TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021

New Castle City Police were called out to a shooting yesterday afternoon. According to reports it happened around 4:30 p.m. in front of the Colonial Laundromat on the 600 block of Allen Street. A woman was shot in the leg and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. There’s no word yet on if police have a suspect.

A GoFundMe Page is now online to help pay for the funeral expenses of a 14-year-old girl killed in a bus crash this week in Butler County.  The GoFundMe was created by Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School classmates of Brylee Walker, who died in the crash with a tractor-trailer on northbound I-79 in Worth Township.  Bus driver Lindsay Thompkins was also killed, and five students were injured during the accident.

More information has been released on an accident in Beaver Falls from Wednesday night. Troopers tried to stop a van driven by 44-year-old John Allen for a traffic violation, but Allen then sped off.  The suspect eventually crashed into a car at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 37th Street Extension, injuring two people.  Allen climbed out of the van through the driver’s side window and tried to fight off troopers, despite severe injuries.  The suspect has warrants out for drug charges. Allen was flown to UPMC Mercy Hospital for treatment. The investigation is ongoing.

The state Department of Labor and Industry is working to address a number of issues in Governor Tom Wolf’s recent executive order in support of workers. L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier says her department will be working to ensure state contractors and
grant recipients are in compliance with labor and workforce safety laws. Berrier says L&I is also working on a list of “bad actors” who violate labor laws, misclassify workers, owe unemployment compensation back taxes or fail to carry workers compensation insurance. It hopes to make the list public early next year.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports a little over 38-hundred new cases of COVID-19 in the state.  The statewide total now stands at more than one and a half million cases.  State officials say currently there are just under three-thousand people hospitalized with the virus, with over 600 in intensive care. There have been just under 32-thousand deaths from COVID in the state since the pandemic began.

State officials are taking their own advice to heart in getting residents — and themselves — ready for winter weather. They’ve been warning drivers to be prepared by checking their cars, having emergency kits handy and driving carefully when the snow falls. But a spokeswoman for the PennDOT also says the state transportation agency is doing its part.  She says their capability is to have 126 plow trucks on the roads, more than 46-thousand tons of salt and more than 110-thousand gallons of brine on hand as they prepare for what’s ahead.

Residents across the region are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.  At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, clocks will fall back an hour to 1 a.m., which means any clocks you have which do not automatically update will need to be changed by hand.  Fire officials have long urged using the time change as an opportunity to refresh the batteries in smoke alarms to make sure they are in proper working order.  Clocks will stay the same until next year when they spring forward on the weekend of March 13th.

A Washington County woman has been given ten years in prison for dealing illegal drugs.  Twenty-nine-year-old Breanna Bane  was sentenced this week after having pleaded guilty last year to charges of conspiring to distribute fentanyl and heroin.  Bane’s sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.