Tri County Report For July 26th, 2016

A man injured when a tractor-trailer hit him broadside Wednesday in Pulaski Township has died. The New Castle News reports 87 year old William Mittica of Pulaski died Thursday at St.Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown where he had been taken following the crash.  Mittica was struck by a tractor-trailor as he pulled from the intersection of route 422 and Evergreen Road, into the path of the truck.

A man is facing charges for carrying a semi-automatic handgun into a Center Township movie theater.  Police saw William Gossett at the Cinemark theater lobby Saturday wearing long-sleeved Army fatigues and a large backpack when it was 94 degrees.  An officer got his permission to search the bag and found the gun and ammunition.  A subsequent investigation also discovered the weapon was stolen from Ohio.

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are releasing more information about their weekend stop in Pittsburgh.  The pair will hold a rally at North Shore Riverfront Park, across from Heinz Field, Saturday.  Doors open at 1:45 p.m. and the event starts at 4:15 p.m.  More information is available at

U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is apologizing for using a harsh word to describe Republican opponent Pat Toomey.  McGinty used a curse word yesterday at a minimum wage rally during the Democratic National Convention, but later said, “I regret the language I used and apologize to Senator Toomey. Our campaign is about moving Pennsylvania forward and we’re going to continue to talk about the issues that are important to Pennsylvania families.”

Gas prices are continuing to drop in Western Pennsylvania. reports the average price for a gallon of gas is two-dollars and 28-cents this week.  That’s down four-cents from last week but still above the national average, which is two-dollars and 15-cents.

Pennsylvania lawmakers recently passed legislation giving the state’s 12 casinos the ability to sell liquor between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., but casinos say they aren’t biting. That’s partly because the state wants $1 million per license. The CEO of the Sands Casino told an Allentown newspaper that the casino won’t pay the one million dollar fee and he doesn’t know of any casino that will. Mark Juliano said it’s not worth hiring the extra staff to server the sparse late night crowds.

Federal authorities say they’re investigating after an online threat originating in Sharon was made against Donald Trump. Authorities say the threats, made during an RNC Facebook live-stream, indicated an intention to assassinate the Republican Presidential nominee. Police now say the suspect is a 30-year-old man from Sharon.   His name has not been released, but police say the suspect’s Facebook profile features pictures of AR-type rifles.The case is now being investigated by the Secret Service.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a vintage plane fire at Allegheny County Airport.  The propeller aircraft caught fire after landing yesterday morning.  The pilot suffered burns on his head and neck.  There’s no word yet on the cause of the flames.  The airport was shut down for a portion of the morning.