TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 8TH, 2021

A New Wilmington man wanted by State Police in Mercer County for alleged sex crimes against children is back in jail. 22 year old Tyler Bowen was wanted on charges of rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse of children and a long list of other accusations. The charges stem from an incident  on May 1st of 2020 at a residence in Pine Township. Bond for Bowen was at 25 thousand dollars.  A preliminary hearing is set for July 21st.

State Senator Doug Mastriano is calling for an audit of the 2020 election and 2021 primary. Mastriano brought it up in a new op-ed, saying the state must restore faith in the voting system. The state Senator wants the audit to be conducted in Philadelphia, York, and Tioga counties, and they have until July 31st to agree to the audit or will face legal action. However, the Department of State and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro say they will aid those counties if they disagree with the audit. This comes after a group of Republican lawmakers traveled to Arizona to see the GOP-led election audit there.

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Wilmington Township that sent four people to the hospital. According to police 45 year old Todd Muddiman of Edinburg collided with a vehicle operated by 79 year old Joseph Mercurio of New Castle. The accident took place at the intersection of Old Mercer Road and Route 208. Mercurio along with three passengers in his vehicle where all taken to the hospital for treatment.

A Baden man has been arrested and charged with shooting a woman and firing at police during a July 3 incident in New Brighton. According to the Beaver County Times 29 year old Lonnie Nalepa is charged with one count of attempted homicide of a police officer, attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, along with several other charges. Police said a woman was shot in the upper chest and was eventually flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

A $201,600 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will give the green light to modernizing upgrades at a busy New Castle intersection. Ninth District State Representatitive Chris Sainato said the grant awarded under PennDOT’s Green Light-Go Program – will fund important safety-related upgrades to the traffic signal located at the intersection of Taylor Street, East Washington Street/Route 65 and Butler Avenue.  The grant is part of a package of more than $15.6 million awarded for signal upgrades in 50 municipalities statewide under the Green Light-Go program.

A Pennsylvania man is being accused of attempting to use a stun gun on officers during the riot at the nation’s capital on January 6th. Officials say police body camera footage captured Alan William Byerly raise his hand and activate a stun gun before charging at officers that day. They added that officers were able to disarm him, but he continued to attack officers. Byerly was arrested yesterday and is facing charges of assault on a federal officer, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added 186 new cases to the state total, pushing it to one-million-213-thousand-321. Ten new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-718. Lawrence County has 7,704 cases and 216 deaths. Mercer County has recorded 9,731 Covid-19 cases and 266 fatalities.

Western Pennsylvania retirees have made a solid choice on where to live out their time after years in the workforce.  The publishers of financial advisory website Bankrate-dot-com place Pennsylvania in the middle of the pack on their list of the best states for retirement.  With affordability and weather among the key figures considered in compiling the rankings, the site names Georgia as the number one state for retirement in their list out this week.  Florida, Tennessee, Missouri and Massachusetts close out the top five.  Pennsylvania came in at number 26.

Plans to renovate the Butler Area Senior High School are moving forward.  The Butler Township Planning Commission recently gave conditional approval to the school district for the construction project to make the high school safer and bigger.  The project will have to be approved by the Butler Township Commissioners later this month and then it will be considered by the school board next month.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas price report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania remained at 3.24 a gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 3.22 a gallon on average while motorists in Sharon are paying 3.27. The average national gas price rose by four cents over the past week to $3.13 as a result of what is expected to be the highest price for crude oil in seven years. AAA expects high demand for gas continue to push prices higher through the end of the summer.