Tri County Report For July 19th, 2017

A man accused of shooting two people,killing one of them in Sharon last summer has been convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated assault. Calvin Norris was charged with murdering 46 year old Percy Godfrey of Sharon of injuring Kimberly Odem is August of last year.  The Sharon Herald reports  State Police testified that Odem had a disagreement with Norris on the day of the shooting and she was standing alone on New Castle at Morrison Street when Norris emerged from a car and shot at her multiple times. Godfrey was found dead in the alley with multiple gunshot wounds to his back  He faces life in prison without parole.

A man is dead after being hit by a dump truck in Jefferson Township. 51 year old  Donald Moyer the Second of Franklin Township was working for Wiest Asphalt on Becker Road yesterday when a coworker backed over him in the vehicle.  The coroner says Moyer suffered massive head and chest trauma. An investigation is in progress.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is increasing tolls.  Commissioners approved a six-percent increase for E-ZPass and cash customers this week.  Officials say the move is necessary to meet obligations connected to the state’s infrastructure needs.  The hike will take effect on January 7th.

The State Fire Marshall’s office in investigating the cause of a fire at a vacant farm house in Shippingport. State police said the fire took place last Friday and the house is owned by First Energy.  Damage was listed at 100 thousand dollars and no injuries were reported.

Table game revenue is up at Pennsylvania casinos.  The State Gaming Control Board says table game revenue increased by more than three-percent last fiscal year with more than 839-million dollars brought in.  Table game revenue at the Meadows was up more than 32 million but Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort saw decreases.

Governor Tom Wolf is one of ten governors urging Congress to stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a replacement.  The statement was released yesterday and reads in part, “The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets.”  Governor Wolf also addressed a tweet from the President that said, “let ObamaCare fail,” by responding, “This is reckless and it will hurt Pennsylvania families.”

Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators are sharing their opinions on the Senate healthcare bill.  Democrat Bob Casey Jr. said yesterday that the bill is collapsing because it sells out the middle class, seniors and the disabled and makes Pennsylvanians pay more for less coverage.  Republican Pat Toomey disagreed and said, “History will look back on this moment and harshly judge this Congress for not beginning the process of replacing Obamacare.”

House Republicans are sharing a “no-new-taxes” plan to close an 800-million-dollar hole in the state budget.  House Speaker Mike Turzai made the announcement yesterday saying, “We think that we can close this with non-tax revenues.  But it’s a work in progress.”  The plan reportedly relies on expanded gambling and more liberalization with state alcohol sales laws.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has a new chair.  Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards was given the position yesterday and is the first female to hold the chair.  Richards called the appointment a “remarkable privilege.”