There are two statewide races drawing the attention of voters in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s governor’s race will be decided today between incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf and York County businessman Scott Wagner. Democrat Bob Casey is attempting to win reelection to the US Senate as he faces Republican Lou Barletta. There are several more local races for state house on the ballots as well.
Some western Pennsylvania polling places could have long lines today because of low volunteer levels. Elections officials in Westmoreland and Butler counties say it has been a challenge to find enough people to staff their precincts. At issue is an aging volunteer base and the start of cold and flu season leaving some volunteers unable to serve.
Investigators are still trying to determine what led to a shooting outside the Lawrence County jail last week. The victim was found with a gunshot wound to the hand in the jail’s parking lot after midnight Thursday but isn’t cooperating with investigators. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
Lawrence County authorities say a dispute between neighbors escalated to use of a tomahawk and firearms. Neshannock Township police arrested Martin Quimby yesterday on a host of charges, including attempted criminal homicide. Detectives say Quimby tried to hack into his neighbor’s West Fairmont Avenue home with the tomahawk, then shot at the victim when he fired a shotgun to stop the would-be attack.
Investigators are charging two Beaver County women with welfare fraud. Aundria Shriver of Beaver Falls is accused of lying about the number of children living with her to increase her benefits. Cherelle Burks of Rochester allegedly didn’t report she had a job to her caseworker during a six month span from late 2017 to April of this year.
Authorties are identifying the body of a 38-year-old Ambridge man discovered last month in the Ohio River. The body of Gerald Payne was found near the Montgomery Locks and Dam in Industry Tuesday morning by tug boat operators from Industry Terminal and Salvage. There’s no word yet on the cause of death.
The Beaver County Humane Society is trying to find as many shelter cats as it can a new home. The organization is offering all approved adopters a cat at half the normal adoption rate now through November 8th at their Brodhead Road shelter. Anyone who adopts a cat six-months-old or older while wearing their I Voted sticker tomorrow will not be charged the adoption fee.
PennDOT officials are warning drivers to be on the lookout for deer crossing area roads. The month of November is peak mating and hunting time, which can keep deer on the move. The peak times for deer to be active are at dawn and dusk.
A Beaver County child is the latest to be hospitalized with a rare, polio-like illness in western Pennsylvania. Allegheny County health officials say the child is being treated at UPMC Children’s Hospital for a suspected case of acute flaccid myelitis. The Beaver County case is not linked to a similar case in Washington County, nor five others in the region.