TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 14TH, 2021

An East Side man was arrested on drug charges following a raid at his apartment last week. According to the New Castle News 30 year old Glenn David Samuels III was charged with three counts of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Lawrence County narcotics officers reported finding quantities of suspected heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana. Samuels was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail on 50 thousand dollars bond.

A bipartisan recreational marijuana bill is being considered by the State Legislature. This is the state’s first ever joint-effort from a Republican and Democrat to legalize cannabis. The bill from state senators Sharif Street and Dan Laughlin would legalize marijuana for Pennsylvanians 21 and older. This bill could reel in hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars in tax revenue for the state. If passed, Pennsylvania could be the 19th state in the country to legalize recreational cannabis.

Monaca residents are under a precautionary boil advisory.  Officials announced yesterday that the advisory was issued following the discovery of a failure in the disinfection process in the water system.  Residents in the advisory area are asked to boil any tap water before consuming, avoid swallowing water while bathing, and use bottled water whenever possible until the alert is lifted.

State Police in Mercer County are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars from a Mercer County woman. Police were notified by family members of the woman, when they discovered numerous unauthorized ATM and Debit Card transactions. A suspect has been indentified and the investigation is ongoing.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro officially announced he will run for governor in the 2022 election.  Speaking from North Shore Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, Shapiro touted his record defending Pennsylvania workers who were ripped off by their employers, and going after the Catholic Church to seek records involving priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.  Shapiro is the first Democratic candidate to throw their hat into the governor’s race.  Six Republicans have already declared their candidacies. 

Pennsylvanians who rely on Social Security to make ends meet will next year see the largest annual increase in benefits since 1982.  With inflation on the rise due to COVID, officials say that recipients will receive a nearly six-percent cost of living adjustment.  Administrators report that means an average increase in benefits by more than 90-dollars per month.  AARP says that Social Security is the largest source of retirement income for most Americans and provides nearly all income for one in four American seniors.

A Campbell, Ohio man who was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday for the fatal shooting of a woman in Sharon plead guilty to a lesser charge and was immediately sentenced to prison. WFMJ-TV reports 21 year old Antwan Jones was sentenced to 20-40 in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder in connection with the July 12, 2020, shooting death of 36-year-old Clarice Somerville of Sharon. The shooting took place in the 300 block of Quimby Street. Sommerville died at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown.

A new study from Penn State is suggesting that half of all people diagnosed with COVID-19 experience lingering symptoms.  Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine looked at data from more than a quarter of a million unvaccinated individuals that were infected between December of 2019 and March 2021. They found that one’s battle with COVID doesn’t end with recovery from the acute infection. Researchers say survivors experienced lingering problems for six-months or more following the infection including weight loss, fatigue, fever, pain, mobility issues, and sometimes trouble with major organs. They added that both kids and adults can experience this.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added over five-thousand new cases, pushing the total over one-million-491-thousand.  About 170 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 30-thousand-228.