TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019

Today is Election Day in Pennsylvania. In Lawrence County voters will be selecting its county commissioners for the next four years. In New Castle voters will choose their next mayor and city council, along with a question whether they want to form a commission to study a home rule form of city government. There are a number of contested supervisor races and with school board elections. Polls will open at 7am and remain open until 8pm.

One ballot measure up for a vote in Pennsylvania today may not be counted.   A state commonwealth court judge reportedly issued an injunction last week that delays the Marsy’s Law vote until a League of Women’s Voters lawsuit is settled.  The group claims the referendum proposes multiple amendments to the state constitution which violates the separate vote requirement.  The ballot measure proposes giving victims of crimes co-equal rights to the accused, such as if the suspect is released or escapes.

The Pennsylvania State Senate will vote on extended Sunday hunting passes on November 18th.  Senate Bill 147 was passed by the State House last week, but it must pass the Senate a second time.  If it succeeds, it will not take effect until 90 days after it is officially signed into law.  Hunters are currently not allowed to hunt for anything other than coyote, foxes, and crows on Sundays during open season.

The new parking procedures along 7th Avenue are frustrating Beaver County residents.  Locals are complaining that reverse angle parking is now required for that stretch in downtown Beaver Falls.  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation believes it will benefit drivers as they won’t have to back into traffic when leaving their parking spots but some say it’s only created chaos.  Police say those who don’t follow the new procedures will be cited for parking violations.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report, the average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is a penny higher this week at $2.80 per gallon. In New Castle prices are averaging 2.63 a gallon while prices in Sharon are 2.59.  The national average is six cents cheaper than last month and 16-cents cheaper than this time last year now at 2.60 a gallon. A year ago drivers in Western Pennsylvania were paying 2.99 a gallon.

A Sharon woman has been charged for having sex with a 14 year old boy. According to the Sharon Herald 22 year old Victoria Delagado was charged with with rape, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. Police said Delgado’s husband reported to Sharon Police Department that his wife was having an affair with an underage boy. Delgado’s husband said the boy’s mother told him of the crimes by messages on Facebook. A preliminary hearing has been set for Thursday.

The state agriculture secretary is asking for research proposals to curb chronic wasting disease.  The highly contagious disease causes lethargy and emaciation and can decimate deer and elk populations.  Agriculture Secretary Russell Reading has put out the call for applications focusing on understanding the spread of the disease and how to curb it.  The department has received one-million dollars in funding for this project.

Sheetz is offering deals to active military personnel and veterans.  Those with military IDs or proof of service can access the offers on November 11th for Veterans Day.  Sheetz is offering a free car wash, a free six-inch turkey sub, and a regular fountain drink.  The offer is good at all stores, not just those in the Pittsburgh area.