TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 31ST, 2020

The search for a missing New Castle woman has a tragic ending.  Police say a volunteer search party found the body of 39-year-old Sabrina Salamon yesterday around 4pm, in a yard near Arlington and Long avenues.  Salamon was reported missing on December 20th.  Autopsy results are pending.

Police are identifying the pedestrian hurt in an accident in Grove City this week.  Margaret Mong was hit by a vehicle operated by 23-year-old Mark Sessar as it was turning left at the intersection on West Pine and South Broad streets.  The 64-year-old Mong’s injuries aren’t believed to be serious.  Police say Mong entered the roadway against a pedestrian stop signal.

Federal investigators raided the Ellwood City Hospital yesterday. A spokesperson out of Pittsburgh for the FBI said authorities were conducting law enforcement activity at that location. The Ellwood City Ledger reports the medical center and its owner, Americore Health LLC, have been under state and federal investigations for more than a year, stemming from financial issues that led to workers having a series of disrupted or delayed payrolls and vendors complaining of non-payments. The matter also is the focus of a criminal probe by the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

A 29 year- old Youngstown man suffered a gunshot wound to the head yesterday morning after a shooting in Sharon. WFMJ-TV is reporting Sharon Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of Cedar Ave. in reports to shots fired. Police arrived to find the man conscious and alert and was able to speak to police. Police believe he was shot in a vehicle. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

A new poll suggests Pennsylvania is ready for a new commander in chief.  The Franklin and Marshall College poll shows 57-percent of registered voters in the state want President Trump out of office.  The findings are based on a survey of 292 Democrats, 251 Republicans and 85 independents.  Former Vice President Joe Biden still leads among Democrats for the nomination, though he is down by at least ten-percent from the last poll in October.  The poll also notes Trump’s favorability rating in the state is similar to former President Barack Obama’s before his successful re-election campaign.

A man from Butler County is one of the plaintiffs accusing S-C-I Mercer of cruel and unusual punishment.  Mark Bowman, who was being held for an identity theft charge while on probation, says he served over eight months in solitary confinement.  Bowman says he pleaded guilty to the charges just so he wouldn’t go back to solitary.  Bowman says that time caused severe depression and trauma.  Another person from Washington County is making similar allegations.

Pennsylvania anglers don’t have to wear their fishing license on them while fishing anymore.  The state Fish and Boat Commission announced their board has approved the removal of the long-standing regulation.  The change says anglers must still carry the license with them to present to law enforcement upon request.  State officals say they hope the amendment means less worry over losing a license and the cost to replace it.

State Senator Scott Hutchinson says he is officially running for reelection.  The Republican is seeking his third term in Harrisburg on behalf of the 21st District after spending nearly 20 years in the state House of Representatives.  Hutchinson says he wants to provide a strong voice for businesses, families, and taxpayers.

A former Washington County sheriff’s deputy is going to prison for sexually assaulting a child.  Trent Talbert was sentenced yesterday to up to five years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault and child endangering.  Talbert admitted to assaulting the victim at his Hopewell Township home between 2016 and 2018.