TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 4TH, 2021

An 11-year-old Beaver County boy who was the focus of a large-scale search effort on Wednesday is safe today.  Administrators at South Side Area Middle School reported the boy missing prompting state police, county authorities, paramedics, firefighter and volunteers to begin a search.  The student was later found unharmed in a field.  Officials say that he had simply walked away from the school without permission.

The Mercer County Coroner has released the name of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a car in Sharon over the weekend. WFMJ-TV reports 48 year old Frank Z. Ballew of Farrell died because of blunt force trauma Saturday night. Ballew was struck while crossing the freeway near Prindle Street .The death has been ruled accidental. The driver and passenger of the vehicle are unharmed.

A State lawmaker will attempt to have Pennsylvania postpone its primary in 2022 and wants to have every voter in the state re-register.  Rep. Russ Diamond says he’ll introduce a bill to postpone the state’s primary election from May 17 until Aug 2, with all other elections that follow to be delayed, as well.  He believes the postponement will be necessary because of redistricting delays. Diamond’s legislation also would require each voter to re-register to help, he says, “clean-up the state’s registry system.”  Proof of citizenship and residency would be required to do so.

Officials say three people were injured, and one was flown to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash in Beaver Falls.  According to reports, the crash happened on Wednesday night near 37th Street and 6th Avenue.  Witnesses said they saw a State Trooper chasing a minivan down 6th Avenue and the minivan crashed into a car driving on 37th Street.  State Police have not confirmed their troopers were involved in the accident.

The Commonwealth has upgraded its unclaimed property system for the first time in many years and officials say there’s about four-billion-dollars’ worth of property sitting in the state vault now. Just after the upgrade, officials returned more than 20-million dollars’ worth of items to their rightful owners, but the rest of the jewelry, coins, and cash is still waiting.  Most items come from financial institutions that are required to turn over any unclaimed property after three years.  You can go to the Treasury website, click “search now” and enter your name and town to see if there’s anything for you to claim.

Giant Eagle shoppers are being advised to stock up for those big Thanksgiving meals before the holiday.  The grocery chain announced yesterday that all of their stores will be closed on Thanksgiving.   The company says the one-day closure will allow their team members time to rest, recharge and enjoy the holiday with their families.  The decision applies to all Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo locations.

State Democratic Senator Nikil Saval has introduced Fair Chance Housing legislation in the Senate. He says it would safeguard housing as a human right for the one in three state residents impacted by a criminal record. Senate Bill 912 would amend the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, which prohibits discrimination based on an arrest or conviction record. The legislation was introduced in the State House five years ago.

A bus driver with the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children is accused of carrying a gun during their route.  On Wednesday, school officials confirmed they were notified that the driver appeared to be carrying a weapon during an afternoon pickup.  According to reports, the driver was transporting one student when they were confronted about the weapon, and the student was taken off the bus.  Officials say the driver said he had a concealed carry permit and apologized, and the incident has been reported to the authorities.