TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 18TH, 2022

A New Castle man was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter charges in connection with a homicide in June of 2020. The New Castle News reports,  Lawrence County Common Pleas Court President Judge Dominic Motto handed down the verdict yesterday morning. 22 year old Connor Henry was accused in the homicide of Amari Wise. He was charged with criminal homicide and illegal possession of a gun. Henry faces 15 to 30 years in state prison. No sentencing date has been set.

KDKA-TV is reporting Firefighters are at the scene of a massive building fire in Rochester. The fire broke out along Brighton Avenue early this morning.  At least one person has been taken to the hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

Pennsylvania voters who see ads for Doug Mastriano will see that many of them have started coming with a disclaimer.  The U.S. Army reports that they reached out to the campaign of the Republican nominee for governor to remind them of a policy regarding the use of military images.  A number of Mastriano ads have featured pictures of the candidate in his military uniform and now feature a message that neither the military information in the advertisement nor the photographs used imply an endorsement by the Army.  Mastriano retired from the Army as a colonel in 2017.

-The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is launching an investigative unit that will guard against older adults being scammed.  Secretary of Aging Robert Torres says the team will help area Agencies on Aging investigate financial abuse cases and obtain justice for victims. The department also recently unveiled a financial exploitation webpage that features information on warning signs and preventive measures. 

Leaders with Butler County Schools are no longer allowing snacks for student birthdays.  Administrators say the change is due to some severe food allergies and to ensure sanitation and safety.  Parents are encouraged to send crafts or souvenirs so classmates can help celebrate birthdays.

A jury is finding a former Westmoreland County probation officer not guilty of official oppression.  Prosecutors argued 58-year-old Mary Jo Borelli used her position as the supervisor of Paul Barsoum’s house arrest to ensure that a sexual relationship between the two continued.  Defense attorneys presented an email in which Barsoum claimed he intended to embarrass the county’s judicial system by making the affair public.  Borelli says she will not pursue reinstatement as a probation officer.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Clay Township. According to a news release, 65 year old Alfred Deal of Callensburg was southbound on West Sunbury Road when he traveled off the roadway and struck an embankment. Police said Deal was life-flighted to Allegheny General Hospital with serious bodily injuries.

Officials with the Little League World Series say the Utah player who was in a coma after falling off his bunkbed is recovering. Easton Oliverson who suffered a head injury Sunday at the series’ dorm in Williamsport. Doctors say the 12-year-old is awake and speaking after emergency surgery.  His team will play its first game Thursday afternoon.