Tri County Report For March 6th, 2019

The New Castle News is reporting that a Detroit man was sentenced in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty to drug charges. 25 year old Darious Lee was sentenced to nine to 23 ½ months in jail by Judge J.Craig Cox. Lee was arrested back in June of last year when police found drugs and guns along with cash in his car.

Financial troubles are looming over the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  State officials say the turnpike commission is eleven-billion-dollars in debt and behind on payments for transit projects.  At issue is a lawsuit filed by motorists’ groups claiming toll dollars should not be used for non-turnpike projects.  The turnpike commission can’t make its obligations to the state while the lawsuit is pending.

An Ellwood City man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. 29 year old Jeffrey Vitale entered the plea in federal court in Pittsburgh. The alleged incident took place in February of last year. sentencing is set for June 17th, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $1,000,000, or both.

The state is reporting that another eleven people have died in Pennsylvania due to flu-related complications.  According to data released yesterday, the confirmed fatality count in Pennsylvania due to the flu this season has risen from 57 to 68, with 40 victims being ages 65 and older.  Another painful statistic is that the total cases reported state-wide has increased by around eight-thousand people since last week.

At least one person has been injured as a result of an accident that ended with a vehicle in a creek in Connoquenessing Township. According to Inside Butler county the crash took place shortly after 1 p.m. on Whitestown Road. A Life Flight helicopter was called to land near the accident scene in order to transport at least one person for further medical treatment. The extent of injuries and cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

A new medical facility is now open behind the Beaver Valley Mall.  Heritage Valley Health System opened its eighth medical neighborhood facility inside the new Bluffs at Glade Path development Monday.  The 59-thousand square foot facility offers both primary and specialty care for patients as well as a walk-in clinic.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission officials say they’ve begun stocking hundreds of lakes and streams ahead of the 2019 fishing season.  In all, more than three-point-two million trout will be placed in more than 700 streams and 127 lakes this season.  Fishing season begins in the southeastern counties on March 30th, then statewide April 13th.

A state lawmaker from Lebanon County is looking for cosponsors on a bill that would eliminate daylight saving time in Pennsylvania.  Russ Diamond says right now he has six supporters for his measure and they come from both sides of the aisle.  Diamond argues springing forward and falling back are outdated practices that not only reduce employee productivity but also negatively affect a person’s health.

A boy is recovering from burns he sustained after his pants caught fire while standing next to a space heater.  The ten-year-old suffered third-degree burns from the incident last Sunday at his family’s home in Uniontown.  Doctors at UPMC say they treat about a dozen space heater burns annually, with most of the injured being kids, according to WPXI-TV.