TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 6TH, 2019

Incumbent Lawrence County Commissioner Dan Vogler won another four year term last night as he was the top vote getter. The republican received over 10 thousand votes followed by fellow republican Morgan Boyd.  Democrat Loretta Spievogel picked up the final spot. Voter turnout in the county was 39 percent.

In the city of New Castle Republican Chris Frye defeated democrat Mark Elisco in the race for mayor. Frye will replace three-term Mayor Anthony Mastragelo who lost in the May primary. Frye received 2,869  votes. Democrat Mark Elisco earned 1,913 votes. Independent candidate James Constant received 166 votes. A home rule charter initiative in the city of New Castle passed with overwhelming support.

The Pennsylvania Republican Party is suing to make sure every vote was counted in Tuesday’s general election after reported issues across the state.  An attorney for the state GOP said last night there was one reported case out of York County where ballots that could not be scanned were placed into a suitcase.  The secretary of state said there were no widespread problems yesterday.  In York County, which just transitioned from a touch-screen to a paper ballot system, officials apologized for errors and delays that affected voters.  They said one machine per polling place was not enough and that the county misjudged how long it would take to scan two ballot sheets per person.

Election Day in Beaver County is over and the people have decided to re-elect Sheriff Tony Guy as its county sheriff.  Sheriff Guy received 54-percent of the votes in the election yesterday merely edging out his opponent Democratic candidate and retired state trooper, Wayne Kress.  Guy served for the sheriff’s department for three years and decided February this year to run for re-election.

A Slippery Rock Township man has died from injuries he suffered on Friday after he struck a deer with his motorcycle. 55 year old Scott Boyer died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh of blunt force trauma injuries sustained in the accident. The accident took place on route 65 near Mosser Road.

A crime victim rights measure was approved by Pennsylvania voters on Tuesday.  It was a wide margin of support for Marsy’s Law, which would trigger an amendment to the state constitution.  But the future of the law is uncertain due to a legal challenge.  Yesterday’s votes won’t be certified after the state Supreme Court on Monday upheld a ruling to prevent the certification.

State Police are saying that they have found a missing teenager from Butler County.  According to officials, Aiden McKinley was last with his family on October 30th and was located yesterday afternoon.  There is no word on where the 15-year-old disappeared to.

Butler residents are back with power after losing it for several hours following a crash in the city yesterday morning.  Officials say the driver crashed into a telephone pole near East Quarry Street around 8 a.m., knocking out the power to several homes, businesses, and traffic lights.  West Penn Power said 278 customers were without power as of 9:45 a.m.  Full restoration was completed around 1 p.m.  The driver involved in the crash is expected to be cited for traffic violations.

Testimony will resume today in the trial of accused New Kensington cop-killer Rahmael Holt.  A key prosecution witness took the stand yesterday to tell jurors that Holt wrote him letters in jail, asking him to change his testimony before the trial.  Holt’s attorneys say, however, Tavon Harper lacks credibility as a suspect in other crimes.