Tri County Report For February 12th, 2018

Most of the incumbents are keeping the backing of the Pennsylvania Democratic party for the November general election.  The state Democratic party chose to endorse Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey.  Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack is also running for reelection, but the party decided to allow for an open primary with five candidates vying for that position.  Stack and his wife admitted to and apologized for mistreating state staff.

An unidentified man sustained what Sharon police called “life-threatening injuries” Sunday night as he was walking on the 1300 block of East State Street. According to the Sharon Herald  Police said the man was crossing East State from the direction of the Sharon American Legion hall, about 7 p.m., when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle. The vehicle’s driver didn’t see the pedestrian. The investigation is ongoing.

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a return visit to Pittsburgh to stump for Republican Congressional hopeful Rick Saccone.  CNN is quoting White House sources that the president’s team is looking at February 21st for the stop.  Saccone is facing Democrat Conor Lamb in a March 13th special election to replace disgraced former Congressman Tim Murphy.  Trump visited a North Fayette manufacturer last month and Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a Saccone fundraiser in Bethel Park.

The Pennsylvania GOP says it is supporting four-time PA Congressman Lou Barletta and State Senator Scott Wagner in their respective races this spring and fall.  Barletta aims to unseat U.S. Senator Bob Casey while Wagner is hoping to become Pennsylvania’s next governor.  State House Speaker Mike Turzai withdrew from the campaign for governor after the endorsement announcement.

New Castle City Police have made an arrest in connection with a robbery that happened last week at a Sunoco convenience store.  38-year-old Jonathan Jackson has been charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Police say they were called to the store on East Washington Street last Sunday, around 1:30 am. According to the department’s facebook page, Jackson was taken into custody around 12:30 Friday morning. Police are continuing their investigation.

Pennsylvania’s House and Senate Republican leaders have submitted a new Congressional district map. The map was drawn over two days by House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati, without input from minority Democrats. The latter have written Governor Tom Wolf, urging him to reject the submission, and charging the GOP leadership with refusing to negotiate. A spokesman for Governor Wolf is still reviewing the map; he has until Thursday to submit the document to the state Supreme Court. If it does not pass muster, the court will redraw the map.

The Ellwood City Area School District approved a prelimary budget last week that includes a nearly two million shortfall in revenue, on paper. According to the Ellwood City Ledger Under the proposal, the real estate tax rate would increase by 0.9 mills from but business manager Richard Zarone previously said that is just a placeholder figure. The budget, which lists revenues of $27.96 million and expenses of $29.92 million, is a requirement of the state’s Act 1 law. School districts have to report by the end of this month that they will not raise property taxes beyond the state inflation index of 3.4 percent, file a proposed preliminary budget with exceptions that allow taxes to increase beyond the indexed level or file for a referendum in the May primary.

A car crashed into a Beaver County business on Friday afternoon . The Beaver County Times reports the accident took place around 1:15 in Bridgewater.  Police said the accident took place in the 200 block of bridge street. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital. No one inside the business was hurt.

Investigators say a Pittsburgh man wanted for the assault of a four-year-old is under arrest.  Police say 20-year-old David Johnson was found at the Doubletree Monroeville Convention Center late Saturday evening.  Authorities say that Johnson assaulted his then girlfriend’s child in late 2016 and had been hiding out ever since.  Johnson is in Allegheny County Jail on an outstanding probation violation.