News Live 365: Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2019

Gearing up for Holiday Travel Season

Lots of people will be travelling through Christmas and New Year in Pennsylvania. Millions of People will be travelling to, from, and across the commonwealth to visit family and friends for the holiday season, and of course most of them will be using their cars. AAA recommends that travelers should try to avoid using roadways during peak hours if they can – to avoid the holiday rush and be sure your vehicle is in good operating condition. The average price for regular unleaded gasoline in the state is $2.76 per gallon and is an average of 13 to 19 cents higher in our region.

Holiday Stress Help

While this is the season to be around friends and family and it can also be a difficult and stressful time for families who deal with members suffering mental illness, drug, or alcohol addiction. Fortunately there are some resources to help. For instance if you are a relative taking care of children due to someone’s opioid addiction you can call the Kin Connector Hotline at 866-546-2111.

 

Three Arrested for Drugs in Franklin

A routine parole inspection turned into a drug bust by the Sugarcreek Police Department. Three women in their twenties, Alicia Summerville, Victoria Attes, and Autumn Meehan all face charges including possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and endangering the welfare of children after one of the women’s parole officers allegedly found drugs in plain view during a visit.

 

AG Sues Ellwood City Medical Center for Unpaid Wages/Taxes

Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, filed a petition in Lawrence County Court to force the owners of Ellwood City Medical Center to pay wages, unemployment taxes, and pension contributions due to approximately 150 hospital workers who have not been paid. The formerly nonprofit hospital was purchased in 2017 by Americore Health and Grant White under the conditions that they would follow all applicable State and Federal laws and run the hospital and its 24/7 emergency department for 10 years. The petition also seeks to force the owners to meet all requirements to reopen the emergency department, which was closed by the Department of Health in November, and to divest them of their ownership if they cannot meet those requirements.