TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 15TH, 2022

A woman warned State police in Lawrence County of a scam involving a rental car agency on Friday. According to a State Police  report, a woman called the number she found on Google for Hertz Rental Car. The man she talked to on the phone said to go to Walmart and get a Visa Go-to-Bank card for $485. When she did so, she could call back and the man would set up a rental car. When she called the number back a woman anwered telling her to go to a local body shop and pick up her car.  The victim went to the body shop and they had no record of any rental cars for the victim. The woman than contacted police.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the fatal self-inflicted shooting Friday of a suspect who was in custody.  Police serving a search warrant on the suspect’s Beaver County home say they disarmed the man when they took him into custody and put him into the back of a patrol vehicle.  During the ride to the police station, the suspect shot himself.  Authorities say they have no idea how the man had access to a firearm in the police vehicle.  On Sunday, police said the man had been suspected of producing ghost guns.

A Hermitage woman is being held in the Mercer County Jail on a $100,000 bond after police say she shook her infant so severely, that the injuries resulted in seizures.  WFMJ-TV is reporting 29 year old Alyssa Tilley, 29, is scheduled to appear before a District Magistrate Tuesday to answer charges of child endangering and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury with extreme indifference. Doctors at Akron Children’s Hospital told a case worker they believed the injuries were caused by abuse.  Tilley has been in the county jail since her arrest on August 2.

The annual Lawrence County Fair gets underway today. The fairgrounds are located on Route 108 just east of New Castle and across from Laurel High School. Opening ceremonies take place at noon. Today is also family day when admissions are five dollars. Tuesday through Saturday admission is ten dollars which includes rides and grandstand shows. The Fair will come to a close on Saturday night with a fireworks display at 10:00.

A state of the art safety, training and research facility has been announced for western Pennsylvania. PennSTART is a collaboration between PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Regional Industrial Development Corporation, which will work to design and build a top-flight facility to benefit emergency responders, transportation technology companies and research institutions. The project will train first responders, and allow for automated testing and work with innovative technologies

Officials are confirming a case of monkeypox at a YMCA camp in Beaver County.  The organization says an individual at Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer has tested positive for the illness.  Operators say that person is now in quarantine as they work with the public health department.  An outpatient clinic employee at UPMC Children’s Hospital also tested positive for monkeypox on Friday.

PennDOT is preparing for the return of winter weather.  The agency is accepting applications for maintenance workers in a number of Western Pennsylvania counties. Some of the available positions include truck driver, mechanic, and radio operator.  More information on the jobs is available at pennDOT-dot-P-A-dot-gov.

A Florida man was involved in a one vehicle accident in Mercer County that sent him to a Youngstown Hospital. State Police in Mercer County just released a report on the crash that took place last month in Stoneboro. Police said 27 year old Brett Michaels of Englewood Florida, lost control of his pickup on Fredonia Road, struck several rocks, a gas meter then rolled over a number of times. Michaels who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected from the vehicle. He was flown to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.