TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 2ND, 2021

Two brothers are recovering after they were struck by a car in Mercer this weekend.  Mercer County authorities say the two brothers were doing some nighttime fishing in a creek near Fairgrounds Road late Saturday night when a motorist crossed over US Highway 19 and struck them.  One of the brothers is being treated for minor injuries and the other is hospitalized in stable condition.  Pennsylvania State Police say the driver is under arrest for DUI and aggravated assault DUI.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Since Friday, the state added more than three-thousand new cases to the state total, pushing it over one-million-226-thousand. About 13 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 27-thousand-855.

Governor Tom Wolf is asking state lawmakers to return to Harrisburg within a month to extend a statewide disaster emergency intended to help stem the opioid addiction crisis. In a letter to the General Assembly, Tom Wolf said he plans an Aug. 5 renewal of the disaster emergency declaration first issued in January 2018 and wants lawmakers to consider extending it by by Aug. 26th.  The governor can no longer unilaterally extend the 90-day disaster emergency declaration, something he had done more than a dozen times, following approval by the voters of a state constitutional amendment curbing the emergency powers of a Pennsylvania governor.

Michael’s Mercer Speedway as the site this weekend for a memorial to popular local racecar legend Guy Griffin.  Griffin died last October from recurring pneumonia that developed following brain damage he suffered in a racing accident three years ago.  Friends and family turned out for a special memorial race in Griffin’s honor Saturday night.  They say they plan to make it an annual event.

Governor Tom Wolf is pushing for more accessibility to affordable healthcare. Last Friday, the governor spoke at a event in Pittsburgh where he promoted the state’s insurance marketplace to help Pennsylvanians find affordable insurance called Pennie. Wolf says with programs like Pennie, Pennsylvanians will have access to primary care doctors and more will be able to manage chronic conditions. He added that crucially, more Pennsylvanians will live healthier and happier lives.

A Beaver Falls man admits he lied on Firearms Purchase Forms. 24 year old Calvin Brady Jr, pled guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. Federal authorities allege Brady purchased several firearms at a license dealer in Beaver. Brady said on the federal forms that the firearms where from himself when in fact they were not which is in violation of firearms laws. Sentencing is set for December 2nd. Brady remains in custody.

State Police in Butler County report that a Greensburg man died following a motorcycle accident Friday in Fairview Township. Police said 50 year old Brian Keller was north bound on Kittanning Pike Road when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a ditch then struck a car was sign. Keller was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where he later died.

The new CEO of UPMC — Leslie Davis — has formally taken the reins of the healthcare giant.  Davis officially took over yesterday, succeeding longtime CEO Jeffrey Romoff.  Romoff — who retired after 48 years in healthcare — led UPMC through a period of expansion that saw the company acquire numerous smaller hospitals throughout Pennsylvania.  UPMC’s empire is now valued at 23-billion dollars.  Davis says her goals include continuing to leverage UPMC’s most well-known brands in pediatrics, obstetrics and cancer care.

Governor Tom Wolf has released a plan for managing Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks.  The report comes after a year when state parks across the country saw a sharp increase in use during the pandemic.  The report states required construction and maintenance projects total about 500-million-dollars.  It also directs park officials to demolish expensive buildings that are not historically important.