Tri County Report For July 27th, 2018

A juvenile is in the hospital after being stabbed in Aliquippa Thursday night.  Police say it happened on Baker Street but haven’t confirmed many other details on what led to the incident.  The juvenile was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after the stabbing.

It may take months before the proposed mini-casino for the Westmoreland Mall could officially be approved.  The proposal for the facility inside the soon-to-be-vacant Bon Ton department store can only come after the application gets a thorough inspection and the company is vetted.  Stadium Casino LLC officials say they want 750 slot machines and 30 table games inside the mini-casino.  A spokesperson for the state gaming board said Thursday there will be a public hearing in Hempfield regarding the facility.

The city of Pittsburgh is setting new guidelines for protestors after several major roadways were blocked over the past few weeks.  Protestors will not be allowed to block hospitals, entrances or exits of tunnels or bridges, and special events.  The guidelines also state demonstrators can’t shut down critically important intersections ever and set several other restrictions during morning and evening rush hours.  Enforcement of the policy is expected to begin outside the Allegheny County Courthouse Friday.

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General is asking Pope Francis to push for the public release of a grand jury report on allegations of child sexual abuse within commonwealth’s six dioceses.  Josh Shapiro wrote a letter to the pope asking him to call on church leaders to follow the path of truth.  The grand jury spent nearly two years investigating allegations statewide, including in the Harrisburg diocese.

A boy is recovering after falling out of a tree in Center Township. According to Inside Butler County The 8-year-old fell about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and was seriously hurt.  A medical helicopter landed at the Unionville fire station and transported the child to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. No other details were released.

Pennsylvania is one of six states to receive a federal grant to help those with opioid use disorder to get back into the workforce. The Department of Labor and Industry will use part of the nearly $5 million grant to work with those suffering from opioid use disorder to develop their career skills and to make a plan to get back into the workforce. In addition the department will develop a mobile app to help people connect with workforce and support services.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down by a penny over the week to $3.10 per gallon. Gas prices are as much as eight cents more expensive on the week for Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, while a handful of states saw prices decline by a penny.  In Pennsylvania, motorists are paying an average of a penny more for gasoline over the week.  In New Castle drivers are paying 3.05 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 3.01.  Since July 4, gas prices have increased three cents, putting the national average at $2.88

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says it’s time to start cleanup efforts now that flood waters in the central sections of the state are subsiding.  Governor Wolf was in Schuylkill County yesterday, touring flood damage in Pine Grove and Tremont.  He’s since used social media to thank emergency workers and first responders for their efforts during the heights of the flooding.  Wolf says seeing everything in person gave him a chance to check on people affected and ask them directly how the state can help with recovery.

President Trump is coming to Northeast PA to rally for Lou Barletta’s U.S. Senate bid.  The event is planned for Mohegan Sun Arena in the evening August 7th.  Barletta is challenging incumbent Democrat Bob Casey and is currently behind in campaign fundraising.