TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 12TH, 2022

A New Castle man was sentenced in Mahoning County for the assault of two Boardman Police Officers. WFMJ-TV reports 31 year old Shawn Drogus was sentenced to three years in prison for the June 2021 assault. The charges came after Shawn Drogus, alongside his brother Shane Drogus, were accused of causing disturbances and assaulting police officers at the Days Inn in Boardman.

State Police in Mercer County report a tractor-trailor accident in Worth Township. According to police 34 year old Markeith Grays of Girard Ohio was eastbound on Interstate 80 when he lost control of the vehicle, traveled off the roadway and struck a tree in the median. Police said Grays was not hurt.

Pennsylvania Health Department officials are urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the release, Acting Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter and Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson strongly urged those who are pregnant or plan to get pregnant to get vaccinated to be protected from COVID-19. Dr. Johnson said the evidence is clear that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, are safe and effective and do not cause fertility issues in men or women.

According to this week’s Triple-A East Central Gas Price report the average gas price across western Pennsylvania as a whole decreased by one cent during to reach $3.51. In New Castle the average price is at 3.45 a gallon while drivers in Sharon are paying 3.51. The average national gas price increased by two cents over the past week to reach $3.30 which is three cents less than last month but over a dollar more than last year.

Federal prosecutors say a Fayette County attorney misappropriated client funds of nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars.  Results of an FBI investigation report that John Eddy took the money between 2016 and 2020 though attorneys say he has since repaid the money.  Eddy was charged in the case on Monday but reports are that he is finalizing a plea deal with prosecutors.

U.S. Senators Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania  and Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut are introducing a bill that would expand food donation efforts for manufacturers, restaurants and  grocers. The Food Donation Improvement Act would encourage donations by extending liability protections to food donors when food is either given directly to a person in need or when a recipient pays a deeply reduced cost. They say restaurants and retailers are hesitant to donate their leftover and unused food  because of potential  lawsuits. The senators say nearly 40 percent of the country’s food goes to waste.

A horse is recovering from injuries suffered yesterday after being exposed to cold weather in Beaver County.  According to reports, the horse was outside at a farm off Constitution Boulevard when he fell in the cold and could not get back up.  The Darlington Township Fire Department and crews from Potter, Daughtery, and Big Knob responded to help warm up the horse enough so the horse could walk to the barn for treatment.  The owner of the hourse said without the first responders, the horse probably would not have been able to get back up and may have died.

The former Chief of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department who responded to the Flight 93 crash needs a heart transplant.  The family of Terry Shaffer said yesterday that he has been in and out of the hospital with heart issues and was put on the transplant waiting list last November.  Shaffer was one of the first to respond to the crash site on 9/11 and later advocated for creating the Flight 93 Memorial.  Those wishing to help with Chief Shaffer’s medical expenses can donate online at Transplants-dot-Org with a search for [[ Terry Shaffer ]] .    

The American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania says it is facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade.  Red Cross officials said yesterday that donations are down due to severe winter weather and the latest surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide.  Red Cross Medical Director Dr. Baia Lasky said they need blood and platelet donations for all blood types with a specific need for type O.  The organization is asking healthy individuals of all blood types to give as soon as possible by making an appointment through the Red Cross app or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross.