TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 26TH, 2021

A Sharon woman was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday night in Shenango Township. The New Castle News reports the accident took place just after six o’clock on the route 422 bypass. 52 year old Jennifer Lane was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a passenger on the bike operated by 53 year old Joseph Subasic also of Sharon. He was flown to St .Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. Police are trying to determine what caused the accident.

State police on Sunday arrested a Lawrence County man who has repeatedly set off fireworks in his neighborhood and served as a disruption to his neighbors.  Officers say that over a recent 10-day period they were sent to his home four times due to complaints, and that he was cited as recently as Saturday.  On Sunday, Christopher Rodgers was arrested for allegedly firing a shotgun at a neighbor’s home.  He is currently being held in the Lawrence County Jail.

A Butler County rental company is facing allegations today that it discriminates against would-be tenants who have disability-related emotional support animals.  Perry Homes in Cranberry Township is accused of denying lease agreements to prospective renters who have emotional support animals even when a doctor has said the animal is necessary.  The U.S. Justice Department filed its complaint on Friday saying that Perry is in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

The  death of an Aliquippa teen has been ruled a homicide.  That finding came Sunday from the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office regarding 18-year-old Keyari Wynn who had been shot in the head following the City of Pittsburgh’s 4th of July fireworks show in 2019.  A suspect in the case had been jailed since July of that year and has been charged with assault and attempted criminal homicide.

More COVID-19 cases are increasing in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health reported 557 new positive cases yesterday.  Four more people also passed away due to complications of the coronavirus.

Federal prosecutors are moving to deny the return of an estimated 37-thouand dollars to two men who had the money taken from them earlier this year.  The money was seized at Pittsburgh International back in February after drug-sniffing dogs detected the presence of marijuana on the cash.  Prosecutors say that’s a key sign that the money had been used in drug trafficking.  In a Friday filing, prosecutors say that neither man could say where the money came from or why it was detected by drug-sniffing dogs.

State Police in Butler County report a two vehicle accident in Summit Township. Police said 81 year old Dorothy Gerber of Slippery Rock was eastbound on route 422 when she turned into the path of a car operated by 23 year old Holli Kennedy of Fenelton. Police said Kennedy was hurt in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

A state appeals court is ruling against a Pittsburgh restaurant that was closed for disobeying the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions. Last July, the governor issued a mask mandate for restaurants, and The Crack’d Egg was ordered to close in August after disobeying health orders. The Allegheny County Health Department then learned of the owner’s intent to reopen anyways after being ordered to close, and a county court then ordered a preliminary injunction to close it. The Crack’d Egg challenged the preliminary injunction, but the Commonwealth Court ruled against them again saying the judge was justified.

Butler County authorities say a 22-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Venango Township Friday night.  The victim, Shane Michael Fitzpatrick of Harrisville, was killed in the accident near Eau Claire Road.  Fitzpatrick was pronounced dead at the scene.  An investigation into the cause of the crash continues.