Tri County Report For November 28th, 2018

A hunter is recovering from injuries suffered after falling into Sewickley Creek.  Firefighters say the man was walking along the creek yesterday when he slipped into the water near Lowber Road in Sewickley Township.  The current carried him across the creek, forcing rescuers to use a boat to reach the man.

Western Pennsylvania hunters are out bagging deer this week after a successful bear harvest.  Pennsylvania Game Commission officials say nearly 240 bears were killed this year in Westmoreland and surrounding counties this year.  The bear-hunting season wrapped up last week with the five-day rifle season.

Donations for the Tree of Life synagogue are totaling more than six-million dollars following the deadly shooting last month.  Some of the funds have already been distributed to help families with medical needs and funeral costs while millions more will be spent on long-term needs.  Organizers say they are working to ensure the process on how the money is spent is transparent, showing no hidden agenda.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey who won a third term in office says he’s open to the idea of running for president in 2020. On Monday, Casey’s campaign released a memo making the case for Casey’s electoral effectiveness in a state that was crucial to President Donald Trump’s capturing the White House. Casey is a staunch critic of Trump, and his campaign notes that he accumulated the biggest margin of victory in defeating Republican Lou Bareletta of the 10 Senate Democrats running for re-election in states carried by Trump in 2016.

Police in Beaver Falls are warning businesses to be on the lookout for fraudulent cash recently found in circulation.  Investigators have not given specific details about any funny money they have found, but say they have received several calls from victims.  Officers are also telling business to watch out for so-called “quick change” scams, where thieves try to get change from a cashier using a fake one-hundred-dollar bill.

A Chippewa Township woman is facing welfare fraud charges.  Ashley Wetzel was charged November 15th after investigators determined she was receiving benefits from the commonwealth while not living in Pennsylvania in 2017.  It’s believed the 34-year-old collected welfare benefits from Kentucky and Colorado earlier that same year.

General Motors is pulling the plug on its Lordstown assembly plant.  The automaker announced yesterday that the 52-year-old factory is one of five to be shuttered as part of a massive restructuring.  Nearly 15-hundred people will lose their jobs by March First.  Ohio lawmakers have condemned the move, citing state taxpayers’ role in the auto industry bailout and a recent federal tax cut.

Kathleen Kane is likely finally headed behind bars.  The State Supreme Court announced Monday it won’t review the former attorney general’s conviction for leaking grand jury information and lying about it.  Kane has been free on 75-thousand-dollars bond since her October 2016 sentencing.

According to this week’s Triple=A East Central gas price report, gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down another six cents averaging 2.80 a gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 2.66 a gallon, while drivers in Sharon are paying a dime more at 2.76. The national gas price average has dropped seven cents to land at $2.56.  As pump prices steadily decline, they are headed toward some of the cheapest gas prices in 2018.  The national average was lowest in January at $2.49, while May brought the most expensive price of $2.97.