Murder Victim’s Identity Revealed
Belle Valley – The identity of a woman whose body was discovered near Exit 29 on Interstate 90 has been revealed by investigators. 48-year-old Michelle Tayse of Nashville, Tennessee was the body discovered by Belle Valley firefighters who responded to a brush fire in the very early morning hours of last Friday. According to Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook, Michelle’s cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
The Pennsylvania State Police are working with the Nashville Police Department to investigate the murder; the working theory is that Michelle was killed in Tennessee and transported to Erie to be disposed of where they thought no one could identify her. The killer or killers used an accelerant to try and destroy her remains and caused a brush fire. The Pennsylvania State Police based in Erie are asking anyone who may have information to call them at (814)898-1641; they are particularly interested in any suspicious activity that may have been observed by anyone traveling or working around Exit 29 last Thursday night or Friday morning.

Fatal Crash
Spartansburg – A collision between an SUV and a box truck proved fatal for an Ohio couple on Wednesday. Crash scene investigators say that 67-year-old Mark Swanson of Lyndhurst, Ohio failed to stop at a sign posted on the intersection of Route 89 and Buell’s Corners Road and collided head-on with the rear passenger side of a passing box truck. Mr. Swanson was transported to Titusville Hospital for severe injuries, but his wife Rebecca was killed in the crash. The truck driver was not injured, and police are still investigating.

Child Safety Seat Check in Meadville
Meadville – The Pennsylvania State Police based in Meadville will be holding a free child safety seat check this evening at the Meadville City Fire Department from 3 to 7 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public; experts will be available to ensure your children’s safety seats are safe, up to date, and properly installed as well as answer any questions. The fire department is located at 850 Park Avenue in Meadville. Another safety seat check will take place at the Franklin Fire Department on Tuesday.

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