TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 12TH, 2020

The Sharon Herald is reporting Police arrested a suspect Monday in the November robbery of Huntington Bank in Sharon. 68 year old David Malcolum Ward of Sharon was charged with robbery from a financial institution, theft and robbery in connection with the Nov. 29th  robbery. Ward is in Mercer County Jail on a probation violation and will be arraigned by video on the new charges. Authorities said Ward had been imprisoned previously for other bank robberies.

Moon Township police are investigating a sting of vehicle break-ins that happened early this morning. Police say thefts were reported on Meade Drive, Glengarry Drive and Whispering Woods Drive. They anticipate additional reports of break-ins in the area and are asking anyone who has surveillance footage or may have witnessed suspicious activity to contact Moon Township Police Department.

Investigators are working to determine what caused a Rochester house fire this week.  It broke out Monday evening on the 500-block of Jefferson Street on a couch and quickly spread to the second floor of the home.  One person suffered minor burns, but the three people living at the home were able to escape.

Flu-related deaths are again on the rise in P-A.  Department of Health officials say there were seven more deaths over the past week, raising the statewide total to 47.  Most of the deaths have been individuals older than 65.  The commonwealth hasn’t said where those deaths occurred.

Officials in Allegheny County are going to spend 600-grand to make sure you are aware of their new voting system.  The county’s chief marketing officer tells the Tribune Review it is the largest marketing effort they have ever taken on.  County officials want to ensure voters know about the system change and have a chance to see it and ask questions before Election Day.  The campaign will begin about two months before the April 28th primary.

A Penn State fraternity is suspended after some serious accusations were made about a social event last month.  The Phi Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon was suspended Tuesday morning pending an investigation about an unregistered social event January 30th.  The school said the event potentially endangered several students, with other undisclosed serious accusations made.  The university says the interim suspension is being done for the safety and well-being of those associated with the chapter.

Butler city police are getting five grand from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation to help care for their K-Nine cops.  Chooch and Rico recently started working with the force.  The money will be used to buy equipment to keep them safe and healthy.  In the past 13-years, the Roethlisberger Foundation has given away more than two-million dollars.

Pennsylvania is launching the website where voters for the first time can request the newly legalized mail-in ballots ahead of the state’s April 28th primary election. The mail-in ballots, part of an election reform law signed in October by Gov. Tom Wolf, now allow all voters to vote by mail for any reason. The website was live as of Tuesday. The deadline for county election offices to receive applications is 5 p.m. April 21st.

A former Westmoreland County firefighter is off to prison for sexually assaulting a teenage girl.  Derek Ruth was slapped with a three-to-eight-year sentence yesterday after he pleaded guilty to sex crime charges.  Ruth will spend another ten years on probation and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.