News Live 365: August 4th, 2021

A fiery crash on Interstate 80 claimed the life of a 61 year old man in Mercer County. Crash scene investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police say that a Sykesville Maryland man was killed when their vehicle collided with the back of a semi truck on Monday, August 2nd. The vehicle caught fire after the collision and was fully involved by the time firefighters and EMS arrived.


The Centers for Disease Control now lists Crawford County as the only county in Pennsylvania with a high level of community transmission of the SARS CoV2 virus that causes the disease known as COVID-19 and Warren County has been listed as substantial. The CDC recommends the use of masks in public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status in high and substantial transmission areas.


One of Pennsylvania’s largest contractors, the construction company Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., has pleaded guilty to four counts of wage theft. As part of the plea deal Hawbaker will pay back $20 million in stolen retirement benefits to 1,267 current and former employees and submit to audits by a corporate monitor tasked with ensuring they follow state and federal compensation laws for the next 20 years. Hawbaker committed its thefts by taking money intended for retirement accounts, health benefits, and more from their employees. 


The Pennsylvania State Police based in Meadville are seeking the public’s help in their investigation into the burglary of a construction site. Between 5PM on Tuesday July 27th and 7AM on Wednesday the 28th a construction trailer belonging to Gulisek Construction of Mt. Pleasant was broken into near a work zone on Interstate 79 in Hayfield Township and $5,700 worth of equipment were stolen including a 4,500 watt generator; Milwaukee brand hammer drill, cordless grinder, and eight 6Ah batteries; a Hilti brand sawsall and 6.5 circular saw; and 10 feet of lifting chain. If you may have information please call (814)332-6911.


The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is taking new measures to help protect two threatened and endangered species of bats by providing them with more habitat. The DCNR will begin limiting the removal and cutting down of dead trees near the roadside in certain forests where the bats raise their young. These dead trees are used as habitats by long eared bats and Indiana bats.


The Pennsylvania Lottery broke records last year when it earned over $8 billion in revenue for a profit of over $1.3 billion. Pennsylvania Lottery profits are used to benefit senior citizens by funding programs like the property tax and rent rebate and prescription drug assistance.