TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 7TH, 2022

Beaver County prosecutors are bringing charges in a 6-year-old homicide case.  Thirty-six-year-old Brandon Revis is wanted in connection with the 2016 death of Sjavante Gilliam.  Investigators say the two men had partnered up for a series of bank robberies and that Revis shot Gilliam when he became convinced that his partner was cooperating with authorities.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brandon Revis is asked to call police.

A New Castle man was sentenced to 39 months in prison and six years of supervised release after pleading guilty to drug charges. 39 year old Melvin Dorsey-Pace plead guilty to distributing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a New Castle elementary school in April of 2021. At the time, Dorsey-Pace was on federal supervised release after he was convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in 2016.  A number of agencies including the Lawrence County Drug Task Force and New Castle City Police assisted in the investigation.

Six days past the official deadline, Pennsylvania state lawmakers are still working on a deal to pass a roughly $42 billion budget. Leaders in both parties have not talked about specific  negotiations, but a House Republican spokesperson says they hoped to pass the budget by Thursday. Both the state house and senate reconvened Wednesday.

A measure that would give drivers 24 hours to get ice or snow off their vehicles following heavy storms is on its way to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk. Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa Boscola “Christine’s Law” will help prevent deaths like that of Christine Lambert of Palmer Township. She died on Christmas Day more than 15 years ago when a large piece of ice from a box truck and crashed through her windshield.

Robert Morris University has new leadership today.  The Moon Township school on Wednesday announced Dr. Michelle Patrick as its new president.  Patrick has spent the last 6 years as the dean of RMU’s School of Business and is now the first female president in the university’s history.  She takes the office of former President Chris Howard who left the school earlier this year.

State Police in Beaver County are reporting on a recent Sobriety Checkpoint that took place on July 1st. Police said the checkpoint took place on Big Beaver Boulevard in Homewood Borough. Approximately 78 vehicles were stopped and police made 4 DUI arrests along with a number of summary traffic violations.

An invasive insect, responsible for destroying crops, is now reported in Washington County.  The area was placed on the quarantine list in the spring, joining 44 other Pennsylvania counties to encounter the spotted lanternfly.  The insect is native to China, and has black spots along its wings and red markings visible as the wings are open.  Experts say the spread of the spotted lanternfly could impact the country’s grape, fruit orchard, and logging industries.

The Ellwood City Ledger is reporting a New Galilee man was recently sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for charges of sexually assaulting a minor, in two separate cases, in Ellwood City. 28 year old Jacob Clemmer was sentenced for three counts of indecent assault against a child less than 13, and for one count of child pornography, after pleading guilty to those charges in April.  In the second case Clemmer sexually assaulted another minor when they were 3 or 4 years old.

State lawmakers are approving University of Pittsburgh funding after debate over the school’s fetal tissue research.  Appropriations for Pitt were included in an agriculture funding measure passed last night.  House Republicans had proposed, and worked toward passing, a conditional amendment that would have prevented state-affiliated universities from conducting research using fetal tissue.  The appropriations bill is now headed to the Senate and Governor Tom Wolf for approval.