Tri County Report For May 7th, 2019

UPMC officials are disputing rumors of a possible measles case in Lawrence County.  The healthcare system said yesterday there have been no confirmed cases of the disease in any patients at Jameson Hospital in New Castle.  Several measles cases have been confirmed over the past week, all in Allegheny County.

The Allegheny County Health Department is warning of at least three more possible measles exposures.  Officials say four of those diagnosed last week may have visited several other locations, like the Milky Way restaurant on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill South on Wednesday April 17th, The Red White-And-Blue Thrift Store on Ohio River Boulevard in Avalon Wednesday April 24th, and the National Aviary on Arch Street at Allegheny Center Sunday April 28th.  So far there are five known cases of the measles in Allegheny County.

The sirens will sound this morning to test Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station’s emergency alert system.  All 118 sirens will sound for three minutes after nine this morning to test their volume and to determine if more or fewer sirens are needed.  The power station’s operators will have observers in the field monitoring the alarms.

Four law enforcement members are being remembered in Harrisburg.  The Fraternal Order of Police held a ceremony Monday at the Forum in Harrisburg for Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill, York police officer Alex Sable, Philly Officer Raymond Diaz, and Sergeant Brian Cuscino from New Castle.  Each died last year while on duty in Pennsylvania.  Governor Tom Wolf and other top state officials were in attendance for the ceremony.

A rally is planned today at the State Capitol to advocate for raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products.  It’s expected around 650 members of the Tobacco 21 Movement will be in attendance asking lawmakers to raise the sales age to 21 from 18.  It’s reported 12 other states have already made this change.

A Beaver County pilot is in the first stage of a flight around the world.  Ross Edmonson took off yesterday from the Zelienople Municipal Airport on a 40-thousand-mile flight in a single-engine aircraft named Planey McPlaneface.  His eleven-month journey will double as a fundraiser for African Promise, a group that works to improve schools in Kenya.

State Police in Mercer County report an Ohio man is facing DUI charges after he parked his car on I-80 in Mercer County, causing a crash. 18 year old Adam Bassam Salim is accused of parking his car Sunday at about 6:20 p..m. in the left lane of Interstate 80 near mile marker 21. That car was then hit by another car traveling down I-80. Police say Salim refused to take a field sobriety test and was taken to Grove City Medical Center for a blood test. Results of that test are pending. Police did not say if anyone was hurt in the crash.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report gas prices are up a penny in Western Pennsylvania at 3.10 a gallon. Gasoline stocks declined by about a half a million barrels in the Energy Information Administration’s latest report. In New Castle prices are at 3.03 a gallon while drivers is Sharon are paying 3.09. The national average is at 2.89 a gallon. Prices a year ago in Western Pennsylvania were at 3.05 a gallon.

Drivers planning to use the Pennsylvania Turnpike this summer should be aware of a road work project starting this week. The turnpike will have lane restrictions in both directions between the Gateway and Cranberry interchanges starting at 8 p.m. The restrictions are expected to last until 6 a.m. and continue Monday through Friday. Work will take place Saturday nights if a make-up day is needed. This project is expected to continue through November.