TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JULY 30TH, 2021

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Wilmington Township. According to police 18 year old Justin Wagner of Volant was traveling on Wagner Road at the intersection of Allen Road, when he lost control of his vehicle and struck an embankment. Wager and a passenger were taken to UPMC Jameson Hospital for treatment.

A Mercer County business man is heading to prison after having pleaded guilty to charges of federal tax evasion.  The IRS maintained that roofing company owner Dustin Golub attempted to hide an estimated three-point-eight-million dollars in income from the government over a three-year period.  He admitted guilt in the case earlier this year.  On Thursday, Golub was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay more than half-a-million dollars in restitution to the government.

The state is looking to get those who missed their second dose appointments fully vaccinated from COVID-19. State health officials say if you missed your second dose, there is still time to get it now, there is no excuse and there is no time to lose. They added that you need to be fully vaccinated to have maximum protection. The state will be reaching out to those who missed their appointments through a text campaign starting next week.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court is once again allowing in-person proceedings. Officials say starting in September, the court will start holding monthly oral argument sessions in-person. The public will be able to watch proceedings through live webstreams.

Pennsylvania State Police are issuing a warning following a recent increase in scams involving gift cards. Major Jeremy Richard, Director of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the PSP says whether by phone, email or text, scammers often use a number of scenarios to try to get would-be victims to provide them with gift cards. Richard says don’t be fooled by scammers claiming to be collecting gift cards for a charity or emails or texts from a friend requesting gift cards as a favor.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added more than one-thousand new cases to the state total, pushing it over one-million-223-thousand. Four new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which remains at 27-thousand-842.

A new attorney for the former Franklin Regional High School student convicted of a knife attack at the school has filed a new appeal.  The attorney for 23-year-old Alex Hribal [[ RYE-bul ]] says Hribal was given ineffective assistance and failed to present other issues at sentencing.  Hribal is currently serving 60 years for his conviction in the 2014 stabbing of 21 people in a school hallway.

Starting next month, the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office is moving its sales online.  The first sale is scheduled for August 9th.  It will be available through the real estate auction site Bid4Assets-dot-com.  There are 14 properties currently scheduled for the auction.  Beaver County officials say the new format will eliminate COVID-19 concerns and will open the sale to a broader audience.  Bidders must sign up for a free account on Bid4Assets-dot-com and also fund a five-thousand-dollar bid deposit to take part.

Communities across Pennsylvania are cleaning up after severe weather that prompted a tornado warning rolled across the state yesterday afternoon.  The storm damaged homes and knocked down trees in Fayette and Westmoreland counties.  Downed trees and power lines blocked streets and roads across the region. .  No injuries were reported.