TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2021

A trial date has been set for a Beaver County woman accused of killing her two children.  Krisinda Bright is facing two first-degree murder charges for the February shooting deaths of 16-year-old Jeffrey Bright and 22-year-old Jasmine Cannady.  Detectives say Krisinda Bright told them that she was being treated for depression and hadn’t taken her medication in weeks. The trial was set for January of 2022.

A Federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted two men from Los Angeles on drug charges following a traffic stop in Mercer County back in May of this year. 26-year-old Gabriel A. Garcia and 44-year-old Alvaro Elenes are facing two counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs and possession of a controlled substance. The traffic stop took place in Wolf Creek Township on Interstate 80. Authorities found nearly 64 pounds of cocaine and fentanyl in a hidden compartment in the vehicle they were riding in. The two men could face between 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $10 million and a term of supervised release of at least five years.

Over 100 Penn State students are suspended for not following the university’s COVID-19 protocols. Students who don’t show proof of a COVID vaccination must be tested for the virus at least once a week, and about 117 students have not done so for about three weeks. The suspension means they cannot attend classes, university-related activities like football games, are not allowed on university property and must find other temporary housing if they live on campus. Officials say they have done everything they reasonably can to ensure that these students are aware of their obligation, and the last thing they want is to suspend them.

Governor Tom Wolf is calling for statewide action against climate change with his administration’s Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021. Wolf says as thousands of Pennsylvanians try to recover from historic flooding and tornadoes related to the remnants of Ida this month, the message is clear: We must move now out of a reactive mode on climate change. The plan features 18 strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions levels by 26-percent by the year 2025 and 80-percent by 2050 while generating an average of 42-thousand new jobs yearly.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added over four-thousand new cases, pushing the total over one-million-392-thousand. About 66 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is nearing 29-thousand.

As bad as 2020 was during the height of the pandemic, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is reporting that it had a great year. The PLCB released its unaudited financial results from the fiscal year 2020 through 2021 which shows that they made record net income and the largest increase in annual sales in its history. The PLCB made nearly 350-million-dollars more in sales than it did the year prior, and its net income was over 56-million-dollars higher than the previous fiscal year. This large bump in numbers could possibly be linked to the stay-at-home order as states nationwide saw increases in alcohol purchases. 

The Wolf Administration is giving over 24-million-dollars to schools to help homeless children and youth impacted by the pandemic. Governor Wolf says our commonwealth has a world-class education system, and this funding will ensure that all students are able to access and benefit from our schools, educators and extracurricular activities. Schools will use the funds to identify homeless or struggling youth and provide services for them, which includes better access to in-person instruction and extracurricular activities at school.