TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 16TH, 2021

State Police in Butler County have released more information in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident last month. Police said 70 year old Thomas Curry of Rimersburg was driving north near Holly Road when a deer ran out in front of him. He collided with the deer and his bike then overturned in the opposite lane. Curry fell off his bike and was flown to UPMC Presbyterian where he later died from his injuries.

Penn State is increasing its tuition for the upcoming school year. The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning voted yesterday to increase tuition for in-state students by two-point-five-percent and by two-point-75-percent for out-of-state students. For resident undergrad students attending the University Park campus, this will add 224-dollars for each semester, bumping total tuition to 91-hundred-84-dollars. Tuition prices for resident students at other campuses could see an increase between 162 and 184-dollars.

A Slippery Rock man has been charged with driving under the influence following a two vehicle accident last month in Mercer County. State Police said 44 year old Jermey Sawyer was traveling south on Butler Pike Road in Springfield Township, when the trailer he was hauling left the roadway and struck a vehicle operated by 47 year old Shelia Horn of Hubbard Ohio. Police said Horn was taken to Grove City Hospital for treatment. Sawyer was charged with DUI.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is thinking about imposing a tax on packages delivered across the state. Their proposal would add a 25-cent tax on all packages delivered by Amazon, UPS and FedEx. Officials say it could reel in between 200 and 250-million-dollars every year, and the funds could be used to repair highways or local roadway networks. Officials plan on introducing this plan to the governor next month.

Pennsylvanians taking to the roads this summer are being reminded to follow the “Move Law” here and elsewhere. With each state having its own Move Over law Triple-A says its important motorists keep in mind what they should do when approaching an emergency scene on the side of the road. In Pennsylvania the law requires motorists to move into the left lane and if they cannot to reduce their speed by 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. Those caught violating the state’s Move Over law face fines starting at $500 for a first offense.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Propect yesterday afternoon. According to police 22 year old Jacob Rettig of Prospect was westbound on Route 488 when he traveled off the roadway and rolled over. Rettig was not taken to the hospital.

Governor Tom Wolf said he will not be endorsing any candidate in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate primary. Wolf told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he does not plan to weigh in. However, he has already endorsed Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to succeed him as governor. As for the senate race, Wolf’s Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has been the top fundraiser in the Democratic primary.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is reinstating the obligation to attend mass weekly and on Holy Days.  Bishop David Zubik joined other Catholic bishops recently to announce the reinstatement that begins August 15th.  Zubik says people who are sick are being encouraged to stay home.

COVID-19 cases are slightly increasing in Pennsylvania.  The state’s Department of Health reported 425 new positive cases yesterday.  There are currently 245 people hospitalized with the coronavirus, and of those cases, 48 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit. Lawrence County has 7,773 Covid-19 cases and 216 deaths. Mercer County has recorded has 9,730 cases and 266 fatalities.

After more than a year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex will soon once again play host to large-scale events. Radio PA’s Mark Sims reports the complex had been used as a pandemic related storage facility.