 50 miles through Cambria and Indiana Counties.