TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 13TH, 2021

Two New Castle men plead guilty yesterday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Courts to two counts each of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting deaths of two 17-year olds back in February of 2018. The New Castle News reports 21 year old Caden Popovich was sentenced to 16-35 years in prison while 21 year old Donhavan Miller was sentenced to 14-28 is state prison. The two were charged with homicide in the shooting deaths of Cameron Martwinski and Justin Luca.

A man has died after an industrial incident at NLMK Steel in Farrell yesterday. WFMJ-TV reports The Mercer County coroner’s office has concluded that 32-year-old Kenneth Stitt died from blunt force trauma to the chest after an accident at the steel plant. Stitt died at Sharon Regional Medical Center Tuesday morning. The coroner determined his death was an accident. Both NLMK Steel and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

Pennsylvanians are calling on lawmakers to make the path to U.S. citizenship easier for immigrants. Dozens gathered at the State Capitol in Harrisburg last night, saying there are eleven-million undocumented people in the country right now with no way to apply for citizenship. They added that these immigrants have already been working and contributing to society, they just don’t have the benefits of citizenship. They’re calling for Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, and Vice President Kamala Harris to include a legal pathway to citizenship in the reconciliation bill.

Yesterday, the state department of health added nearly 39-hundred new Covid-19 cases, pushing the total over one-million-486-thousand.  About 151 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 30-thousand.

During a recent appearance before the Pennsylvania Press Club, PA’s State
Treasurer highlighted the state’s college savings program State Treasurer Stacy Garrity says the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program is a great way to
save for higher education for children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews. (CUT 2) Garrity says the program is coming off its best year, having added more than 25,000 new accounts and 732 million dollars in total contributions

The Grove City Outlets will be closed again this year on Thanksgiving. The Simon Corporation made the move last year and has decided to make the same decision again for the upcoming holiday. However, the outlets will be open for the big shopping holiday of Black Friday.

Pennsylvania Congressman Scott Perry is responding to accusations that he urged the Department of Justice to overturn the 2020 election results. Last week, a report from the Senate Judiciary Committee accused him and state senator Doug Mastriano of providing false election claims to the former U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General, which were debunked. Perry says this unfortunately is another distraction from the Biden Administration and Democrats who don’t want to talk about the failed exit from Afghanistan, the economy and 7-percent inflation.

A police officer who confronted Tree of Life suspect Robert Bowers following a 2018 shooting rampage says that Bowers told him that ‘all Jews had to die.’  Bowers is charged in the shooting deaths of 11 people at the synagogue.  A hearing is being held this week to consider the admissibility of statements made by the suspect at the scene after he was wounded in a shootout with police.

The state Legislature is considering new voting legislation. State representative Scott Conklin proposed the legislation on Monday, saying following the 2020 Election, county election officials asked the state for help. He added that this bill would streamline processes, allow for pre-canvassing of ballots to begin 21-days before election Day, and fund necessary equipment purchases. Conklin says he hopes that his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Harrisburg will agree and join him in making these necessary updates to the state’s election laws.