TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 10TH, 2021

A judge in Beaver County has denied Sheldon Jeter’s request for a new trial or an evidence hearing.  Earlier this year, Jeter was found guilty and sentenced for killing his friend and roommate Tyric Pugh. He is also a key figure in the unsolved and unrelated murder of Rachael DelTondo.

Authorities in Beaver County say a woman has agreed to plead guilty to the murders of her two children and will be sentenced to life in prison.  The Beaver County District Attorney’s office says Krisinda Bright was arrested in February in the murders of 22-year-old Jasmine Cannady and 16-year-old Kiara Bright, who went by the name of Jeffrey Bright.  Investigators say she shot Cannaday in an upstairs bedroom and then went downstairs and shot and killed Bright.

Federal drug agents and police have arrested 16 suspects in connection with a ring that shipped cocaine from Atlanta and Detroit to Pittsburgh.  The arrests follow an investigation by the US Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  According to investigators, the ring worked this past year to sell five kilos or more of cocaine.  The lead defendant is identified as 33-year-old Jamal Stoner of Pittsburgh.    

The Washington County parents accused of putting the remains of their one-year-old child in a wall are facing murder charges.  Court documents show 25-year-old Kylie Wilt and 27-year-old Alan Hollis had abused the child, leaving several broken ribs.  According to police, Wilt admitted to putting the body in a crate and plastering over it when the child died in February.

Proposed legislation would establish a state fund to complement federal disaster relief assistance. The bill would create a State Emergency Supplemental Grant program. It would assist residents and business owners who suffer property damage from a natural disaster. The bill’s sponsor says it was crafted in the wake of tornadoes, floods and other severe weather caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, which caused over 100 million dollars in damage. The grant program would be funded through a portion of the state’s liquor tax. If it becomes law, the sponsor says those affected would still be eligible for FEMA disaster aid.

A woman is suing the Butler Health System after she says a patient hit her child in the face.  The suit alleges negligence in the November 16th incident.  The suit claims the mother and her one-year-old child were in the emergency room for treatment of a cut on her head.  They say a patient sitting nearby began glaring at them and then followed her when she took her baby out of the room.  The suit alleges the patient — Elijah Flick-Geibel — then punched the child in the face and was restrained by employees. 

State Police say a Mercer County woman was a victim of a Facebook scam. Troopers said that the scam uses a child adoption cover. Troopers say that she was led to believe that she was going to adopt a daughter in exchange for the balances in the cards. The investigation is ongoing.

The jackpots for two popular lottery games are continuing to grow, and there’s going to be over 440-million dollars up for grabs the next couple of days. The jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing is currently sitting at 135-million-dollars while tomorrow’s Powerball prize is 307-million bucks. 

Penn State has named its 19th president.  She’s Dr. Neeli Bendapudi (neely ben-dah-POO-dee) and she comes to Penn State from the University of Louisville, where she has been president for the last three years.  The Penn State Board of Trustees approved her 950-thousand-dollar contract yesterday.  She’ll start in July.  She will succeed Eric Barron, who will serve as president through next summer.

A state lawmaker is trying to help solve a shortage of Santas by proposing a tax credit for Santas and businesses that hire them.  The proposed tax credit from Republican State Representative Jonathan Fritz would provide what he calls a small, limited tax credit for businesses that hire Santas and those who work on their own as Santas.  Fritz says one report he read say demand for Santas this year has increased by more than 120 percent this year while the supply of Santas has fallen by ten percent.  Age and risk of COVID-19 are factors in the shortage.