Tri County Report For October 10th, 2017

A Pulaski Township man is wanted in connection with a home break-in late last month. According to the New Castle News Pulaski Township police have charged 21 year old  Austin David Dunkel, of Evergreen Road, in West Middlesex, in connection with the alleged burglary. He is accused of stealing a printer, a camera and a lawnmower from the home of a family member on South State Line Road. Dunkel is charge wiht burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Governor Tom Wolf is moving forward with a plan to lease the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex to a private operator.  Wolf announced yesterday that the state is looking for partners in a lease deal, which could bring in upwards of 200-million dollars.  The state would then rent back the facility, and would continue to operate and maintain it.  Wolf says the move is part of his efforts to manage the state budget in the “absence of a legislature-approved revenue package.”

A third Republican state lawmaker is going after Tim Murphy’s congressional seat.  Representative Rick Saccone of Allegheny County made the announcement Sunday, saying he will be suspending his U.S. Senate campaign.  State Senators Guy Reschenthaler of Allegheny County and Kim Ward of Westmoreland County are also running.  The pro-life lawmaker is resigning as of October 21st following claims he had an extramarital affair and urged his mistress to get an abortion.

If you’re not yet registered to vote but you’re planning to vote in November’s election, you’re just about out of time.  The Department of State is reminding Pennsylvanians that today is the last day to register.  Get more information at Register.VotesPA.com.

Police are continuing to investigate the murder of a University of Pittsburgh student.  Officers announced yesterday that Alina Sheykhet filed a protection from abuse order against her ex-boyfriend last month.  Sheykhet was found dead of blunt force trauma Sunday.  Her ex, Matthew Darby, has not been charged for her murder but was charged with criminal trespassing last month after allegedly breaking into her home.  He was out on bail but it has since been revoked and police are now looking for him.

Governor Tom Wolf is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation that would require employers to cover contraception costs for their workers.  Wolf says the Trump Administration is allowing some employers to deny contraceptives and the state cannot allow people to lose their coverage.  The State’s Employee Benefits Trust Fund will continue to provide contraceptives to employees without a co-pay.

More information is being released about President Trump’s visit to the Midstate.  The president will visit the Harrisburg area tomorrow but it is an invitation only event at an undisclosed location.  Tickets were distributed through the county Republican committees, local business chambers and several other organizations.  Trump is expected to talk about his tax reform plan. .

A tractor-trailer crash shut down Interstate 80 just outside of Grove City for about nine hours on Saturday night. State Police in Mercer County report  that a truck was driving westbound on I-80, lost control of the vehicle and swerved into the median almost entering the eastbound lanes. He then swerved back into the westbound lanes and was hit by another truck traveling at a high speed. Troopers say the first truck driver was flown from the scene to the hospital. There was severe damage done to both trucks.