Tri County Report For April 10th, 2019

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident Monday morning in New Beaver Boro that sent a Wampum woman to the hospital. Police said 20 year old Jessica Podnar was traveling at a high rate of speed on Wampum-New Gallilee Road when he car left the roadway, struck and embankment, rolled over and then struck a tree on the driver’s side trapping her in the vehicle.  After being extracted from her car Podnar was flown to St.Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown for treatment.

Two men are facing felony charges for a bomb threat at the Community College of Beaver County’s library this week.  Nasir Campbell and Tyree Corbett are accused of writing and placing the note Monday.  The two are in Beaver County Jail in lieu of 250-thousand-dollars bail.

Deer hunting season is being pushed back this year.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission voted 5-3 today to move the opening day to the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, beginning this upcoming season.  The changes are reportedly being made in order to stay up to date with the shifting in hunting demographics and to create more opportunities for hunters.

A fire burst out in Mercer County leaving a barn burned to the ground. WFMJ-TV reports Just after 10:30 am on Tuesday the Mercer East Fire Department battled a barn fire in Lackawannock Township. The horses that are usually kept in the barn were out for training at the time of the fire. Fire officials are investigating the possibility that the source of the fire was electrical.

A law that strips guns from domestic abusers is going into law today.  Known as Act 79, the law is intended to protect victims of domestic violence.  The law requires abusers who have been the subject of protection orders to turn in any guns while those orders are in effect, and they are further prohibited from possessing guns.  Governor Tom Wolf says the law will both protect victims of domestic abuse and hold abusers accountable for their actions.

According to Inside Butler County at least one person has been injured as a result of an accident involving a motorcycle and a truck in Penn Township Tuesday afternoon. The accident took place just after 3pm at the intersection of Route 8 South and Dinnerbell Road. Reports say a man suffered a leg injury. A portion of the road needed to be shut down for a time in order to allow for cleanup at the scene.

Three gun bills were signed yesterday by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.  The ordinances were approved by the City Council last week.  They ban the use of assault-style weapons and accessories in public places and ban weapons from people dealing with mental health issues.  Gun rights activists vowed to file lawsuits as soon as the mayor signs the bills into law.  They argue Pennsylvania law prohibits local regulation of firearms.

A state lawmaker wants to bring back annual registration stickers on license plates.  Representative Barry Jozwiak says when PennDOT stopped issuing the stickers many drivers stopped registering their vehicles.  Jozwiak says PennDOT lost 22-million-dollars in registration renewals while they saved about three-million dollars in the annual savings of production costs.

Police charged two men with breaking into One Stop Shopper earlier this year and stealing cash and cigarettes in Darlington. The Ellwood City Ledger reports 19 year old Nicholas Myers of Darlington Township and 18 year old Jarrod Westover of Lisbon, Ohio, were charged by Darlington Township police with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief. The incident took place back in January.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is planning a rally in North Oakland this weekend.  The stop is scheduled at Schenley Plaza on Forbes Avenue Sunday evening.  Sanders is visiting the battleground states of Wisconsin and Michigan before visiting Pittsburgh Sunday.  Tickets are not required, but R-S-V-P’s are encouraged, according to organizers.

The first major gun law in Pennsylvania in over a decade takes effect today, and Gov. Wolf says when it comes to addressing gun violence, this should be just the beginning. Radio PA’s David Payne reports.