Tri County Report For April 24th, 2019

One of Lawrence County’s bargaining units has a new contract. According to the New Castle News AFSCME Local 2902 voted to ratify a proposed three-year bargaining agreement that is retroactive to Jan. 1. The contract calls for wage increases of 2 percent this year, 2.5 percent wage increases next year and 2.75 percent the third year of the pact. Employees will also have to contribute to their health care premium which will be up to 3 percent by the third year.

New Castle police say they’re concerned about a missing man’s medical condition.  Richard Mulzet disappeared Sunday and is believed to be in danger.  Police say Mulzet is 57-years-old, six-feet-two-inches tall and 240 pounds with shaved gray hair.  He’s likely driving a navy blue Dodge Durango with Pennsylvania plates.

A warrant is out for a Lawrence County woman who’s accused of breaking into a home while the residents were at church.  Neshannock Township police say Marie Beahr [[ BEAR ]] burglarized the Nesbitt Road home on Easter Sunday, making off with credit cards and other items.  Beahr was identified from store video showing her using the stolen cards

A law that prevents those convicted of non-driving offenses from losing their license is now in effect in Pennsylvania.  Governor Tom Wolf signed the measure in October, saying about 20-thousand people had their licenses suspended annually in P-A for reasons that had nothing to do with driving.  Wolf added Tuesday a valid driver’s license is often the key to finding and keeping a job.

Officials in Beaver say they had a spike in overdose calls last week.  Beaver’s chief of police tells the Beaver County Times they had five drug overdoses within a few days and a few blocks of each other in Beaver last week.  Officials say the borough typically averages one per week.  In four of those calls, first responders were able to save the person using Narcan.  Police think a bad batch of fentanyl came through the borough.

For the second time this week, a man is facing charges for trying to pass a gun through a Pittsburgh International Airport security checkpoint.  The man from California had an unloaded 22-caliber revolver when he was stopped by T-S-A officials.  The incident comes hours after a West Virginia woman attempted to take a loaded nine millimeter handgun through a checkpoint.  In both incidents, the weapons are confiscated and the travelers are detained, questioned, and cited on weapons violations.

After several weeks of increasing numbers, the rate of influenza-related deaths is slowing somewhat.  Last week that count jumped from 115 to 128, but this week only five new flu-related fatalities have been announced.  The total number of confirmed cases reported state-wide continues to increase, and now stands at well over 96-thousand people sickened.  Allegheny County has been the hardest hit by a wide margin with over 93-hundred cases.

A Saxonburg man was arrested by police in Butler County following a high speed chase Monday night. According to Inside Butler County 50-year-old James Parker Jr., was charged with fleeing and eluding police and resisting arrest. No injuries were reported. The incident took place around 11pm.

The State Department of Health is marking World Immunization Week by reminding Pennsylvania residents about the importance of being up to date with their vaccinations. Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, says the health department wants to reassure Pennsylvanians that vaccines are safe. She says misinformation about the measles vaccine has ledto fewer children being vaccinated against measles and to recent outbreaks in Washington and NewYork states. Dr. Levine says there have been no confirmed cases of measles in PA this year. Therewere two confirmed cases in the state last year.