Tri County Report For July 11th, 2016

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he’s going to let the General Assembly’s 31-billion dollar budget plan become law.  He hasn’t signed it yet because legislators haven’t yet sent him a revenue bill to pay for it, but it will automatically become law tonight as long as he doesn’t veto it.  At a press conference last night, Wolf said the budget is a great bipartisan compromise that funds education and the fight against Pennsylvania’s drug epidemic.

State police are looking for a man who ran from Sharon Community Corrections Center, the halfway house at 300 W. State St. for prison inmates transitioning to freedom. The Sharon Herald reports 23 year old Cody Kutnz escpaed Friday afternoon, when he ran out of a kitchen door. He was carrying a large garbage bag containing his clothes.  Kuntz was serving a sentence for a felony drug charge.

A teenager is dead after drowning in a pond in Butler County.  Destin Badeau’s [[ buh-DOE ]] family said he was wearing a life vest when he went swimming during a family picnic Saturday night.  They reported him missing around 9 p.m. and tried to perform CPR when they found him, but doctors later pronounced him dead at the hospital.

Residents of Pittsburgh are speaking out about the recent police involved shootings across the country.  The Pittsburgh police chief estimates 13-hundred people were part of a march Saturday that went from Point State Park up Liberty Avenue to Sixth Avenue.  About 500 people returned to Point State Park.  Marchers thought about blocking the Parkway East to protest the shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas.  No one was arrested.

State police in Crawford County on Saturday released the names of two people involved in a fatal crash three days earlier. 57 year old John Hast of Jamestown was killed in the accident. According to police Hast pulled into the path of a car operated by 67 year old James Gregory of New Wilmington.  The crash took place Wednesday moring in West Shenango Township.  Hast was flown to a regional hospital where he died.  Gregory was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Pennsylvania is home to one of the healthiest cities in the U.S.  The group 24/7 Wall Street, in a new study, ranked State College 22nd in the country for its overall health.  The study found State College residents are among the least likely in the country to die before age 75.  Various health factors such as adult obesity rate and the percentage of adults without health insurance were used to determine the rankings.

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are still dipping to start the workweek.  Triple-A’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report shows the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Pittsburgh is two-52 this morning.  That’s about four-cents less than last week and five-cents less than this time last month.  The national average is down to two-23 this morning.

A senior judge will preside over the criminal trial of theree former Penn Sate administrators, who face charges stemming from their handling of child molestation compants in connection with Jerry Sandusky. Retired Berks County Judge John Boccabella was appointed to hear the case after judges in Dauphin county recused themselves. Former university vice president, Gary Schultz, along with former President Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley all faces charges.  All three vigourously deny the allegations against them.