TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 5TH, 2021

State Police in Lawrence County report a Darlington man was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital following a motorcycle accident in Wayne Township. Police report 31 year old Cody Bouzek was westbound on route 488 when he lost control of the motorcycle and crossed over the eastbound lane struck an embankment and crashed into a chain link fence. Bouzek was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital with serious injuries. Police said charges are pending.

Police are searching for information this week after a Butler County family’s dog was shot in the head and neck with a shotgun.  The four-year-old St. Bernard survived the assault and is recovering, but Harrisville Police want to know who is responsible.  They say the incident happened last Thursday afternoon along Porter Road.  Anyone with additional info on the shooting is asked to call police.

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-449-thousand.  Twelve new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 29-thousand-531.

The push for recreational marijuana is gaining support from GOP state lawmakers. Yesterday, Republican state Senator Mike Regan began circulating a memo to other lawmakers to gain support for his bill, which would allow anyone 21 and up to buy and possess an ounce of marijuana. Regan says as chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and a former member of law enforcement, rather than sit idly by and allow others to shape the legislation, he is stepping up to be a leader on the issue. If the bill passes, Pennsylvania could be the 19th state to legalize cannabis.

Pennsylvania school pension funder leaders are trying to gag board members over leaks to the media.  The leaders are upset about leaks surrounding the federal investigation of the PSERS pension fund and have already cut off other board members from briefings about the probe.  Now, they are considering making them sign nondisclosure agreements before they resume.  The investigation involves the reporting of a false dollar amount for the fund’s investment performance.  The SEC is also investigating if members of the funds staff took improper gifts.

Social media users across Western Pennsylvania were among those impacted when Facebook, Instagram and the WhatsApp app all crashed on Monday.  The sites were down for hours. The outage also impacted many businesses who rely on the social media sites to generate revenue and keep in touch with customers.  Services were down for about six hours before beginning to come back online.  No specific reason has been given for the incident.

The Wolf Administration is preparing for the coming winter season. State officials say their number one priority is safety, and that guides their winter preparations and operations. They added that they are ready for the season ahead, and motorists are their partners in making this season a safe one. Last year, there were 301 crashes on snow and ice which resulted in 143 injuries and four-deaths, so they urge drivers to plan ahead when deciding to travel during inclement weather.

The legal team representing accused Tree Of Life shooter Robert Bowers has grown by one.  The presiding judge this week has given permission temporarily for an additional attorney to join the defense and help with upcoming issues regarding the possible suppression of evidence.  Bowers is accused of killing 11 people in the 2018 mass shooting at the synagogue.

Someone, or possibly some lucky group, is waking up a millionaire this morning.  A Powerball ticket sold in California matched all six numbers last night to win the seventh largest jackpot in lottery history.  That’s a whopping 699-million dollars, with a cash option of nearly 500-million.