TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 3RD, 2022

Authorities say the search of a Lawrence County home turned up four guns, ammunition, several high-capacity magazines, drugs, and a juvenile female who was reported missing from the East Coast more than one year ago. WFMJ-TV reports the Lawrence County District Attorney’s High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force along with New Castle Critical Incident Response Team searched a home on Graceland Road in Neshannock Township on Thursday.  Police say they were looking for a juvenile allegedly involved in the sale of illegal narcotics and possession of illegal firearms.  The juvenile faces a number of charges.  A juvenile female who had been missing for more than a year was found in the house and returned to authorities on the East Coast.

An incident following Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game has left one person dead.  Authorities say a man fell from an escalator at Acrisure Stadium.  Despite the efforts of responding paramedics and staff at a local hospital, the victim succumbed to his injuries.  The fall is being investigated.

A New Castle man was arrested for allegedly threatening two men with a gun. According to the New Castle News Police charged 34 year old Shawn Norman Pennachio, in connection with the incident that was reported on Thursday afternoon.  Police learned that Pennachio is a convicted felon and is not permitted to have a gun.  Pennachio was charged with a firearms violation, terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned and bond was set at 10 thousand dollars.

A new Emerson College Polling/The Hill poll shows Democrat Josh Shapiro leading Republican Doug Mastriano by double-digits. In the poll of 1,000 likely Pennsylvania voters, Shapiro received 50.6% support, more than 10% higher than Mastriano at 40.5%. Approximately 6.5% said they were undecided and 2.3% picked a third-party candidate.

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident in Perry Township. According to police 44 year old Christopher Regula of Prospect, crashed into a guard rail on Portersville road, causing the vehicle to rollover. Regula was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. Police said charges are pending.

A public memorial service is scheduled to take place tomorrow for the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Max Baer.  The court released a statement over the weekend confirming the passing of the Pittsburgh native at the age of 74.  No cause of death was provided though his passing was described as ‘sudden.’  The service for Baer will be held on the campus of Duquesne University when he graduated from law school in 1975.

Players in 45 states, including Pennsylvania, will try once again tonight to hit the jackpot with the Powerball.  The last jackpot-winning ticket in the game was sold two months ago for a prize worth more than 200-million dollars.  Tonight’s jackpot is estimated at 336-million dollars.   

Bail has been set at 1-million dollars for a Washington County school bus driver facing child pornography charges.  Acting on tips that began coming in last year, police on Thursday served a search warrant on the home of 56-year-old Dennis Shrader.  They report finding an estimated 500 images of child pornography on his computer.  Investigators do not believe that any of the images involve children that were passengers on his bus.  The  Bentworth School District advises that Shrader no longer works for the district.