Tri County Report For April 17th, 2019

Several dozen Beaver County employees are walking the picket line protesting a proposed new contract.  The informational picket happened Tuesday during the employee’s lunch breaks for those working in county row offices as well as court-appointed and court-related nonprofessionals.  The union representing those 220 employees is unhappy with the three-year contract being offered.  County officials say union reps are misleading their members with false information on the proposed contract.

Pennsylvania State Police have joined the investigtion into the death of a woman found at a home in Mercer County. WFMJ-TV is reporting The Mercer County coroner was called to the Franklin Street home at around 8:30 pm Tuesday. The Coroner was not releasing information on the death. Police said so far, no one is in custody.

Influenza-related deaths are rising by a wide margin in the state of Pennsylvania.  The latest state statistics indicate flu-related fatalities increased by 13 since last week, with adults age 65 and older making up more than 60-percent of the deaths.  In addition, the total number of cases reported state-wide has risen to well more than 94-thousand people.  Allegheny County has been the hardest hit by a wide margin with over 91-hundred cases.

Southwest Airlines’ decision to ground its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft is impacting flights across the country.  Officials at Pittsburgh International Airport say it will experience service reductions this coming summer.  Southwest is trimming its summer flight schedules from June 8 through 29.  The Pittsburgh routes impacted by the adjustments included suspended non-stop service to Los Angeles, Cancun, and a reduction in service to Las Vegas.  It’s unclear what changes will be made beyond June.

Two men are behind bars after a drug bust on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  State troopers say 75 pounds of marijuana were seized yesterday morning during a traffic stop at the New Stanton interchange.  The drugs have a street value of more than 200-thousand-dollars.

Sports wagering at Pennsylvania casinos jumped forty percent last month fueled by March madness. The Pennsylvania gaming control board released it’s figures yesterday saying there were 41.5 million dollars is sports wagers in March, up from 31.5 million dollars in February. The gaming control board said last month made Pennsylvania sports betting revenue the best ever in any state other than Nevada or New Jersey. Nearly two million dollars was generated in tax revenue.

Police in Grove City say a woman is facing charges after a young child was found on the roof of the family’s home. 23-year-old Taylor Krumpe has been charged with endangering the welfare of children and possession of drug paraphernalia. There was no age of the child given by police. A preliminary hearing from Krupme has been set for May 15th.

The state House is passing legislation that could allow private clubs to sell six-packs to its members.  The measure would allow club members to buy the beer to drink off-site.  That bill is now off to the state Senate for consideration.

Two tornadoes are being blamed for weekend storm damage in Venango County.  National Weather Service officials confirmed yesterday the EF-Zero twisters touched down Sunday near Dempseytown and Shreve Road.  Each storm packed winds of up to 75-miles-per-hour, snapping trees and branches over their one-mile trails.