Tri County Report For August 1st, 2017

State Police in Lawrence County report a one car accident yesterday morning in Taylor Township. According to police 35 year old Jamey Tharp of New Catle was westbound on Route 422 when he took the exit ramp for route 168 and lost control of his car around a bend. Tharp’s vehicle left the roadway, rolled over onto its side and then struck a tree. Tharp suffered just a minor injury.

Controversial changes to an oil and gas ordinance have been approved by Wilmington Township Supervisors. WFMJ-TV reports the public meeting held Monday night was standing room only with overflow into the Administration Building’s parking lot. Several residents spoke out against the ordinance. After months of review and public comment, township supervisors approved the changes in a vote of three to zero. The changes to the ordinance would strengthen some aspects, such as requiring compressors to be enclosed to reduce noise.

Pennsylvania doctors can now start registering to be able to prescribe medical marijuana. Interested physicians can sign up by completing a practitioner registry on the state health department’s website.  They will also be required to complete four hours of training.  Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is expected to begin next year.

A Midland Borough mother is facing charges for allegedly overdosing with her four-year-old nearby.  Few details have been released but police were called to the home last month for the incident and found multiple drugs, including cocaine.  The woman is being charged with child endangerment.

Speed and alcohol are thought to be factors in an accident that injured four people and killed a dog in Middlesex Township. State Police in Butler County said The driver of a pickup truck veered into the opposite lane on Route 8 Sunday night and hit another vehicle head-on.  Police say empty containers of alcohol were found in the truck.

A Hickory Township man was taken into custody for allegedy leaving the scene of an accident where a woman and two children were hurt.  The New Castle News reports 29 year old Shaun Fox was charged with three ouncts of accidents involving personal injury along with several charges for leaving the scene of an accident. New Castle City Police said 31 year old India Thomas was westbound on Croton avenue when Fox allegedly pulled from Haus Way into the path of the Thomas vehicle. Thomas said Fox then left the scene. Two children were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Police are investigating a fire that decimated a mobile home in Beaver County.  The flames broke out on Soap Run Road in Franklin Township late Sunday night and neighbors claim it sounded like there was ammunition going off in the residence.  Officers say the occupants of the trailer recently moved out and were in the process of emptying it.  No one was injured.

Republican Representative Lou Barletta is running for Democrat Bob Casey’s U.S. Senate seat.  Reports indicate Barletta began sharing the decision with GOP leaders last week but has not yet made an official announcement.  Casey is seeking his third term.

A new report is showing 13 people a day died of a drug-related overdoses in Pennsylvania last year.  Results of the “Analysis of Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania” were released yesterday and found there were 46-hundred overdose deaths in the state in 2016.  That’s a 37-percent increase from 2015.