TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle crash in Union Township from Friday afternoon. According to police 33 year old Daniel Farah Jr. of Austintown Ohio, was westbound on Interstate 376 when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and struck a guard rail and posts, then rolled his vehicle onto its side. Police said Farah was not hurt.

A decision may be coming soon on the plan to open a mini-casino in Big Beaver.  State officials could vote on Mount Airy Casino’s plan for the proposed Mount Airy Pittsburgh complex in the Castlebrook Development.  The casino would have 750 slots, 30 table games, and three restaurants along with between 400-and-500 full-and-part-time jobs.  If approved, it’ll take about 16 months to complete construction.

Senate committee officials are advancing a measure to require drivers to remove ice and snow from their vehicles.  The full senate is next for the proposal that would give drivers 24 hours after the storm to get their vehicles clean.  This version would fine drivers 75-dollars if police believe the ice or snow on the vehicle poses a threat to other drivers while the current version only targets those who have it fall from their vehicle and strike someone else.

Two people are recovering after a weekend crash in Forward Township.  Investigators believe a 26-year-old Greenville man failed to yield to the right away Saturday at the intersection for Brownsdale and Beacon roads and struck another vehicle.  Both the drivers were taken to Butler memorial Hospital for treatment.  The first driver is being cited by police for the accident.

Injuries are forcing a local high school football team to forfeit its upcoming game.  Officials with Shady Side Academy say they are going to forfeit against Apollo Ridge this Friday due to a mounting number of injuries.  In a statement, the coaching staff said it would be unsafe to participate.  Last week, Bishop Canevin High had to make a similar announcement due to several players diagnosed with concussions and other injuries.

State Police in Mercer County filed charges Saturday against a 56-year-old man accused of using a shotgun to threaten a lost teenaged driver. According to the Sharon Herald 56 year old Joseph Harry Schiemer of  Plant Road, Perry Township, is charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, criminal mischief and harassment. The alleged victim was a 17 year old. Schimer was released after posting 100 thousand dollars bond.

Investigators say they’re charging a Cranberry Township woman with assaulting her husband with a teddy bear.  Carolyn Sholosh is accused of hitting her husband with the bear’s hard plastic base during a domestic dispute at their home.  The man suffered a gash on his head.  The 39-year-old Sholosh is free on bond.

Campaign officials say Beto O’Rourke is planning to stump in Oakland this week.  The former U-S congressman from Texas and Democratic candidate for president will hold a town hall at Schenley Plaza Wednesday morning.  O’Rourke says the event will urge action on gun violence.  O’Rourke was last in P-A with a stop in State College in March.

A bill attempting to improve the commonwealth’s Do Not Call List is headed to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature.  The state Senate unanimously approved House Bill 318 allowing people to permanently register their phone numbers on the list instead of having to re-register every five years.  The measure would also allow businesses to register phone numbers for the first time as well.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central gas price report the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is 13 cents higher this week at $2.88 per gallon. The drone strike in Saudi Arabia is blamed for the increase. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.76 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 2.88. The national average is up a dime over last week at 2.66 a gallon. A year ago drivers in Western Pennsylvania were paying 3.11 a gallon.