TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 2ND, 2021

Two people have been arrested in Mercer County on child abuse charges. According to State Police 51 year old Bobby McChesney is charged with two counts of indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. His bond was set at $25,000. Bridget Coogle, 41, is charged with endangering the welfare of children. Her bond was set at $10,000. The alleged incidents took place in January and May of this year at a home on poole road. A hearing for both accused is set for July 14th.

A Grove City man accused of beating his wife to death in June will be committed to a mental health treatment hospital after arraignment. According to the New Castle News Randall Leaf must be medically cleared before being arraigned. After his arraignment, he will be committed to Torrance State Hospital in Westmoreland County, which provides inpatient treatment for people with mental illness.Leaf was charged with homicide and aggravated assault in the death of his wife, 53 year old Gretchen Pallack.

About 70 members of Pennsylvania Task Force One are on their way to help with search and rescue efforts in Surfside, Florida. The task force is one of 28 in the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System that can be deployed by FEMA during major disasters. The group was called to the Twin Towers following the attacks on Nine-Eleven, but this time they’re helping at the site of the collapsed condominium in Florida. At least 18 people have been confirmed dead, and around 145 people are still unaccounted for.

State Police in Mercer County are searching for a man wanted for a number of sexual assault crimes. Police say Tyler Bowen is wanted on charges including Rape, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Sexual Abuse of Children, Statutory Sexual Assault and a number of other charges.  Police say Bowen was last know to be in the New Castle area. Anyone with information on Bowen’s whereabouts is urged to contact police.

COVID-19 cases are slightly increasing in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health reported 186 new positive cases yesterday.  There are 313 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, and of those cases, 59 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit.

The Wolf administration is urging Pennsylvanians to be careful this holiday weekend. Officials say they will be working closely with law enforcement to reduce impaired driving on the road and in the water as driving and boating under the influence puts everyone at risk. Officials also urge those who plan on lighting fireworks to handle them safely away from children and keep a bucket of water or garden hose ready in case of a fire.

The Big Butler Fair in Butler County opens today.  The nine-day event is expected to draw over 100-thousand people to the borough of Prospect for food, carnival rides, games, square dancing, pageants and more.  This weekend’s events promise a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display.  Ticket information and more can be found at www.bigbutlerfair.com.

U-P-M-C is welcoming the next president of the Hillman Cancer Center.  Elizabeth Wild was recently named the president of the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.  She first joined U-P-M-C in 2002 and was serving as Hillman’s senior vice president before her promotion.

A Chicora man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Fairview Township. State Police in Butler County report 72 year old Ricky McElralvy was northbound on Butternut Road when he travled off the roadway and struck an embankment. The vehicle the rolled onto its roof. McElravly was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.