Tri County Report For September 6th, 2016

A man is dead following a tractor accident in Daugherty Township.  The victim was riding down a hill on Tulip Drive towing a mower yesterday when the tractor rolled sideways.  The vehicle went into the woods and the man was pinned against a tree.  It took emergency crews an hour to free him but he did not survive.

A man is facing charges after allegedly taking a bulldozer on a joyride in Zelienople.  Police found Alex Meza in the driver’s seat of the equipment last month in a parking lot at West New Castle and South Clay streets.  Officers say he seemed intoxicated and told them he was just taking it for a ride.  Damages to the equipment and property totaled more than five-thousand dollars.

28 year old Richard Craft of New Galilee was charged with assaulting another man with a hammer.  According to the New Castle News, police in New Beaver Borough filed charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and harrasment. The incident took place back on August 28th. Police said Craft is charged with attacking another man with a hammer at his home. The victim told police he was taking out the trash when Craft attacked him.

Officials are recommending people use public transportation during the closure of the Liberty Bridge.  The Port Authority is adding extra bus and light rail service to help accommodate additional riders.  The bridge is expected to be closed all week following a fire on Friday that almost caused the span to collapse.

A man is facing charges after a little boy in his care was found wandering the streets in Westmoreland County.  The four-year-old was recently spotted on Longfellow Street with no shoes and covered in dried feces.  Police took him to the Salvation Army for clean clothes and then to McDonald’s for a “Happy Meal” while officials found his parents.  Raymond Turner, who was babysitting, told police the toddler slipped away while he was in the bathroom.

Unemployment was up  in Mercer County in July, partly because of a dip in service jobs and area colleges winding down for the summer break and a rise in the labor force. The county’s jobless rate was 6.2 percent in July, up from June’s 5.8 percent rate, according to the department of Labor and Industry. The Sharon Herald reports Figures for July show the county’s labor force grew to 53,500, up 200 from June, while the number of residents who were employed remained steady at 50,200.

Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and Vice President Joe Biden continue supporting Hillary Clinton’s plan to better the economy.  At yesterday’s Labor Day Parade in Pittsburgh, Kaine said Clinton’s plan would add more than ten-million jobs to the economy.  Kaine and Biden also campaigned for Katie McGinty, who is running to represent the state in the U.S. Senate.

Officials are investigating a home invasion robbery in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.  The victims, who are college students at Pitt, say two men with guns broke into their Niagara Street home early yesterday.  They were bound with duct tape and the suspects took phones, wallets and cash from the residence.  No serious injuries were reported.