TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 1ST, 2021

Tomorrow is Election Day in Pennsylvania and polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. State election officials also want you to know if you’re casting your ballot in-person and masks are encouraged, but not required for voters. The Pennsylvania Department of State said in a statement this week, “Voters who are not wearing a mask will not be denied their right to vote.” The statement also relayed that only first-time voters or those voting for the first time in a new precinct are required to show ID.

A Butler County mother was arrested after police say she and her boyfriend overdosed at their home in front of her two children. KDKA is reporting 43 year old Nicole Schaefers is now facing a felony charge of endangering the welfare of children. Cranberry Township Police responded Oct. 2 to the woman’s home on Wheatfield Drive for reports of an unconscious person. When officers arrived, they say they found Schaefers in the bathroom passed out with a weak pulse. She was revived by first responders.  When police entered the master bedroom, they found Robert West Jr., who was also suffering from an overdose. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The governing board of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association will no longer be part of the national association after the national group asked the Biden Administration for federal help with threats it received.  In the letter, the NSBA asked that parents protesting education policy be investigated as ‘possible violent domestic terrorists.’ In describing the reason for the break from the national group, a spokeswoman for the state association says it wasn’t consulted prior to the letter being sent, adding that it also “wasn’t asked for input nor discussion on its content.”

State Police in Butler County report a fatal accident from Friday that took place in Center Township. Police said a 61 year old woman from West Sunbury was south on West Sunbury Road when she crossed the center line and struck a semi. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was not hurt. No names were released by police.  

Authorities are calling a weekend explosion at a University of Pittsburgh dormitory the work of an arsonist.  Firefighters and police officers were called to Irvis Hall just after 4:30 a.m. Saturday after residents were awoken to the sound of an explosion coming from a kitchen area.  Investigators found that someone had placed a fire extinguisher inside of a hot oven.  No injuries were reported.

State Police in Mercer County report a one vehicle accident in Delaware Township that sent a woman to the hospital. According to Police 60 year old June Bean of Freedonia was southbound on Mercer Road when she traveled off the roadway and struck a house. Bean was taken to UPMC Farrell for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

Rural Pennsylvania is seeing a housing boom.  Over the past three years, the analysis by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania says the state saw a six percent drop in urban home sales and a seven percent increase in rural home sales. Some real estate experts attribute the growth to post-pandemic homeowners who can now work wherever they want to.  The center also says many of the rural-home buyers come from more urban counties with higher COVID rates.

President Joe Biden’s approval rating is dropping in the battleground state that delivered his 2020 victory, according to a new Pennsylvania poll. The percentage of Pennsylvanians who believed Biden was doing an “excellent” or “good” job as president decreased from 44% in June to 41% in August to 32% in the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll released last Thursday About two in five voters said their feelings about the president have worsened in the last few months, largely because of the Afghanistan withdrawal, border crisis and inflation. .