TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 17TH, 2021

Police in Lawrence County are investigating a deadly shooting in Union Township Tuesday afternoon.  It happened around 4:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Grandview Avenue.  No other details are yet available.

New Castle police have arrested a suspect in a homicide from earlier this month. According to the department’s Facebook page, the NCPD Criminal Investigations Unit arrested Jordan Perretti for the murder of 39-year-old Jason Miles, who was shot several times in an alleyway off Marshall Avenue. It happened just after 8 p.m. Saturday, February 6th. Perretti was recently arrested for an armed robbery at the CVS Pharmacy on East Washington Street. Perretti is being charged with Criminal Homicide and Firearms Violations and is being held in the Lawrence County Jail without bond.

A Beaver County man this week has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was assaulted and terrorized by a Raccoon Township police officer and that members of the Pennsylvania State Police conspired to cover up the events.  Emmitt Willis described a January 3rd incident in which he says he was delivering groceries in Aliquippa when an unmarked SUV pulled alongside him.  He says an unidentified officer got out of that vehicle, punched him twice, forced him to the ground and fired a gun near his head.  He goes on to describe the arrival of a Center Township police officer and members of state police to the scene and their involvement in the aftermath.  A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Police says that an investigation is underway.

The state Department of Labor and Industry is warning that the recent extension of federal unemployment compensation has mean an increase in the risk of fraud. In an effort to guard against becoming a victim of fraud, L&I’s Acting Secretary Jennifer Berrier urges unemployment compensation claimants to be vigilant in protecting their personal information. Berrier says people have reason to be suspicious if someone claiming to be from L&I asks them for personal information because the department does not do that. (CUT 4) Berrier says expending resources to investigate fraud hurts efforts to help those who legitimately deserve unemployment compensation benefits.

State Police in Mercer County are investigating after an alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. According to the report, the teen told a school counselor that she had been sexually assaulted by her friend’s father, 38-year-old William Ice, in January. Ice is facing a number of charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault. Police say Ice is also wanted by authorities in Mahoning County.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

A veteran’s community living center in Butler is now allowing limited family visitation.  The Sergeant George Kusick Community Living Center announced yesterday that it is now allowing visitors inside the building.  Officials say they are only allowing four visits scheduled per day, and all visitors will be screened for COVID-19.  Only one person is allowed to visit at a time, but nobody under the age of 18 will be let in the facility.

The rise of positive COVID-19 cases is continuing in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health reported more than 23-hundred positive cases yesterday.  About seven people also passed away due to complications of the coronavirus.  The statewide positivity rate held at eight-percent last week. Lawrence County has 5,831 cases and 177 deaths. Mercer County has 7,853 and 236 fatalities.

Police in Butler have arrested a man that they say fired multiple shots into an occupied vehicle.  The incident happened on Mitchell Avenue early Monday morning.  Witnesses were quick to identify 41-year-old Darnell Wynn as the shooter.  Wynn has been charged with attempted homicide.  Police have not revealed a motive for the shooting.

Two former college football players are suing the University of Pittsburgh and the NCAA.  The lawsuit was filed this past Friday by Craig Bokor and Joseph Delsardo in the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.  The two players are accusing the university and the NCAA of ignoring the dangers of head injuries in football.  The suit claims that Pitt and the NCAA did nothing to protect football players after they knew about the long-term impacts of concussions.