TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JANUARY 17TH, 2022

Governor Tom Wolf’s office is urging Pennsylvanians to avoid travel today if at all possible because of the latest winter storm to hit the state.  The storm rolled into the state yesterday afternoon and could dump up to a foot of snow on southwestern Pennsylvania before it’s over.  Pennsylvania Transportation officials say they had 80 plows ready to hit the roads with salt and another 80 to tackle bridges and overpasses.  A winter storm warning has been issued until this afternoon.   

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reducing the speed limits on various Northwest region interstates. All of interstates 376, 79 and 80 have had speeds reduced to 45 miles per hour. On roadways with speed restrictions, commercial vehicles must travel in the right lane only.   

The winter storm is making a mess of schedules for many travelers today.  A number of flights out of Pittsburgh International have been delayed or canceled.  The airport is advising ticketed travelers to check with their airline for an update on their flight status.

Pennsylvania and the nation are stopping today to remember the life and legacy of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King.  Most banks will be closed today, as will be schools along with local and federal government offices.  That includes post offices and there will be no regular mail delivery today.

The TSA is promising to assess financial civil penalties against a Westmoreland County traveler they say tried to get through airport security with a loaded handgun.  The incident happened Friday at Pittsburgh International.  Security agents reportedly discovered the loaded firearm inside a woman’s knapsack as it went through an X-ray machine.  Reports say the woman told officers that she forgot the gun was in the bag.  Police confiscated the weapon.

City Brewery has signed a five-year lease at RIDC Westmoreland for a warehouse and distribution site.  The company says it plans to add between 50 and 60 jobs.  The jobs at the East Huntingdon facility will be in addition to the 250 that exist now at the Latrobe plant.  City Brewery officials say the move comes as they increase their production operations in order to support additional customers.

Authorities in Armstrong County say a Butler County man was killed when the car he was driving ran off State Route 68 and overturned.  It happened Saturday night  Police say 51-year-old Jamie Todd Pyle of Chicora in Butler County was thrown from his vehicle in the accident.  They say he was not wearing a seat belt.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported nearly 27 thousand new Covid-19 cases on Friday bringing the total to over 2.4 million cases in the state. Statewide there have been 38,426 deaths attributed to Covid-19. Lawrence County has recorded 16,607 cases and 357 deaths. Mercer County has 20,660 cases and 446 fatalities.