TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 22ND, 2019

State troopers are investigating a deadly crash in Lawrence County.  An SUV slammed into a building next to a toll booth on I-376 in North Beaver Township last night, killing 58-year-old Kelly Ann Gilligan.  No other injuries were reported.

A Beaver County airman who was killed in Afghanistan will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  The family of Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin will be laid to rest on Thursday.  Elchin and two other soldiers were killed in November by a roadside bomb.  Army Sergeant Jason McClary of Export was killed in the same blast.

Ellwood City Council is working to forgive energy bill late fees for some Ellwood City Medical Center workers in the borough.  The measures are intended to help the workers as their employer continues to have payroll problems.  There have been at least ten separate payroll incidents reported at the medical center since August, with Friday’s payroll only paying workers minimum wage for the hours they worked.

An Ellwood City man is accused of indecent exposure at a gas station parking lot late last year.  William Ratliff was charged January 11th after the incident at a Kwik Fill on the 16-hundred-block of Route 65 in Franklin Township just after midnight December 22nd.  Ratliff had a suspended license and an active warrant for his arrest out of Mercer County when he was taken into custody.

Penn Hills High School’s head football coach will serve a one-game suspension next year after someone set off a smoke bomb during a playoff game this past season.  Jon LeDonne will serve the suspension after smoke stretched the length of the sideline before their matchup with West Allegheny in the WPIAL 5-A Championship game.  LeDonne says two players were punished at practice for the smoke bomb.

A portion of Route 108 in Slippery Rock had to be closed Monday morning as crews worked to contain a house fire. According to Inside Butler County, Firefighters from seven different departments were called to the home- near The Birdwatchers Store- shortly before 11 a.m. No injuries were reported.  The cause is under investigation.

One person in Allegheny County is dead from the flu so far this season.  Health officials say the woman was in her 90s and had an underlying medical condition.  So far, Allegheny County has 414 reported flu cases, with 18 leading to hospitalization.  By this point last year, there were more than 35-hundred documented cases and eight deaths.

A state senator is reintroducing legislation that he says would end puppy mills.  Senator Andy Dinniman of Chester says the bill would cut off the revenue source for puppy mills by allowing pet stores to partner with shelters and rescues for pet adoptions.  The Democrat adds the measure wouldn’t impact responsible, humane breeders who care for their animals and don’t sell through pet stores.

A bill being introduced in the state House would allow eligible Pennsylvanians to register and vote on election day. The bill would allow what’s known as same-day registration, where a voter shows up at the polls on election day, presents a valid ID and casts a ballot. The vote would count once the information is verified by the Department of State. Rep. Ryan Bizzaro says his bill would make it easier to cast a ballot and has been proven to increase voter participation in the states where it’s currently legal.