TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 23RD, 2021

Three women are in custody this morning and facing allegations that they opened fire on a Beaver County residence.  Investigators say the women went to an Ambridge home early Sunday morning in an effort to recover a stolen gun that they thought was inside.  When the women tried to force their way in and a man slammed one of their hands in the front door, police say the suspects opened fire.  One person was hurt.

Two people were taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Mahoning Township. State police report 28 year old Kevin Suscheck of Cranberry Township was traveling east on West Street Street, when he traveled off the roadway struck a stop sign, then struck a utility pole. Suschek and a passenger were taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment.

Governor Wolf has decided how Pennsylvania’s spending of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act will be directed. The majority will go toward Medicaid-funded essential care services.  The programs include services for seniors, adults with disabilities, adults with behavioral health needs and children with chronic, complex medical needs.  The plan is pending full approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

Republican Sean Parnell is suspending his campaign for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat.  The decision came after a judge granted Parnell’s estranged wife sole legal custody of the couple’s three children.  Parnell spoke with Donald Trump about his decision after the former president backed him during the competitive Republican primary in September. Allegations of domestic abuse against Parnell by his estranged wife raised concern among some Republicans about his viability as a candidate.  Parnell denied all claims. 

A man accused of trying to burglarize the same Beaver County home twice in one night this week is in jail today.  Residents of the Maplewood Avenue home say they ran the suspect out of their residence after finding him inside the home late Sunday night.  Responding officers later say they found the 41-year-old suspect, armed with a gun, hiding on the home’s porch. The man was taken into custody and has been charged with burglary and weapons offenses.

Thanksgiving Day shoppers will never again have the opportunity to walk the aisles of Pittsburgh-area Target stores.  The company announced on Monday that it will make last year’s decision to close stores on the holiday a permanent one.  In a message to employees, Target’s CEO Brian Cornell said that what started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now their new standard.  Customers will continue to be able to make their purchases, even on the holiday, at the retailer’s website.

Officials say a person who fell off a barge in Beaver County has been found dead.  Rescue crews responded to reports of a person overboard on Monday near the Montgomery Lock and Dam on the Ohio River.  The victim was found a short time later and pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.  Authorities did not release the name of the victim, citing their ongoing investigation.

The state Department of Human Services encourages people to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. DHS Acting Secretary Meg Snead says the best way to report suspected child abuse or neglect is by calling Child Line at 1-800-932-0313. There Snead says case workers process reports of suspected abuse or neglect and refer them to the appropriate agencies for investigation. Snead says all reports
made to Child Line are investigated.

Federal officials and local authorities are teaming up to remind travelers not to fly with firearms in their carry-ons.  U.S. Attorneys in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia along with 67 sheriff’s offices around the state are encouraging gun owners traveling with their weapons to make sure that they are in checked baggage as required by law.  Violators are subject to prosecution.  TSA agents at Pittsburgh International have collected 32 weapons from travelers at security checkpoints so far this year.