TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 13TH, 2020

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Wayne Township Wednesday morning that claimed the life of a Wampum man. The accident took place on Route  288 when 29 year old Dale Fey of Bessemer was westbound when he crossed the center line and struck a vehicle operated by 68 Samuel Kelly. Police said Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene. Fey was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

Two people are being treated for injuries suffered in a New Castle stabbing.  Police say Michael McNair stabbed his girlfriend yesterday during an argument at an East Washington Street home, then stabbed himself.  They were both hospitalized with stab wounds to their necks and chests.  McNair is charged with attempted homicide.

One Pittsburgh lawmaker is looking to expand the Clean Indoor Air Act.  Representative Dan Frankel, of Squirrel Hill, says House Bill 2298 would close a loophole that allows smoking in some cigar bars, private clubs, casinos, restaurants, and sports venues.  State Senator Jay Costa, of Forest Hills, says he plan to introduce a similar bill in the Senate this week.

A Centre County contractor has been accused of taking money and not completing the work at a home in New Beaver Borough. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 29 year old James Alan Buchanan, of Philipsburg, has been charged with theft by deception. State Police said the owners of a home along Route 18 gave Buchanan a 425 dollar deposit in September to install steps and a landing with a railing inside the house. And he never performed the work at refused to give back the money. Charges were filed by Ellwood City Police last week.

A man found guilty of killing a New Kensington Police Officer was formally sentenced to death by lethal injection today. A Westmoreland County jury convicted Rahmael Holt for the murder of Officer Brian Shaw. Police say Shaw was shot during a traffic stop in November 2017. There is currently a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania and the case will automatically be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Governor Tom Wolf is announcing more help for victims of sexual assault.  Wolf says the state Office of Victims’ Services is now accepting sex assault counseling claims for victims of abuse.  According to the governor’s office, the claim process, enacted as part of a law last year, covers the costs of therapy and counseling for victims of childhood and adult sex abuse in the state.  More info can be found on the website of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati says he is not seeking another term.  Scarnati, a Republican from Jefferson County, made the announcement on Wednesday.  He has held the position for the last 14 years.  Scarnati was the state’s lieutenant governor from 2008 to 2011.  He is the second legislative leader in the state to announce his pending retirement, after House Speaker Mike Turzai said last month that he won’t seek re-election.

A state-run home for disabled adults open in Venango County appears headed for closure.  Governor Tom Wolf vetoed a bill that would have kept the Polk Center open yesterday, saying the facility costs too much to maintain and doesn’t promote community living.  Families of Polk Center residents are calling state lawmakers in hopes of overriding the veto.