TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 25TH, 2021

New Castle police on Monday arrested a man accused of shaking his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter leading to the girl’s death.  Eighteen-year-old Quadir Poland has been charged with criminal homicide in the case.  Police say he repeatedly shook the girl on April 24th leaving her in a state of unresponsiveness.  She died at UPMC Children’s Hospital four days later.  Reports say that Poland has confessed to shaking the little girl.

Police in Neshannock Township are investigating an accident that took place Monday morning. WFMJ-TV reports the accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. when the driver was near Millennium Park and King’s Chapel Road Boat Launch in Neshannock Township when the driver allegedly lost control on the wet road, traveled about 30 feet through a weeded area and went over a ten foot bank, landing upside down in the Shenango River.  Authorities believe the driver was able to get out of the car himself after finding him sitting on the roadway when they arrived. He was not seriously injured and was the only one in the vehicle at the time.

Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a suspect allegedly involved in the murder of a 38-year-old man in Butler County last week.  An arrest warrant for 22-year-old Paris Elias Carter of Downingtown was issued yesterday.  Police say David Hines of New Castle was found shot to death in an S-U-V down an embankment along East Portersville Road in Muddy Creek Township last Monday.  Anyone with any information on Carter’s whereabouts is being asked to call P-S-P Butler.

An Ambridge man was sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh yesterday to nearly six years in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine. 41 year old Harold Novick was charged with distributing cocaine for several months in 2018 while he was on state parole for a similar charge. He was previously convicted six times in six prior federal and state prosecutions for trafficking cocaine. Novick was also ordered  to serve six years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Work search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits are returning in July. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry says as more Pennsylvanians are vaccinated and our case count continues to decline, workers can more safely return to the workforce. They added that the change affects all unemployment programs, and those receiving benefits will have to apply for two jobs and participate in one work search activity each week. The work search requirement returns the week of July 11th.

Licensing and photo services are returning to driver’s license centers starting next month. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says the decision to reopen these services at travel centers was based on the most recent guidance from the state and the CDC. Driver’s licensing services will return at several locations on June 1st, and residents can learn more online at dmv-dot-pa-dot-gov.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of 693 new cases, pushing it over one-million-196-thousand. This is the state’s lowest increase of new cases in months. About 13 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-43. Lawrence County has 7,502 cases and 209 deaths. Mercer County has 9,489 Covid-19 cases and 256 fatalities.

Investigators are working to find the cause of a fire that tore through a church yesterday morning in Beaver County.  Firefighters were called out to Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church in Darlington around 5:30 a.m.  Crews say flames had engulfed the church by the time they arrived.  There were no fire hydrants in the area, making it more difficult to put the fire out.  No injuries were reported.

A Pittsburgh woman pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that she lied to federal agents as they searched for her husband.  Agents looking to arrest Brad Lanese in December of 2017 on murder-for-hire charges went to his home and were told by his wife that he wasn’t there.  He was found in the home hiding in a bathtub.  Janine Lanese, a former Allegheny County 911 operator, is scheduled for sentencing on the misdemeanor conviction this September.