TRI COUNTY REPORT SETPTEMBER 27TH, 2021

Authorities in Sharon are investigating a shooting in Sharon over the weekend. WFMJ-TV reports the shooting took place Saturday afternoon around 3:00. Crews found a wounded male described as conscious and breathing who was rushed to a hospital. There is no word from police on the identity or condition of the victim, or the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A Western Pennsylvania pharmaceutical provider is preparing to expand.  Governor Tom Wolf on Friday announced that Beaver County’s Express Med has pledged to use a million dollars in state grants to hire and train 700 new workers.  The new positions will become available over the course of the next three years with most being full-time work-from-home opportunities.  In addition to the grant funding, Express Med has committed eight-million additional dollars to the expansion effort.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh reports that a Butler County contracting firm has pleaded guilty to violating safety regulations.  Friday’s plea comes in response to a case filed in connection with the death of a worker at a Johnstown worksite in April of 2018.  Insight Pipe will pay a 20-thousand-dollar fine and serve three years probation. This is in addition to a 180-thousand-dollar fine levied by OSHA earlier this year.

State lawmakers are looking to reintroduce a bill that would restrict access to guns for certain individuals. Lawmakers say the Extreme Risk Protective Order bill would allow law enforcement or family members to ask a court to temporarily remove firearms from an individual that they believe poses a threat to themselves or others. They added that they’re not advocating to eliminate gun rights with this bill, but what they’re trying to do is prevent people from dying by suicide as it’s a crisis. Some Republican lawmakers are already against the bill, saying there should be more mental health programs instead.

Giant Eagle is once again requiring folks to make an appointment to receive a COVID vaccine shot.  The supermarket chain’s pharmacies had been offering the injections on a walk-in basis.  On Friday, Giant Eagle announced they are returning to an appointment-only policy to ensure timely access for those wanting their initial vaccines and for eligible folks who want a COVID booster.  Appointments can be scheduled online at www.gianteagle.com/covid.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Since Friday, the state added over 14-thousand new cases, pushing the total over one-million-412-thousand. More than 100 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 29-thousand-141. Lawrence County has 9,512 cases reported and 239 deaths. Mercer County has recorded 11,867 Covid cases and 288 fatalities.

The total number of travelers stopped by TSA agents at Pittsburgh International while trying to get through security with a firearm this month now stands at six.  The latest incident happened Friday.  Police report the incident involved a 31-year-old female traveler who had a loaded Glock nine-millimeter handgun in her purse.  The woman told officers that she had forgotten to take the weapon out of her handbag before heading to the airport.  Authorities confiscated the gun, and the woman was allowed to continue on her way.

A state lawmaker is facing multiple charges including harassment. Officials say on Friday, state Representative Kevin Boyle was arrested for charges of harassment and allegedly violating a protection from abuse order, reportedly filed by his wife. Boyle’s attorney says it’s important to note that he is not accused of any act of violence.  No other details have been released on the arrest, but the Democrat has been removed from the House Finance Committee and is set to go to court tomorrow.

The Wolf Administration is urging residents to practice fire safety as the fall wildfire season approaches. Officials say as the leaves start to come down and things are more exposed on dry and windy days in the fall, we can quickly have dry enough conditions that a fire could start and spread. They added that 99-percent of all wildfires in the state are human-caused with debris burning, equipment use, power lines and campfires being the most common causes of these wildfires. The fall wildfire season begins next month.