TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 10TH, 2020

Police in Ellwood City are looking for the man they believe robbed a convenience store early yesterday morning.  It happened at the Uni-Mart on Sixth Street and Beaver-Factory Avenue with the suspect demanding the clerk open the register.  The man ran off with cash, according to investigators.  Anyone who may recognize the suspect from surveillance footage is asked to contact police.

The state Department of Health says there is another new presumptive positive case of coronavirus out of Monroe County.  That person has been hospitalized as of Monday, bringing the total number of cases in Pennsylvania to ten.  Officials are not releasing any other information related to the infected person at this time.  Cases will be considered presumptive until tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A steel production plant in Butler is in danger of closing, according to the company set to purchase it.  Cleveland-Cliffs C-E-O Lourenco Goncalves told congress last week that unless he receives some relief from tariffs, he will have to close the A-K Steel plant in Butler.  The plant has about 15-hundred employees.  The sale of A-K Steel to Cleveland-Cliffs is expected to close Friday at a sales price of three-billion dollars.

Authorities in Mercer County say a Sharon man is scheduled for a hearing in April on charges stemming from accusations that he raped a 13-year-old girl. 44 year old John James Derrico is charged with rape, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and related sex charges in the case. The Sharon Herald reports Derrico was released from the Mercer County Jail in February after posting bond. The preliminary hearing is set for April 14th.

State Police in Lawrence County arrested an Philadelphia man following a traffic stop yesterday morning. According to police 36 year old Vincent McFadden was pulled over for a traffic stop on Halco Drive. Police said it was discovered McFadden was in possession of drugs and was taken into custody. No other details were released.

An adult and a child are hurt after a crash on Route 51 in Aliquippa over the weekend.  Investigators haven’t said what led to the wreck as the victims’ vehicle was headed southbound Sunday night.  The severity of their injures is also unknown.

A new enforcement tool to monitor motorists’ speed statewide has gone into effect.  Work zone speed enforcement cameras are live all over Pennsylvania as part of the five-year program that began yesterday.  Lawmakers hope the program will protect roadway workers during construction season.  As part of the initiative, 17 camera-equipped vehicles will be in various work zones on interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The cameras will specifically target drivers going eleven miles or more over the issued speed limit.

Cranberry Township officials say their municipality is joining a project studying flooding issues in Butler County.  They are now part of the Lower Connoquenessing Watershed-Stormwater Planning Study which intends to mitigate flooding and identifying doable projects that would benefit the region.  The study’s total cost is 75-grand.

Investigators are releasing more information about a deadly Amish buggy crash involving a logging truck over the weekend in Venango County.  Troopers believe the logging truck struck the buggy carrying a family of five on Clintonville Road in Irwin Township Sunday afternoon.  A woman and a boy in the buggy were pronounced dead at the scene while two others were flown to area hospitals in an unknown condition.  That crash shut down the road in the area for several hours.  State police are still trying to determine what led to the wreck.

A former Butler County pastor and his wife are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from their old church.  Jeffrey and Kimberley Lang surrendered to face theft charges yesterday.  State police say the Langs spent West Sunbury Presbyterian Church funds on personal expenses from 2016 to 2018.