TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 13TH, 2021

Neshannock Township Police are investigating after a car drove through the front of a business Friday afternoon. WKBN-TV reports the accident happened at Jameson’s Candy on Wilmington Road around 2 p.m. Police say the woman lost control of her car and drove through the front of the building. The car smashed through the front door and window, travelling all the way to the back of the store. No injuries were reported.

State Police say they are looking into the death of a two-month-old baby over the weekend in Aliquippa.  Authorities said yesterday that first responders were called to a home on Superior Avenue where they found the child unresponsive.  The infant was declared dead at the scene following multiple life-saving attempts by medics.  Aliquippa Police have requested help from the Pennsylvania State Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit to determine the cause of the child’s death.

Democrats in the state House are proposing to lower Pennsylvania’s Corporate Net Income tax, as away to promote business growth in the state.  The plan would lower the corporate tax from 9.99 to 6.99 percent. Supporters say many business currently report revenues in such a way that they’re currently subject to the 3 percent Personal Income Tax, so a lower corporate tax would still mean more revenue for the state. Those in favor want to see a House vote during the spring session.

Public school students and staffers from across the state are starting the week without having to wear facial masks to class or in school buildings.   A state Supreme Court ruling Friday threw out Governor Wolf’s  statewide mandate that face coverings be worn inside K-12 school buildings. The justices upheld a lower court ruling that the state’s acting health secretary Alison Beam lacked authority when she required masks. The ruling says  Beam also acted without having an existing disaster emergency in place from the governor. 

Police in New Castle are investigating a crash that took place early yesterday morning. WTAE reports the crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on West State Street near Sampson Street. A man became trapped in the wreckage after the vehicle hit an embankment and rolled over and firefighters had to free him. He was taken to a Youngstown hospital for treatment.

Pennsylvania State Health officials are now pleading with residents to take precautions as the state now tops the country with the greatest number of COVID hospitalizations. They also say most of the increases have been noted in  the central and western parts of the state. Over eight-thousand new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Saturday– the latest reporting date available. One hundred forty-four deaths were reported on Friday, and 45 new deaths as of Saturday.  There are now over 45-hundred people hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 940 patients are in intensive care.   Authorities estimate that a little over 60 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Many lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors of bills setting minimum, statewide nurse-to-patient ratios amid high vacancy rates for state nurses leaving their positions. At least two bills, one sponsored by Dauphin County Representative Tom Mehaffie and the other by Montgomery County Democratic Senator Maria Collett, would set nurse-to-patient ratios. Both Collett’s and Mehaffie’s bills are awaiting action in legislative committees.

A Republican who’s the state senate’s education committee chair is running for governor. Senator Scott Martin, of Lancaster County, announced his intention to run on Saturday in a video on his campaign website and on his social media.  Martin, who is 49, is a former Lancaster County commissioner, was first elected to the state senate in 2016.  He becomes the second Republican state senator in a field that now numbers about 12.