Tri County Report For February 11th, 2020

Investigators say three people are in custody after a drug bust in Butler over the weekend.  The county’s Drug Task Force arrested Joseph Bell, Jessica Erdos, and Marc Pippens Saturday morning following the raid on a home on the 200-block of Second Street.  Police say they found crack cocaine, heroin, and marijuana during the bust.  A to-be-identified fourth person was picked up on an outstanding warrant as well.

The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office sued electronic cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs Inc. on Monday over how its products are marketed and sold to teenagers. Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, said in a statement that Juul “knowingly targeted young people with tactics similar to the tobacco companies’ playbook. There is no proof these e-cigarettes are safe and until there is, we need to get Juul products off shelves and out of the hands of young people.” There have been 61 confirmed and 59 probable cases of vaping products associated lung injury in Pennsylvania

An Aliquippa woman has pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to drug charges.  30 year old Carlisha Williams pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Authorities allege Williams provided other suspects an address to receive packages of fentanyl shipped from overseas. Sentencing is set for May. Williams faces up to 40 years in prison a five million dollar fine or both.

Slippery Rock University officials are demanding civility after a campus group’s flyers were vandalized.  Signs promoting the College Republicans were covered in graffiti last week, leading to calls for harmony and respect.  Signs promoting Black History Month were defaced and LGBT Pride flags were torn up on the Slippery Rock campus last year.

Renovation crews say they have uncovered asbestos in the floor tiles at the Butler County Courthouse.  Last week, county commissioners approved a plan to remove the tiles that were discovered while old carpeting was removed from several first floor offices in the building.  The asbestos removal will cost eleven grand.

Ambridge police say a man from Detroit is in custody for dealing heroin.  Darryl Ballard is accused of dealing drugs to an informant January 28th near Ninth and Pine Street, then again on February 4th.  The 29-year-old was taken into custody and remains in Beaver County Jail on a half-million-dollars bond.  His preliminary hearing is set for February 18th.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report, The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is steady this week at $2.71 a gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.65 a gallon while the average price in Sharon is 2.66. The national price average is 2.43 a gallon. A year ago drivers in Western Pennsylvania were paying 2.51 a gallon.

Someone in Westmoreland County has a big payday coming to them.  Pennsylvania Lottery officials say a Cash Five ticket worth 250-thousand-dollars was sold at the Roadrunner in Scottdale.  The ticket matched all five numbers from Sunday’s drawing.  Nearly 31-thousand other players won lower-tier prizes.

Officials with the Tree of Life synagogue are asking those who left items at a makeshift memorial for the deadly mass shooting in 2018 to come forward.  Leaders at the synagogue want to preserve the memorial and are attempting to identify why those mourners chose the items they did.  The items left at the memorial include a guitar, a medal from a marathon, and high-tops.