TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 8TH, 2020

An Ohio man is behind bars in New Castle after a traffic stop turned into a drug bust.  Police say 32 year old Brian Anderson of Warren, was pulled over on Friday when a K-9 sniffed out more than 80 pounds of crystal meth in his vehicle.  Anderson is facing a host of charges related to drug possession and trafficking.

The New Castle City Police Department is turning to the public to help find a missing teenager. According to the department’s facebook page, Police are looking for 19-year-old Amari Wise. His family reported him missing on June 6, 2020.Wise is described as a thin, black male, 6-foot-1, 150 pounds with brown hair and eyes.He was last seen wearing a blue shirt with a white heart in the middle, as well as white or beige pants.Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 724-656-3588, or tips can be left on the department’s website.

Three people were arrested in the city of New Castle following a search of an East Washington Street residence. According the New Castle City police, members of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Special Investigative Unit and New Castle Narcotics Unit executed a sealed search warrant. Police found drugs, cash and a gun at the East Washington Street home. Police arrested 67 year old Arthur Page, 37 year old Ira Page and 34 year old Jessica Jefferson. All three are from New Castle. The investigation is ongoing.

Pennsylvania health officials are confirming more cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Officials say that yesterday saw an increase of 506 new cases of the virus, boosting the total to 75-thousand 592. Around 12 new deaths were also reported yesterday, with the state death toll standing at 59-hundred-43. Lawrence County added one case bringing its total to 85.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a negative impact on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Pa Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton says at the height of the coronavirus pandemic traffic volume on the toll road was down 65 percent during the week of April 5th.  While traffic volume has increased an average of 3 to 4 percent a week since then,  Compton says it’s going to take the Turnpike years to fully recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

A former New Castle man has admitted in federal court that he imported heroin from the Netherlands. 44 year old   Matthew Bauer  pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti. Back in January of last year the United States Postal Inspector obtained a search warrant for a package addressed to Bauer. The Inspectors discovered 3.5 grams of heroin inside the parcel. The following day, an undercover Postal Inspector delivered the package to Bauer. Bauer was placed under arrest after he opened the package. Sentencing is set for Septmeber 23rd.

No one is hurt after a fire midday Friday in Center Township, Butler County.  First responders say they saw flames shooting from the windows of the two-story home on the 400-block of Oneida Valley Road when they arrived on the scene last week.  It’s unclear if a pet died in the blaze.  There’s no word on what may have started that fire.

Organizers say several hundred people marched from Mount Washington to Market Square in protest of the death of George Floyd Sunday evening.  The group Pittsburgh, I Can’t Breathe organized the event that started near the Monongahela Incline overlook to start the event.  By the time it reached Market Square, Pittsburgh Public Safety officials say it filled the entire square.

State police are looking for a Butler man who allegedly threw a brick and pulled a knife on firefighters battling a blaze last week.  First responders from Unionville and Oneida Valley Volunteer Fire departments arrived at the home on the 400-block of Oneida Valley Road June 5th when they were confronted by Jacob Rivers.  Rivers refused to stay out of the house then allegedly threw a brick and several Gatorade bottles at a firefighter before drawing a knife.  State police have issued a warrant for Rivers’ arrest.