TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2021

Two people were taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Shenango Township. WFMJ-TV reports the driver of a car slammed into a tree in the 3200 block of Old Pittsburgh Road. A woman was ejected from the vehicle and was flown to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. A man was taken to UPMC Jameson hospital for treatment. The crash took place around 2:00.

TSA agents at Pittsburgh International Airport are reporting the discovery of a firearm for the fifth time this month.  Agents detected an unloaded 380-caliber weapon yesterday inside the carry-on of a Homer City resident.  The weapon was confiscated, and the traveler was cited and issued a summons to appear in court.  Pittsburgh International agents have now stopped a traveler from getting through security with a gun 23-times this year.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Muddy Creek Township. According to police 67 year old Timothy Kelly of Ellwood City was westbound on Portersville Road when he traveled off the roadway struck a utility pole then struck an embankment. Kelly was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

The National Weather Service is confirming that a storm that blew through Mercer County on Wednesday was an EF-1 tornado.  The tornado, reaching top winds of 100-miles-per-hour, was the 23rd twister recorded in Mercer since 1950 and the first since June of 2019.  No injuries were were reported from this week’s storm.

Several municipal buildings in Beaver County are closed today due to COVID-19 cases.  Buildings in New Brighton and Aliquippa are off-limits to the public until further notice.  Beaver, Beaver Falls and Monaca also had closures due to similar outbreaks.

Yesterday, the state department of health added nearly 55-hundred new Covid-19 cases, pushing the total closer to breaking one-million-400-thousand. About 32 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 29-thousand.

Doctors across the state are preparing to roll out Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shot for seniors. Yesterday, the CDC recommended the extra dose for people 65 and older, nursing home residents and people 18 and older with underlying health conditions. Infectious disease experts say they believe it was a wise step to limit the booster shots for the older population and those at risk due to chronic medical conditions because those are the vaccinated people they’re seeing in the hospital.

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General is filing a lawsuit against Republican leaders for the subpoenas they issued as part of their “forensic investigation” of the 2020 election. Last week, a GOP-led Senate committee voted to issue subpoenas to gather personal information, including Social Security numbers, from voters and records of communication between state and county election officials. Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the right to keep personal information private is guaranteed in the state’s constitution and has been upheld by our state Supreme Court. He added that he plans to argue in court that these subpoenas violate those rights.

Democrats in Pennsylvania and Arizona are joining together to condemn GOP-led audits of the 2020 election. Arizona Republicans were the first to launch an election audit, which has inspired Pennsylvania Republicans to launch their own. The Democrats held a virtual press conference yesterday with Pennsylvania leaders saying it’s frightening to see that the events in Arizona are spreading like a cancer across the country. They also vowed to fight against the GOP’s subpoenas in court, which asks for personal information from Pennsylvania voters, including Social Security numbers.

Pennsylvania’s Legislative Redistricting Commission is making some changes to its decision to end prison gerrymandering. On Tuesday, the five-member panel voted to exclude any prisoner whose minimum sentence runs past April 1st, 2030 from being counted in their home county. This means that around seven-thousand state inmates will count toward their prison district when the next U.S. Census is due. Common Cause Pennsylvania says this move disenfranchises about 20-percent of the state’s inmates as they don’t feel adequately represented in prisons outside of their permanent addresses.