Tri County Report For April 30th, 2019

New Castle City Police are investigating a shooting Sunday night. The New Castle News reports 26 year old Sean Nixon of Delaware Avenue was shot several times. Police don’t know yet the location were Nixon was shot. He was taken to St.Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown for treatment. Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 724-656=3588.

Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman says between 60-and-70 percent of those voicing opinions on his recreational marijuana listening tour are in favor of legalization.  Fetterman gave testimony to lawmakers yesterday, saying he’s roughly at the two-thirds point of his state wide tour.  Fetterman added the prime issues for those against legalization are concerned about driving under impairment, the notion pot is a gateway drug, and its impact on young brains.

A group of cyclists for gun control reform is planning to make a pit stop at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life.  The group rides 400 miles each year from Newtown, Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting took place, to the nation’s capital.  This year they plan on stopping at the Tree of Life Synagogue to show support for the victim’s of last year’s mass shooting.  Team 26 expects to make it to Pittsburgh on Thursday, despite bad weather in the forecast.

Governor Tom Wolf approved 27 projects on Monday to improve rail freight transport across Pennsylvania, creating roughly 255 jobs. In Lawrence County, $682,500 will be used to rehabilitate 1.8 miles of the New Castle Industrial Railroad. The Governor said These investments in our rail infrastructure will continue to support business development and create new jobs throughout the state.”

Slippery Rock University is getting an apology from Dr. Phil McGraw.  The television talk show host wrote an apology to the school yesterday for referring to it in a recent interview as a non-trophy university.  McGraw says he didn’t know Slippery Rock was a real school and now has respect for what the university stands for.

Gov. Tom Wolf says he wants to take a serious look at Pennsylvania joining a consortium of states that set caps on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The Governor spoke on Monday at a news conference touting his administration’s efforts to fight climate change and set targets to slash Pennsylvania’s future greenhouse gas emissions. He has previously announced goal of an 80 percent reduction by 2050, which is in line with 2015’s Paris climate agreement.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report, the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is six cents more expensive this week at $3.09 per gallon. In New Castle prices are averaging 3.04 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 3.09. Prices in Beaver are also at 3.04 a gallon. The national price sits at 2.88 a gallon. A year ago gas prices in Western Pennsylvania were at 3.05 a gallon.

An Ellwood City man has been sentenced 24 days to a year in jail on charges related to a police search of his home last month. According to the Ellwood City Ledger 19 year old Austin Hogue pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to deliver, simple assault and criminal mischief. Hogue also was ordered to serve two years probation. The charges stem from an incident on March 13 when police were called out to a domestic disturbance and spotted a suspected marijuana-growing operation there.

Pennsylvania State Police are looking for the suspect in a hit-and-run in Armstrong County.  Troopers say a woman struck and dragged another woman with her car this past weekend on Little Germany Road in Kittanning Township.  The victim suffered neck, head and brain injuries.  The suspect’s vehicle is a 2006 or 2007 Ford Taurus with damage to the front passenger side.