TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR DECEMBER 28TH, 2021

One person was taken to the hospital after a pick-up truck hit the front of a home in Shenango Township yesterday morning. According to the New Castle News the accident took place around 7:30 when the pickup hit a home on State Road.  The woman who was driving the truck was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. No other information was available.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas price report the average price of gasoline in Western Pennsylvania is down two cents this week to 3.52 a gallon. In New Castle drivers are paying 3.49 a gallon while in Sharon the average price is at 3.54. The national price is at 3.28 a gallon.

The commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police has announced  that 59 cadets have graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and now have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth.  The men and women represent the 162nd graduating cadet class.  To be admitted to the academy, you must be between 21 and 40 years of age and be a U.S. citizen.  Entry level troopers earn just under 65-thousand dollars as a starting salary.

Governor Tom Wolf is praising the EPA’s new pollution standards for passenger cars and light trucks.  Governor Wolf says the new standards announced last week will save American drivers up to 420-billion-dollars through 2050 on fuel costs.  A statement from the Wolf Administration also says its grant and rebate programs will help facilitate cleaner air quality through the Driving PA Forward Initiative.  They’ll work by helping owners transition from older, high-polluting engines to clean transportation technologies.

Two people were taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Mercer County. According to State Police 26 year old Angela Mwamba of Erie lost control of her vehicle on Interstate 79 in Jackson Township and traveled off the roadway and struck a ditch. Mwamba and a passenger were both taken to the Allegheny Health Network in Grove City for treatment.

Governor Tom Wolf has named Leigh Chapman as Secretary of the Commonwealth to lead the Pennsylvania Department of State.  In an announcement Monday, the governor says Chapman will replace Veronica Degraffenreid.  Chapman is the fifth Department of State secretary or acting secretary to serve during Wolf’s governorship. She will take over her new position January 8th.

A former Mahoning County teacher who had sex with at least two teenage students has learned her fate.  Christina Sosbe pleaded guilty to sexual battery charges in October.  Prosecutors say that she had sex with 16-year-old students at a Trumbull County hotel in 2018.  At sentencing yesterday, she was given one year in jail.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled this week for three family members accused of neglecting an elderly person.  The victim, a 76-year-old woman, was found in an Allegheny County home last month covered in waste, with six-inch toenails and unable to lift her own head.  Her former daughter-in-law and two others are charged in the case.  The suspects are expected in court this Wednesday.

Governor Wolf is throwing his support behind bills in the state legislature that eventually would raise the minimum wage to 15-dollars an hour.  In addition to the $12 minimum wage, SB 12 would also eliminate the tipped wage and allow local cities and towns to implement higher minimum wages. The bill in the House is called One Fair Wage and is House Bill 345.  A report released last spring showed more than 1 million Pennsylvanians would get a raise from a 12-dollar  minimum wage, while nearly two million would benefit from a 15-dollar one. The report shows Pennsylvania’s 7-dollar and 25 cents  an hour minimum is the lowest wage  in the region.