TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 11TH, 2022

Lawrence County and Mercer County residents will more have access to affordable housing after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced millions of dollars in support funding. Wolf announced that 15 counties will receive a portion of $8.2 million dollars through the Pennsylvania HOME Investment Partnerships Program. Lawrence County will receive $750,000 to for existing owner-occupied housing in partnership with the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership. Additionally, $500,000 is being awarded to the same housing in Union Township.  Mercer County will receive $600,000 in HOME funds for Hermitage.

The Sharon Herald is reporting that a Sharon woman was seriously injured after being hit by a garbage truck Monday morning in Sharon. The accident took place just after four o’clock on East Silver Street. Police said the woman was taken to the hospital with severe lower body injuries. The incident is still under investigation.

A Pennsylvania court has declined to block an entire subpoena to state election officials. The case revolves around what Republican state lawmakers call a “forensic investigation” of 2020’s presidential election, fueled by former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that Democrats stole the election. But the statewide Commonwealth Court that issued the seven-page order did not immediately approve either of the release of some information. That part mainly concerns what Democratic state Attorney General Josh Shapiro has challenged as being protected by privacy laws.

A Slippery Rock man is facing charges following a traffic accident. State Police in Butler County report 24 year old Caleb McCartney fled from police after a traffic stop on Franklin Avenue in Slippery Rock. McCartney then lost control of his vehicle on Harmony road and rolled over and caught fire. Police said McCartney was charged with driving under the influence along with fleeing and eluding. McCartney was placed in the Butler County Jail.

One person is in the hospital following a traffic accident involving a Northern Regional Police Cruiser yesterday.  According to reports, the crash happened around 4:30 p.m. off Gibsonia Road near Ewalt Road in Richland Township.  Officials confirmed that a police vehicle involved in the accident ended up in a ravine and had to be pulled out by a tow truck.  Authorities did not say if the person hurt in the crash was a police officer.

Pennsylvania health officials are adding nearly 83-thousand COVID-19 cases to their running total.  Eighty-two-thousand-820 cases were reported this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to the Health Department.  The statewide positivity rate is now 34-point-one percent.  That means one in every three people who test for the virus have it.  York and Dauphin counties have the highest positivity rates in the state at about 38 percent.

Legislation that emphasizes that all public school students learn how to read by fourth grade has won passage in the state House of Representatives. The bill, which passed Monday by a 201-to nothing vote, would require the state Department of Education to establish a teacher training course in the “science of reading,” starting next school year.

Federal grand jury proceedings in Pittsburgh and Erie are being postponed in response to the increasing spread of COVID.  Proceedings scheduled for this week have been canceled and all such activities have been pushed off the calendar through the end of this month.  Cheif Judge Mark Hornak issued the order after consulting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.