Tri County Report for January 31st, 2018

A New Castle man is charged with killing a woman, found dead in a car in Sharon on Monday night. 52 year old Roy Lee Johnson is charged with criminal homicide. Johnson is charged in the shooting death of 30 year old Sierra Madison while she sat in her vehicle behind a business in the 600 block of Stambaugh Avenue. Madison died of multiple gun shot wounds to the chest and her death was ruled a homicide. Police said Johnson was injured at some point. He is being treated under guard at a hospital in Pittsburgh. The investigation is ongoing.

Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey says President Donald Trump is talk without action for the middle class.  Reacting to the State of the Union Address, Casey said the President already provided big business big tax breaks.  Casey says next Trump will cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

The investigation into a fatal fire Monday night in Butler County is continuing  Firefighters were called to the East Brady Street home around 2 a.m. Monday.  Investigators say they found the bodies of George and Linda Walter inside. Inside Butler County reports firefighters tried to get inside the home but hording conditions made the task difficult. Fire officials believe the fire started on the front porch or behind the front door but the cause is still unclear.

Republican U.S. Senator Pat Toomey says President Donald Trump did an effective job highlighting the progress made during the first year of his Presidency.  Reacting to the State of the Union address, Toomey says he was happy to hear the President’s plan to streamline road and bridge project approval.  Toomey added he felt Trump’s solution for DACA recipients goes beyond what President Obama had previously offered.

With more than 35-thousand confirmed flu cases in Pennsylvania this season, several flu shot suppliers say they are running low on the vaccine.  Some pharmacies have begun the practice of offering the flu shot only to the elderly and kids.  Health officials say more than nine-thousand new cases were reported last week.  Administrators say they fear those flu numbers haven’t peaked yet.

The state Health Department says 18 people died from flu complications last week.  Those deaths increase the total dead to 65.  Flu activity is described as wide spread, with the heavily populated areas of southeastern Pennsylvania and Allegheny County hit the hardest.

The Meadows has suspended all races and quarantined nearly two-hundred horses after one animal tested positive for a virus.  Track officials say the sick horse was diagnosed with EHV-One, which is a form of equine herpes that can cause respiratory problems for an infected animal.  Washington County agricultural officials are testing the other horses.  The track could reopen later this week.

Despite a concerted effort over the past three years, Pennsylvania has the second most structurally deficient bridges in the U.S.  The U.S. Department of Transportation study says the commonwealth has 4,173 bridges listed as deficient, the equivalent of 18-percent of all bridges in PA.  Pennsylvania’s Rapid Bridge Replacement program has replaced 558 bridges over the last three years.

According to this week’s Triple-A weekly gas price report prices in Western Pennsylvania increased by three cents this week to $2.893 per gallon. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.77 a gallon. In Sharon the price is a penny less at 2.76. The region saw the largest addition of gasoline inventories in the country with a 2.3 million barrel add. At $2.58, the national gas price is four cents more expensive on the week.