TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MAY 23RD, 2019

A Mercer county woman who is accused of neglecting 60 dogs earlier this month told a judge she’s not guilty of the 104 charges against her. 62 year old Linda Pascutazz was arraigned in front of District Judge Daniel Davis in Mercer County Court on 10 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and 94 counts of animal neglect. Human officers found 47 live dogs and 10 dead dogs inside her home back on May 3rd. She is free on bond. Her preliminary hearing is set for June 13.

The Community College of Beaver County could be getting its subsidy earlier than they were expecting.  County commissioners had been planning on delaying the four-point-three-million dollar subsidy for this school year until 2020, but changed their mind when finances weren’t determined to be as tight as they had feared in December.  The commissioners now say they will likely make the subsidy payment this year.

Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman were among those to receive training at the State Capitol on how to use the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone . Governor Wolf says curbing the opioid epidemic remains one of his highest priorities. Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith says keeping people alive through naloxone is only a first step. She saysindividuals with opioid addictions must also be connected to treatment.

According to Triple-A East Central Nearly 43 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend which marks the unofficial start of the summer travel season despite gasoline prices that have increased more than 30 cents in the last two months. Compared to last year, an additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways a 3.6 percent increase.

Two of the three unions working on contracts with Beaver County say they’ve ratified their contracts.  Monday, the unions representing courthouse officials approved two-year-deals with the county.  A third union didn’t ratify their tentative agreement last week.  There are still four unions in negotiations with the county.

Two people are being treated for injuries suffered in a Beaver County crash.  State police say two people were thrown from a vehicle last night when it crashed on Bocktown Cork Road.  There’s no word on the victims’ conditions.

Drivers will soon start seeing more Pennsylvania state troopers on the highways.  State police and Triple-A announced yesterday the launch of Operation CARE, a program to reduce deadly crashes.  It’s a stepped-up effort to enforce drunk driving, distracted driving and aggressive driving this summer.

Voters in Middlesex Township in Butler County have decided to allow township businesses to sell alcohol. According to Inside Butler County 79 percent of voters decided to allow the alcohol referendum to pass on Tuesday night. That means Middlesex’s decades-long status as a dry township will be changed. Supporters say it will lead to more development coming to the township.