News Live 365: February 18th, 2020

A Union City Man named Donald Largo is facing multiple criminal charges after admitting to authorities he caused head injuries to a two year old child. According to a report from the Pennsylvania State Police in Corry; Largo brought the child to the Emergency Room at Corry Memorial Hospital reporting that she had been vomiting all night and he had found a soft spot on her head that physicians identified as a skull fracture, but Largo denied any knowledge of how she would have received the injury. Largo was arrested a week later after finally admitting to a State Trooper that he had tossed the girl into her playpen and caused her to hit her head. He is currently in Erie County Jail on $75,000 bond.

Cindy Adams Dunn, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources, has made a pitch to lawmakers in support of Governor Tom Wolf’s $4.5 billion infrastructure proposal known as Restore PA. During her pitch she cited the 32 structurally deficient and 49 high hazard dams maintained by the Park and Forest System that could be repaired and better maintained with the extra funding. Governor Wolf’s Restore PA initiative has met resistance in the Republican lead legislature due to its seeking funding by creating a severance tax on companies mining natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region.

An entire family of seven was hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 80 West in Clarion County’s Clarion Township. Hadassah Rokowski of Cleveland Heights, her husband, and five children ranging from newborn to 12 years old were all taken to Clarion Hospital after their van left the road, rolled over, and collided with a tree at around 5PM Sunday afternoon.

Authorities In Mercer County will be performing an autopsy on an 18 month old child who was discovered dead on Sunday. The toddler was taken by ambulance to Grove City Medical Center at around 11:20AM where he was declared dead. No foul play is expected, but Mercer County Coroner John Libonatii has ordered the autopsy to determine a cause of death.

The non-governmental Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has recently released a statement in opposition of an increase in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. In his statement on behalf of the Chamber, CEO Gene Barr claimed a minimum wage increase would require many businesses to either downsize or decrease the hours their employees work. Barr advocated for a new earned income tax credit targeting low wage employees instead.