TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 18TH, 2022

An Ellwood City man is wanted in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 12 year old girl. The New Castle News reports police in Ellwood City have charged 31 year old Daniel Peffer with the incident that allegedly occurred on October 13th. The girl told police that Peffer grabbed her chest, and two witnesses told police they saw Peffer touch the girl. Peffer is being charged with corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person younger than 13. A warrant has been issued for Peffers arrest.

A Center Township police officer involved in a deadly incident with a bystander is on administrative leave.  Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier says the police officer accused of tackling and fatally injuring 46-year-old Kenneth Vinyard is off the job and will not be back to work until a state police investigation is concluded.  A lawyer representing Vinyard’s family says he was taken to the ground, leading to a head injury that may have caused his death.  Vinyard was reportedly helping a man who had been shot in a Monaca Walmart parking lot.  The district attorney says the police officer will not be identified unless criminal charges are filed.  Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy before they move forward.

Pennsylvania Governor-elect Josh Shapiro is easing into his new role. At his first news conference at the Capitol Wednesday, he said  he will remain as attorney general until he is sworn in as governor January 17th.  He said he’ll provide his nomination to the state senate for a person to succeed him as attorney general.  The person will serve the remainder of Shapiro’s four-year term which will last through 2024.  

State Police in Butler County report a two car accident in Jefferson Township. Police said 42 year old Brent Wilson of Butler pulled from a driveway on Bonniebrook Road, into the path of a vehicle operated by 38 year old Cory Sudden of Knox. Wilson was taken to Butler Memorial Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

One person is recovering from an injury suffered Thursday at the worksite of, what will be, the Pittsburgh International Airport’s new terminal.  Officials say a partial trench collapse was responsible for yesterday’s events.  The worker’s injury is described as non-life threatening.

State Police Bureau of Training and Education says it’s expanding opportunities in law enforcement education for kids between 15 to 18 years old.  Teens who are interested in a career in law enforcement in the future are encouraged to enroll in this educational opportunity.  It will showcase the career of a state trooper.  Applications are being accepted now as the program expands across the state.

As the Department of State works toward the certification of last week’s elections, a risk-limiting audit of the results is about to get underway. Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman says the risk-limiting audit will provide additional evidence to give confidence in the results of the election. The Department of State says the risk-limiting audit will involve hand counting random selected batches of ballots throughout the state and comparing those counts to voting machine counts. Counties must certify their election results to the Secretary of State by November 28th.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says it will hold lotteries for the chance to buy some limited-release whiskeys in the state.  In a news release Tuesday, the PLCB says nearly 16-hundred bottles of rare whiskeys will be sold in the lotteries. Those will include more than 14-hundred bottles of Van Winkle products, which are considered in high demand and somewhat rare. You have until  5 p.m. today to register at the Limited-Release Lottery webpage at F-W-G-S dot com.