TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 21ST, 2021

Attorneys for an Aliquippa man convicted of first-degree homicide last month are asking the presiding judge this week to declare a mistrial.  Jurors found Sheldon Jeter Jr. guilty in the 2020 killing of Tyric Pugh, but defense lawyers are now questioning the impartiality of one of the jurors.  Jeter’s sentencing is scheduled for today.

New Castle City police are attempting to identify the individuals who vandalized the parking garage downtown by spray painting graffiti all over the structure. According to the departments Facebook page the incident took place on July 13th around 3:30 in the morning. There were four individuals involved, two males and two females. Anyone with information is asked to call New Castle City Police.

Authorities are launching an investigation after a Beaver County man was found shot dead inside the trunk of his car in Moon Township.  Junaid Akhlas was found dead yesterday afternoon at the former Texaco station along University Boulevard.  Police say family members discovered him after they reported him missing earlier that morning.

Members of the Aliquippa School Board have announced their choice to be the district’s new superintendent.  Former Woodland Hills High School principal Phillip Woods will take on the role beginning August 9th.  He takes the position vacated by Peter Carbone with his resignation this week.  Carbone served in the district for more than 26 years, serving as superintendent for the last five.

Disagreements between the United Steelworkers and Allegheny Technologies, Inc. continue, even after both sides inked a new deal to end a months-long strike.  USW leaders say ATI management has not done anything to end the dispute in regards to safety concerns, and over when workers will receive their signing bonus.  ATI says safety improvements will come over time with new training USW workers will receive in the coming weeks.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is up slightly to 3.31 a gallon. That’s a two cent increase from last week. In New Castle the average price is at 3.26 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 3.31. The average national gas price rose by three more cents over the past week to $3.17 which is nearly a dollar more than last year but still 41 cents less than the high in 2014. AAA expects gas prices continuing to remain high through the summer as a result of strong demand and high crude oil prices.

Police in Sharon have arrested a Youngstown man wanted in a shooting that took place Monday night. U.S. Marshals have arrested 28-year-old Juwaun Brown on charges of attempted homicide, Aggravated Assault, Possessing a Prohibited Firearm, and five counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person. WFMJ-TV reports Brown was paroled in March after serving a three-year prison term for Felonious Assault in Ohio. The victim who is from Youngstown was not identified and his injuries are not life threatening.

Pennsylvania is seeing more COVID-19 cases.  The state’s Department of Health reported 569 new positive cases yesterday.  Ten more people also passed away due to complications of the coronavirus. Lawrence county has 7,746 cases and 216 deaths. Mercer County has recorded 9,739 cases and 266 fatalities.

Lawmakers are holding a second hearing today regarding a contact tracing data breach from April. The state fired Insight Global from helping with COVID contact tracing after a data breach in April, which may have compromised the personal information of over 70-thousand Pennsylvanians. The first public hearing was held yesterday, where they discussed the emergency process and how other states reformed their emergency procurement process. The second hearing will be held today at 10 a.m. by the Senate Communications and Technology Committee to review the state’s contract with the new vendor.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Connoquenessing Township. 24 year old Raymond Christy of West Sunbury was eastbound on route 68 when he traveled off the roadway, struck a traffic sign, then a fence and a utility police. Police said Christy was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment.