TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 15TH, 2021

Two Lawrence County boys baseball teams have advanced to the state championship game following wins yesterday at Neshannock High School. New Castle defeated Montour 3-1 behind Anthony Miller’s 12 strikeout performance. The Canes will take on District 2 champ Wyoming Area in the Class 4A title game Friday afternoon at 1:30 at Penn State.  Shenango shut out Serra Catholic 5-0. Senior Shane Cato pitched six-plus scoreless innings and also doubled in a pair of runs as Shenango earned its first trip to the PIAA Class 2A baseball title game. The Wildcats will play Schuylkill Haven at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Penn State.

Police in Sharon are searching for a Farrell man in connection with a shooting on Friday night. According to WFMJ-TV have issued a warrant for the arrest of 18-year-old Tyree Mosby who authorities say should be considered armed and dangerous. Mosby is wanted in connection with the Friday night shooting of a 23-year-old man who was found along North Irvine Avenue. Police say the victim is hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Police did not disclose the name or the condition of the victim. The investigation is ongoing.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Health officials say yesterday, the state total saw an increase of 115 new cases, pushing it to one-million-208-thousand-683. Two new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-490. Lawrence County has 7,640 Covid-19 cases and 212 deaths. Mercer County has recorded 9,673 cases and 271 fatalities.

F-B-I Pittsburgh is issuing a warning to recent high school graduates in the area.  Authorities are encouraging people to not post their senior pictures on social media.  They say online scammers can use your picture to get answers to your password security questions, including your high school mascot, favorite teacher or childhood best friend.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is up a penny this week to 3.25 a gallon. In New Castle the average is at 3.22 a gallon while in Sharon the price is at 3.25. At $71 per barrel, crude oil has increased to its highest price since October 2018 and is now $23 per barrel more expensive than it was this past January. Crude prices have steadily climbed this year along with optimism for the COVID-19 vaccine and the promising impact it will have for global gasoline demand. A year ago the average price was at 2.35 a gallon.

U.S. Attorneys this week are reporting charges against a former supervisor for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.  Prosecutors say that James Paprocki and another supervisor ordered workers to release clarifier sludge into the Allegheny River between 2010 and 2017.  The government says those moves violated permits held by the PWSA.  Paprocki is charged with conspiring to violate the Clean Water Act. The maximum penalty for Paprocki, if convicted, is five years in prison and a quarter-of-a-million dollars in fines.

State Representative Jordan Harris is planning to introduce legislation that would extend last call at bars and restaurants. Under state law, bartenders are allowed to serve drinks until 2 a.m., but this legislation would extend it to 4 a.m. Harris hopes this extension will help businesses bounce back from economic hardships brought on by the pandemic.

Unemployed Pennsylvanians are now able to apply for unemployment benefits through their phones. Department of Labor and Industry officials say their new system allows people who lack internet access an easy way to file for their weekly unemployment benefits. Claimants who want to file for unemployment compensation can call 888-255-4728 at any time to do so. However, those opening a new claim are urged to call 888-313-7284 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Pennsylvania hunting licenses for the 2021 through 2022 season are now on sale. For Pennsylvania residents, each license costs around 21-dollars and 102-dollars for non-residents. The new license year starts July 1st, and officials say they will be open for deers, bears and other species except for turkeys and other migratory birds.