TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2021

Butler County first responders on Monday came to the rescue of an injured Moraine State Park hiker who had been struggling for more than 24 hours.  Authorities report the man had fallen Sunday morning in a wooded area and broken his leg.  He was discovered yesterday and taken to a hospital for treatment.

State Police in Beaver County report a New Castle man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Center Township last night. Police said 60 year old Peter Giancola was westbound on Interstate 376 when he traveled off the roadway, through a grassy median and struck a guardrail, causing the vehicle to turn onto its side. Giancola was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

Former Congressman Lou Barletta is pledging to oppose tax increases if he is elected governor. Barletta is one of many Republican candidates looking to take the governor’s seat in 2022. The pledge he signed was sponsored by the Americans for Tax Reform group, which only 13 all-Republican sitting governors have signed. The last Republican governor to sign that pledge was Tom Corbett.

Motorists are advised to use caution on Route 68 in Forward Township following a multi-vehicle crash on Monday night.  Officials say the accident involving two cars happened near Evans City Road, and three medical helicopters were called to the scene.  Police did not release information on victims or their condition, citing the ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash. 

Governor Tom Wolf is once again pushing for Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated from COVID-19. The governor spoke at a vaccine clinic in York County yesterday, saying getting vaccinated is our way out of the pandemic. Wolf added that his administration will continue to work with trusted community partners to make vaccines easily accessible for Pennsylvanians. As part of this effort, select grocery shops will start hosting vaccine clinics. Wolf says these clinics are an excellent opportunity for people with irregular or unpredictable work hours, limited mobility, language barriers and other challenges to get vaccinated.

Child sex abuse survivors are calling on lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow them a two-year window to sue their abusers. Survivors and their supporters gathered at the state Capitol yesterday saying they have had enough and want Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward to bring up House Bill 951 for a vote. Ward says she doesn’t believe the bill is constitutional, but Attorney General Josh Shapiro says otherwise. Shapiro says what lawmakers are doing is trying to distract from the fact that they are taking orders from insurance company lobbyists and the bishop’s lobbyists instead of listening to survivors.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added over 25-hundred new cases, pushing the total close to one-million-383-thousand. Two new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 28-thousand-864.

CVS Health is looking to hire over one-thousand Pennsylvanians as part of their national hiring spree to fill thousands of positions. The positions being offered includes full-time and part-time temporary licensed pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians, and nurses as well as retail associates. CVS plans on holding a one-day national virtual career event this Friday. Those interested in applying for jobs can go online to jobs-dot-cvshealth-dot-com.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price Report, the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is up three cents this week to 3.37 a gallon. Drivers in New Castle are paying 3.29 a gallon, while motorists in Sharon are paying 3.41. The national price is at 3.19 a gallon, a dollar more than a year ago.