TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 19TH, 2022

An accused shooter in a triple homicide in New Castle pleaded guilty yesterday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. The New Castle News reports 23 year old Anthony Cooper formerly of Detroit is one of two suspects charged in a triple homicide October 16th of , 2018, that resulted in the deaths of Nichole Pumphrey and Lawrence Cannon, both 31, and 10-year-old Amariah Emery. Cooper pleaded guilty to two counts of third degree murder and was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in state prison. A second suspect 22-year-old Steven Procopio, formerly of Pulaski Township, is accused as the child’s reported shooter. He remains in the Lawrence County Jail awaiting his trial.

A shooting at Clearview Mall in Butler County has sent three people to the hospital.  The shooting occurred last night at the mall just after six o-clock outside the Rural King store in Center Township.  Police continue to investigate what led to the shooting but they say they know it was not random.  The current conditions of the three victims and their identities are not available. 

Officials with Aliquippa High School have filed a second appeal to the decision by the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Athletic association to move its football program to 5-A.  The association contends the school had eight transfer students, which qualified the school for the move to 5-A.  But Superintendent Dr. Philip Woods told the Beaver Times the students were not recruited for football but returned to the school due to life circumstances.  Dr. Woods says they’ll continue fighting the decision if their latest appeal is rejected.  

State health officials say Pennsylvania continues to make strides in getting residents vaccinated for COVID-19. According to the CDC, as of Monday, January 17, 75 percent of adult Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated. This percentage reflects all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

UPMC has announced the new president of UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.  She’s Diane Hupp and she is the first female as well as the first nurse to hold the position.  She began her career at UPMC 36 years ago when she signed up as a volunteer.  Hupp was most recently the hospital’s chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services as well as vice president of Operations.  She won praise for her work coordinating the hospital’s community vaccination efforts.

Attorneys representing the accused killer in the Tree of Life mass shooting incident are asking for a change of venue.  Robert Bowers’ lawyers this week filed a motion saying that the intensive media coverage in the days and years since the 2018 assault have shifted the burden of proof to the defendant on both questions of guilt and sentence.  Eleven people were killed in the shooting at the synagogue.  A trial date has not yet been set.

The FBI is warning residents in Western Pennsylvania about an ongoing telephone scam targeting folks with a 7-2-4 area code.  The bureau yesterday said that as many as 450 scamming attempts were made in recent weeks with con artists calling local folks who have loved ones that recently visited the southwestern United States.  The stranger on the other end of the line claims to have kidnapped that loved one in Mexico and demands ransom money.  They say the scammers are using social media to identify targets.  Anyone who has received one of those calls is asked to report the incident by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey has announced that he’s been successful in getting over a billion and a half dollars in federal funding to fix thousands of bridges in Pennsylvania. As of last Friday, a total of one-point-six-billion-dollars has been set aside to fix nearly 34-hundred bridges across the commonwealth that are in poor condition. The money is coming from the infrastructure bill that passed into law last year.