Tri County Report For April 3rd, 2018

A man hit by a car Sunday in Lawrence County is in the hospital with serious injuries. According to Union Township police, the man was walking in the road when he was hit by a car. Police said the man was making his way home from work. The accident happened just after 11 p.m. on Route 224. Police said no one will be cited.

Allegheny County is signing off on the 18th Congressional District special election.  It’s the last county to certify the results of the March 13th race between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone, which Saccone conceded on March 20th.  The “Observer-Reporter” says the certification was to be sent to the Department of State yesterday.  Saccone won in Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Lamb’s lead in Allegheny, and his lead eventually grew to over 700 votes.

The Sharon Herald is reporting that a Sharon man is in the Mahoning County Jail facing charges of rape, kidnapping and domestic violence. 42 year old Matthew Miller was arrested by Boardman Ohio police for an incident that took place on March 30th. Miller is accused of duct-taping a woman, who was Miller’s girlfriend to a chair and raping her. The woman had a no-contact order against Miller after he allegedly assaulted her in Pennsylvania,when she let him back into the home. The investigation is continuing.

Uber rates are on the rise in Pittsburgh.  The cost to use the ride-sharing service increased last Friday by ten-percent.  The booking fee and minimum fare also went up by 30-cents.  Uber says the price increase will help cover regulatory, safety and operational costs.

Court officials say distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania jumped by 52 percent last year and have increased 172 percent since 2013. Nearly seven in 10 citations were issued to men, and more than a third were to people in their 20s. A 2012 state law lets police pull over motorists they suspect of texting while driving. State law prohibits texting while driving, subjecting violators to a fine of $50. It’s also illegal to drive while wearing headphones.

In conjunction with Donate Life Month, PennDOT is reminding PA residents that they don’t have to wait until its time to renew their driver’s licenses or ID cards to sign up to become organ donors. They can go to dmv.pa.gov anytime and click on the “Donate Life Pennsylvania” icon to begin the process. Over 48 percent of PA residents with driver’s licenses and ID cards are already registered organ donors.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board yesterday released the Annual Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report detailing the impact of Pennsylvania casinos on the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry.  Among the report’s findings is that the tax generated by the play of slot machines amount to $239 million and was earmarked for enhancements of race purses, assisting breeding operations located in Pennsylvania, providing health and pension benefits for horsemen, and to support agricultural initiatives. The report also shows that total dollars wagered on live races held at the six racetracks operating in the Commonwealth was up 3% in 2017, exceeding $700 million.

A Midland couple is facing a number of charges for allowing a juvenile to live in their home in “horrible” conditions. According to the Beaver County Times 62 year old Robert McDole and 52 year old Anna Holben were charged with endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and simple assault. Police were called to the residence in connection with a couple fighting. When officers went inside the home they found it in deplorable condition. Bond for both was set at five thousand dollars.

The remains of a Pittsburgh Marine killed during World War Two are finally being buried.  Private Edwin Jordan will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery next week.  Records say Jordan was 19-years-old when he died on November 20th, 1943, but family members say he lied to get into the service, and was actually 16.