TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 15TH, 2021

A Beaver County woman will spend the rest of her life in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to killing her two children.  Krisinda Bright pleaded guilty Tuesday to the February murders of 16-year-old Jeffrey Bright and 22-year-old Jasmine Cannady.  Krisinda Bright shot the victims to death inside her Ambridge home.  She’s been given two life sentences with no chance for parole. 

A measure that would move up the primary date in presidential election years has won unanimous support in the state Senate on Tuesday. The voting date would become the third Tuesday in March and would start in 2024, if fully approved. Supporters say it would give state residents more say in the presidential candidate nominating process. If passed in the state House of Representatives and signed by Governor Wolf,  Pennsylvania’s presidential primary date would then coincide with ones in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Arizona.

The New Castle News is reporting County narcotics agents reportedly seized about 68 grams of suspected heroin while serving a search warrant Sunday on the city’s South Side. Police arrested Devin Johnson and a woman who was with him in the house when they arrived, according to criminal complaints. The woman was not charged. Johnson is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count each of drug paraphernalia possession and persons not to possess a firearm. He was arraigned and placed in the Lawrence County Jail with a bond of $100,000.

Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board is expected to vote today on a proposal that could offer guests an enhanced experience at the LIVE! Casino Pittsburgh.  Casino leaders yesterday revealed plans that include the addition of a poker room, a new high-limit room, a new events center and a new area designed for sports fans.  The board must give its approval before the poker room and additional betting terminals can be added.

Time is running our for local governments to accept a federal opioid settlement.  The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office says counties and municipalities need to sign it by January 2nd.  The A.G.’s office says the fewer counties that sign-on, the smaller the total amount will be for Pennsylvania.  About 232-million dollars is available altogether.

One-third of the children in the U.S. had unreliable or insufficient health insurance prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine released a study, finding that 34 percent of children were underinsured in 2019.  The analysis found that families covered by private, employer-sponsored insurance and those who earned too much to qualify for Medicaid experienced the most trouble affording health care with their insurance.

Pennsylvania State Police are issuing an alert about a new scam using peer-to-peer money transfer apps like Zelle, Cash App, and Venmo.  Officials sent out a bulletin yesterday about a new scam involving the Zelle app with scammers posing as someone from a bank’s fraud department.  The scammer says there has been a suspicious payment through Zelle and asks for personal information until they get a username and password to reset the account and steal money.  Police say to verify any third-party app message from your bank through the bank’s customer service number and report any fraud attempts to the authorities.   

A bill approved by the state Senate seeks to increase public-private partnerships. Senator Devlin Robinson says his bill would create the Max Manufacturing Fund and Max Manufacturing Endeavour Loan Fund, creating stronger public-private partnerships between state universities and private entities. While the bill would benefit the commonwealth as a whole, Robinson says in particular it would provide a boost to additive manufacturing in the Pittsburgh region.