TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 14TH, 2021

The New Castle News is reporting that an Ellwood City man is wanted for inappropriate encounters with two girls and for the reported exchange of inappropriate images and child pornography on his phone. Police in Ellwood City have charged 27 year old Jacob Clemmer with 45 offenses, most of felonies. The offenses include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, child pornography, and sexual abuse. The two victims are under the age of 13.

State Police in Mercer County report a shooting from early Sunday morning. The shooting took place in the 200 block of Chestnut Street in Jamestown at around 1 a.m. State Police arrested 54-year-old David Earl Jones of Jamestown is charged him with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. The victim 31-year-old Tyler Schadt of Greenville was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Jones is in the Mercer County Jail on one million dollars bond.

Authorities in Allegheny County say a man killed along I-376 Friday night was running across the interstate to get to his Uber.  Reports say that Ohio truck driver Joshua Knowlton had broken down on the side of the road and called for the rideshare to take him to get a part to fix his vehicle.  Knowlton was pronounced dead at the scene.

A fire in New Castle has left one person displaced and a business damaged. WFMJ-TV reports the fire happened around 5 p.m. Friday at a building on the 200 block of E. Long Avenue. The blaze started at an apartment above the Donald Peluso Barber Shop. A woman that lives in the second-floor apartment was not home at the time. The barbershop was closed at the time of the fire. The second floor suffered extensive damage and the barbershop has smoke and water damage. No injuries were reported and the state fire marshal is investigating.

Officials in southern Mississippi late last week revealed the identity of a woman whose remains were found nearly thirty years ago.  Local law enforcement says that DNA testing was used to identify the skeletal remains as belonging to Mercer County resident Kimberly Ann Funk.  Funk’s family says that she went missing in 1990.  The remains were discovered in a Mississippi swamp in 1991.  Detectives say the cause of Funk’s death remain a mystery.

Governor Tom Wolf is extending hundreds of regulatory waivers implemented through his COVID disaster emergency declaration. The governor signed the initiative on Friday just after the Legislature voted to terminate his disaster emergency declaration. The waivers will be extended to September 30th, and it includes regulations on tele-medicine, traveling nurses, requirements for unemployment and more.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is closing all driver’s license and photo centers this Friday in observance of Juneteenth. Officials say Pennsylvanians can still go to www-dot-dmv-dot-pa-dot-gov for driver and vehicle products and services while their facilities are closed.

COVID-19 cases are increasing in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health reported more than 220 new positive cases yesterday.  There are currently 526 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, and of those cases, 139 are being treated in the intensive care unit.

Travel out of the Pittsburgh International Airport is gaining new destinations.  The Allegheny County Airport Authority announced over the weekend that airlines serving Pittsburgh have added 17 new destinations.  Some of the locations include Orlando, Charleston, Portland Maine, Pensacola and Norfolk.