TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 18TH, 2021

State Police in Lawrence County report a one vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Slippery Rock Township. Police said the accident took place on Johnson Road when a woman drove through a property, ending up on McConnells Mills Road where she hit a tree. The woman was conscious when she was flown from the scene.  The accident is under investigation.

The Lawrence County Retirement Board agreed to have no cost-of-living adjustment increases for existing county pensioners in 2022. The Ellwood City Ledger reports Board member and County Commissioner Chairman Morgan Boyd said the county can’t afford an increase, noting any rise in allocation would result in a hike in pension liabilities. A cost-of-living adjustment increase would prompt a $624,000 increase for the county.

A Greenville man was killed in a three vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Butler County. State police report 68 year old James Dapper of Zelienople was traveling south on Interstate 79 in Muddy Creek Township when he traveled off the roadway, through a grassy median into the northbound lanes and struck a vehicle head on operated by 58 year old Harry Hibbard of Greenville.  Both vehicles then struck another vehicle. Hibbard was pronounced dead at the scene. Dapper was flown to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment. A passenger was taken to UPMC Jameson. The investigation in the accident is ongoing.

Pennsylvania House GOP leaders have been successful in opposing PennDOT’s plans to add tolls on nine bridges in the state.  The House passed a bill Wednesday to cancel the tolling proposal. However, the bill requires one more Senate vote. Opponents to the measure say it would hurt the economies of the communities where the bridges are located and also that the toll plan didn’t receive enough public input. The bill faces opposition from Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.

Things are back to normal at Pittsburgh International after an American Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing at the airport yesterday.  A suspicious odor in the cockpit led pilots and controllers to bring the New York to Austin flight in for a landing in Pittsburgh.  No injuries were reported.

State police are investigating a fatal shooting Wednesday at the Central Court building in Altoona.  According to reports, an inmate disarmed Officer Rhonda Russell and, as the two struggled, another law enforcement officer responded to the scene.  Troopers report that officer fired their weapon, intending to hit the suspect, but instead hit Russell.  She later died of her injuries.  The inmate is now facing charges that include kidnapping and criminal homicide.

The latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health show some steady increases in COVID inoculations in the Commonwealth. As of earlier this week, there are just under eight million fully vaccinated people in Pennsylvania, translating to almost 62 percent of the population. An additional two-point 62 million people are in need of their follow-up shot. In total, a little under 19-million shots have been put into the arms of ten and a half million people, or 82 percent of the state’s residents.

Pennsylvania casinos are noting huge increases in year-to-year revenue.  Figures released this week by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board show gambling venues took in about 33-percent more revenue in October of 2021 than they did in October of last year.  Among the casinos seeing a rise in gameplay figures were the Rivers Casino Pittsburgh in Allegheny County that took in over 33-million in revenue last month and Hollywood Casino at the Meadows in Washington County with more than 24-million in revenue.