Tri County Report For February 27th, 2019

Pennsylvania’s top Republican state lawmaker says he is open to discussing an increase to the commonwealth’s minimum wage with Governor Tom Wolf.  Monday, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said while he believes Governor Wolf’s goal of 15-dollars-an-hour is too high, he is open to talking about bringing the wage up.  Right now, Pennsylvania is set at the federal minimum wage of seven-25 an hour and has been there for ten years.

An Ohio man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of traveling with intent to engage in sex with a minor in Mercer County. 60 year old Jeffrey Judd of Vienna is accused of traveling to Hermitage for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with a minor. The alleged incident took place in June of 2017. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Flu activity is on the rise again in Pennsylvania.  Department of Health officials say they’ve noted about six-thousand new flu cases in each of the last three weeks statewide.  So far, 56 adults and one child have died because of the flu this season.

A New Castle man was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle accident in Slippery Rock Township. State Police in Butler county report 19 year old Brock Bango was northbound on Stoughton Road, when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. Bango was taken to Grove City Medical Center for treatment.

Someone who bought a lotto ticket in Ambridge is a half-million-dollars richer.  Lotto officials say someone purchased a winning Cash Five ticket sold at the Circle K on Duss Avenue before the Friday drawing.  So far, no winner has come forward to claim their prize.

A Butler man will spend up to nearly two years in jail after severely burning a three-year-old boy.  Fred Bacon pleaded guilty in October to burning the child’s hands with scalding water from a faucet at a home in Monessen after the boy complained he was cold in February of 2017.  The boy suffered second degree burns.  Bacon said he didn’t intend to injure the child.

Beginning this Friday, PennDOT officials will begin to issue Real I-Ds, allowing holders to fly commercially and enter some secure federal facilities next year.  It’s reported some 170-thousand people pre-qualified to get theirs online.  The Federal Real ID standards go into effect in P-A in October 2020.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is proposing a ten percent tax on violent video games to help fund safety measures at public schools. The House Finance Committee is considering a bill from Representative Christopher Quinn to provide additional funding for schools to implement safety measures to protect students and teachers. Quinn believes that a contributing factor to the rise in shootings and other violent acts in American schools is material that children see in video games. The bill is being co-sponsored by two other legislators.

Beaver County’s coroner says he is running for reelection.  David Gabauer announced Tuesday he wants to remain on the job after winning in 2015.  The Chippewa Township man says he’s optimistic voters will select him again.