TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 7TH, 2021

State Police are investigating a crash in North Beaver Township where five people were injured. Police said the accident took place around 6:30 Saturday night on route 18. A van was southbound when it slammed into a passenger vehicle that turned in front of it. Both cars ended up off the road and the van landed on its side. The driver of the van and the four people in the car were taken to the hospital for treatment.

A New Castle woman has been sentenced related to a shooting in Sharon back in May of 2019. 22 year old Alexis Holmes was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison during a hearing in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on Friday. Holmes pleaded guilty to felony robbery and felony burglary. The charges stem from the shooting death of 24 year old Kahlil Hopson of Sharon. Back in  February 27 year old Eddie Robinson Jr. was sentenced to 15 to 45 years in prison for his involvement in the shooting.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is warning residents from several parts of the state about unhealthy pollution levels in the air.  The department issued a code orange air quality alert yesterday for multiple counties including Mercer County.  Officials are encouraging people to help reduce air pollution by limiting engine idling, refueling their vehicles after dusk and conserving electricity by setting air conditioning to higher temperatures.

Authorities in Butler County say that two people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on Sunday.  Yesterday’s morning accident on Route 228 happened near the I-79 on-ramp.  There has been no word on the extent of the victims’ injuries and no word on the cause of the accident.

Pennsylvanians can now monitor ongoing technical work for the state’s new unemployment system when it launches tomorrow.  The Department of Labor-and-Industry announced on Friday that the new online U-C Systems Check Enhancements Tracker tool is now up-and-running.  Department officials say the tool will allow them to notify the public of ongoing work to the new system, and it will help reassure users that they are aware of and fixing any technical issues that arise after it launches.

A fire in Sharon Friday evening forced four people out of a home. WFMJ-TV reports it happened around 6:30 p.m. on South Myers Avenue. Fire officials said they believe the fire started in the kitchen. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A group of gun rights advocates will be holding a rally this morning in Harrisburg.  The rally is set to be held on the steps of the state Capitol building at ten-this-morning.  U.S. Representative Scott Perry, Republican state representatives and other leading advocates will be speaking at the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally.

A rally to push for an audit of the Pennsylvania election last fall, similar to the audit underway in Arizona, drew dozens of supporters to the Capitol steps in Harrisburg this weekend.  State Senator Doug Mastriano spoke to the crowd.  The Republican recently visited Arizona, where he viewed the audit that’s underway in Maricopa County.  He has been a vocal supporter of former President Trump’s challenges to the Pennsylvania election results.  Republican State Senator Seth Grove, who chairs the committee that oversees elections, has already said there will be no more audits of any elections.  Despite numerous lawsuits nationwide against the election results, most judges, have found no evidence of voter fraud.

A Las Vegas man is going to be spending some time behind bars for allegedly attempting to have sex with a teenage girl from the Pittsburgh-area.  Renad Bautista pleaded guilty in federal court recently to one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.  Prosecutors say Bautista was arrested in December of 2019 after he stalked a 15-year-old West Mifflin girl online for more than a year, and he also sent nude photos of himself.  He faces a sentence of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to 250-thousand-dollars.

Rivers Casinos in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on Friday announced plans to increase pay for non-tipped workers to a minimum wage of 15 dollars-per-hour.  The casinos’ parent company says that paying a living wage is more than a recruitment strategy, but they certainly hope that it will help them in that effort.  Rush Street Gaming says there are jobs to be filled at the Rivers locations.  More details can be found at www.CareersAtRiversCasino.com.