TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021

A Mahoning Township stabbing incident that led to an officer-involved shooting is under investigation today.  Pennsylvania State Police say that three victims were stabbed Saturday night: a 15-year-old boy and two adult men ages 37 and 61.  According to reports, an officer responding to the attack in Mahoning Township was then injured by the suspect identified as 34-year-old Christopher Rush.  Another officer on the scene then opened fire, killing Rush.  There has been no word on the conditions of the injured officer or the three stabbing victims.

State Police in Butler County report a New Castle man was injured in a two vehicle crash on Friday. Police said 55 year old Mark Wilhelm was northbound on Interstate 79 when he attempted a lane change that caused Wilhelm and another driver 22 year old Austin Pipes of Monroeville to travel off the roadway and strike an embankment. Both vehicles overturned and Wilhelm was ejected from his vehicle. Wilhelm was taken to UPMC Passavant Hospital with serious injuries. Pipes was not hurt.

The New Castle News reports an Erie County man was found not guilty on Friday for a 1988 homicide. 62 year old Regis Brown had been charged with homicide along with aggravated assault in connection with the killing of 54 year old Bryce Tompkins. The victim’s body was found in the middle of the Neshannock Creek. Brown is currently serving a life sentence in the murders of his wife and step daughter in March of 2018.

The community is mourning the loss of a longtime volunteer fire chief in Beaver and Lawrence counties who passed away from cancer.  The family of former New Beaver Borough Fire Chief Kevin Peters announced yesterday that he had died after a long fight against pancreatic cancer.  Peters served the New Beaver Department for 30-years, including more than two decades as Chief.  Last week, a charity raffle and spaghetti dinner was held to help Peters’ family with treatment expenses.

A Butler County man is facing federal drug and firearms charges.  46-year-old Daniel Dellich Jr of Boyers has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for violating narcotics and gun laws. The indictment alleges that in August Dellich possessed with intent to distribute a mixture of a substance that contained methamphetamine. Dellich also allegedly possessed a weapon and ammunition while a convicted felon which is against the law. Dellich is facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted as well as a possible fine of over $1 million.

A group of parents and students are taking a stand against the state’s school mask mandate. The group gathered at the state Capitol last Friday to protest the mandate, saying local school boards should listen to the people that elected them in terms of how schools should operate when it comes to masks. Others there played down the pandemic, saying COVID-19 isn’t as bad as everyone makes it seem despite the surge in cases and hospitalizations. Some of the students at the rally even ditched school to be there.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Since Friday, the state added over 15-thousand new cases, pushing the total over one-million-380-thousand. About 94 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 28-thousand-862.

Pennsylvania Democrats are taking legal action against the GOP’s recent move in their “forensic investigation” of the 2020 election. Last week, a GOP-led Senate committee voted to issue subpoenas to gather personal information, including Social Security numbers, from voters and records of communication between state and county election officials. Senate Democrats filed their lawsuit on Friday to block the move, saying this only feeds into Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories about the 2020 election as well as undermines democracy and confidence in our elections.

A Girard, Ohio, woman is facing trial in Trumbull County Court on an accusation she killed a Lawrence County, Pa., guard with a vehicle. The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting 26 year old Alexandria Morales is charged with running over and killing Amanda Markowitz in the early morning hours of Aug. 27 in Liberty Township. Markowitz was a correctional officer at the Lawrence County Jail.