TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 15TH, 2021

A North Hill man is wanted for the alleged sexual assault of a 14 year old girl. According to the New Castle News 30 year old Martierius Rashaad Brown has been charged by the Lawrence County District Attorney’s office in connection with the alleged incidents that occurred in September of last year and January of this year. Brown is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, one count each of statutory sexual assault and sexual assault, and two counts of indecent assault. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added 273 new cases to the state total, pushing it close to one-million-215-thousand. About 13 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-772.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is voting to merge six state universities into two. This means the California University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University and Edinboro University will now function as a single university with three partner campuses. The same goes for Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield universities. All of the institutions will keep their names and identities. Officials say this will ensure student and institutional success while providing the highest quality of education at the lowest possible price.

Two people were taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Raccoon Township. State Police in Beaver County report 88 year old Donald Williams of Aliquippa was traveling south on Route 18 when he turned into the path of a car operated by 53 year old Debra Floyd of Hookstown. Williams was taken to the Beaver Valley Medical Center for treatment. Floyd was taken to Allegheny General Hospital.

Pittsburgh will be having a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade this year.  Organizers announced yesterday that the parade has been rescheduled for September 18th at 10:00 a.m.  It had to be canceled last year and this past March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Organizers say September’s event will be a full-blown parade and will not be scaled back in any way.

Administrators at Robert Morris University say there may be life left in the school’s men’s and women’s ice hockey programs after all.  The Allegheny County university announced earlier this year that both programs were being eliminated.  Now, the school plans to work with the Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation in an effort to raise enough funds to bring the programs back in time to compete in the upcoming season.  Robert Morris’ Athletic Director says the resurrection of the programs is not a done-deal yet.  The school will examine their fundraising efforts at the end of this month.

A former Bridgewater Police Department officer named in an excessive force lawsuit has a new job.  KDKA reports Nathan Swierkosz used to work for the Bridgewater Police in Beaver County and now, the Ambridge Police Department has hired him.  The lawsuit claims Swierkosz did nothing while another former officer, Jermy Conley, allegedly beat up David Mileham. According to Mileham, the officers confronted him and asked for his name while he was working as a maintenance man at a marina.  His lawyer says when Mileham refused to tell the officers his last name, Conley boarded the boat Mileham was working on, tased him, handcuffed him, and beat him up. The Bridgewater Police Department is also named in the suit.

Allegheny Technologies workers, striking since the end of March, are planning a return to work beginning next week.  Union members on Tuesday ratified a new four-year deal with the company that they say addresses their expressed concerns regarding wages and health care premiums.  An ATI spokesperson says the company looks forward to resuming operations with employees in place and delivering on Allegheny Technologies’ commitments to their customers.