TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 22ND, 2019

The 2019 Primary Election is now in the books. Lawrence County will have at least two new County Commissioners come January 2020. Incumbent commissioner Dan Vogler was the top vote getter with Morgan Boyd finishing second, ahead of current commissioner Bob Delsignore. Loretta Spielvogel finished on top on the Democratic side with former New Castle Mayor Tim Fulkerson finishing second. New Castle Mayor Anthony Mastragelo will not be re-elected to another term. Former City Councilman Mark Elisco will taken on Republican Chris Fry Jr., in the November general election. Voter turnout in the county was at nearly 31 percent.

In Mercer County in the Common Pleas Court election On the Democratic side, Margaret Lucas and Ronald Amrhein came out on top. On the Republican side, Ronald Amrhein and Tedd Nesbit came out on top. Candidates for Judges races can crossfile.  In the Mercer County Commissioner’s race Matt McConnel and Scott Boyd will move on to the November General Election.

An open state Senate seat was decided yesterday, with Republican Joe Pittman defeating Democrat Susan Boser.  The state House race in Butler County was won by Republican Marci Mustello.

Republicans will be holding on to the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania after Fred Keller won last night’s special election.  Keller faced off against Democrat Marc Friedenberg to fill the seat left vacant by Tom Marino who resigned from Congress in January.  The district has a history of voting for Republicans, as Marino is a GOP member and voters there overwhemingly went with President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.  President Trump tweeted last night a note of congratulations to Keller.

State Police in Lawrence County wants to hear from anyone with information about the shooting of a cat. Police say a 12-year-old gray and white cat was shot two or three times with a small caliber gun or air rifle. Amy Barrette, President of Malcolm’s Magic Community Cat Alliance of Cannonsburg, Pa said her organization has been caring for the cat since March 1 when a rescue volunteer trapped it on Stateline Road in Little Beaver Township. Anyone with information is urged to contact State Police.

A long-time attorney for a Pittsburgh steelworkers union will represent Democrats in November’s General Election for a seat on the state Superior Court.  Amanda Green-Hawkins will be in the race for one of two open seats on the 15-member panel that hears appeals from county courts in the Commonwealth.  Green-Hawkins, along with Philadelphia Judge Daniel McCaffery, was endorsed by the state’s Democratic Party.

A Beaver County man is behind bars, accused of burglarizing several homes.  Rochester police arrested Jason Bowker this week for burglary, theft and assault.  Bowker is accused of taking cash, jewelry and guns from the victims’ homes.  He was identified through surveillance video.

Wildlife officials are warning Western Pennsylvania residents that we could see more bugs this summer.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission says a fungus is wiping out tens of thousands of bats in our area.  Fewer bats means more bugs, like mosquitoes, are able to survive. Pennsylvania is testing a spray in some caves to help stop the spread of the fungus.

State Police in Lawrence County report a recent number of break-ins into vehicles thought the county. The latest took place last week in Little Beaver Township. Police said and instrument was used to pry a glass window away from a vehicle and a number of items were reported stolen including cash. State police reminding everyone to keep everything locked and secured in their vehicles. Anyone with information on the recent burglaries is asked to contact State Police.