TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 18TH, 2019

The contract that’s expected to end the strike against General Motors will officially end production at the Lordstown Ohio Assembly Plant.  United Auto Workers officials say the once-bustling factory will be shuttered in exchange for pay raises and job security for new hires and temporary workers.  Lordstown GM workers and residents were hopeful that another vehicle would roll off the lines after the Chevrolet Cruze was canceled earlier this year.

Three people are facing attempted homicide charges following a shooting yesterday afternoon in Butler County. According to State Police 19 year old Adam Rodgers allegedly fired several shots near a home in Cherry Township yesterday afternoon. Rodgers, along with 19 year old Henry Leroy of East Brady and 17 year old Tyler Martin Slippery Rock were all charged with attempted homicide. The victim, 19 year old Hunter Grossman of Boyers was not hurt.

Beaver County’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board is taking applications for their easement purchase program.  Any landowner who has 50 or more acres in the county can apply up until December 31st of this year.  Since 1995, the program has purchased more than three-thousand acres of farm land on 28 farms.

There is a new direct flight coming to Pittsburgh that will land in a warmer climate.  Spirit Airlines announced Wednesday it will begin a nonstop flight to Cancun, Mexico from Pittsburgh International Airport.  Spirit officials say the direct flights will start February 13th and will fly on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sundays.  Two years ago, Southwest announced it would fly from Pittsburgh to Cancun one day per week seasonally.

Flags are flying at half-staff across Pennsylvania to honor the late U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings.  Cummings, who died yesterday, served in Congress for Maryland’s 7th congressional district for about 23 years.  Governor Tom Wolf says Cummings was a trailblazer, a life-long advocate for fairness and civil rights and a fearless defender of democracy.  Both United States and Commonwealth flags will remain at half-staff until sunset tonight.

Beaver County man is being accused of ripping off unsuspecting car buyers.  State police say Brian Frazin doctored the odometers on several vehicles before selling them for more than they’re worth.  Ten people have been victimized over the past 18 months, but troopers believe there are more victims.

Sports betting in Pennsylvania blew through its previous monthly record with the start of the NFL season. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Thursday that gamblers bet a record $194.5 million in September at nine casinos and two off-track betting parlors where sports betting is approved. That was above the prior record of $109 million bet in August, a 78% jump. The casinos made $19 million, while $5 million went to taxes.

A seminar is planned for next month in Ellwood City to help people through the holidays after they’ve lost someone.  The Surviving the Holidays Seminar is set for November 1st at Calvin Presbyterian Church on the 600-block of Crescent Avenue.  The GriefShare event’s organizers say they will help attendees deal with emotions, handle traditions, and find hope.

Tomorrow could be your day if you’ve ever wanted to own a bomb squad vehicle.  Saturday, there will be 15 vehicles up for auction that were abandoned at Pittsburgh International Airport as well as some other county vehicles during the airport’s annual auction.  The event also features electronics, jewelry, and office furniture.  The vehicles abandoned at the airport were put into storage after they were left in the parking lot for more than 45 days.  PennDOT also couldn’t track down the title owner.