TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 29TH, 2021

A portion of Interstate 80 in Mercer County was closed yesterday afternoon following a multi-vehicle accident. State police said a tractor trailer traveling in the eastbound lane struck another vehicle that was part of a mobile line painting operation. The truck then overturned onto its side blocking both eastbound lanes. No injuries were reported.

A New Castle man is heading to trial on charges of criminal homicide and robbery from earlier this year. According to the New Castle News the preliminary hearing was held yesterday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court for 38 year old Jordan Perretti. A witness testified that she heard two men yelling in an alley behind her house on February 6th, and then she heard gun shots and later saw the man who she identified as Perretti. He’s accused in the shooting death 39-year-old Jason Miles and he’s also is accused of robbing the CVS pharmacy on East Washington Street and stealing about 2,000 Xanax pills. Perretti is being held in the Lawrence County Jail without bond.

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is applauding President Joe Biden for his first joint address to Congress. Casey says Biden demonstrated that he and Democrats in Congress aren’t done making progress for working families. He added that In addition to continuing their work to defeat COVID-19, Congress has an obligation to pass the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan. The senator says that together, these plans are what will allow our country to build back better.

The state Senate is passing a bill that would halt the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s plan to toll nine bridges across the commonwealth. PennDOT has said in the past that the tolls would pay to maintain and repair the bridges, but Republican lawmakers argue that their process has lacked transparency. The bill would have PennDOT undergo a new process for initiatives like the bridge toll plan that would include approval from the Legislature. Democrats and the Wolf administration oppose the bill. The legislation now heads to the state House for consideration.

Pennsylvania is seeing more positive COVID-19 cases.  The state’s Department of Health reported more than 36-hundred new positive cases yesterday.  There are currently about 24-hundred people hospitalized with the coronavirus and of those cases, 516 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit.  Officials say over eight-million vaccine doses have been administered in the state. In Lawrence County, there are 7,216 cases and 204 deaths. Mercer County has 9,100 cases and 253 fatalities.

Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated after he visited a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Washington.  Governor Wolf stopped by the clinic at the Washington Crown Center yesterday.  During his visit, Wolf said to residents, “Getting the vaccine will not only protect you, but it will also protect your family and your community, and it will help our commonwealth recover from this pandemic a little bit faster.”  The Washington Health System’s clinic has administered more than 42-thousand doses of the Pfizer vaccine so far.

A Butler man has been indicted by a federal Grand Jury in Pittsburgh for violating federal narcotic and firearm laws. 41 year old Darnell Wynn is accused of possession with the intent to deliver 100 grams of heroin, along with an amount of fentanyl. Authorites say Wynn was in the possession of a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Wynn faces life in prison and a 8 million dollar fine or both.

Police are investigating the discovery this week of a camera inside a bathroom at a Target store in Allegheny County.  An employee of the store on Route 8 in Richland Township reportedly found the recording device in a unisex restroom on Monday.  Police say that store management turned over the evidence to authorities only after first being served with a search warrant.  No arrests have been made.

The State Game Commission believes the bobcat population is growing in P-A.  The Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management estimates there are around 20-thousand bobcats in the Commonwealth of P-A, and you shouldn’t be concerned if you see one.  It is noted that if a bobcat is overly friendly or aggressive, it could be rabid.