TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 27TH, 2021

The woman killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Mahoning Township has been identified. Township police say Nancy Black of Pulaski was driving a vehicle that was rear-ended by a Chevy Cobalt that had stopped along West State Street to allow a tractor-trailer to enter the roadway. Black, whose car was pushed into a third car that was also stopped along the road, was taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the Cobalt, Shasta Sapp of Youngstown was taken to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries. Sapp’s child was also taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation. Police say Sapp is the driver who was at fault.The driver of the third car was not seriously injured.

State Police report a tractor-trailer accident that took place yesterday morning in Pulaski Township. According to police the accident took place on route 208 just after five o’clock, when the driver crossed the center line and traveled off the roadway and struck a ditch. The truck then overturned onto its side. The driver was not hurt. Police said the driver faces numerous traffic violations.

New Castle City Police have arrested a man that allegedly raped a child. According to the departments Facebook page Police responded to a residence on Park Avenue on Wednesday morning in reference to a sexual assault of a child. Officers on scene learned that Stephen Karenbauer sexually assaulted at least one and possibly more children under the age of 12. Police then surrounded the home and saw Karenbauer run up the stairs and then heard a gunshot. Karenbauer was taken to St.Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown with non-life threatening injuries. Police charged Karenbauer with with rape of a child, two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and two counts of indecent assault of a child. The investigation into other potential victims is ongoing.

A Butler city police officer remains listed in critical condition this morning after this week’s stabbing incident.  State police say that the officer was responding to a call on Tuesday about a man darting in and out of traffic.  When the officer approached the suspect, there was a struggle and the officer was stabbed multiple times.  He then shot and killed suspect John Ebberts.  Authorities yesterday identified the injured officer as Michael Sulerud, a Marine veteran who has been with the department for three years.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added more than three-thousand new cases to the state total. About 27 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 28-thousand-158.

State Republican lawmakers are rejecting Governor Tom Wolf’s call for a school mask mandate. Leaders from the GOP-controlled General Assembly sent a letter to the governor yesterday saying they believe that the current approach to allow local officials to manage and respond as needed makes the most sense. A spokesman for the governor says given the rising case count in Pennsylvania and around the country and the legislature’s desire to be included in emergency response, they thought it was prudent to work with them to keep kids safe in school.

The former treasurer of a Beaver County youth soccer organization who stole more than 100-thousand dollars from the group has been put on probation.  Jenessa Tolejko has previously pleaded guilty to taking league members’ money to cover her own household bills, pay for personal travel and to make various personal online purchases.  Tolejko yesterday was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay one-thousand dollars in restitution every month.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are devastated by Thursday’s bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. Service Members. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey says as more information comes in about this terrorist attack, the safety of our troops and the Americans still in Afghanistan must remain our top priority. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey says this must be a wakeup call for the Biden Administration to lift its arbitrary deadline and take every step necessary to ensure we leave no American or deserving Afghan behind.

Residents in Center Township in Beaver County are upset about loose stones left by a contractor for the state transportation department, and they’re letting city leaders know about it.  The contractor performed some tarring and chipping on several roads in Center and left behind a lot of loose stones.  State transportation officials say they’ll sweep the roads in a few days, but in the meantime, the loose stones are causing headaches for motorists.  Police are advising drivers to slow down on the roads to avoid kicking up the loose rocks.