TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 2ND, 2021

Bond is set at $300,000 for the suspect arrested in connection to threats made against New Castle High School. 32 year old Octavios Clark, is being held in the Lawrence County Jail on charges of felony terroristic threats, is scheduled for another hearing on June 9. New Castle City Police say the charges stem from a threat made against New Castle Schools on Friday, May 28, that resulted in a lockdown. Police were made aware of the threats while the school’s promenade event was going on.

A Beaver Falls man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Perry Township. State Police report 19 year old Chanell Daviduk was northbound on Armstrong Road just before 6:30 Monday when he lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment. He was taken to the Beaver Medical Center for treatment.

State Police in Lawrence County continue to investigate a shooting that took place early yesterday morning in Perry Township. Police found 18 year old Nyasanu Greene II shot inside an SUV on Mercer Road and Cut Off Street. Greene was flown to UPMC Presybertian Hospital in Pittsburgh where he’s listed in critical condition. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact State Police.

State health officials say fewer than one-thousand hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are currently reported in the state.  They say this is the lowest number of hospitalizations since the end of last September.  Yesterday, 989 Pennsylvanians were in the hospital because of the virus.  That’s a drop of 41 from Monday. Lawrence County has ten new cases for a total of 7,586 cases and remains at 211 deaths. Mercer County has 20 new cases for a total of 9,612 cases and one new death totaling 258 deaths.

Pennsylvania State Police have released crash data for Memorial Day weekend. According to the release, State Police investigated 844 crashes between May 28th and 31st. 183 people were injured in the crashes and eight were killed. Alcohol was a factor in 63 crashes but was not a factor in any fatal accidents.  596 arrests were made for driving under the influence and 9,624 speeding tickets were issued. State Police also cited 1,025 people for not wearing a seatbelt and 144 people were cited for not having children in safety seats.

The Alameda Waterpark in Butler County is delaying its reopening due to a lack of lifeguards.  County officials announced yesterday that they are hoping the waterpark can open no later than June 19th.  New lifeguards are being hired in at ten-to-12-dollars-per-hour, and they will also be receiving about 16-hundred-dollars’ worth of incentives including referrals, a complimentary family pool pass and certification fees.

Robert Morris University’s President Chris Howard is saying that there are no plans to bring back the men-and-women’s ice hockey programs.  The school announced last week that it will be disbanding the two N-C-A-A D-One programs.  During a press conference held yesterday, Howard said, “Ice hockey has been our most expensive D-One sport due in part to low ticket sales and limited donations, as well as having no access to things like guaranteed game opportunities, conference revenue or television contract payouts.”

Prosecutors say a Jeannette man is facing at least eight years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to sexual assault charges.  Forty-two-year-old Steven Alan Deluke had been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl after a night of heavy drinking in August of 2018.  The rape charge was dropped in a plea deal that saw Deluke plead guilty to felony counts including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault.  He is expected to be sentenced later this summer.