Tri County Report For August 7th, 2018

A Monroe County-based casino is purchasing more than 100-acres of land in Big Beaver for a new mini-casino and entertainment complex.  Mount Airy Pittsburgh Casino Resort is planned to open in late 2019 near Interstate 376 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  The chairman of the Beaver County Commissioners tells the Beaver County Times the casino is a gamechanger for the county and region. Lawrence County won the state’s third mini-casino license in February. Mt. Airy picked a location in Hickory Township, east of New Castle for its location, but rules stated a casino could be developed anywhere within a 15-mile radius of the selected spot.

A person is in the hospital after a fire in Ambridge Saturday morning.  It happened at a home on 15th street.  There’s no word yet on what caused the blaze.

Officials for the Port Authority say it could take up to three days to clear the scene of a train derailment in Station Square.  A freight train went off the tracks near the T stop at West Carson Street yesterday afternoon, dumping several cars onto the commuter train line.  The Port Authority is picking up train riders with shuttle buses at South Hills Junction to drop them off at the First Avenue Station.

Pennsylvania is the first to have a statewide Commission on LGBTQ affairs.  Governor Wolf signed an order officially creating the 40-member commission Monday, saying it will be tasked with protecting the gay and lesbian community from discrimination.  PA is the only northeastern state without comprehensive anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people.

Western Pennsylvania residents will step outside tonight to help build their communities.  National Night Out events will bring police and residents together to present a unified front against violent crime and drugs.  Monaca police will have food, games and more at Washington Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m.  Latrobe’s National Night Out will include K-9 demonstrations from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Police in Mercer County report an accident yesterday afternoon in Shenango Township. The crash took place on Bobbish Road where emergency responders  found a truck crashed into a tree and the driver partially ejected. WFMJ-TV reports Police are still investigating, but say early indications show a tree fell on the woman’s vehicle which caused her to hit the second tree. The woman was taken to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. Police did not release the woman’s name.

Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are up by about two cents this week at $3.10 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Many states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw increases at the pump, and some saw prices remain the same.  In New Castle prices are averaging 3.10 a gallon while in Sharon drivers are paying less at 3.01 a gallon.  The boost in demand and drop in inventory have driven the national gas price average to $2.87, which is the most expensive gas price seen in August since 2014.

A man is charged with shooting and killing his grandfather Monday morning in McKeesport.  Jhalil Brown allegedly admitted to shooting 57-year-old Lanny Hutson to death inside his home on the 17-hundred-block of Abraham Street.  Police say they found 17 shell casings in the room Brown’s body was found.  There’s no word on what led to the shooting.

Casting calls continue around Pittsburgh for a new Netflix crime drama being shot in the Steel City.  A casting booth is set up for Mindhunter at the Butler Farm Show daily through August 11th.  Another round of auditions is happening at Olivet Baptist Church in Hill District this afternoon.  The film’s producers are looking for extras to play hippies, FBI agents, protestors, and students.