TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 28TH, 2022

A Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Jury yesterday found Steven Procopio guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of third-degree murder in the deaths of Amariah Emery and her mother, Nichole Pumphrey.  The New Castle News reports the jury deliberated for a total of seven hours. The second-degree murder convictions carry a sentence of life without parole, and a sentencing date will be scheduled. The case involved a triple murder and the death Pumphrey’s friend 31 year old Lawrence Cannon. Another man, Anthony Cooper of Detriot pled guilty in shooting death of Cannon.

Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday announced charges in connection with a child sexual abuse investigation.  Four men were to be charged as a result of an investigation into allegations that date back as far as the 1990s.  Prior to the announcement, a Butler County man who was to be charged took his own life as agents arrived at his home to take him into custody.

A resident of Ambridge, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws.  United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced yesterday the four-count Indictment named 41 year old Maurice Mosely, Jr., as the sole defendant.  The charges stem from an investigation that took place by the DEA in July of 2021. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of five million dollars or both.

Police in Beaver County say they’ve broken up a major drug ring they uncovered while investigating a burglary.  It began with a burglary at the Firehouse Lounge in Ambridge.  While conducting a search warrant of the Aliquippa home of a suspect linked to the burglary, police discovered cocaine, fentanyl and suspected heroin, along with handguns and rifles.  Investigators say they believe three suspects in the burglary had worked with the fourth suspect — identified as Solden Moreland Junior — to obtain the firearms for the burglary.  Police have arrested one of the three burglary suspects while the other two remain at large.  

A new CBS News Poll shows 54 percent of likely Pennsylvania voters favor Josh Shapiro over Doug Mastriano to be the next governor.  Democrat Shapiro is ahead by nine points over Republican Mastriano, although Shapiro had led by 11 points last month.  Survey respondents say they believe Shapiro is more mainstream in his views than his opponent.  Also, about one in ten Republicans say they’ll cross party lines to vote for Shapiro.

A state Senate panel is considering legislation that would make Pennsylvania high schoolers take economics and personal finance courses.  They’d have to be completed before a student could graduate from high school.  The measure was introduced by Chris Gebhard, who serves Lebanon County and parts of York and Dauphin Counties.

A bill moving through the Pennsylvania Senate would adopt rules to permit heavier electric-powered trucks. The Senate Transportation Committee has voted unanimously to adopt a federal weight exemption for such vehicles. Supporters say electric trucks weigh more due to heavier equipment required to power them.

State Police in Mercer County report a Hermitage man was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident in East Lackawannock Township. 69 year old Phillip Dougherty was southbound on Route 318 when he lost control of his motorcycle, slid across the roadway and struck a traffic sign and was thrown from the vehicle. Police said Dougherty was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment.

The Hopewell School District has a new superintendent.  The school board named Dr. Jeffrey Beltz permanent superintendent at its meeting this week.  He succeeds Dr. Robert Kartychak, who took over as acting superintendent last year when Dr. Michelle Miller resigned.  Dr. Beltz’s term is for four years and seven-and-a-half months and begins November 15th.     

More than 1 million Pennsylvanians have requested a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 8 election, and approximately 738,000 have already been returned.  State election officials are asking voters to get their ballots back in as soon as possible, mostly because of the postal service. Mail-in ballots are due to your county election board by 8 p.m. Nov. 8, election night.