TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 17TH, 2022

State Police in Mercer County have made an arrest in connection with the homicide death of a Meadville man. 21 year old  John Frank Henry Jr., of Meadville is being held in a Columbus, Ohio jail where he awaits extradition to Mercer County to face a charge of criminal homicide. Police say Henry Jr. is a suspect in the murder of 40-year-old Joseph Detello, whose body was found on November 4th along Young Road in Slippery Rock Township. Detello died due to asphyxiation. Police said a further investigation led them to believe that Detello was murdered along Cottage Road in Jackson Township, in Mercer County.

A New Castle man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Slippery Rock Township. State Police report 38 year old Michael Poremski was northbound on Shaffer Road when he traveled off the roadway into a ditch, then came back onto the road when the vehicle landed on its side. Poremski was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment. Police charged Poremski with driving under the influence.

The New Castle News reports a former Perry Township man was sentenced to five to ten years in prison for providing drugs to a woman that caused her death. 48 year old Douglas Lample of Beaver County pleaded guilty to one count of drug delivery resulting in death. The sentence was handed down in Beaver County Court of Common Pleas. Lample was accused of providing the drugs to 48 year old Dawn Dittmer that caused her death back in July of 2021.

The father of a murdered Butler County woman will be allowed back into a Tennessee courtroom despite lunging at the two men accused of killing her.  During a motion hearing yesterday, Caitlyn Kaufman’s father charged the men after they entered the courtroom.  The former Clarion University diver was on her way to work as an ICU nurse in December of 2020 when she was shot and killed on a Nashville highway.  Police believe it was a case of road rage.    

Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey says Donald Trump shouldn’t be allowed to run for president again.  He says the former president should be disqualified for his actions on January 6th and for denying the outcome of the elections. The retiring Toomey has been speaking out to members of the media about Trump inserting himself into the midterms.  He says those actions focused the elections to be about Trump and not about important state and national issues.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced plans to make nearly 12-million-dollars available for long-term care facilities.  Applications are now open for facilities to receive their share of the money that comes from the CDC. It can be used for workforce development, staff retention and infrastructure that support infection control and emergency preparedness.

A new law is now in effect to make sure drivers clear all the snow and ice off their cars. It says you have 24 hours after wintry weather stops to clear your hood, trunk and roof of any accumulation.  While the law doesn’t apply to vehicles when they’re on the road, police may still pull you over if they believe the snow and ice build-up might be a threat to others. You could be fined up to 15-hundred dollars if your accumulation hits another car or injures a pedestrian. 

Officials in Baden are addressing the sudden retirement of Police Chief David Christner.  The chief resigned Monday following an internal investigation related to alleged videos of him engaging in sex acts while working, on borough property.  Assistant Solicitor Stephen Chesney says council members immediately hired an outside firm to look into the accusations when they first learned about them.  KDKA-TV cites a source who says a borough council member was given a flash drive containing 50 videos of Christner engaged in inappropriate activity at work.